Let’s face it: kids LOVE to hop and bounce! That’s why we put together this list of indoor jump and play spaces for Des Moines. Most of these spots house multiple play areas and cater to all ages. If your kids are old enough, there’s usually a place you can park yourself and watch the fun from afar. But there’s no reason you can’t kick off your shoes and get your bounce on too! P.S. Don’t forget socks!
1600 Valley West Drive, Ste. 100 • West Des Moines, IA 50265 • (515) 223-5867
Here you’ll find several massive inflatables for kids under 12. There are huge slides, obstacle courses and bounce houses that will keep your kids entertained for hours. For your tiny tots there’s the Mini Monkey Zone, which is a separate toddler play area that will keep your little ones safe and secure. They have a birthday party room, which always seems to be in use when we’re there. They also serve up pizza and other snacks at their concession stand.
Hours: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday to Saturday; 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Sunday. Check the website for holiday hours.
Price: $7.99 Monday to Thursday; $9.99 Friday – Sunday & Holidays; $5.00 for 2 & under if playing. Frequent User Cards may also be purchased.
Pump It Up
4069 121st Street • Urbandale, IA 50323 • (515) 270-5017
These masters of jumpin’ mania have helped fuel the whole bouncy house hysteria at our house. My daughter has been to at least three birthday parties here in the last month. They feature massive inflatables, Glow Jumps, Parents’ Night Out, special events and over-the-top birthday parties. On April 1st and 2nd they will host a Jump N Easter Egg Hunt. Fill out their release form on their website, so it will be taken care of when you get there.
Hours: Open Sunday to Saturday. Times vary. Check their website calendar of events for specific hours.
Price: $6.00 Open Jump; $7.50 Glow Jump
1300 SE Gateway Drive #103 • Grimes, IA 50111 • (515) 986-2524
Who doesn’t love massive trampolines? If your kids love to jump, Sky Zone will send them soaring. Located in Grimes the facility features a gigantic trampoline area for jumping and doing tricks, a jumping pit, basketball hoops and dodge ball areas. They also have a small spot for kids under five to jump. Sky Zone features a sizable area for parents to sit and “relax” and a party room. Capacity is limited and jump sessions can sell out. Be sure to call ahead before you make the drive.
Hours: Winter Hours are 3:00 to 8:00 pm Tuesday to Friday; 10:00 am to 9:00 pm Saturday; 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sunday. Check their website for special events.
Price: $9.00 30 minutes; $13.00 60 minutes; $17.00 90 minutes; $21.00 120 minutes
The PlayGround For Kids
2401 SE Tones Drive #7 • Ankeny, IA 50021 • (515) 965-9899
Located in Ankeny, The Playground for Kids combines fun and fitness. They have two rooms that house five inflatables and a ginormous play room that features an enormous tree house for kids to play on. There’s also a concession stand and smoothie bar. On weekends this place is party central and kids love their giant thrones that make for awesome birthday party photo ops. Check their on-line calendar for their daily deals.
Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; check their website for Saturday times.
Price: $8.50 for two to 12 year olds; $5.50 walkers up to 23 months; non-walkers FREE with a paying child.
Do any of these indoor jump and play places make your kids hop-py? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.