When it comes to spending quality family time with teens and tweens, it can be more challenging to find fun activities that older kids will love. Thankfully, Des Moines has plenty of activities and events to keep them entertained. We’ve hand-picked a few activities to keep your older kids having fun all season long.
Here are our top 7 picks for things to do with teens & tweens this fall in Des Moines:
1. Get active.
Teens tend to have a lot of energy to get out, so work out that angst and get active with them. Many local gyms and fitness centers offer FREE trials. Some are for one workout others offer up to a FREE week. Places like Orange Theory Fitness, PowerLife Yoga, and Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping all let you try a workout for FREE. Please note that age restrictions may apply.
2. Watch a throwback movie.
Flix Brewhouse at Merle Hay Mall shows a roster of old-school cult films and new releases, with a unique touch, you can order food directly to your seat while you watch the show. And no, it’s not just your typical popcorn and nachos. Their menu includes everything from burgers, to pizza, to appetizers, desserts and more.
3. Have a nosh.
Treat your tween or teen to an exceptional dining experience by heading to a unique local restaurant. Encourage them to get out of their comfort zone and try something new. Some fun local places to try include: Fong’s Pizza, Wasabi Sushi, The Burger Shed, Range Grill+Golf, and Ohana Steakhouse.
4. Do some vintage shopping.
If your teen wants to do some shopping without the big price tag, take them to one of Des Moines’ many cool vintage and thrift stores. They’ll be thrilled to get some cool finds and you’ll be thrilled at the price. A few places to check out are Hinge, KIN and Rumors Vintage.
5. Attend a live show or concert.
Now that kids are finally old enough to sit still for more than 10 minutes take advantage of that and check out a local show or concert. We have a great list of live shows happening this fall. And, there’s tons of fun concerts hitting local stages this fall, no matter your music tastes. Visit the Iowa Events Center, Hoyt Sherman and Des Moines Performing Arts’ websites to see their upcoming lineups.
6. Take a class together.
Interested in pottery, photography, or cooking? Find a class that both you and your teen are interested in and take it together. City parks and rec departments offers classes at affordable prices or check out a local business like Five Monkeys, Christian Photo or the Kitchen Collage for fun classes.
7. Explore the murals of Des Moines.
How do you spend quality time with your tweens and teens in Des Moines?