Find winter 2020 indoor play times at community centers here.
Find a list of 202 indoor play spaces here.
As I write this, snow is falling to the ground. Toddlers need to play and exercise, but that is increasingly difficult with the inclement weather of winter. Fortunately, there are many terrific indoor play places in Des Moines offering parents a great solution to affordably combat cabin fever!
Indoor Play at Community Centers
2100 SE 5th Street • Des Moines, IA 50315 • (515) 248-6316
Imagination Playschool allows kids seven and under the chance to make new friends and play on all kinds of equipment: climbing tower, imagination playground, big wheels, play houses and tumbling mats. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10:00 am at the Columbus Park Community Center in Des Moines. Imagination Playschool is sponsored by Des Moines Parks and Recreation and costs $2.50, November – March.
805 University Avenue • Waukee, IA 50263 • (515) 978-7920
Waukee Parks and Recreation provides the fun and parents provide the supervision. Toddler toys ranging from blocks to tunnels and mats are available Mondays at 8:30 am and Wednesdays at 8:00 am at the Waukee Public Works Building. Romp, stomp and play October – March 30 for FREE!
Valley Community Center
4444 Fuller Road • West Des Moines, IA 50265 • (515) 327-6000
The Valley Community Center has several indoor options to keep little ones entertained. They have a glass-enclosed Play Area that is conveniently located near their cafe. This space provides fun and engaging equipment for kids ages eight and under for FREE!
Indoor Play at Malls
Jordan Creek Town Center
101 Jordan Creek Parkway • West Des Moines, IA • (515) 440-6255
The Jordan Creek Town Center play area is located on the lower lever near Dillard’s. Mall hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sundays 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. FREE!
Merle Hay Mall
3800 Merle Hay Road • Des Moines, IA • (515) 276-8551
The Merle Hay Mall play area is located just inside the Main Entrance. Mall hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sundays 12:00 noon to 5:30 pm.
Valley West Mall
1551 Valley West Drive • West Des Moines, IA • (515)225-3631
The Valley West Mall play area is located on the lower level near Younker’s. Mall hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sundays 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Indoor Play at Play Equipment Show Rooms
3135 99th Street • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 270-2433
With a name like Backyard Adventures it’s pretty obvious what active little kiddos can do here. Swings, slides and backyard play equipment make for an entertaining time. Open Play is Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The cost is $5.00 per child age two and over (adults over 18 don’t have to pay) and you can play as long as you like during the open play hours.
Rainbow Systems of Iowa
3300 SE Crossroads Drive • Grimes, IA 5011 • (515) 327-8989
Your child is in for a fun-filled afternoon during Open Play at Rainbow Play Systems indoor showroom. Kids can swing, climb, slide, use the trampoline and shoot hoops. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon regardless of the weather. Open Play is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and costs $5.00 per child.
Where do your toddlers like to go for some indoor fun? Let us know in the comments below!