Winter 2020: Indoor Play Spaces in the Des Moines Area

Winter 2020: Indoor Play Spaces in the Des Moines Area

So, what is a parent to do when they find their kids bouncing off the walls this winter? Head to an indoor play space, of course! Thankfully, Des Moines has plenty of options. To help ensure that you don’t hear the words “I’m bored” this winter, we present the best indoor play spaces in the Des Moines area.

Visit our Winter 2020: Indoor Play Times at Des Moines Area Community Centers and Winter Fun Guide for more indoor winter fun.

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Here are the best indoor play spaces in the Des Moines area:

FREE Indoor Play at Local Malls

Jordan Creek Town Center

The Jordan Creek Town Center children’s play area is located on the lower lever near Dillard’s.

Where: 101 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, IA; (515) 440-6255
When: Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sundays 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Merle Hay Mall

The Merle Hay Mall play area is located just inside the Main Entrance.   

Where: 3800 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA; (515) 276-8551
When: Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sundays 12:00 noon to 5:30 pm

Valley West Mall

The Valley West Mall play area is located on the lower level of the South Court.

Where: 1551 Valley West Drive, West Des Moines, IA; (515)225-3631
When: Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sundays 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Indoor Play at Bounce House Play Spaces, Kids Gyms and Trampoline Parks in Des Moines

Get Air Des Moines

Get Air Des Moines trampoline park offers large areas for jumping, foam pits, and a dodgeball court. They also have a special section in their “Kiddie Court” set aside for kiddos under 46”.  In addition, they host Toddler Time on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and Glow Air for tweens and teens on Friday and Saturday nights.

Where: 3799 86th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322; (515) 528-7549
When: Monday through Thursday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm; Friday and Saturday 10:00 am to 12:00 midnight; Sunday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Cost: Big Air, One Hour – $13.99; Two Hours – $21.99; Little Air (Under 46”), One Hour – $8.99
Two Hours – $13.99; Jump Socks – $3

Hop-A-Lot Indoors

Hop-A-Lot Rentals has been bringing fun and unique inflatables to Central Iowa for more than a decade. They’ve now brought their inflatables indoors. They are located in Merle Hay Mall near the food court and offer Open Jump times every day during mall hours.

Where: Merle Hay Mall; 3800 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50310; (515) 255-9620
When: Monday through Thursday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Friday and Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:30 pm
Cost: Monday thru Thursday is $6.00, Friday thru Sunday $8.50 and 2 and under are $5.00 any day. 

Kids Warrior Gym

Does your child watch “American Ninja Warrior”? Have they ever thought, “I could totally do that!”?  Or maybe they’re just a fan who wants to try it out. Now they have a chance to put their skills to the test. Take your child to Kids Warrior Gym in Urbandale and let them burn some energy, have fun, and learn how to master the elements. Age Range to be in the Gym is 4-12….younger kids can test their skills in the lobby play area.

Where: 10141 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50322; (402) 401-1189
When: Monday and Tuesday 3:00 to 8:00 pm; Wednesday through Friday 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Cost: $13.50 per hour

Pump It Up

Open jump times welcome kiddos of all ages to hop around the giant bounce houses, which feature slides, climbing and obstacles. Watch their calendar for Open Jumps, Glow Jumps, Parents’ Night Out and other special events.

Where: 4069 121st Street, Urbandale, IA 50323; (515) 270-5017
Hours: Open Sunday to Saturday.  Times vary.  Check their calendar of events for specific hours.
Cost: $7.00 Open Jump; $8.00 Glow Jump

Sky Zone

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. 

Where: 1300 SE Gateway Drive #103, Grimes, IA 50111; (515) 986-2524
When: Open Sunday to Saturday.  Times vary.  Check their calendar of events for specific hours.
Price: $12.00 30 minutes; $14.00 60 minutes; $16.00 90 minutes; $18.00 120 minutes

The PlayGround For Kids

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. Check their on-line calendar for their daily deals.

Where: 2401 SE Tones Drive #7, Ankeny, IA 50021; (515) 965-9899
When: October 1 – April 30; Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Cost: $8.99 for 2 to 12-year olds; $5.99 walkers up to 23 months and special needs; non-walkers FREE with a paying child.

Urban Air Adventure Park

The newest indoor “amuseument park” in central Iowa, Urban Air Adventure Park includes a number of unique attractions such as Ropes Course, Climbing Walls, Leap of Faith, Wipeout and the Urban Air Sky Rider Indoor Coaster. The park also features wall-to-wall trampoline arenas, Dodgeball Courts, Slam Dunk Tracks, Tubes Indoor Playground and The Urban Warrior Course™.  In addition, guests can also sit down to share a meal at the Urban Cafe.

Where: 2829 S Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny, IA 50023; (515) 639-3018
When: Monday through Friday 4:00 to 8:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm; Sunday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm  
Cost: $24.99 Ultimate Attractions; $19.99 Deluxe Attractions; $14.99 Basic Attractions; $9.99 5 and Under; $6.99 Parent Pass; $2.50 Urban Air Socks (no personal socks allowed)

Indoor Play for DSM Kids: Places to Burn Off Energy Inside this Winter – dsm4kids.com

Indoor Play at Local Businesses

Adventureland Inn Toddler Play Area

This Toddler Play Area was made specially for guests under 42″ in height. The PlayTime activities include a dolphin, treasure chest, whale, and pirate ship. There is also a TV to watch as well as three touch screens that are fully loaded with interactive games. Adult supervision is required and The Toddler Play area is located just of the East Courtyard.

Where: 3200 Adventureland Drive, Altoona, IA 50009; (515) 265-7321
When: Open Daily from 8:30 am to 10:30pm
Cost: FREE

B & B Ankeny 12 & B-Roll Bowling

B&B Theatres boasts a fun screenPLAY! auditorium, a theater room dedicated to families with small children! Featuring vibrantly colored seats and wall coverings, a screen-side play area for toddlers, and a full-size climbing playground (complete with slide), screenPLAY! allows guests to arrive 30 minutes before showtime for fun and play, while music and other entertainment is onscreen. After the 30-minute play block is over, guests will take their seats and the lights will go down for a kid-friendly feature.

Where: 2829 S Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny, IA 50023; (515) 964-7887
When: Varies. Visit the website for movie times.
Cost: Included with movie ticket.

Chick-fil-A Playground

In most free-standing Chickfil-A restaurants, you’ll find an indoor playground where the kids can play and climb to their heart’s content.  They even have a “toddler zone” in each playground with smaller play structures dedicated to little ones under 3.

Where: Ankeny, Des Moines, and West Des Moines
When: Monday through Saturday 6:30 am to 10:00 pm.  CLOSED Sunday.
Cost: FREE to play in the play area

Des Moines Children’s Museum

Located in Valley West Mall, the Des Moines Chidren’s offers is a great place where you can let the kids loose this winter where they can play, experiment, be creative, and explore without you having to say “no” or “don’t touch that.” 

Where: Valley West Mall; 1551 Valley West Drive, West Des Moines, IA; (515) 218-8334
When: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm; Wednesday 9:30 am to 7:30 pm; and Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  CLOSED Friday and Sunday.
Cost: Ages 1-10: $4.50; under 1 or over 10: Donations appreciated but not required.

McDonald’s PlayPlace

Several McDonald’s in the Des Moines area have PlayPlaces, indoor playgrounds where kids ages 3 – 12 can climb and make their way through tunnels.

Where: Ankeny, Des Moines, Urbandale, Waukee and West Des Moines
When: Monday through Sunday 5:00 am to 12:00 Midnight (Hours vary by store)
Cost: FREE to play in the play area

Open Play Time at Backyard Adventures

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. 

Where: 3135 99th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322; (515) 270-2433
When: Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. (Excludes holidays and no Open Play on the weekends)
Cost: $6.00 per child (two and over) (adults over 18 FREE)

Open Play at Rainbow of Iowa

Your child is in for a fun-filled afternoon during Open Play at Rainbow of Iowa’s 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.

Where: 3300 SE Crossroads Drive, Grimes, IA 50111; (515) 327-8989
When: Monday through Friday at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: $10.00 per child.  They also offer offer punch cards – 5 Plays for $40 and 10 Plays for $75.

Playgrounds at Burger King

This fast food chain offers the kids a chance to burn off some energy in their indoor playgrounds at a few of its restaurants in the Des Moines area.

Where: Ankeny, Indianola and Waukee
When: Monday through Sunday 6:00 am to 12:00 Midnight
Cost: FREE to play in the play area

 

 

What’s your favorite indoor play space in the Des Moines area? 

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