25 Indoor Places for Kids in Central Iowa


Life in Central Iowa consists of either freezing cold or extreme heat.  That’s just the reality of the great place we call home. But, where do we take the kids to keep them entertained and from driving us crazy in this weather?  Well, here are 25 Indoor Places for Kids in Central Iowa that you can check out and beat the weather:

  1. Valley West Mall – Walk around, Play in the Kid’s Area, Eat at Chipotle, Ride the animal rides.
  2. Jordan Creek Mall – Grab some Starbucks, Play in the Kid’s Area and hit Barnes and Noble
  3. Merle Hay Mall – Get your walk on, ride some animal rides or check out a movie at Flix Brewhouse.
  4. Barnes & Noble (University in WDM) – Grab some coffee and head upstairs to the kid’s area. Play with the train table, read on the stage and check out the toys.
  5. Pump It Up – Inflatable Jumping Fun
  6. The Playground for Kids – Inflatable Jumping Fun
  7. The Science Center of Iowa – Educational and Fun
  8. Climb Iowa – Burn Energy and gain confidence
  9. Glow Golf – Mini golf and glowing things?  Sign me up. (Click here for Groupon deal!)
  10. Chuck E Cheese – Games and Pizza
  11. Urbandale Indoor Pool – Swimming
  12. Monkey Joe’s – Inflatable Jumping Fun
  13. Valley Community Center – Coffee, Indoor play area for the kids, couches and warm fireplace
  14. Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden – Get tropical and check out the cool gardens.
  15. Des Moines Art Center – Walk around and introduce your kiddos to the world of art.  Free Admission
  16. Rainbow of Iowa – Indoor play equipment
  17. Bass Pro Shop – Bowling, Giant  Aquarium
  18. SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park – Jump away all the energy.
  19. Your Local Library – Stock up on books, music and movies for free.
  20. Go Bowling.  Here are 4 places you can bowl with the little ones: Warrior LanesVal LanesMerle Hay LanesPlaza Lanes
  21. Skate West or Skate North or Skate South – Roll around the rink with your kids and relive your younger days
  22. Movie Theater – Catch a flick.  Lots to theaters to choose from around Central Iowa.
  23. Summit Indoor Pool in Johnston – Swimming fun
  24. Backyard Adventures – Indoor Play Equipment
  25. Blank Park Zoo – Yes, most of the Zoo is outside, but you can still have some fun checking out the inside exhibits!

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