25 Things to Do Over Winter Break in Des Moines

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The fun and excitement from the holidays has dwindled and now you have many, many days to entertain your children. Having the kids home for winter break is fun, but also a little stressful. I am used to dropping my big kids off at school, getting coffee, and having a quiet day at home. Now, I have three rowdy boys for the next two weeks!

I am happy to share how we will be spending our days together. My boys are old enough to help create a winter activity list. This is a fun way to get them involved on how we spend our days. They are used to doing ALL the fun adventures, but we have a baby now so we get creative on what we can do at home and still have fun.

25 Winter Break Activities

At-Home Activities

  1. Have a Noon Year’s Eve party with a fun game of keepy-uppy.

2. Write a list of the fun things that happened during the past year. My kids like to suggest things to do for the upcoming year.

 3. Puzzle World – This is where we put together all the puzzles we have

4. Do science experiments – Our favorite is baking soda mixed with vinegar

5. Have an outdoor scavenger hunt – Wait till dark and use flashlights!

6. Make a giant city for Hot Wheels.

7. Get crafty – Making playdough or slime

8. Bake – We like to use leftover holiday candy in cookies or brownies

9. Build a fort, then watch a movie in your fort

10. Create goals for the new year.

Activities out of the house

11. Go sledding. Check out the best sledding hills in Des Moines

12. Get ice cream at Smokey Row and play a boardgame. 

13. Visit the Science Center.

14. Spend a morning at a local library.

15. Go ice skating at Brenton Skating Plaza in downtown Des Moines. 

16. Visit the Des Moines Children’s Museum.

17. Head to Jester Park for sledding or sleigh rides

18. Burn off energy at the Valley Community Center.

19. Bounce at an indoor trampoline park.

20. Head to Playground for Kids in Ankeny.

21. Go bowling.

22. Have fun at an arcade.

23. Catch a matinee movie. 

24. Try a new restaurant.

25. Cheer on the home team at an Iowa Wild hockey game or Iowa Wolves basketball game. 

What is your favorite thing to do when the kids are home from school? 


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