5 Things to do for Winter Break in Des Moines


ice skating in Des MoinesNot sure what you’re going to do with the kids during winter break in Des Moines? When the new toys have lost their appeal and you can’t possibly watch another episode of Gravity Falls on Disney+ it’s time to get out of the house. There are plenty of fun activities for families to do in and around Des Moines over winter break. We’ve got you covered! 

5 Things to Do for Winter Break in Des Moinesbouldering at jester park

  1. Try Bouldering at Jester Park

The Jester Park Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center is a great place to try bouldering for kids and adults to burn off some energy. For $5 you can enjoy the bouldering room. They also have bags and checkers, or you can try archery or air rifle. 

tubing at Seven Oaks2. Play in the Snow

Head to Seven Oaks in Boone and hit the slopes! Iowa may not have mountains, but Seven Oaks has a hill and a lift with great options for snowboarding, skiing, and snow tubing. 

3. Go Ice Skating

Embrace the cold and check out one of the outdoor ice skating rinks around town. If you need to rent skates, Brenton Skating Plaza in downtown Des Moines has everything you need. 

4. Catch a Basketball or Hockey game

Des Moines may not have any professional teams, but there are still plenty of chances to catch a game. Cheer on the Iowa Wolves, Iowa Wild, or check out a Drake basketball game

5. Celebrate the New Year! 

Ring in the New Year with a fun family event (with an early ball drop) or find a babysitter and go to a swanky party! 

What’s on your list for winter break in Des Moines? 


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