12 Spring Break Activities in Des Moines 2022

The Spring Break Guide is brought to you by Polk County Conservation.

spring break des moines kidsSpring Break is a great time to check out a new camp. With several full-week options, you can keep the kiddos busy all Spring Break long. Just need a few day activities or ideas to get out of the house? We have those too, plan your Spring Break today!

12 Spring Break Activities

Some places are offering traditional camps but, check websites for updated policies. 

Horseback Ride with Polk County Conservation

Jester Park Equestrian Center is offering Spring Break Camps. Campers will enjoy horseback riding, activities, and equine education each day. The day camps are tailored to the ability and needs of kids as young as five and as old as 14. Check their website for dates and details. Polk County Conservation is also your go-to for parks, trails, and campgrounds to explore.

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Experience History at Living History Farms

Living History Farms’ camps are always a big hit. Sign up for a Spring Break Camp full of hands-on, interactive activities, and visits to historic sites around the museum.

Get Artsy at Kids Create

With options like Mermaid Camp, Creativity Camp, Pizza Painting, and more, kids can let their creativity flow during Spring Break. All camps promise to have your student create, learn, and play. Check out their options for Pre-K up to 6th grade.

Head to Blank Park Zoo

Spring Safari Camp is a three-day camp for children ages 5-9 years. During this camp, children will participate in hands-on learning activities, enjoy the outdoors, meet Ambassador Animals and explore the Zoo. Or, a visit to the zoo is a great way to spend a day during Spring Break.

Visit the Science Center of Iowa

Explore all the familiar exhibits and check out their new Sock Skating Rink to get that skating experience minus the ice. Check their website for exact dates and times as the Science Center has limited hours.

Try Climb Iowa

Are your kids literally climbing the walls? There’s a camp for that! Climb Iowa has camps for kids that will teach them not only the basics of wall climbing but trust, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.

Head to Brenton Arboretum

Check out their Nature Club and Nature Club Plus program on Thursday, March 17th. Kids will learn about “Signs of Spring” during this outdoor program that explores the arboretum grounds. Spring Break Des Moines

Visit the Des Moines Botanical Center

Get that tropical feeling right here in Iowa. Warm-up and learn about beautiful, sustainable horticulture. Or kids can create, explore and discover in the Botanical Center’s unique garden classrooms during one of their day camps. Similarly, get inspired to start your own garden and check out some of the greenhouses and garden centers around town like Canoyer, Goode, and Earl May.

Take a Staycation

See Des Moines from the lens of a tourist! Book a hotel, check out some shops and restaurants you’ve never been to. For tips and ideas, check out Plan a Staycation in Des Moines for one family’s adventure throughout the Des Moines metro. 

Hit up the Library

A library is always a great option when kids have some extra time. Des Moines Public Library has various events during the week of Spring Break. Check out your local library around the metro for their events. Or just check out some books and create your own reading challenge!

Go on a Daytrip

Another great thing about Des Moines? It’s centrally located! So you don’t have to go far to get away. We’ve compiled a list of places near and not too far to check out, 10 Family Day Trips in Central Iowa. The Omaha Zoo and Kansas City are two other fun day trips. 

Join a Jump Start Clinic at Goldfish Swim School

Join Goldfish Swim School Urbandale for a Spring Jump Start Clinic from March 15-18th! Jump Start Clinics are the perfect opportunity to put in some extra work on the skills your child needs to take their swimming to the next level! Jump Start Clinics are four days of 30-minute swim lessons that focus on helping each student make significant gains in a short amount of time. Students continually build on what they learned the day before and can even make a month’s worth of progress in one week! For more information or to register for a Jump Start Clinic, contact Goldfish at 515/612-9500

What is your favorite way to spend spring break in Des Moines?


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