Spring Break Activities in Des Moines 2023

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Spring Break Guide

Hooray, school is out for spring break! Not going anywhere and need to keep the kids busy? Des Moines Mom has you covered. Our Spring Break Guide has all the info you need for camps, outings, and more.

Just want to get out of the house for a bit but can’t count on good weather? Check out our guide to Indoor Play.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored guide, presented by our valued local partners. While we love sharing these resources with our readers, we have not personally vetted each individual business represented here and encourage our readers to do their own research to find the best fit for their family. 

Science Center of Iowa

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Imagine, experiment, and play at the Science Center of Iowa! Catch science in action in When Things Get Moving, meet Iowa’s native cold-blooded critters in What On Earth?, or make a splash in Bubble Bay. Live science demonstrations and planetarium programs mean there’s something new to explore each time you visit. Special early childhood classes are offered throughout the month.

Climb Iowa

Send your kids on a climbing adventure! Climb Iowa camps introduce young adventurers to climbing, but we won’t stop there. Children will learn about trust, teamwork and problem solving while developing their rock climbing skills through our interactive activities

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Warrior Lanes

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Warrior Lanes is open at Noon every day to put the SPRING in your spring break. Accessible bowling for all ages and abilities and an arcade full of affordable fun. Online reservations available!

Other Spring Break Activities in Des Moines

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.

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.

Explore Brenton Arboretum

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

Get Your Wiggles out at Urban Air Adventure Park

Kids always need a way to be active and Urban Air in Ankeny is just the place to do it! Check out their trampolines, rock climbing walls, or zipline. There is something fun for everyone.

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 Day Trip

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. 

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