12 Spring Break Activities in Des Moines 2021


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It’s time to start planning for Spring Break! Whether it’s one fun day or a whole week of activities, we have ideas for you. From day trips to adventures in Des Moines, there are lots of options to entertain those kiddos and get a bit of a break.

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 once again holding Spring Break Camps. Campers will enjoy horseback riding, activities, and equine education each day. 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 Farm’s 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.

Head to Blank Park Zoo

It’s a Spring Safari at the Zoo! Day camps and a new overnight camp are available for kids of varying ages. Or, a visit to the zoo is a great way to spend a day during Spring Break.

Visit the Science Center of Iowa

The Science Center has had limited hours but for Spring Break, they will be open every day. 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. 

Learn with Muddy Boots

Muddy Boot’s Forest Camp has outdoor educational opportunities for younger children. New for this year is Spring Mini Camps. Foster a love for the outdoors with themes ranging from Legos to Camping.

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

Register to receive a themed scavenger each morning of Spring Break to be completed at the Arboretum at your leisure. It’s free and self-guided, so it’s perfect for kids!

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Visit the Des Moines Botanical Center

Get that tropical feeling right here in Iowa. Warm-up and learn about beautiful, sustainable horticulture. Or 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.

Check Out Waukee After School

Are you looking for a structured full week camp with high energy activities and positivity? Waukee’s Best Spring Break Camp involves karate, dance, tumbling, obstacle courses, Nerf competition, dodgeball, arts and crafts, field trips to the park, and much more.

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. 

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. 

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Join a Jump Start Clinic at Goldfish Swim School

Join Goldfish Swim School Urbandale for a Spring Jump Start Clinic from March 16-19th! 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 a 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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