Best Moms Night Out: AR Workshop® Ankeny

This post was sponsored by AR Workshop Ankeny. However all opinions and reviews are my own.

Hands down, our Des Moines Moms Blog contributor team will tell you they had a blast at our night out at AR Workshop® Ankeny.

What things make a night out one to remember? Great friends? Fabulous atmosphere? Wine? Laughter? Combine that with the opportunity to be a maker-ista and you have a night out at AR Workshop®!

ar workshop ankenyMy Honest Experience at AR Workshop® Ankeny

I love creating and being crafty. The things I don’t love? Sourcing all the supplies I need to create something as well as finding the time in my schedule to actually start and finish a project. And let’s not even get started with clean-up. Clean-up is the worst! 

At AR Workshop® Ankeny they take care of all of it! They have all the supplies, the space for creating, and they’ll clean up your mess at the end.

One of the biggest benefits is having someone from AR Workshop® holding your hand through every step, helping you make decisions about paint colors, demonstrating how to use the power tools, and talking you off the ledge when you think you’ve screwed up your project (they’re good at calming down your inner perfectionist and helping smooth out any imperfections). 

ar workshop ankenyNeedless to say, I can’t say enough good things about my AR Workshop® Ankeny experience. My mom and I are going back together, and I recommend it to all my friends for the perfect night out!

About AR Workshop® Ankeny

AR Workshop® is a boutique DIY studio that offers hands-on classes for creating custom, charming home decor from raw materials. Join an instructor-led workshop where you can make custom wood plank signs, framed signs, canvas pillows, round signs, lazy susans, centerpiece boxes, canvas tote bags, and more. 

AR Workshop® will help you take your home decor to the next level and have fun while creating it!

AR Workshop® Ankeny is 7 months old, located at The District in Prairie Trail at 1631 SW Main Street, Suite 104
Ankeny, IA 50023.

They also have youth projects available and love to host birthday parties. They can be any time during the week but typically Saturday mornings are reserved for youth birthday parties. Earlier in the summer, they also host summer camps for kids – perfect for your child who loves crafting and art projects! The next camp is July 24–26. For more information, email [email protected].

AR Workshop® Ankeny has retail for purchase including soaps, lotions, candles, home decor, wreaths, and more. If you don’t want make a project, AR Workshop® can make it for you! For a small fee ($10), they will make the project for you to your specifications and you pick it up when it is complete!

ar workshop ankeny What is the workshop process?

You register online ahead of time at for the class you want to take. It’s about a 3-hour process. You start with the raw materials and the AR Workshop® staff teaches you step by step the entire process. You can come by yourself, with a few friends/family or even book a private event in their space. AR Workshop® Ankeny loves to host groups for team building, bachelorette parties, bridal showers, birthday parties (youth and adult), corporate events, and fundraisers!

Bring your own wine or beer and even snacks and appetizers to enjoy while you are creating!

Connect with AR Workshop® Ankeny

Email: [email protected]




Phone: 515-207-3772
Mondays- closed
Tuesdays open for team buildings and private parties
Wednesday–Friday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

ar workshop ankenySpecial discount for Des Moines Moms Blog readers!

Have I convinced you yet that this is the best thing since sliced bread? Save $10 on your workshop registration with the code DMMB10 through July 24. Don’t delay!

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Kara originally hails from northwest Iowa where she met her husband, Lance, through a 4-H fashion show. After a decade of living in central Iowa, Kara is still figuring out which way is north. Wearing the hat of “wife, mommy, employee, chef, ribbon tie-er and family calendar organizer,” Kara knows a bit about juggling life and work. Kara became a boy-mom in June of 2011 to Lucan and a girl-mom to Gracelyn in December of 2014. Most days you can find her mixing up metaphors and oversharing life’s moments via social media. Kara enjoys yoga, reading, gardening, cooking, sewing in straight lines and singing along to musicals. A spender by nature, but thrifty by necessity, Kara is always in hunt of a bargain. She’s an active member of Northpoint Church and a resident of Grimes. Her vision for life includes “doing the best we can with what God gives us.”


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