“You can’t plant a seed without getting
your hands dirty,” Mariah Dillard
So, let’s get to the root of the problem. Life is busy for both parents and kids. We manage our to-do’s and bury ourselves in technology. We are losing connection (no pun intended) with our children and our spouse. Instead, we should be planting the seed on quality family time.
Looking for some activities to
do with “man’s best friend” this summer?
We’ve rounded up 5 fun dog-friendly Des Moines area activities to
Cool down with a Puppy Cone from Snookies Malt Shop
Beaver Ave, Des Moines
Malt Shop is a staple in the Beaverdale neighborhood and
locals love its dog-friendly patio.
Snookies is only open from mid-April to early fall, so it’s the perfect
summertime activity to do with your dog.
Need another reason besides the great soft-serve ice cream, shakes,
malts and tasty desserts? How about free “puppy cones” to all good puppers who
visit! Puppy Cones are tiny little vanilla ice cream cones that also provide
the perfect photo opp of your pup to share on Instagram. Beaverdale resident Ashley Friday puts it
best, “My dog Ruby looks forward to opening day as much as I do. It’s not
really summer until we get our first pup cone!”
Spend a Saturday morning at the Des Moines Farmers’ Market
Court Ave, Des Moines
Ranked as the #2 Top Farmers’ Market in the US by
Shape Magazine the Des Moines Farmers’ Market is a great way to spend a
Saturday morning for both your and your pup.
The farmers’ market welcomes leashed and well-behaved pooches to visit
and browse the over 300 vendors. There
are a lot of dogs that stroll around Court Avenue so it gives your dog plenty
of opportunity to socialize. Pro-tip:
get there early! The Des Moines’ Farmers’ Market is a popular spot and can get crowded
as the day goes on. If your dog doesn’t
like crowds, it could become a stressful situation.
Socialize for a good cause during the Animal Rescue League “Yappy Hour”
Drinks on a patio for a
good cause? Sign us up! The Yappy Hour
series is a dog-friendly patio event that benefits the Animal Rescue League of
Iowa. There are happy hour drink
specials and admission is free. It’s a
great way to spend a sunny afternoon with friends and your pup can make some
friends as well. With multiple locations and dates, there’s
sure to be one that fits your schedule.
Catch a fly ball during the Dog Days of Summer with the Iowa Cubs
Principal Park – 1 Line
Dr, Des Moines
Each summer the Iowa Cubs offer a Dog Days of
Summer event that benefits the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Principal Park goes “to the dogs” with a dog
parade before the game, bandanas for all the four-legged participants, water
stations and specials on hot dogs for hungry baseball fans. When asked about
their favorite part of the event, Des Moines resident Jane Slusark said, “It’s
so much fun to see all the dogs at the game.
We bring the whole family, and it’s a great way to spend a summer
evening”. Tickets are $16 and 100% of the
ticket price goes towards caring for homeless animals in the metro area. It’s great family-fun, but don’t wait until
the last minute. This even usually sells
Sip Margaritas on the patio at MALO
MALO – 900 Mulberry St
There are quite a few dog-friendly patios in Downtown Des Moines, but we are partial towards MALO and their tasty margaritas! MALO has 10 dog-friendly outdoor tables on their patio and they provide plenty of shade on sunny days. Don’t forget to grab the churritos dessert with the Mexican chocolate dipping sauce…just don’t share that one with you dog!
Where is your favorite place to take your pup in Des Moines? Share in the comments.
You don’t have to break the bank when looking for summer activities in the Des Moines area. You can choose from many great low-cost options. It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting the capital city for the first time or a local resident. You can have a lot of fun in the sun and still go easy on your wallet. You can start by looking into these five options in the Des Moines area.
Welcome to our newest series: the One Street Challenge! Each month we challenge ourselves to eat every meal on one street in the Des Moines area. Per official challenge rules (that we wrote ourselves…) we’ll spend one day, eating three meals and after dinner drinks without leaving the area. This month’s destination is so good it almost feels like we’re cheating. Join us as we eat our way down fifth street in Valley Junction.
Start the day on a healthier note at Big Acai Bowl. This restaurant got its start as a food truck that’s grown into two brick and mortar locations. Jake, the owner, discovered a love for healthy eating after moving to California and lucky for us he brought that knowledge back to Des Moines. Here you’ll find the magic that started it all, the acai bowl (think a fancy smoothie in a bowl with stuff on top). You can also find an assortment of smoothies, coffee, and avocado toasts. We’ll take a classic bowl with mixed berries and a mango picante toast.
Next up is The Tavern. It’s a notably less healthy option than breakfast but, as a true Valley Junction staple, it can’t be missed. The Tavern opened during the Great Depression and has only been owned by two families—first the Rileis who then sold it to Chuck Celsi in 1988. They’re known for their thin crust pizza but the true hero here is the onion rings—trust us on this one! We’re digging into The Works and side of onion rings with #noregrets.
The Tavern 205 5th Street West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
Whether we’re spending the whole day or just stopping by for dinner, a visit to Cooper’s on 5th is pretty much required in our book. Cooper’s serves classy comfort food and boy are they good at it. We recommend the mac and cheese with kielbasa added (so good!) or the port braised short ribs and you can’t leave without trying one of their signature egg rolls. Erm..Egg rolls? Stick with us here—Cooper’s features a different egg roll each day and with flavors like chicken parmesan and Philly cheesesteak, these aren’t at all what you’re expecting.
Pro-tip: Take a look across the street as you leave Cooper’s—Mr. Cooper himself is about to open up The Winchester Pub. We asked him about this new venture and he says he’s trying to fill a gap in the Valley Junction area. We have a great sports bar and dive bar but there isn’t a nice place you can go for a drink after work. We wholeheartedly agree and can’t wait to add The Winchester to our list of favorite places.
We’re rounding out our perfect day of food with a stop at Vino209. Vino209 has an excellent lunch and dinner menu prepared by executive chef Andrew Phelps but we like to stop at the end of the night for dessert and glass of wine. They feature live music every Tuesday and free wine tastings on Wednesdays so plan your trip accordingly!
Pro-tip: Can’t decide which wine to try? We recommend a flight. For $18 you can sample four different wines which they assured me these aren’t your standard grocery store selections. Luckily, if you love you choice, you have the option to buy a bottle to take home!
Vino209 209 5th Street West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
Next up—we’re heading to the East Village! Let us know where we should go in the comments.
Spring is finally here and the weather is warming up – don’t
spend your weekend at home. Check out
these great activities in Des Moines for your whole family.
Blank Park Zoo
The Blank Park Zoo offers activities and sights to last your family a few hours or an entire day. Don’t forget to visit the Kids Kingdom to give your kids some playtime. You’ll pay a reasonable admission price based upon your kid’s ages – and kids age 2 and under are free! For an additional fee, schedule a behind-the-scenes tour and check out animals like the giraffes, sea lions or wallabies.