Why Des Moines is the root to Iowa family fun

“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.

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Here are 5 Dog Friendly Activities to try in Des Moines this Summer

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 try. 

Cool down with a Puppy Cone from Snookies Malt Shop

1810 Beaver Ave, Des Moines

Snookies 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”

Multiple locations and times – Schedule here

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 out!

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.

Top 5 low-cost summer activities in Des Moines

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.

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Seven family-friendly activities in Des Moines

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.

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Des Moines’ Best Movie Theaters

The now-closed Varsity Theatre. The business opened its doors on Christmas Day in 1938, and it showed its last film on December 30th, 2018.

The recent closing of the Varsity Theatre, located across the street from the campus of Drake University, is a major loss to cinema lovers across Iowa. However, there’s still plenty of alternatives for movie-goers searching for their new favorite place to watch the latest and greatest films. Whether you’re looking for Hollywood blockbusters or more indie films, there’s a theater to suit your interests.

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