“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.
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.
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.