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The Operating Room

This past weekend my son wanted to go visit The Operating Room. Yeah, not the one at the hospital. The arcade over in West Des Moines! I have been to the Operating Room many, many times over the past couple years with both my kids and with other friends. It’s always a good time, aContinue reading “The Operating Room”


Adventureland – Do You Remember?

In August of 1974 Adventureland opened it’s doors to guests to explore some fun rides in Central Iowa. Granted I wasn’t born yet, but in the 1980’s Adventureland was my place for Summer fun. I remember my parents worked for Pioneer at the time and we would always get free tickets each year to goContinue reading “Adventureland – Do You Remember?”

Indoor Places for Kids in Central Iowa

When it is cold or snowy/rainy in Central Iowa, parents, and children are always on the hunt for places to play indoors! So what do we do now?  Where do we take the kids to keep them entertained and from driving us crazy?  Well, here are some Indoor Places for Kids in Central Iowa that you canContinue reading “Indoor Places for Kids in Central Iowa”

Places to Ice Skate in Central Iowa

Cold weather is coming and it’s always fun to Ice Skate at least once during the Winter season. Does Central Iowa have anywhere to ice skate? Of course we do. Here are some options to get out and do some holiday skating! Brenton Skating Plaza – Brenton Skating Plaza is an outdoor ice skating facilityContinue reading “Places to Ice Skate in Central Iowa”

Central Iowa Winter Bucket List with the Family

So I originally wrote this list back when I started Des Moines Parent website. It’s interesting to see the changes over the years as my kids have gotten older. So here is my updated list for my family in 2021! The first official day of Winter is December 21st.  My mental calendar switches over toContinue reading “Central Iowa Winter Bucket List with the Family”

Pumpkin Patches to Visit this Fall

There are many pumpkin patches to visit around Central Iowa this Fall season. It’s fun to head out with the family once the weather gets that cool breeze in the air and enjoy pumpkins and the many attractions each one has. I have to admit my favorite one is Center Grove Orchard. I take myContinue reading “Pumpkin Patches to Visit this Fall”

The Slaughterhouse Haunted House

October 1st thru the 31st you can check out The Slaughterhouse Haunted House at 500 Locust St in Des Moines. Now, I didn’t get to check it out last year due to COVID, but the year before it was quite the interesting haunted house. I’ve been to other local Haunted House’s such as Linn’s SupermarketContinue reading “The Slaughterhouse Haunted House”

Central Iowa Fall Bucket List w/ the Family

My favorite season Fall is right around the corner.  Even though it’s not quite here yet, I couldn’t wait to make my Fall Bucket List with the Kiddos.  This is an update of a Fall Bucket List I made many years ago. I say bring on the cooler temps and beautiful fall colors!  So here’sContinue reading “Central Iowa Fall Bucket List w/ the Family”