4 free things to do for family fun in Des Moines

4 free things to do for family fun in Des Moines

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By Good Info News Wire

July 5, 2024

Des Moines is a city where excitement and culture blend with Midwestern charm to create an array of unforgettable experiences for families.

Luckily, some of the most engaging adventures here won’t cost you a dime. From strolling through a world-class sculpture park to delving into the rich troves of a public library, there’s a trove of family activities waiting to be discovered.

Here’s a curated list of destinations that promise fun-filled outings and enriching experiences, ensuring that your family’s time in Des Moines is as rewarding as it is cost-effective.

John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Nestled in the thriving heart of the city, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park is a visual feast of artistry and design. It showcases more than 30 monumental sculptures in a freely accessible outdoor setting.

Families can enjoy a cultural outing, where the fusion of urban energy and creative art makes for an unforgettable experience. The park is a refreshing break from the bustle of the city, inviting kids and adults alike to explore and interact with the wonders of contemporary art.

4 free things to do for family fun in Des Moines
Photo courtesy of Pappajohn Sculpture Park via Facebook.

Des Moines Public Library

At the cornerstone of community learning, the Des Moines Public Library offers a multitude of resources and activities that cater to families and children. With six locations and a vast collection of literature and digital media, it’s a sanctuary for readers and learners of all ages.

The library’s various programs, including lively storytimes for kids, foster a love for reading and creativity. Additionally, the peaceful and well-equipped spaces available here make it a valuable hub for education and relaxation in the city.

4 free things to do for family fun in Des Moines
Photo courtesy of Des Moines Public Library via Facebook.

Iowa State Capitol

The Iowa State Capitol is not only an architectural marvel but also a repository of Iowa’s rich legislative history. Free guided tours unravel the historical tales and offer insights into the governance that shapes the state. The intricate details and artistic flourishes of the Capitol’s interior, particularly the law library, are captivating for visitors of all ages.

The building is open to the public Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

4 free things to do for family fun in Des Moines
Photo courtesy of Iowa State Capitol via Facebook.

Gray’s Lake Park

Gray’s Lake Park stands out as a natural reprieve in an urban setting, providing a picturesque setting fit for a variety of recreational activities. With its extensive trails and 166.6 acres, visitors can relish scenic walks, bike rides, or simply unwind by the serene lake.

The park’s well-maintained amenities set the scene for picnics, playtime, and even water activities during the warmer months. It’s a community favorite for a reason — offering a slice of tranquility and a dash of adventure all rolled into one.

4 free things to do for family fun in Des Moines
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This story was generated in part by AI and edited by Iowa Starting Line staff.

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