Most of us don’t get terribly excited when winter arrives. In fact, statistically it’s by far our least favorite season. Especially here in Des Moines where the winter chill is intense, and the wind and snow are a near constant. However, winter does have its upsides. There’s plenty of winter activities and attractions here in Des Moines that are well worth braving the cold to enjoy.

To help you fill up your activity calendar this winter, here’s a list of our favorite upcoming activities.

1. Yoga Under the Stars

Love yoga? Love astronomy? We have just the thing for you! Combine yoga and space together in this amazing event at the SCI Star Theater Planetarium where you can do yoga beneath an endless number of stars!

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Date: Every Monday Night Through May 21

2. Iowa Taste of Elegance

If you’re a lover of ribs, this is your event. The Taste of Elegance is a professional chef competition where chefs will be challenged to create an unforgettable entrée with country style ribs. Attendees will be able to taste the competition for themselves, and Iowa wineries and breweries will serve samples throughout the evening.

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Date: January 22

3. Iowa Wolves Basketball

If you’re looking for a fun sports outing this winter, check out an Iowa Wolves game! The Iowa Wolves are the Minnesota Timberwolves minor league affiliate, and offer plenty of fun promotions that both you and the family will enjoy such as Super Hero Day.

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Date: Now through March

4. Ice Skating at Brenton Skating Plaza

If you haven’t checked it out, the Brenton Skating Plaza offers a wonderful family-friendly experience. They offer ice skating lessons, broomball, open skate, as well as night skating events to enjoy the rink under the lights.

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Date: The rink will be open through the end of winter

5. Check Out a Museum

Instead of a night at the museum, how about spending the day?  A free day at that, since none of the following museums charge an admission fee. There’s a number of museums in Des Moines that offer free admission, or have particular dates that are free. Some of our favorites include:
Iowa Aviation Museum

Des Moines Art Center

Iowa Historical Museum

Date: Most Des Moines museums are open year round

6. Go Sledding at Sleepy Hollow

Bundle up and hit the slopes this winter by taking on the awesome sledding and tubing trails at Sleepy Hollow. Don’t have a sled? No worries, you can rent everything you need on site.

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Date: Open every weekend until March 4th.

7. ZA-GA-ZIG Shrine Circus

Take a break from the cold and check out the family fun at the circus! See live animal acts, human cannonball acts, and new acts formerly with Barnum and Bailey Circus.

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Date: January 26-28

8. Chili Chili Bang Bang In Indianola

Assemble your posse and grab your boots and cowboy hat and head south to Indianola for the Chili Chili Bang Bang Tex Mex shop crawl. This western-themed event features an array of delicious food and family-friendly fun.

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Date: January 27

9. Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert

Enjoy the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter at the Des Moines Civic Center as the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra performs the film’s score live. Relive the magic of the movie in this unique and one-of-a-kind experience!

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Date: February 2 & 3

10. Tyrannosaurs Meet The Family

Head down to the IMAX Dome Theater to see dinosaurs in a new and exciting fashion. The exhibition’s specimens are not only spectacular in scale and form, but also reveal some of the most significant discoveries in paleontology over the past decade.Tyrannosaurs offers visitors a look at rare and magnificent real fossils but also reconstructs the life-sized skeletons of these terrifying carnivores like you’ve never seen before.

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Date: Through April

Find Your Next Apartment With Elevate Living

Hopefully you find some time to check out this fun and exciting activities in Des Moines this winter. Speaking of time, finding a new apartment requires spending a lot of time researching, exploring, and comparing various apartment complexes. Save yourself some time by allowing Elevate Living assist you in your apartment search.

Elevate Living has wide variety of apartments in the Des Moines area, which allows us to pair the perfect apartment with our residents. Contact us today to get your apartment search started.