Spring is right around the corner and that means one thing: kids are out of school. While spring break is often synonymous with crowded beaches and pool side parties, kids will also get some time off of school, so they will be looking for ways to stay entertained and active as well. Spring break this year in Des Moines is March 11 -18 so if you are vacationing in Des Moines or are playing tourist in your own town for spring break, there are a number of ways to keep kids occupied in Des Moines during spring break. These are just a few ideas.

Make sure kids stay educated and don’t get too lazy during spring break and go on a trip to The Science Center of Iowa and check out everything they have to offer, including a 47 foot T. Rex named Sue who was discovered in the cliffs of the Cheyenne River in western South Dakota! This will not only get the kids out of the house, but will also keep them educated and learning something new. You can also catch an IMAX movie while here and give the kids a chance to sit and relax for a bit.

Continue with the educational spring break idea and take a trip over to the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs and learn all about 19th century technology and engineering when trains come to life at this historic museum.

Want to get out a little pent up energy from visiting museums? Check out the Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Grimes which features wall-to-wall, interconnected trampolines. They also feature trampolines on the walls, so your kids will literally be able to bounce off the walls. You can also take them to FunCity in Burlington for some bowling, indoor go-karts, laser tag, and indoor water park fun.

The local library is always a great place to go. Not only do they have a wide range of books to read while on break, but they also offer a wide range of audiobooks, DVDs, and other things that you can check out to keep kids busy while at home. They likely also have events going on during spring break that kids can attend. And the best part? It’s free!

Spring break weather can be unpredictable, but if the weather is good, why not take in everything that natural parks have to offer? Check out Raccoon River Park, Union Park, American Legion Park, or Jester Park Natural Playscape and let the kids run and play outside.

Spring break is a great chance to get outside and start curing that cabin fever that winter seems to bring on each year around this time. There are many different activities to get out and enjoy during spring break, whether you’re on a family vacation, or with your college roommates. Get out and experience all that Des Moines and the surrounding area has to offer!