EXPLORE: Exercise inside

By Sofia Legaspi Dickens

Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you can’t get your sweat on. If you’re tired of the plain old gym, try these exercise alternatives.

Whether you strive to score a perfect game or have to use the gutter bumpers and one of those ramps — we’re not judging — here are nine bowling alleys in the area:
  • GAME DAY LANES: 3800 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines; gamedaylanes.com
  • AIR LANES BOWLING CENTER: 4200 Fleur Drive, Des Moines; airlanesbowling.com 
  • VAL LANES RECREATION CENTER: 100 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines; vallanes.com 
  • BOWLERAMA LANES: 1313 E. Diehl Ave., Des Moines; bowleramalanes.com 
  • GREAT ESCAPE: 655 N.E. 56th St., Pleasant Hill; greatescapeiowa.com 
  • WARRIOR LANES: 190 S.E. Laurel St., Waukee; warriorlanes.com 
  • ADEL FAMILY FUN CENTER: 1526 Greene St., Adel; affcbowl.com 
  • B-ROLL BOWLING: 1580 S.W. Market St., Ankeny; bbtheatres.com 
  • UNCLE BUCK’S FISH BOWL AND GRILL: 1000 Bass Pro Drive N.W., Altoona; unclebucksfishbowlandgrill.com 

340 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines
Only open since January 2022, the metro’s newest entertainment center not only features bowling, but also a laser tag area, restaurants and bars, and a state-of-the-art arcade.

150 E. Fourth St., Des Moines
3605 Miehe Drive, Grimes
Climb Iowa is the state’s largest indoor climbing and training gym. The Grimes location offers walls up to 37.5 feet tall and 200 routes and problems. The Des Moines location in the East Village is a bouldering-only facility with more than 80 problems for climbers to explore.

Skating is cool again — haven’t you heard? Check websites for special events like adult night, half-price admission, skate school, roller derbies and more.
  • SKATE SOUTH: 10494 County Line Road, Des Moines; skatesouth.com 
  • SKATELAND: 5621 Meredith Drive, Des Moines; skatelanddm.com 

6625 Coachlight Drive, West Des Moines
Hop on the pickleball bandwagon and reserve one of the four indoor courts at Smash Park. Paddles and balls are included in court reservations. Smash Park also offers pickleball leagues, clinics, lessons and tournaments, plus indoor set-ups of Iowa’s beloved sport: bags (or cornhole — let the debate begin).

Whether you like dodgeball, basketball or just plain old jumping up and down, trampoline parks abound in the Des Moines metro. It’s a hopping good time!
  • URBAN AIR: 2829 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny; urbanair.com/iowa-ankeny 
  • SKY ZONE: 1300 S.E. Gateway Drive, Suite 103, Grimes; skyzone.com/desmoines 
  • GET AIR: 3799 86th St., Urbandale; getairsports.com/des-moines