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Top Family-Friendly Activities Near Carbon 550 Apartments

Looking for family-friendly activities near Carbon 550 apartments? Read up on the many entertainment options that the entire family can enjoy in Des Moines!


Keeping youngsters entertained and engaged is no small task for busy parents. But for Des Moines residents, that task is made just a bit easier by the area’s many offerings for families. While Carbon 550 offers building amenities like the entertainment lounge (see our photo gallery), we're also close to many amazing family-friendly activities! Our community is situated just minutes from some of the region’s best events, sites, and venues for families with kids.

Here are just a few of the local family-friendly activities near our Des Moines, IA apartments:



Education doesn’t just have to happen in the classroom. If you want to keep little minds active, consider a visit to the Science Center, less than a mile from Carbon 550. Interactive galleries that encourage hands-on learning, a planetarium, IMAX theater, and much more are offered at this award-winning museum. The expansive, frequently changing collections mean frequent visits are in order, which is why living nearby is a big plus. And kids will love being just a 10-minute drive from the Blank Park Zoo, featuring nearly 50 acres of parkland that are home to 800 different animals.



When the weather is nice, a walk along the river or Pappajohn Sculpture Park is just minutes away. Or take a trip to Ashby Park, ten minutes from Carbon 550, as a great way to burn off some energy. The park features a splash pool in the warmer weather, nature trail, playground, and much more. And then there's family-friendly Principal Park, home to the AAA Iowa Cubs, just one mile from the property.



Get Artsy

For residents looking for local family-friendly activities, Des Moines, IA apartments like ours are right in the midst of the city’s arts scene. For instance, the Des Moines Art Center is just 10 minutes from Carbon 550, a comprehensive art museum that features plenty of kids’ activities, including art classes. The Des Moines Community Playhouse is also only five minutes away, a great find for theater lovers.



Des Moines’ culinary creativity is on full display in the downtown area, with many family-friendly restaurants appealing to youngsters and adults alike. For a truly memorable experience, stroll the half-mile to the Downtown Farmers Market, where kids can handpick their own fruits and veggies, sweet treats, gifts, and more.

With so many exciting activities right near home, those dreaded long trips with kids are history. Families can instead lace up their sneakers or hop in the car for just a few minutes to take in history, art, food, or outdoor adventure—which means more time for family fun. Contact us today to find out more about our community or to schedule a tour!

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