Nov 24, 2021 - Things to Do

10 ways to keep family busy in Des Moines during Thanksgiving

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Family in town? Looking for ways to get out of the house? We've got you covered.

  • Here are 10 things to do near Des Moines this Thanksgiving week.


🎡 Test your 90's pop culture knowledge during trivia at the Iowa Distilling Company from 6-8pm.

🍺 Partake in "Drinksgiving" at Smash Park. They'll be hosting events all day, including "Friends" trivia and a Football Bowling tournament.

✈️ Stop by Kinship Brewing in Waukee, where there's free bingo and a showing of "Planes, Trains & Automobiles." Doors open at 3pm.


πŸŽ„ Check out bright displays at Jolly Holiday Lights in Altoona. Held daily through Jan. 2, from 5:30pm-10pm. $25 per car.

  • Of note: Closed Dec. 24-25, and New Year's Eve.

πŸ’‘ Take a spin around Living History Farms and drive through an animated light show. You'll find plenty of themed worlds, including 700 feet of tunnels. Tickets are $30.

🌱 Explore the Botanical Center at night and experience unique lighting and luminaries from 6-9pm. Adult tickets are $10.

πŸ˜‚ Keep the holiday humor going at TeeHee's Comedy Club for a Thanksgiving-themed stand up show. Tickets start at $20.


πŸ–ΌοΈ Hang with the art: Entirely Kids Day at the DSM Art Center includes activities, collaborative projects, tours and scavenger hunts in the gallery. 11am-3pm. Free.

🎁 Shop for unique gifts at the Hand Crafted Holiday Market at Mainframe Studios from 1-5pm.

πŸ›οΈ It's round two for the East Village's Holiday Promenade. Shops are open later and you'll find plenty of entertainment around the area.


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