Start the crisp weekend off with some breakfast and an array of outdoor sporting activities inside at Smash Park! In West Des Moines, Smash Park offers breakfast novelties like OG Biscuits and Gravy, their Bill Bell Burrito and more from 8-11 a.m. After breakfast you can jump right into one of their free open play areas that include cornhole, ping pong, foosball, golden tee and shuffleboard. When you’re tuckered out after a friendly round of pickleball, you can take a seat and play some retro Atari or Nintendo.

When the games have finished make sure to quench your thirst and check out the Brew Moines beer passport app. All you have to do is download the app, check into one of the breweries or taprooms, ask the server for the Brew Moines password and your passport will be stamped! Check into all participating breweries and taprooms to become a Brew Moines-ian and receive an exclusive "Barley & Hops & Brewery Stops" T-shirt. You'll also be entered to win a Brewcation, which includes a one-night hotel stay in Greater Des Moines, tours of select breweries and a swag bag.

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Grab some dinner after those delicious ale’s at Alba. Alba has completely remastered the typical dining room aura by using reclaimed doors as their ceiling. Alba offers a creative culinary twist on traditional American cuisine. Dishes are prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients, the finest cuts of meat, and the freshest fruits, vegetables and herbs. For a unique experience, opt to dine at the chef’s table with head chef Joe Tripp, a James Beard semifinalist. Looking for other restaurants? Browse a long list here.

After some grub check out Iowa Events Center across the river! Iowa Events Center hosts two of Iowa’s semi professional sports team every weekend of November. If hockey is more your speed, then catch the Iowa Wild as they play against teams from across America on the ice. If basketball is of your liking than catch former Minnesota Timberwolves player Johnathan Stark and the Iowa Wolves. The Iowa Wolves roster is packed with former and future NBA players as well as some international powerhouses as well.


Following the intense sporting events, stop by Up-Down and enjoy some retro video games and a drink. Up-Down features some hard to find arcade gems that include Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Frogger, Mortal Kombat and more. Take on a round of pinball, Skee-Ball, life-size Jenga and some classic console games! Up-Down offers all games at 25 cents and not to mention a full bar all in the same area. Don’t forget to take a step back and soak the atmosphere of Up-Down. Up-Down has decorated the area with retro memorabilia to really send you back to the past. It’s a cozy and fun spot to end any busy weekend!  Find other nightlife destinations here.

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