With Mother’s Day weekend right around the corner, look into these itinerary ideas!

Bike + Brew     

Start your Mother’s Day celebrations off by taking in the beauty of Greater Des Moines. BCycle has many rental stations across the metro. You can rent a bike for hours without having to worry about ending back where you started. With BCycle and trails stretching as far as West Des Moines, it’s a great option for kicking off Mother’s Day.

After you’ve seen some of the breath-taking views Greater Des Moines has to offer, sit back, relax and enjoy a brew at one of these favorites conveniently located by a BCycle station:

  • BCycle Station: 3221 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311

Brew: Jethro’s BBQ

  • BCycle Station: 1315 31st St, Des Moines, IA 50311

Brew: University Library Cafe

  • BCycle Station: 2005 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Brew: Ingersoll Tap  

  • BCycle Station: 1722 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50316

Brew: Exile Brewing Company

  • BCycle Station: 604 Cherry St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Brew: Hessen Haus

  • BCycle Station: 198 SW 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Brew: El Bait Shop

  • BCycle Station: 155 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Brew: Annie’s Irish Pub

  • BCycle Station: 520 Robert D. Ray Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309

Brew: Ernie’s Boondock


Paint + Sip

Check out one of the many wine and paint classes offered around town. Bottle & Bottega offers open studios throughout the spring and has guided sessions almost every night! Bring your mom to paint, drink and have some fun! Then, keep the good times going and the wine flowing by heading a few blocks down the street to Centro. Centro's lively, casual yet upscale atmosphere and extensive wine menu makes it the perfect place to wrap up your Mother’s Day festivities.


Dinner + Show

For dinner, head on over to Cheese Bar. Enjoy their full menu of house-made charcuterie, grilled cheese and cast-iron mac & cheese. They also serve delicious cocktails, 30 beers, 18 wines by the glass, cider and mead on tap.

For post-dinner entertainment, check out the Des Moines Community Playhouse. The Des Moines Community Playhouse has shows and classes running all year long, whether you’re looking for a comedy or tragedy, the Des Moines Community Playhouse has a show in their season for you. And, if you enjoyed your dinner at Cheese Bar, after the Des Moines Community Playhouse you can walk across the street and pick up a few goodies from the Cheese Bar’s sister store, the Cheese Shop!