It's winter. Got cabin fever? I sure do. This time of year, I crave spending time with friends but typically get sucked into hibernating. But trust me, this is the key time of year to get out and explore. Whether you're a local looking for fun things to do or an out-of-towner looking for a getaway on budget, here are a few suggestions for spending a weekend with your crew.

Day 1:

Venture through the Historic East Village. Window shopping and one-of-a-kind restaurants. Live music and entertainment at Wooly's. Catch quirky finds. Vintage clothing. A cup of java.


Bring your A-game for Up-Down, Des Moines' underground arcade bar. Catch skee ball and Mortal Kombat. WWF screenings. Life-sized Jenga and Connect Four. Craft brews and signature cocktails. Catch your winning moment!

Catch a crazy concoction at Fong's Pizza. Crab Rangoon pizza. Garlic and honey combined with Alfredo. Located in Court District, Downtown Des Moines. Catch a slice of heaven. Plus, open late for that post-bar craving.



Day 2:


Catch a matinee at the Des Moines Civic Center. Broadway musicals. Ballet and modern dance series. From Kinky Boots tunes to Lion King croons. Whatever your passion, the stage awaits.


Grab a bite to eat at Jethro's BBQ in the nearby Drake neighborhood or any of the other five Metro locations. Smoked brisket. The juiciest burger ever devoured. As seen on the Travel Channel's Man VS. Food. Challenge your taste-buds.


Then experience the Central Iowa sports scene. NBA D-League basketball with the Iowa Energyand professional hockey with the Iowa Wild or Des Moines Buccaneers -- Greater Des Moines offers edge-of-your-seat excitement for any season.


Need more coaxing? Catch exclusive deals and discounts for business throughout the Metro, just unveiled earlier this month at Includes restaurantsThings to doShopping. And more!

It's easy. It's fun. It's affordable!

Now, put the remote down...