Summer Tubing at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park - Des Moines, Iowa


The new Snowflex hill at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park opened this weekend and we found that tubing there is a really fun family activity.  We visited today today with my brother's family and everyone loved it.  The kids in our group ranged from 5 to 11 years old and it was great for all ages.  

  • AGES - The minimum age is 3 years old to ride down the hill.  Kids ages 3-6 must ride in their own tube, but have an adult holding the handle of their tube as they go down together.  No lap riding is allowed. 
  • TICKETS - Buy your tickets online and be sure to sign the waivers that will come as a separate email.  You will need to sign one waiver for each adult and then one combined waiver for all children.
  • ATTIRE - You must wear closed-toe shoes.  Long hair must be pulled back.  You will get wet from the misting system, but we found that our skin and clothes were dry by the time we made it back up the hill.  Do not wear a hat, unless it can be secured.  We saw several hats fly off which resulted in a tubing delay each time because staff have to walk up the hill to fetch the hats.
  • ARRIVAL - After you arrive, head to the ticketing area which is behind the building near the picnic tables.  They have two windows, with one designated for online ticket purchases, but either can get your armbands for you if you purchased online.
  • RESTROOMS & CONCESSIONS - There are restrooms and concessions (soda, chips, etc) in the same building as the ticket windows.  There are several shaded picnic tables available outside.
  • MINI GOLF - Next to the building is mini golf, which is free to play before or after you go tubing.  The course has seen its better days, but the price is right and our kids had fun playing.
  • SNOWFLEX HILL - From there you head to the Snowflex hill, where you grab a tube and head up on the standing lift. Tickets are valid for 2 hours of continuous tubing and lift access from start time.  We found that was more than enough time and headed over to mini golf after 1.5 hours of tubing. 
  • SPECTATORS - It's free to watch your kids tube, assuming they're old enough to go on their own.  There are chairs at the bottom of the hill for spectators or people wanting to take a break from tubing.  We used that area to store our water bottles and I'm glad I brought two extra jugs of water because tubing made our group very thirsty.
  • HELMETS - helmets are optional and included with your ticket purchase.  My youngest niece and nephew started out wearing helmets but got very hot wearing them, so they eventually took them off.