Grandparents Day 2018 in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Grandparents Day 2018 in Des Moines

Time to send the kids to Grandmas! What better excuse than Grandparents’ Day (September 9, 2018) to send the kids out for some fun with their grands (and get some time to yourself)! We have rounded up some fun events that are perfect for the multi-generational sets.  Keep reading to discover all the ways to show Mimi and Papa how much you love them this Grandparents’ Day.

Teaching Teens to Drive: Driver's Education Courses in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Teaching Teens to Drive: Driver’s Education Courses in Des Moines

Palms sweating, hands gripping tightly to the seat and feet stomping an imaginary brake – oh, the horror of teaching your teen to drive. This adolescent rite of passage can strike terror in the heart of many an otherwise fearless parent. However, unless you see your future as one endless chauffeuring gig, it’s inevitable your child will eventually need to learn to take the wheel. In Iowa, teenagers aged 14 and older can obtain a “Learner Permit”, allowing them to drive with a licensed driver 21 years of age or older, if they are enrolled in a driver’s education course and can pass both a vision test and a written exam.

Bridging the Gap from Summer to School: 7 Fun & Educational Late-Summer Outings in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Bridging the Gap from Summer to School: 7 Fun & Educational Late-Summer Outings in Des Moines

The weeks of warm, lazy days are dwindling and before we know it, school will start, and September will be here. Rather than fret about the impending return of homework and schedules, I decided to come up with a list of both fun AND educational outings perfect for these last few weeks of August. They’re all a great way to make some memories, get our brains back into learning mode and soak up what’s left of summer.

2018 Edition: Family Friendly Things To Do This Labor Day Weekend in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

2018 Edition: Family Friendly Things To Do This Labor Day Weekend in Des Moines

Where did the summer go?  It seems like just a few weeks ago, we were finally putting away the snowblower and shovels!  The calendar doesn’t lie, and Labor Day is almost here, the unofficial, last weekend of all that summer is made of. Let the planning begin for your family’s last, big weekend of summer, and make it a memorable one!

Celebrate the End of Summer at Glow Wild - dsm4kids.com

Celebrate the End of Summer at Glow Wild

Labor Day weekend ushers in the return of one of our favorite end-of-summer events, Glow Wild. The annual outdoor extravaganza, hosted by Polk County Conservation in picturesque Jester Park, is filled with all manner of nature-loving fun.  It’s a perfect way for families to say sayonara to summer! This year’s festival will feature live music by Drake White & the Big Fire (how appropriate;), educational programs, canoeing, hiking, a glow-in-the-dark climbing wall, and of course the biggest bonfire you’ll ever see!