2018: See the Nutcracker in Central Iowa - dsm4kids.com

2018: See the Nutcracker in Central Iowa

“The Nutcracker” ballet is a classic holiday experience for both kids and parents, and Central Iowa offers a few wonderful interpretations of this beautiful Christmas show.

2018: Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events 4 Des Moines Families – dsm4kids.com

2018: Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events 4 Des Moines Families

Let’s face it, the holiday season really lasts from early November through New Year’s Eve. That’s almost two months jam-packed with Santa sightings, holiday lights, Nutcrackers and more! Of course, not all holiday activities are created equal. That’s why we’ve rounded up the absolute best ways to get into the spirit of the season.  From splurge-worthy, once-in-a-lifetime experiences to annual favorites worth revisiting to a few fabulous FREE options, here are some events where you can give your kids the best gift of all: happy family memories.

2018: The Best Places to Meet Santa in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

2018: The Best Places to Meet Santa in Des Moines

This time of year, kids can find Santa ho-ho-ho-ing it up at most holiday events in the area. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite places where the kids can meet up with the big guy in and around Des Moines.

11.02.18 Greenland Homes is “Building” Support for Children’s Cancer Connection – dsm4kids.com

Greenland Homes is “Building” Support for Children’s Cancer Connection

Sponsored by Greenland Homes Nearly 15,780 kids are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. each year. Cancer can shatter your world and leave children and families feeling like they are all alone. Knowing your child has a scary battle ahead of them is heart wrenching. It can leave you hiding your fear and broken heart while wearing a brave face for your little fighter. For children and parents traveling down this dark road, there’s a light to help guide and support them. That light is the Children’s Cancer Connection.

2018: Holiday Craft Fairs and Markets in and around Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

2018: Holiday Craft Fairs and Markets in and around Des Moines

Shopping for the perfect gift can be one of the most dreaded tasks to accomplish over the holidays, especially with the kids in tow. It doesn’t have to be though. We’ve rounded up some of the top craft fairs and holiday markets in the Des Moines area. An added bonus is that these venues feature one of a kind gifts, the kind you can’t find at the mall. And, if you have some ‘difficult to please’ individuals on your shopping list, this gives you the chance to wow them with a unique holiday find. Happy shopping!