2018-19 School Starting Dates in the Des Moines Area - dsm4kids.com

2018-19 School Starting Dates in the Des Moines Area

The greater Des Moines area is home to many, many school districts. And the nature of living in Central Iowa means you have at least one friend or family member who lives in a different district than you. It’s always handy to have school start dates on hand, so bookmark this page for the 2018-19 academic calendars for the area’s numerous school districts.

2018 Edition: School Supply & Health Screening Events in the Des Moines Area - dsm4kids.com

2018 Edition: School Supply & Health Screening Events in the Des Moines Area

As we’re out and about, my kids and I have noticed that school supplies are starting to take over the shelves of local retailers. According to a 2018 Deloitte survey parents plan to spend an average of $510 between July and September on back to school items. Back to school time can be particularly challenging for families who are struggling financially.  Fortunately, there are several area businesses, organizations and churches receiving donations and giving away school supplies in Des Moines and surrounding areas.

Family-Friendly Entertainment at the Iowa State Fair - dsm4kids.com

Family-Friendly Entertainment at the Iowa State Fair

Looking for fun, family-friendly entertainment during your visit to the Iowa State Fair (August 9-19, 2018)? With loads of family-friendly activities and exhibits included in the price of admission, it’s not hard to find.  There can be a lot of walking at the Fair, so it’s always good to take a little break and enjoy some entertainment, sitting down.  That’s why we’ve rounded up this list of family-friendly live performances that will keep the whole family entertained at the Iowa State Fair.

Chill Out at One of these 5 Great Ice Cream Places in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Chill Out at One of these 5 Great Ice Cream Places in Des Moines

This will be our fourth annual list of local ice cream shops in Des Moines! Each year I think we’re going to run out of new places to highlight and each year, much to my delight, new discoveries are made.  There are LOTS of places to get ice cream in Des Moines that are a step above the ordinary, everyday chain. You’ll find delicious ice cream that can be the highlight of your child’s day (or maybe even their whole summer!) Read on to find some of our favorite local ice cream experiences to cool down your Des Moines kid.

Kid n’ Play: July 2018 - dsm4kids.com

Kid n’ Play: July 2018

July makes a grand entrance with Independence Day celebrations in and around Des Moines. The family fun keeps going all month with lots of events and activities, and below are our top 10 picks.