Summer 2018: Can’t Miss County Fairs in Central Iowa - dsm4kids.com

Summer 2018: Can’t Miss County Fairs in Central Iowa

Fair season in Iowa allows the perfect opportunity for FREE family fun. Whether you choose to attend the iconic Iowa State Fair or you opt for one of the smaller county fairs in the area, here are some of our top picks for fair fun in and around the Des Moines metro. 

Summer 2018: Des Moines Indoor Summer Fun Guide - dsm4kids.com

Summer 2018: Des Moines Indoor Summer Fun Guide

Everyone agrees summer is a great time to get outdoors. Our Summer Fun Guide shares many special outside events like outdoor movies and live music under the stars. But we also know Iowa summers can get pretty hot! When the weather feels stifling, you need an air-conditioned escape. We’ve rounded up a few of Des Moines’ top inside experiences to make your summer memorable.

5 Summer Birthday Party Spots 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

5 Summer Birthday Party Spots 4 Des Moines Kids

I loved having a summer birthday, growing up as a kid.  Several of my most memorable parties were spent at the lake swimming, boating and water skiing.  But, there can be a downside to having a summer birthday.  Your friends may be on vacation or away at camp and you don’t get to be “the center of attention” at school by wearing that fun paper crown and handing out treats. Parents of summer babies have a tougher job than it seems when it comes to party planning!  So, I thought I’d help you out and come up with a few ideas. 

Lost Island: Family-Friendly Water Park in Waterloo – dsm4kids.com

Lost Island: Family-Friendly Water Park in Waterloo

A water park is hard to beat on a hot summer day! With summer’s heat on the horizon, I’m re-living the fun my family had at Lost Island Water Park in Waterloo last summer. We hardly noticed the blazing July temps as we floated along the lazy river and enjoyed the waterslides and other thrill rides.  Lost Island offers all the fun of much larger water parks, with a solid family-friendly vibe and fun rides for all ages. It was also named the second-best outdoor water park in the country for 2017, according to a reader poll from a list of 20 possibilities in USA Today.

Families on the Run: 5Ks 4 All Ages in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Families on the Run: 5Ks 4 All Ages in Des Moines

A 5K race can be fun for the entire family, but not all 5Ks are geared toward little legs. Here are some family-friendly options well-suited for competitive – and not-so-competitive – runners, as well as events that incorporate running as a family affair.