Read the Book Then Watch the Movie this Summer in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Read the Book Then Watch the Movie this Summer in Des Moines

Keeping kids motivated to read during the summer can be challenging…but you don’t have to resort to scare tactics or punishment. Keep things fun and entice your kiddos with a fun economical reward, like seeing the movie after they’ve read the book.  There are so many options to choose from that we’ve helped you out with a few movie picks that are currently in the theaters or showing for FREE outdoors in a local park or at the library this summer in Des Moines. 

Family Fun at the County Fair in Central Iowa - dsm4kids.com

Family Fun at the County Fair in Central Iowa

As we reach mid-summer, county fairs across Central Iowa will be taking place. Most people know county fairs have livestock like cows, pigs, horses, chickens and turkeys.  But they also have carnival rides, concessions, games and entertainment…packing a whole lot of family entertainment in one spot!  And, the best part is that admission is FREE.  Here’s your guide to county fairs happening this summer in Central Iowa.

50 Things to Do This Summer in Des Moines Under $5 - dsm4kids.com

50 Things to Do This Summer in Des Moines Under $5

Now that we’re a few weeks into summer break you may be looking for a few inexpensive ways to keep everyone entertained and out of trouble. We’ve got you covered with this list of 50 exciting summer ideas all under $5. Most of these events and activities are actually totally FREE! Des Moines offers plenty of frugal fun, so be sure to take advantage of these incredible inexpensive programs and activities.

Celebrate the Summer Solstice in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Celebrate the Summer Solstice in Des Moines

Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and the official first day of summer.  The summer solstice is celebrated worldwide with feasts and festivals. It is a time to give thanks to the natural world, re-connect to nature, and host a summer party.  Here’s a few ways you can celebrate the solstice and take advantage of the extra hours of daylight in Des Moines. 

A Festive Feast for July 4th – dsm4kids.com

A Festive Feast for July 4th

Make your July 4th menu extra fun and festive this year. We’ve searched from sea to shining sea for the best red, white and blue recipes—from a wowza watermelon pizza to a refreshing corn salsa and American pride pork chops. You’ll go out with a bang when you serve up these palate-pleasing dishes at your patriotic party.