If you call Grimes home, you already know you’ve found a sweet spot to put down roots with its kid-friendly neighborhoods, tree-lined streets and small town feel. Read on for 11 telltale signs you’re raising a Grimes kid.
1. You have never moved, but still attended six schools between kindergarten and 12th grade.
Kids that live in Grimes attend Dallas Center-Grimes Community Schools. With schools located in and between both communities, students attend a different school building every couple of years.
2. No other ice cream tastes as Heavenly as that from your local shop.
A Grimes staple, Heavenly Delights, a locally owned family business serves up soft-serve, hand-packed ice cream and also has a large selection of ice cream novelties.
3. You watch an outdoor movie at least once a year on Main Street to commemorate summer.
The Governors District Alliance presents FREE family entertainment throughout the summer on Main Street.
4. You have attended at least one birthday party at Sky-Zone.
Sky-Zone offers several out-of-this-world birthday party packages to make your party soar, literally!
5. You count down the days until wristband night at Governor’s Days.
Governor’s Days is Grimes’ summer festival and kids look forward to unlimited ride night at the carnival every year.
6. You have enjoyed delicious pancakes at a Lion’s Club or Firefighter breakfast.
7. You consider yourself a four sport athlete because you have played volleyball, tennis, baseball, softball, or soccer at the Grimes Sports Complex.
The Grimes Sports Complex is a local hub for youth sports in Grimes. The complex includes two tennis courts; multiple soccer fields; three sand volleyball courts; three softball fields; four baseball fields; two basketball courts; a skate park; walking trails and a large play structure.
8. You channel your inner race car driver at MB2 Raceway.
Kids can race all year long at MB2 in its state-of-the-art indoor go-karting facility.
9. You bring a wagon to the Grimes Governor’s Days parade to drag home the three pounds of candy you collect.
Local businesses and organizations are generous with the candy at the Governor’s Days annual parade, which is typically held the second weekend of June each year.
10. You know how to celebrate the holidays.
11. The old people on the block are 45.
Grimes has one of the lowest median ages in the state of Iowa. According to the 2015 Special Census the median age in Grimes is 32.9.
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THANKS to my friend Anne Frett, a Grimes resident, for providing the insider info. for this article!