25 FREE Things to Do This Summer in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

25 FREE Things to Do This Summer in Des Moines

There’s a lot of days to fill between now and the start of school.  So, stretching the family budget while making the most of summer break is a must. Here are 25 FREE things to do this summer in Des Moines (and surrounding cities) with kids:

  1. Take a tour of the John Deere Des Moines Works in Ankeny.
  2. Go on a picnic at a local Central Iowa garden.
  3. Look for constellations at a local stargazing event.
  4. Participate in a summer reading program at a local library.
  5. Go on a high tech treasure hunt by geocaching.
  6. Cheer on players at a Miracle League game.
  7. Go to an outdoor movie in the park.
  8. Head to Valley West Mall for Family Night.
  9. Go fishing at a Central Iowa lake.
  10. Take a tour of the Omstead House and Barn, a historical home in Urbandale.
  11. Splash and play at a Des Moines area spray ground.
  12. Explore the State Historical Museum.
  13. Get your groove on at an outdoor concert.
  14. Play “I Spy” at the Polk County Heritage Gallery.
  15. Attend a county fair in Dallas, Polk or Warren County.
  16. Take a stroll along the Principal Riverwalk.
  17. Learn how to paddle board on Lester Pond.
  18. Attend a cooking class at the Machine Shed.
  19. Enjoy Story Hour at the Park in West Des Moines.
  20. Go for a swim at an area lake.
  21. Attend a Des Moines area festival.
  22. Build a project at Lowe’s or Home Depot.
  23. Explore the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates on Saturdays.
  24. Play on the playground at a Des Moines area park.
  25. Try a FREE class at Pied Piper Studios.

What are your suggestions for FREE summer activities with kids in Des Moines?

  1. This is great, thank you!

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