2018: Where to See Your Favorite Family Holiday Movies on the Big Screen in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Does your family’s favorite traditions include watching classic holiday movies? Even though you can watch many of these films on the couch in your PJs, there’s something really special about seeing a film on the big screen. With that in mind, here’s where you and your family can catch all of your favorite holiday flicks at movie theatres, community centers and libraries in or near Des Moines this season. Continue Reading…

2018: Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events 4 Des Moines Families – dsm4kids.com

Let’s face it, the holiday season really lasts from early November through New Year’s Eve. That’s almost two months jam-packed with Santa sightings, holiday lights, Nutcrackers and more! Of course, not all holiday activities are created equal. That’s why we’ve rounded up the absolute best ways to get into the spirit of the season.  From splurge-worthy, once-in-a-lifetime experiences to annual favorites worth revisiting to a few fabulous FREE options, here are some events where you can give your kids the best gift of all: happy family memories. Continue Reading…

11.02.18 Greenland Homes is “Building” Support for Children’s Cancer Connection – dsm4kids.com

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Nearly 15,780 kids are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. each year. Cancer can shatter your world and leave children and families feeling like they are all alone. Knowing your child has a scary battle ahead of them is heart wrenching. It can leave you hiding your fear and broken heart while wearing a brave face for your little fighter. For children and parents traveling down this dark road, there’s a light to help guide and support them. That light is the Children’s Cancer Connection. Continue Reading…

2018: Holiday Craft Fairs and Markets in and around Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Shopping for the perfect gift can be one of the most dreaded tasks to accomplish over the holidays, especially with the kids in tow. It doesn’t have to be though. We’ve rounded up some of the top craft fairs and holiday markets in the Des Moines area. An added bonus is that these venues feature one of a kind gifts, the kind you can’t find at the mall. And, if you have some ‘difficult to please’ individuals on your shopping list, this gives you the chance to wow them with a unique holiday find. Happy shopping! Continue Reading…

Restaurants and Caterers that Serve Thanksgiving Dinner in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating with loved ones while savoring hearty fare. While that might involve sliding an extra leaf into the dining room table, it could also mean a quick jaunt to a local restaurant or caterer, where all the food prep is taken care of, and your only concern is lively conversation. Just be sure to call ahead to place your order or reserve a spot at a table. Continue Reading…

November 2018: Des Moines Kid n’ Play List - dsm4kids.com

Fall in Des Moines has truly arrived—the days are crisp and cool, and the leaves are changing all around town. While the holiday season is creeping up on us, too, there’s still plenty of fall fun to pack in. Or, if your family kicks into Christmas mode the minute your Halloween costumes come off, we’re not judging – there’s plenty of holiday fun happening this month too. Read on for the best family outings in November, and for more options, check our Event Calendar and Fall Fun Guide.   Continue Reading…

Fun Things for Families to do Thanksgiving Weekend in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

The annual holiday season fast approaches and everyone is getting busy making preparations for Thanksgiving.  Your family may be eating with relatives or dining alone, no matter which one, once the food has all been eaten, you may be looking for something to do. Have fun at one of these great events/places on Thanksgiving weekend! Continue Reading…

2018: Veteran’s Day Events & Activities 4 Des Moines Families - dsm4kids.com

Sandwiched between the excitement of Halloween and Thanksgiving, Veteran’s Day is easy to overlook. But, it’s actually a day full of family friendly events and activities that teach kids about sacrifice and giving back to the community. From attending a local concert by the Iowa Military Veterans Band to making thank you cards, here are a few ways you can celebrate the veterans of our armed forces with the whole family in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

“Harry Potter” Birthday Party Ideas 4 Kids – dsm4kids.com

It seems like Harry Potter is everywhere this year as 2018 marks 20 years since Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was first published.  Coincidentally, my daughter is a fourth grader this year and recently started reading the Harry Potter books and loves them.  So, when the subject of her 10th birthday party came up, she immediately said she wanted to have a Harry Potter themed birthday party.  It turned out to be a great theme for a fall birthday party and is a great gender-neutral theme. The only drawback was sorting through all the ideas we found on-line and picking out the ones that would work the best for her birthday party.  Read on to find out what we came up with.  Continue Reading…