"Miss Nelson Is Missing!" at the Des Moines Playhouse – dsm4kids.com

Miss Nelson’s class is the worst behaved in the whole school. Spitballs flying across the room, paper airplanes sailing every which way, and uncontrollable children send the gentle, long-suffering teacher, Miss Nelson, over the edge. But the students of Room 207 are in for a surprise when Miss Nelson (Gina Gedler) turns up missing and is replaced by Viola Swamp (Gina Gedler), a scary substitute teacher who assigns homework from hell and wields her ruler like a sword! Continue Reading…

Encourage Kids to Put a Little Love Out into the World - dsm4kids.com

Dolly Parton, said it best when she wrote the lyrics…” Think of your fellow man, lend him a helping hand…Put a little love in your heart….And the world will be a better place”.  Today is bookended by Valentine’s Day and National Random Acts of Kindness Day, so I thought it would be the perfect time to think up a few things kids can do to show a little love and  be kind to their friends, family, neighbors and others they haven’t met. Continue Reading…

2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Events 4 Des Moines Families – dsm4kids.com

Des Moines certainly knows how to celebrate the luck of the Irish during the month of March. However, it’s not all about pub crawls and green beer. Throughout the Metro, there are opportunities to dance an Irish jig, sing along to Irish music, and, of course, watch a traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade! We have rounded up a list of exciting events and activities worth a pot of gold. So, get the family ready and have some fun this St. Patrick’s Day in Des Moines. Sláinte! Continue Reading…

2018 Spring Break Activities in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Spring Break in Des Moines means plenty of events and activities for families. If you’re not leaving the metro for a Spring Break vacation, this list features exciting activities to keep your kids and family occupied. From live shows to sporting events and everything in between, we’ve got you covered. Continue Reading…

2018 Summer Sports & Outdoor Recreation Camps & Classes 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

Kids can enjoy a summer filled with athletic activities and outdoor adventures. Des Moines offers many opportunities for kids to learn team sports and to try tennis and golf, learn about nature, furry friends and more.  Below you’ll find a roundup of summer sport and outdoor recreation camps for kids in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2018 Summer Academic & Arts-Based Camps & Classes 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Des Moines is brimming with special summer camps and classes that give your kids the chance to explore budding interests in art, science, acting, technology and more. With a little planning, your kiddos can take advantage of some awesome educational and creative camps in the Des Moines-area. Check out our picks for academic and arts-based summer camps and classes in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2018 Summer Day Camps & Sleepaway Camps 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

While it might be hard to imagine, with the winter we’ve been experiencing, summer is on its way (yay!) and now is the time many parents are considering summer camp options for their offspring. With so many choices, it may be daunting to find one that works for your family. To help you out we’ve rounded up this list of day camps and sleepaway camps being offered in and around the Des Moines area.  Continue Reading…

2018 Spring Break Camp Guide 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

It’s that time of year, time to plan for spring break, which runs from Friday, March 9 through Friday, March 16 for most Des Moines area public school kids in 2018. Whether your kid wants to spend his or her break performing center stage or honing sports skills, is obsessed with all things STEM, or all of the above, Des Moines has a camp for almost every interest. Continue Reading…

Kid n’ Play in Des Moines February 2018 - dsm4kids.com

Even though it’s the shortest month, there are still plenty of awesome family activities going on in Des Moines. February brings us Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and the State High School Sports Tournaments. There’s also new shows and other special experiences for kids of all ages. We made sure to highlight a range of options, whether you have toddlers, elementary schoolers, or tweens. Continue Reading…

Events & Activities for Tweens and Teens this February in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

When it comes to spending quality family time with teens and tweens, it can be more challenging to find fun activities that older kids will love (or at least not roll their eyes at 🙄). I have a friend that calls their family time “forced family fun”!  Thankfully, Des Moines has plenty of activities and events to keep even the most jaded tween or teen entertained. We’ve hand-picked the best events to keep your older kids busy all month long. Continue Reading…

Ninja Warrior Birthday Parties at TGR Fitness in Des Moines- dsm4kids.com

If your family is familiar with “warped walls”, your daughter worships Jessie Graff—or you simply have a kid with energy to burn—we’ve found a birthday party venue for you: TGR Fitness in Des Moines!  Immediately after attending a friend’s birthday party here, my daughter said, “this is where I want to have my next birthday party!” Continue Reading…

Where to Find Cute & Unique Valentine’s Day Cards in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Ready to make Valentine’s Day extra happy? We’ve rounded up a darn cute selection of Valentine’s cards that are the perfect way to say “I heart you.” Mail them to out-of-state loved ones, hand them out to classroom pals, or play cupid and deliver them around the neighborhood! From DIY cards to ones with vintage flair and more, read on to find out where you can find cute and unique Valentine’s Day Cards in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

Iowa High School State Tournament Guide 4 Families in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Buckle up, buttercup. Late February and early March is when high school sports teams invade the “big town”. The three-week ride through Iowa’s winter sports state tournament season begins February 14th with the state wrestling tournament and ends March 9th at the final horn of the boys’ basketball tournament. Continue Reading…