Lice Prevention and Treatment Tips – dsm4kids.com

There’s such a stigma attached to Lice, when the reality of the matter is ANYBODY can get them.  They actually prefer clean hair to dirty hair, so frequent washing is no guarantee of preventing an infestation.  According to the Centers for Disease Control an estimated 6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age.  Dealing with lice is an issue families hope to avoid but many are faced with each year.   Continue Reading…

9 Ideas 4 Fun with Teens & Tweens this Winter in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

When your kids were little, there were story times, play dates and afternoons at the park. Unfortunately, those activities just don’t have the same appeal once your child is older.

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 and that families can enjoy together. Knowing the importance of continuing to connect and have fun together, we’ve rounded up a few ideas and several local venues in the DSM metro that are perfect for spending time with your teen. Continue Reading…

2019: Valentine's Day Activities for Des Moines Kids to Share the Love – dsm4kids.com

Des Moines offers plenty of opportunities for kids and families to celebrate love this February, many of which are FREE. All month long, the metro area comes alive with “sweetheart dances” and fun love-filled parties just for kids. Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the DSM metro this month at one of these fabulous events.  Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Calendar for even more family fun! Continue Reading…

6+ Places to Take Indoor Swim lessons in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

If cabin fever has already hit your house this season, it might be time to find a fun and energy-burning activity. Swimming is not only a great way to get exercise, but an essential safety tool for kids. Get your kids prepared for next summer by signing up for one of these swim lessons in Des Moines today. Continue Reading…

Celebrate Love at Family Dances and Events in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

February is typically the month to celebrate love. Even though it’s cold outside there are several sweet events that will warm up your heart and bring you closer to your family, friends and others around you. Organizations across the metro are throwing some fun-filled dance parties for families of all kinds. Celebrate love at one of these local dances and events, starting in January. Continue Reading…

Ways to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Des Moines Kids – dsm4kids.com

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day off from school, when families can explore the life, legacy, and lessons of the iconic civil rights leader (and take a break from schedules a bit). But Monday is also a day on: when kids and adults are encouraged to help out in their communities and find ways to show kindness to others in gestures of service.  Continue Reading…

Winter 2019 Storytimes for Des Moines Kids – dsm4kids.com

Storytimes are great FREE—or super low-cost—kid activities that can often provide the incentive families need to get out of the house on those rainy, cold, or snowy days when cabin fever is likely to set in. Hosted throughout the Des Moines Metro at libraries, bookstores, museums, and other fun places, most of these baby and kid reading sessions don’t require reservations, making it easy to just drop in. Plus, many of these storytimes incorporate arts and crafts projects, so story hour can easily turn into a full morning or afternoon of fun. Continue Reading…

indoor playgrounds in Des Moines.

Every winter, Des Moines families are faced with the same problem: How to keep the kids active when it’s too cold to play outside. When your kids really want to burn off energy, you need a more active indoor destination where they can play, run around and test their limits, not your patience. That’s why we came up with this list of indoor play places (many of which are FREE;) in DSM where kids can burn off energy inside this winter. Continue Reading…

January 2019: Des Moines Kid n’ Play List - dsm4kids.com

While January traditionally is a mellow time—especially when compared with the nonstop action of the holidays—there’s no way you can hibernate all month, not with kids around. Luckily, you don’t have to. Our January Kid n’ Play List is packed with annual wintertime favorites. Continue Reading…

Take the Family Ice Skating at Brenton Skating Plaza this Winter in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Going ice skating at Brenton Skating Plaza is one of my family’s favorite things to do at holiday time. It’s not winter to me, until we’ve taken a couple of spins on the ice.   After the holidays, the crowds thin and skaters can enjoy a less crowded skating rink. The outdoor rink is a Des Moines winter landmark and a perfect place to make family memories. Continue Reading…

2019: Outdoor Sports to Try this Winter in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Getting outside this time of year doesn’t come naturally for many — it can seem far more fun to curl up with cocoa on the sofa and binge-watch movies. But children (and you;) NEED to get outside, breathe fresh air, and take in some Vitamin D. The trick is finding a fun way to work up a sweat in freezing temperatures. In the Des Moines area you can get the adrenaline going by strapping on some snowshoes or skis; or racing down a hill in a snow tube. Continue Reading…

2019: Ice Skating Rinks to Visit with Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Now that winter is here, it’s time to bundle up and sharpen those ice skates and head to a local ice skating rink.  Whether you prefer a more urban setting like the ice rink at  Brenton Skating Plaza or something off the beaten path like a park pond, the Des Moines area offers plenty of options for beginner and experienced skaters alike — there’s even several FREE skate spots. And if it ever gets too cold to glide outside, you can always hit the indoor skating rink. Continue Reading…

2019: The Best Family Sledding Spots around Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Parents with kids eager to brave the outdoors don’t have to leave the City to find ideal sledding spots. We’ve rounded up a host of places where you can challenge the local powder for FREE. Safety first though, so be sure to check surroundings for sticks, rocks, and more, and wear a helmet and proper snow gear to keep warm. Bring your own equipment to these snow-covered destinations and be ready for some fun. Continue Reading…

A Few Healthy Family Resolutions for 2019 - dsm4kids.com

With each new year comes an opportunity for reflection, goal-setting and a renewed focus on things we wish to change or accomplish. The making of resolutions often goes hand-in-hand with New Year’s celebrations and can help us set our mind to make the coming year even better than the one before. When thinking about resolutions for the New Year, why not think about ways to keep your family healthy and happy? Continue Reading…