2018: Take Advantage of “No-School” Days this Fall in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Kids can stop pleading for a day off from school? They’ll be jumping for joy when they learn that they have a “no-school” day coming up in October!  This is a great time to take advantage of those days out of school and plan a special outing. To help you make the most of the “No School” Days, we’ve rounded up 16+ things to do with kids this fall in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

25 Perfect Fall Family Day Trips from Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

With fall upon us, we’re craving more than just a change of seasons. Sometimes, fresh scenery—even just for a day—can do wonders to reboot and re-energize the whole family. Whether fall in your house means an afternoon harvesting nature’s bounty at local farms, heading out for a hike, or staying close to home to explore a new-to-you corner of the City, we’ve got daycations sure to satisfy any mood. Read on for 25 picks sure to inspire your love of the season. Continue Reading…

2018: Go on a Guided Hike this Fall in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Hiking around Des Moines and its surrounding areas is one of our favorite active pastimes; there’s just nothing quite like exploring the great outdoors with your kiddos and watching as they discover new things happening in their environment. Our city is full of great trails to tackle with the kids in tow, however sometimes having a guide lead the way is the best option for budding explorers and naturalists. We rounded up 10 of the best options for getting out and about in nature with your kids this fall, turning hiking into an activity that is both educational and fun. Continue Reading…

2018: Family-Friendly Shows Coming to Des Moines Stages this Fall - dsm4kids.com

Now that summer is over, it’s time to think about what activities will entertain your family this fall. Luckily, Des Moines offers dozens of performances that will amaze and delight your kids. From professional productions to local children’s theater, here’s a list of some of the best shows of the autumn. Whether your kids are in the mood for a big musical likeAladdin” or a classic fable with a message like “The Ants and the Grasshopper”, we’ve got you covered—so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! Continue Reading…

2018 Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes & Fall Fun Near Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

The autumn sun, colorful foliage, crisp air, giggling children — this is the antithesis to the workweek grind. Add a pumpkin or two into the mix, and whether you’re decorating it or turning it into a baked delight, you have the recipe for a great fall. Whether you are looking for slender pumpkins or plump; sprawling farms or cozier ones; Central Iowa has what you seek. For even more ideas, sign up for our weekly newsletter and check out our Fall Fun Guide. Continue Reading…

2018: 10 Places to Go Apple Picking This Fall Near Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Nothing says fall like a family excursion to a local apple orchard. With many orchards to choose from, families can head a short distance from Des Moines for their choice of places to pick their own apples starting in early September through mid to late October. In addition to apple picking, many of the orchards offer petting farms, country stores, hay rides, corn mazes, and other kid-friendly activities, so leave plenty of time to take advantage of all these farms have to offer. Continue Reading…

2018 Fall Arts & Craft Shows in Des Moinesn - dsm4kids.com

Over the last year, my crafty 10-year-old daughter and I have enjoyed checking out local arts and crafts fairs and shows.  It’s a great way to find some unique gifts, but it’s also fun to visit with the artists and learn more about their creations. I also find that it inspires us to go home and try to create our own works of art.  If you’re looking for something fun to do this fall, or are on the hunt for a one-of-a-kind gift, check out these craft shows happening in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2018 Fall Festival Fun in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Usher in the fall season in Des Moines with a host of family autumn festivals. The area’s community and cultural celebrations are packed with fun seasonal activities for kids, including pumpkin fun, apple-picking and more. We’ve rounded up details on the best upcoming fall festivals in Des Moines, a few of which made our September Play List. Continue Reading…

12 of Our Favorite Outdoor Murals 4 Photo Ops in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Have you noticed an uptick in artistic, beautiful and creative wall murals popping up all over the DSM? From local businesses to empty buildings and bypasses, artists are bringing their talents to the streets…quite literally. Photographers are using these colorful murals as backdrops for fun, family photos and kids love them! Do something different with your little ones and take them on a hunt for these fun, contemporary murals. Take pics and add a pop of culture and color to your lives! Continue Reading…

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

Just because the kids are back in school doesn’t mean all of the fun has to come to a screeching halt. September brings with it fall festivals, apple picking, football games, and many other fun outings. Our Event Calendar is a wonderful resource full of fun events happening all over Des Moines. Many of our picks are FREE or inexpensive. Have fun planning!

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Activities in Des Moines 4 Kids with Special Needs - dsm4kids.com

Many kids’ schedules are packed with extracurriculars, but for children with special needs, it can be challenging to find programs they can participate in fully. We’ve rounded up some adapted classes and activities in the Des Moines area that accommodate a variety of learning styles, so that kids with special needs—be they physical, social, or emotional—can partake in the same enriching fun as their peers. Continue Reading…

Girls on the Run of Central Iowa: Fall Registration Now Open – dsm4kids.com

Girls on the Run of Central Iowa’s registration for the fall season is now open. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident. The volunteer-led program brings together groups of 8-15 girls for a ten-week program that encourages personal development, team building and connection to the community. Continue Reading…

Grandparents Day 2018 in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Time to send the kids to Grandmas!

What better excuse than Grandparents’ Day (September 9, 2018) to send the kids out for some fun with their grands (and get some time to yourself)! We have rounded up some fun events that are perfect for the multi-generational sets.  Keep reading to discover all the ways to show Mimi and Papa how much you love them this Grandparents’ Day. Continue Reading…

Teaching Teens to Drive: Driver's Education Courses in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Palms sweating, hands gripping tightly to the seat and feet stomping an imaginary brake – oh, the horror of teaching your teen to drive. This adolescent rite of passage can strike terror in the heart of many an otherwise fearless parent. However, unless you see your future as one endless chauffeuring gig, it’s inevitable your child will eventually need to learn to take the wheel.

In Iowa, teenagers aged 14 and older can obtain a “Learner Permit”, allowing them to drive with a licensed driver 21 years of age or older, if they are enrolled in a driver’s education course and can pass both a vision test and a written exam. Continue Reading…