2018 Des Moines Water Fun Guide - Outdoor Aquatic Centers, Pools, Splash Pads, Spraygrounds & Wading Pools - dsm4kids.com

From FREE spraygrounds and splash pads for young children, to daring water rides for teens and adults, to pools and aquatic centers and everything in between – Des Moines has it all. With the variety of outdoor water fun options available, there’s no shortage of saturated, soaked, sopping wet entertainment to be had this summer in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2018 Guide to Cheap Summer Movies 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

Nothing beats chilling out in a movie theatre on a sweltering hot summer day. For just a few bucks there are some awesome options for cooling off in front of a big screen this summer in Des Moines. Many of them even throw in the popcorn too! Looking for outdoor movies? Look no further than our FREE outdoor family movie guide for Summer 2018Continue Reading…

13 Tween and Teen Birthday Ideas 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

If you’re getting eye rolls just uttering the words “bounce house” to your tween or teenager when birthday-party talk comes up, we’ve found 13 fresh party ideas at venues new and old, in Des Moines, all of which are sure to be a hit with the guest of honor and his or her (equally judgmental) friends. With birthday party ideas this cool, it’s a shame to celebrate but once a year. Continue Reading…

2018 Outdoor Summer Concerts 4 Des Moines Families - dsm4kids.com

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Or better yet, get out of the house! Summer in Des Moines means outdoor concerts galore (and many are FREE!). Throw down a blanket, spread out the snacks, uncork the wine, and watch the kids boogie under the evening stars as you sway to some cool and breezy melodies. Below are some of our favorite outdoor summer concert series that return every year. Be sure to check our daily calendar to find even more summer activities! Continue Reading…

2018 FREE Outdoor Summer Movies 4 Des Moines Families - dsm4kids.com

Enjoying a film on the big screen in the great outdoors is as much of a summertime tradition in Des Moines as going to an outdoor concert. Bring a picnic dinner and sit back, relax, and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in and around Des Moines. Movies begin at dusk, but you’ll want to arrive early for the best viewing spots and to take advantage of pre-movie entertainment when offered. Continue Reading…

2018 Free Fishing Days Events in Central Iowa - dsm4kids.com

Grab your poles, cast your lines, and try to reel in a big one! June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2018, are “Free Fishing Days” for Iowa residents. Free Fishing Days is a great time to experience the sport, learn about our local resources, and become more environmentally aware. Whether you are a novice or a pro, here are a few fishing events in the Des Moines area that guarantee a fun family day and a reminder that “good things come to those who bait.”  Continue Reading…

2018 Summer Reading Programs 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

From local to national, there are many programs that provide guidance, inspiration, incentives and rewards for your kids to keep reading all summer long. The “Libraries Rock” summer reading program at Des Moines area libraries is a great place to start. If you’re looking for more ways to encourage your child to continue reading this summer and some fabulous FREEbies, read on to find out which public libraries and businesses offer summer reading programs to Des Moines kids. Continue Reading…

2018 Memorial Day Weekend Fun Guide in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

For many of us, Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer. It’s the weekend we finally uncover our grills for backyard barbecues and make trips to the lake. However, Memorial Day, at its core, is a day to honor and remember women and men who lost their lives in military service to our country. To mark the holiday, many families attend their community’s memorial services. We’ve also rounded up some other family-friendly (and mostly FREE) events happening in and around Des Moines during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Continue Reading…

How to Prepare for Your Family Photo Shoot – dsm4kids.com

By Cherrie’ Photography

Spring and summer is a great time of year to have family photos taken. Mother Nature provides the lush blooming outdoor background and natural light, and your photographer has the keen eye to take advantage of it. But, now you keep asking yourself questions (in a panicky voice): What will everyone wear? How will I get the kids to behave? What if the baby won’t stop drooling? No need to panic. Professional photographer Samantha Davidson of Cherrie’ Photography has four tips for getting the most out of your family photo shoot experience, panic-free. Continue Reading…

Kid n’ Play in Des Moines – May 2018

May can’t come soon enough this year! The return of warm weather, alfresco dining, and family-centric holidays such as Mother’s Day and Memorial Day weekend, will be welcome delights after this spring’s crappy weather. Local farmers’ markets are opening for the season, there are several bike related events taking place for Bike Month and everywhere you turn there’s something fun planned.  We’ve rounded up the top 10+ things to do with your kids this month in Des Moines, a host of which are FREE.  Continue Reading…

2018 Guide to Swimming Lessons in Des Moines - dsm4kids.om

As summer temperatures heat up 🤞, there is no doubt most families’ summer plans will include the water. With proper swim instruction, kids can be safe and have fun in and around the pool, lake or other waterway. From private swim classes to community pools, there are plenty of swim instruction destinations from which to choose in the Des Moines area. Swim lessons are offered for those as young as six months, continuing through Lifeguard Training. Continue Reading…

2018 FREE Summer Bowling Programs 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

With summer just a couple months away (yay!), you may be looking for deals on activities to keep the kiddos busy and entertained. For those rainy days or when it gets really hot outside, bowling offers a fun respite. Luckily, bowling alleys in the Des Moines area will be offering a FREE bowling deal over the summer to kids through the Kids Bowl Free program. Continue Reading…