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

Sponsored by Greenland Homes

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…

31 Ways to Celebrate Halloween With Your Family on October 31st in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Beggar’s Night and trick or treating tend to wrap up a lot of the Halloween festivities in Des Moines.  So, what’s a true Halloween lover to do?  Celebrate the spooky holiday with one of these 31 kooky and creative family friendly events or activities! Continue Reading…

2018: Haunted Houses in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

By Allen Huffman

Looking for a good scare this Halloween? A trip to a local haunted house or attraction should be on your “to do” list.  We’ve asked Allen Huffman with DSM Haunted Houses to give you the 411 on a few frightfully fun haunts to check out in the Des Moines area.

If your child is brave enough, or perhaps you are just a bad parent, here are some scary places you might take them to this Halloween season… Continue Reading…

2018: Guide to Trick-or-Treat & Trunk-or-Treat Events in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Whether it’s because the homes are too spread out, they’re lining a busy road, or the neighbors are super cranky, some families just don’t live in neighborhoods that are great for trick-or-treating. All kids deserve a safe and candy-filled Halloween, so check out some of these family-friendly trick or treat and trunk or treat events, if you need an alternative (or you just want to get multiple uses out of those costumes:). Continue Reading…

2018: Guide to Halloween Events and Activities 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

For Des Moines kids, Halloween is much more than just trick-or-treating on Beggar’s Night. The entire month of October is filled with a terrifying number of costume parties and plenty of FREE Halloween happenings leading up to the big night of trick-or-treating. You think getting your kid to choose a costume is hard? Trying to figure out which DSM Halloween celebrations to hit is enough to make you run screaming into the night, which is why we’ve rounded up the absolute best ways to get into the spirit of the season. Continue Reading…

Beggar’s Night 2018: Trick or Treating in Des Moines & Surrounding Communities - dsm4kids.com

If you’re new to Des Moines, you may be surprised to find out that we go Trick or Treating on Beggar’s Night rather than on Halloween. Each local municipality in Central Iowa designates the specific date and time your little ghouls can go trick or treating (typically the night before Halloween). To help you plan out your trick or treating fun, we’ve rounded up Beggar’s Night date and times for Des Moines and surrounding communities.  We also threw in a few trick or treating safety tips. Continue Reading…

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

Get your calendars ready: Here are the top 11 things to do with kids in Des Moines this October. Halloween may generate the hoopla, but there are plenty of other must-do activities this month. The fall culture season kicks into high gear with amazing events and many seasonal favorites also take place in October, including visits to pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Continue Reading…