5 Summer Birthday Party Spots 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

I loved having a summer birthday, growing up as a kid.  Several of my most memorable parties were spent at the lake swimming, boating and water skiing.  But, there can be a downside to having a summer birthday.  Your friends may be on vacation or away at camp and you don’t get to be “the center of attention” at school by wearing that fun paper crown and handing out treats. Parents of summer babies have a tougher job than it seems when it comes to party planning!  So, I thought I’d help you out and come up with a few ideas.  Continue Reading…

Lost Island: Family-Friendly Water Park in Waterloo – dsm4kids.com

A water park is hard to beat on a hot summer day! With summer’s heat on the horizon, I’m re-living the fun my family had at Lost Island Water Park in Waterloo last summer. We hardly noticed the blazing July temps as we floated along the lazy river and enjoyed the waterslides and other thrill rides.  Lost Island offers all the fun of much larger water parks, with a solid family-friendly vibe and fun rides for all ages. It was also named the second-best outdoor water park in the country for 2017, according to a reader poll from a list of 20 possibilities in USA Today. Continue Reading…

Summer 2018: Family Friendly Events Hosted by Des Moines Area Pools and Aquatic Centers

There’s always something fun happening at Des Moines area pools and aquatic centers! Of course, they’re great for a fun family outing on a hot summer’s day and swimming lessons, but did you know that they also host fun events and activities?  Princess and superhero meet and greets, cardboard boat races, teen nights and more! Below you’ll find a list of just a few of the events that local swimming pools and aquatic centers will host this summer in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

Summer 2018: Celebrate our Independence with Family Fun in Des Moines! - dsm4kids.com

dsm4kids’ Guide to Independence Day Fun includes a list of fireworks displays, festivals, parades and other family-friendly celebrations taking place across the Des Moines metro and beyond.  So, put on your red, white and blue, light some sparklers, and get ready to “Ooh!” and “Ahh!” as you enjoy some patriotic fun with your family this 4th of July! …Be safe and have fun! Continue Reading…

Ways to get in on the Hamilton Fun in and Around Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

“Hamilton: An American Musical” comes to the Civic Center stage this summer, June 27 – July 15, 2018 and Hamilton mania will sweep in with it. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical has fans of all ages. Although Hamilton isn’t aimed at families in the way that some of our other Des Moines Summer Theater Picks are, many school-age kids love it thanks to its contemporary score (rap, R&B, pop are all represented) and engaging presentation that makes this 200-plus-year-old tale of immigrant success feel totally timely. That said, the show is almost three-hours long, lyrically dense and contains quite a few curse words. Continue Reading…

Summer 2018: Outdoor Story Times 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

Book some time for reading this summer! Participating in a summer reading program and story time is a great way for kids to continue to challenge their brains in a fun, laid back way. To make summer reading even more entertaining there are a variety of outdoor story times and story walks being offered throughout the Des Moines metro this summer. And, the best part…. you can sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to someone else read to your child for a change! Continue Reading…

10+ Ways to Celebrate Father's Day 2018 in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Just like Mother’s Day is all about Mom, Father’s Day is supposed to be all about Dad…and yet, every year when I ask my husband what he wants to do he replies, “I don’t know, what do you think we should do?” Affable, sure, but helpful? Nope. Continue Reading…

2018 Pick-Your-Own Berry Farms in Central Iowa – dsm4kids.com

The abundance and availability of fresh food this time of the year is a real treat. Being able to pick our own fruits and veggies at local farms makes the bounty taste even sweeter. June is “strawberry month” and most local farms typically open for strawberry picking by the beginning of the month.  Due to the cool spring, the strawberry season may start a little later this year. Following in July blueberries, blackberries and raspberries should be on the vine and ready for picking. Continue Reading…

2018 Best Summer Theater and Shows 4 Des Moines Families - dsm4kids.com

Des Moines’ theater scene is heating up this summer. Can you say, “Hamilton”?!?  There are plays, musicals and stage performances for all ages, interests, and budgets happening throughout the season.  Read on and get tickets now, so your little theatergoers won’t miss out on some of their very favorite shows! Continue Reading…

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…