2019: Spring Break in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Worried about keeping the kids entertained over spring break? We know it’s daunting, but we’ve also got it covered for you. If you’re sticking around Des Moines, there’s plenty to keep every age group busy. Some of our picks only take place on specific dates; others run the entire duration, but all are engaging ways to get out and celebrate spring.   Continue Reading…

2019: Family Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Events in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

If your days of celebrating until you’re green around the gills on St. Patrick’s Day are a distant memory, don’t worry: There are plenty of family-friendly ways to mark the holiday in Des Moines. After all, everyone feels a wee bit Irish around St. Patrick’s Day. Best of all? A few of these festivities are FREE. Continue Reading…

2019: Summer Arts Camps 4 Des Moines Kids – dsm4kids.com

If you have an arty kid, keep their creative juices flowing by enrolling them in a summer art camp. There are visual arts camps, dance and theater camps, and music camps offered throughout the Des Moines metro. If your child is ready to dive into a summer of artistic expression, read on to find the perfect summer camp. If you need more ideas, check out our Summer Camp Guide for dozens more great camps. Continue Reading…

2019: Summer STEM & Entrepreneurial Camps 4 Des Moines Kids – dsm4kids.com

When you think “summer camp,” you might picture canoeing on a lake, playing capture the flag, and eating s’mores by a campfire. But camp can also be about coding, building with Legos. learning how to run a business and giving back to your community. We’ve rounded up camps that promise a summer of fun for budding scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Find more Des Moines summer camps in our Summer Camp Guide. Continue Reading…

2019: Summer Outdoor Recreational Camps 4 Des Moines Kids – dsm4kids.com

Looking to get your kids outside and immersed in nature this summer? Does your daughter want to learn more about animals? Is your son wanting to know about early farm life? All these activities are available in the Des Moines area and the guide below will help you narrow your choices for outdoor and nature oriented summer camps.   Continue Reading…

2019: Summer Sports Camps 4 Des Moines Kids – dsm4kids.com

There are plenty of summer camp options in Des Moines and choosing among them might be dizzying. But if you have a budding athlete on your hands or one who is trying to improve his or her skills, you might want to consider a sports camp. We’ve rounded up a few for you. In addition to the camps listed below, check out your local YMCA, School District, Youth Sports Program or Parks and Recreation office for programs offered at reasonable prices. And be sure to check out our Summer Camp Guide for more camps in the area. Continue Reading…

2019: Summer Overnight Camps 4 Des Moines Kids – dsm4kids.com

Des Moines is blessed with a whole bunch of summer camps! Even overnight camps that are all about good old-fashioned swing-on-a-rope, splash-in-a-pool type of fun. Sometimes what our kids really need is to spend a couple of weeks in the fresh air doing things that won’t necessarily fill a college application, but sure will fill a memory book. For those types of summers, we offer 9+ great summer overnight camps. Continue Reading…

2019: Summer Day Camps 4 Des Moines Kids – dsm4kids.com

If you would give just about anything to dodge the dreaded “what are we doing today?” question from bored kiddos this summer, you’ve come to the right place. And lucky for you, the Des Moines area offers so many different day camp options that there’s sure to be a program that’ll keep your tots and teens blissfully occupied until school starts back up again.
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Sweetn’ up Mardi Gras in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Mardi Gras literally means “Fat Tuesday” in French. The idea behind Mardi Gras celebrations is that people overindulge before giving up something for Lent, which begins the following day with Ash Wednesday. This year Fat Tuesday falls on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.  To make the celebration a little sweeter, we decided to gather up a few New Orleans inspired desserts, offered at local restaurants in Des Moines, that are just what you need to get in the spirit of Fat Tuesday! Continue Reading…

Hobby Shops 4 Des Moines Kids – dsm4kids.com

Today’s kids have a tendency to be glued to their gadgets. Therefore, it becomes more necessary to encourage them to pick up a hobby which may give them an exposure to new things and provide a suitable outlet to spike their creativity and interests.

Old-fashioned hobby shops are seemingly an endangered species. But they’re not dead yet. Thanks to the popularity of the maker movement, hobby shops are enjoying a resurgence as kids (and grown-ups) look for fun, hands-on projects. Continue Reading…

2019: Spring Break Camps & Classes 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

School holidays seem to pile up this time of the year. You’ve just gotten back into your routine and its already time to plan for spring break, which runs from March 18-22, 2019 for public school kids in the Des Moines area.

So, whether you’re entertaining a budding scientist, an aspiring artist, or a sports enthusiast, there’s a camp or class to satisfy seemingly every interest. For more spring break ideas, be sure to check out our Calendar and our round up of spring break activities. Continue Reading…

February 2019: Des Moines Kid n’ Play List – dsm4kids.com

Even though February is the shortest month, it can seem like it’s the longest! To get us out of our winter funk and have a little fun this month, we’ve gathered up some awesome family activities happening in and around Des Moines. In addition to events listed below be sure to check out our Sweetheart Dances and Valentine’s Day Activities round-ups. Continue Reading…