“Travel” With Your Kids in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

I’ve loved traveling my whole life. Ever since my mom and dad threw me into the back of our 80s Subaru and headed down the highway, I’ve wanted to visit and explore other places and cultures.  As a parent, I also want to travel with my own kids.  However, it’s not always possible or feasible to just pick up and go. This is when it’s important to indulge in a little “hometown travel”. Here are three ways to keep the spirit of exploration alive and travel with your kids in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

Say cheese! 5 Des Moines Landmarks 4 Fun Family Photo Ops – dsm4kids.com

Des Moines is a very photogenic city. (We may be biased, but it’s true;) Whether you’re hiring a professional, taking photos of the kids, while you’re out and about, or just looking to entertain an Instagram-loving tween or teen, take advantage of our city’s beauty by using some of its iconic landmarks as backdrops for your family photos. Continue Reading…

Fire Prevention Week 2017 in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

You and your family are fast asleep when the smoke alarm sounds: Do you know what to do?

Consider this scenario: It’s 2 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely. Continue Reading…

5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Fall with Your Family - dsm4kids.com

Fall is a time to celebrate! From the pumpkins to the beautiful changing colors to the tricking and the treating, it is an opportunity to spend some quality time together as a family. Below we’ve listed a few ideas to help you celebrate fall as a family, and hopefully help you create a few new family traditions and memories to last a lifetime. Continue Reading…

11 Fall Walks & Hikes 4 Families in the Des Moines Area - dsm4kids.com

Getting out for a walk or hike (even a short one) with the kids in tow can seem a bit daunting. That’s why we’ve rounded up 11 fall hikes that are led and organized by local naturalists. All you have to do is show up! These awesome hikes will get your little city slickers some fresh air and remind you that outdoor adventures are still possible.  Continue Reading…

50+ Things To Do This Fall in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Fall is just around the corner, and Des Moines is the perfect place to be when the season turns. Whatever makes fall one of your favorite seasons, we’re highlighting 50+ special things in the Des Moines area perfect for fall family fun. Whether it’s a colorful leafy outdoor adventure or the perfect indoor place to be on a rainy fall afternoon, there’s an activity for everyone in the family. Start filling your calendar now with these 50+ amazing things to do with your kiddos this fall in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2017 Fall Theatre Guide 4 Des Moines Kids and Families - dsm4kids.com

September kicks off the fall theatre season in Des Moines and families will find a packed playbill of shows to attend. Whether it’s a big Broadway show or a smaller one, specifically produced for kids, there are plenty of options to entertain the whole fam.  Check out our guide to fall theatre and shows in Des Moines for kids and families. Continue Reading…

2017 Ideas for School Holidays & Teacher Workday Fun in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Even if it feels like school just started, soon enough the kiddos will be enjoying a day or two off for a school holiday or a teacher workday. Some kids get Columbus Day off, others have a day off later in October. If you’ll be looking for something fun to do with them when they’re off, we have several fun ideas! From kid-oriented entertainment to fun events and other ideas for local sightseeing, below are some ways to make the most of a school holiday or teacher workday this fall in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2017 Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes Near Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Kids, pumpkins and that crisp fall air: what could be better? It’s that time of year…Pumpkin season! Throw in a hayride, some apple cider, and you’ve got yourself the perfect autumn experience. To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve rounded up 12 of the best pumpkin patches and corn mazes, all within a short drive of Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2017 The Best U-Pick Apple Orchards Near Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Apple picking season is here and U-pick orchards are beginning to open for business. Heading out to the apple orchard makes for a perfect fall family weekend activity. To help you out, we’ve rounded up 11 orchards near Des Moines that offer pick-your-own apples and a few that also have fun activities for the kids, on-farm stores and festivals to celebrate the harvest. So, grab your bushel bags and read on for our top picks.  Continue Reading…

How Des Moines Kids & Families Can Help After a Disaster - dsm4kids.com

With the flood waters of Harvey starting to recede, people living in the Houston area and the Gulf Coast are just starting to assess the damage and full impact of the disaster.  The recovery process will take years and has been cited as one of the costliest disasters in U.S. history.  With all the media coverage that the storm received, your kids may have asked you, “Is there anything I can do to help out?” Continue Reading…

Day Tip to Beaverdale – dsm4kids.com

Day Trip to Beaverdale

Tree lined streets, the famous Beaverdale brick homes, a great shopping district and a host of fun community events…can you think of a better way to spend a fall day than in Beaverdale? As one of Des Moines’ most vibrant neighborhoods, Beaverdale has a “small town feel”, but with all of the amenities of the City.  A day trip to this charming community will be peppered with fun pit stops with a day of shopping and dining at unique locally owned businesses. Read on for a few of our tips to enjoying a day trip to Beaverdale.  Continue Reading…

2017 Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Iowa - dsm4kids.com

Oktoberfest is a traditional German festival held from the end of September through the first Sunday in October (September 16 – October 3, 2017). It’s a time to enjoy Bavarian food and beer, learn how to dance the polka, and take in the colorful fall scenery. And, Oktoberfest isn’t just for adults.  The Oktoberfest celebrations listed below offer activities for “kinds” of all ages. Here’s a few places where you can celebrate Oktoberfest this fall in Iowa. Continue Reading…