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The Directory

Kid friendly businesses, organizations and services in the Des Moines area.

While all submissions are considered, inclusion in the Directory is based on relevance. Businesses or organizations outside of Central Iowa or primarily geared toward adults may not be listed.

If you are a business or organization and would like to submit a directory listing, please click on Submit Business Listing at the bottom of the page.

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The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages five through 18. These positive relationships have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

9051 Swanson Boulevard Clive, Iowa 50325

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa, we believe every child has the capacity to succeed and achieve greatness.

1031 Office Park Road, Suite 1 West Des Moines, IA 50265
(515) 262-5695

Over a century of experience as a leader in providing programs and services to youth and their families has allowed Camp Fire to carve out a unique niche in the youth development movement in America. Camp Fire has adopted a promise statement and set of core values that firmly embrace our unique mission and assure that we continue to meet the needs of young people and families into the 21st century.

They offer Before/After School Care, Club, School Year Programs, Summer Programs and Special Events.

5615 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50310

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa - Day Camp and Overnight Camp location in Boone.

Give your child the gift of an unforgettable camp experience.  Choose from Mini Camp, Equestrian Camp, Outpost Trips, Leadership Programs, or Traditional Resident Camp.

Activities include climbing wall, archery, riflery, pottery, canoeing, nature, sports, drama, music, outdoor education, and so much more!

1450 Oriole Road, Boone, IA 50036

Children & Families of Iowa is one of the top family services organizations in Iowa. Through our programs and services, we help everyone from children who need a safe home to adults learning to cope with trauma. Children & Families of Iowa doesn’t just offer solutions for families and children in crisis. We offer hope when it seems like there is none left. We offer a chance to build better futures. We offer an opportunity to change lives.

1111 University Ave. Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 288-1981

Home of 2008 OLYMPIC CHAMPION & 2007 WORLD CHAMPION Shawn Johnson and 2012 OLYMPIC CHAMPION in All-Around & 2011 WORLD CHAMPION Gabrielle Douglas
World Class Gymnastics Instruction
World Class Training Facility

It is a place where kids come first!
Great Gymnastics Lessons For Girls & Boys
Fabulous Birthday Parties
Open Gym & Private lessons & Clinics & More

2210 Park Dr, West Des Moines, IA 50265
(515) 223-5460

The Des Moines Buccaneers are a Tier 1 junior ice hockey team of the United States Hockey League (USHL).  They play at Buccaneer Arena in Urbandale, IA.

The Des Moines Buccaneers are proud supporters and home to youth hockey in the Des Moines area.  We enjoy teaching and watching these young kids grow up into great hockey players.  Every once in a while we are lucky enough to welcome a local kid on the Des Moines Buccaneers roster.  Youth hockey teams have been a big part in Buccaneers intermission entertainment and will continue to be this season.

They have a kids club and host birthday parties.


7201 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322
(515) 278-2827

At Girl Scouts, girls are always counting down to the next adventure they'll go on together.

Maybe it's artistic.

Maybe it's an experiment.

Maybe it's getting outside.

Maybe it's helping the community.

With us, you'll make a bunch of new friends and have a ton of new experiences that show you how
exciting the world is, and how awesome you are, over and over again.

So, what are you waiting for?

Join today!

10715 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50322
(515) 278-2881

Recreational and competition tumbling and trampoline classes for ages18 months and up.

204 S. 9th Street, Indianola, IA
(515) 962-9705

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is the oversight organization for 4-H.  The mission of 4-H: 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential through youth-adult partnerships and research-based experiences.  In cooperation with the USDA and ISU Extension the goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through practical learning programs and a positive youth development approach.

2150 Beardshear Hall, Ames, IA 50011-2031
1 (800) 262-3804

Directory Categories:

ARTS & CULTURE: Arts and Crafts Instruction, Dance and Movement, Drama Kings and Queens, Language, Libraries, Live Performance, Movie Reviews, Movie Theatres, Museums, Musically Inclined

ATTRACTIONS: Amusement Parks and Carnivals, Factory Tours/Field Trips, Farms and Orchards, Museums, Train Excursions, Water Park, Zoo

BIRTHDAYS & CELEBRATIONS: Cakes, Entertainment, Gifts, Invitations, Locations, Party Planners, Rental Companies, Supplies

BUSINESS & SERVICES: Books, Clothes, Furniture, Gear, Gifts, Hair Salons, Photography, Toys,

CAMPS: Day Camp, Family Camp, Overnight Camp, School Vacation Week(s) Camp, Specials Needs Camp

CLASSES: Arts & Crafts, Babysitting, Conservation, Cooking, Dance, Drama, Gymnastics, Lego, Music, STEM,

CHILDCARE: After-School Programs, Baby Sitters, Daycare, Kids Night Out, Nannies, Play Groups, Pre-School Programs

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS: 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Church, Civic, Recreational

DINING: Cooking Classes, Kid Friendly Restaurants, Community Farms, Farmer’s Markets, Grocery Stores, Kids Eat Free, Kids in the Kitchen (Recipes for Kids)

EDUCATION: Guidance/Counseling, Homeschooling, Private Schools, Pre-Schools, Public Schools, Special Needs, Tutoring, Volunteer Opportunities,

HEALTH & WELLNESS: Adoption Services, CPR and Safety Classes, Nutritionists, Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Orthodontists, Parenting Classes, Pediatric Dentists, Pediatric Specialists, Pediatricians/Family Physicians, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Supportive Services, Therapists,

INDOOR ACTIVITIES: Bowling, Gaming, Family Entertainment Centers, Libraries, Live Performances, Movie Theaters, Museums, Playgrounds/Arcades, Skating, Spectator Sports, Store Classes, Teen Centers,

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES: Amusement Parks and Carnivals, Beaches and Lakes, Boating, Biking, Camping, Canoeing, Community Events, Fairs and Festivals, Farms and Orchards, Fishing, Hiking and Walking, Historic Tours, Outdoor Theatres and Drive-Ins, Parades, Parks, Picnic Grounds, Playgrounds, Skiing, Skating, Water Parks, Water Sports, Zoos,

SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Biking, City Recreation Departments, College Sporting Events, Football, Gear, Golf, Gymnastics, Horseback Riding, Hockey, Ice Skating, Martial Arts, Professional Sporting Events, Racquetball, Running, Sailing, Skiing and Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling