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.
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Health & Wellness
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.
Camp Hertko Hollow is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth who have diabetes.The goals at camp are: Recreation, Education, Regulation and FUN! Campers enjoy the traditional camp activities while learning about living with diabetes. Meeting other youth and counselors who have diabetes is also a great benefit of the experience.
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.
Knoxville Raceway is famous for being the “Sprint Car Capital of the World.” The track has hosted races nearly every Saturday night from April through September since 1954 on what is the Marion County fairgrounds. Visit their website to find schedules and purchase tickets.
Kids ages five to 12 can join their Jr Fan Club. Club members receive a t-shirt and other fun goodies when they sign up.
The Raceway also features FREE Kids Nights: April 18th, May 2nd, May 30th and July 11th.
Robert Scott Four-Mile Community Center is located in Des Moines and is managed by Des Moines Parks and Rec. The community center offers and number of youth, adult and senior programs.
Gymnasium Weight room/cardio vascular room Computer lab Multi-purpose room Kitchen Conference room Playground Skateboard park
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