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Start Some New Family Traditions This Year - dsm4ids.com

The New Year is a great time to start some new family traiditons. Whether it’s as simple as Friday pizza night or it requires some planning, doing something as a family creates the kinds of memories everyone really cherishes. This year, put busy lives on pause for a bit and plan to get started on your own family traditions. We have 10 ideas to help you out.  Continue Reading…

2018 First Day Hikes in Iowa - dsm4kids.com

2018 First Day Hikes in Iowa

You can burn off some of those extra holiday calories at a First Day Hike. There’s no better way to kick off 2018 than by getting outside, exercising, enjoying nature and welcoming the New Year with friends and family! Iowa’s State Parks annually sponsor FREE, guided hikes on New Year’s Day as part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative. Continue Reading…

2017 Des Moines Experiences That Make Great Holiday Gifts 4 Kids – dsm4kids.com

While kids love unwrapping gifts on Christmas morning, sometimes that initial rush and feeling of elation is fleeting.  If you’re looking for something more long-lasting, consider giving an “experience” gift this year.  After all, the memories you make with an experience gift will last a lifetime.  Read on for ideas about Des Moines experiences that make great holiday gifts for kids. Continue Reading…

Thankful Fun! Gratitude Games & Activities 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this time of year lends itself to discussing thankfulness and gratitude with your kiddos. It’s a great time for everyone to take stock of the many things for which they should be thankful. But sometimes gratitude and thankfulness can be difficult concepts for kids. It’s not that they aren’t appreciative of what they have; it’s just that they sometimes take it all for granted or don’t know how to express their thanks. In the spirit of the season, we’ve rounded up a few fun ideas that will help your kids and families put into words what they are thankful for.  Many of which are great activities for Thanksgiving Day.  Continue Reading…

2017 Trick-or-Treat & Trunk-or-Treat Events in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

If you believe October is all about the costumes and the candy, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve rounded up a list of Halloween events happening this month in Des Moines and beyond that are all about the tricks and treats. So, don’t wait until Beggar’s Night to get that costume on, celebrate all month long with these trick-or-treat and trunk-or-treat events in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

“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 Things to Do with Teens this Fall in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Teens and tweens can be tough to entertain, but Des Moines has plenty of activities and events to keep them busy. We’ve hand-picked the best events to keep your older kids busy this fall. From a special Halloween Bash to roller skating, to a Buc’s game be sure to take advantage of these five fantastic events for Des Moines teens. For more activity inspiration, be sure to check out our calendar. Continue Reading…

New Fuel for Back To School - dsm4kids.com

New Fuel for Back-To-School

Sponsored by Growth Energy

Back-to school time! Parents, rejoice in the slight reprieve but remember, it won’t last long. Instead of family road-trips this time of year means routine and schedules; drop-offs and pick-ups; caravanning and carpools. It means criss-crossing Central Iowa from one fall activity to the next sporting event. It means a lot of quality time with your crew in a car. Continue Reading…

12 Signs You’re a West Des Moines Kid - dsm4kids.com

West Des Moines. It may not be as cool or hip as its urban neighbor Des Moines, but it is a family-friendly suburban mecca. So there’s that. But none of that matters to kids who just know it as chock full of playgrounds, parks, fun attractions and shopping and dining at almost any chain or big box store you can think of.  Here are 12 signs that you’ve got a West Des Moines kid on your hands. Continue Reading…