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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…

May Day Basket Ideas 4 Kids – dsm4kids.com

What’s old is new again!  Start a May Day tradition with your kids this year by leaving baskets on your friend’s and neighbor’s doorsteps on May 1st.  You can fill the May Day baskets with flowers, candy, or trinkets to brighten their day.  Don’t forget to ring the doorbell when dropping off the basket and RUNNNNN!!!  If you get caught, you’ll get a big SMOOCH! Continue Reading…

Tips 4 Displaying and Organizing Kids’ Artwork – dsm4kids.com

At this point in the school year, we have amassed what I like to refer to as “Artwork Mountain”.  It’s once again time for us to tackle and sort the pile.  I have to admit I would LOVE to pick up the pile, place it in the recycle bin and be done with it.  But, my kids seem to get upset and are very opposed to this approach!  Go figure! However, at the end of the day we can’t keep or display every piece of artwork that they make, so we have to be selective in what we save and store.  Here are a few tips for displaying and organizing kids’ artwork. Continue Reading…