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Extracurriculars Your Kids May Not Have Tried Yet in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Looking for an extra-curricular activity for your budding artist, fencer or ninja warrior? Check out these five classes that go beyond ballet and basketball to offer Des Moines youth unique opportunities. From toddlers to teenagers this list of extraordinary activities will add fun and learning to your family’s weekly routine. Continue Reading…

After-School Activities 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Are you looking for fun after-school activities for your kids in the Des Moines area? Whether you live in Ankeny, West Des Moines, Altoona, Urbandale or beyond, you’re sure to find some extracurricular fun. Browse through our list below for a few ideas, which is divided into Arts and Academics, Clubs and Organizations and Sports and Recreation programs. Whether your kids want to learn a new sport like gymnastics or tennis or a skill like chess or art, there’s a little something for everyone!   Continue Reading…

5 Ways to Hold on to Summer in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Is anyone else in denial that it’s August, back-to-school time, and summer is almost over? Just because we’re picking out school supplies and wrapping up summer camps, it doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to summer, right? There’s still plenty of things to do to keep us in a sunshine state of mind. Here are five ways to hold on to summer in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

Kid n’ Play in Des Moines – August 2017 - dsm4kids.com

As the last few days of summer vacation melt away, you are probably looking for a few fun ways to make some lasting memories. Despite the August heat, there are plenty of events and activities to entertain your kiddos before they go back-to-school.  Here’s where your family can Kid n’ Play this August in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

Celebrating “The Great American Eclipse” in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

On August 21, 2017 we will get to experience a truly once-in-a-lifetime event. We are in the path of a solar eclipse, a dazzling celestial event when the shadow of the moon falls on the surface of the earth and is large enough to cover the sun. Unfortunately, a total solar eclipse will not be visible in Des Moines, but we will see a partial eclipse, which is still a spectacular sight.  Here are events happening in the Des Moines area and beyond celebrating “The Great American Eclipse”.  Continue Reading…

5 Unique Things To Do with Your Family this Summer in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

The Science Center, Blank Park Zoo and Adventureland are three of Des Moines’ most popular attractions. But if you’re looking for something a little different to try, mix up your routine with these fun (and a little off the wall) activities that you might not have heard about.  Here’s five unique things to do with your family this summer in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

Kid n’ Play in Des Moines – July 2017 - dsm4kids.com

July is the height of summer fun in Des Moines. The pools are packed, summer reading programs are in full swing and splash pads are buzzing with summer excitement. When your kids aren’t at camp this summer, it’s prime time to take a family outing.  Here’s how your family can Kid n’ Play this July in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

Camp Mom (or Dad): 10 Summer Activities To Do With Your Kids - dsm4kids.com

One of the best ways to celebrate lazy summer days is to host a summer camp for your kids. Yes, your own kids!:) It’s a great way to spend time with them and make your own family fun for little-to-no cost. Pick a theme for each day or week and with a little preparation and creativity you’ll create summer memories that you’ll never forget.  You’ll be their fave “camp counselor” before long. Here are 10 summer camp theme ideas to help get you started: Continue Reading…

Read the Book Then Watch the Movie this Summer in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Keeping kids motivated to read during the summer can be challenging…but you don’t have to resort to scare tactics or punishment. Keep things fun and entice your kiddos with a fun economical reward, like seeing the movie after they’ve read the book.  There are so many options to choose from that we’ve helped you out with a few movie picks that are currently in the theaters or showing for FREE outdoors in a local park or at the library this summer in Des Moines.  Continue Reading…

Family Fun at the County Fair in Central Iowa - dsm4kids.com

As we reach mid-summer, county fairs across Central Iowa will be taking place. Most people know county fairs have livestock like cows, pigs, horses, chickens and turkeys.  But they also have carnival rides, concessions, games and entertainment…packing a whole lot of family entertainment in one spot!  And, the best part is that admission is FREE.  Here’s your guide to county fairs happening this summer in Central Iowa. Continue Reading…

50 Things to Do This Summer in Des Moines Under $5 - dsm4kids.com

Now that we’re a few weeks into summer break you may be looking for a few inexpensive ways to keep everyone entertained and out of trouble. We’ve got you covered with this list of 50 exciting summer ideas all under $5. Most of these events and activities are actually totally FREE! Des Moines offers plenty of frugal fun, so be sure to take advantage of these incredible inexpensive programs and activities. Continue Reading…

2017 Guide to 4th of July Celebrations in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Break out the red, white and blue, the 4th of July is only a few weeks away and there’s no shortage of activities happening in the Des Moines area.  From all-day Independence Day celebrations, to spectacular fireworks shows, to concerts, to parades, there’s something for every age and stage. Read on for our guide to 4th of July celebrations in Des Moines. If you know of an event to add to this list, please email nicole@dsm4kids.com. Continue Reading…