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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 Where to See 4th of July Fireworks in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

The 4th of July is almost here! Thanks to dazzling, spectacular fireworks shows, the glorious holiday is full of wonder and awe for kids and adults alike. We’ve gathered up a list of fireworks shows that will light up the night sky this 4th of July in Des Moines. Read on to see where to have a blast this Independence Day with your family! 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…

Fight the Summer Brain Drain in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

It’s no secret that kids experience learning losses over summer vacation–unless we keep educating them.  The good thing about summer is that not all learning needs to take place in a stuffy classroom.  Parents can keep their kiddos minds sharp by creating or taking advantage of fun summer learning opportunities at home or ones offered throughout our great community. Here are a few ideas to avoid the Summer Brain Drain in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

Splash Down: Fun Events at Des Moines Area Pools and Aquatic Centers - dsm4kids.com

Most people know that pools and aquatic centers are great places to cool down, but did you know that they also host several fun events and activities geared towards kids and families throughout the summer?  Princess and superhero meet and greets, cardboard boat races, teen nights and more! So, when the temps start rising, here’s where you can splash down this summer in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

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

“Summer breeze, makes me feel fine” …so sorry, this time of year always makes me feel like humming.  What’s not to love?  The days are long, the pool is open and it seems like the City comes alive with events and activities.  There’s really no excuse not to get out of the house and take advantage of all that family fun! Here’s a few ideas where your family can Kid n’ Play in June in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2017 Guide to U-Pick Berry Farms in Central Iowa - dsm4kids.com

Enjoy a bumper crop of fun this summer!  Several farms in the Des Moines area let families get their hands dirty as they pick their own harvest. It’s also a great opportunity for kids to use their fresh-picked berries to make a tasty treat. So, pick your own fruit, enjoy berry season, and get the kids outside this summer at a u-pick berry farm in Central Iowa. Continue Reading…

2017 Guide to the Best Summer Festivals in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Summer brings endless opportunities for outdoor fun to the Des Moines metro. Local communities host exciting events filled with art, live music, local food and activities for guests of all ages. Many of which are FREE to attend! So, grab your family and take part in one of these fun festivals happening this summer in the Des Moines area. Continue Reading…

2017 Guide to Discounted Summer Movies 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Escape the rain or just take a break from the sun this summer at a kid friendly discounted movie. Be sure to read all the details for the theater near you where you’d like to catch a summer movie. All of them run their discounted summer movie programs a little differently. Here’s your guide to discounted summer movies for kids in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2017 Guide to Splash Pads, Spraygrounds & Wading Pools in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Everyone knows the best (and most fun) way to stay cool in the summer is to get wet.  From simple to splashy, these water play pads and spraygrounds will help you and your kids keep your cool all summer long. And the best part is, that most are FREE to attend and located in local parks, so you can make a day of it.  Here’s your guide to splash pads, spraygrounds and wading pools in the Des Moines area. Continue Reading…

American Gothic House and Visitor Center - dsm4kids.com

By Natalie Maughan

The American Gothic painting by Grant Wood is an American icon when it comes to artistic paintings. The world famous portrait of a farmer holding a pitchfork and his daughter looking sullen behind him as they stand in front of their small farmhouse is one of those poses that people try to recreate again and again. The Farmer looks as though he’s trying to ward off any potential suitors for his daughter and she does not appear to appreciate the gesture.  If you’ve been to the Iowa State Fair it’s hard to miss the 25-foot replica of the father and daughter. There is usually a cardboard cutout of the duo somewhere at the fair as well. Don’t we all love the Iowa State Fair? But that’s for another day… Continue Reading…