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March 2019: Des Moines Kid n’ Play List – dsm4kids.com

It’s hard to believe March is almost here, hopefully bringing with it warmer days and signs of spring all around Des Moines. One thing that doesn’t change with the season is our overflowing events calendar, but we’re making it easy for you to hit all the fun, spring-inspired events, including St. Patrick’s and Spring Break events and activities this month. Continue Reading…

2019: Spring Break in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Worried about keeping the kids entertained over spring break? We know it’s daunting, but we’ve also got it covered for you. If you’re sticking around Des Moines, there’s plenty to keep every age group busy. Some of our picks only take place on specific dates; others run the entire duration, but all are engaging ways to get out and celebrate spring.   Continue Reading…

2019: Summer Arts Camps 4 Des Moines Kids – dsm4kids.com

If you have an arty kid, keep their creative juices flowing by enrolling them in a summer art camp. There are visual arts camps, dance and theater camps, and music camps offered throughout the Des Moines metro. If your child is ready to dive into a summer of artistic expression, read on to find the perfect summer camp. If you need more ideas, check out our Summer Camp Guide for dozens more great camps. Continue Reading…

2019: Summer STEM & Entrepreneurial Camps 4 Des Moines Kids – dsm4kids.com

When you think “summer camp,” you might picture canoeing on a lake, playing capture the flag, and eating s’mores by a campfire. But camp can also be about coding, building with Legos. learning how to run a business and giving back to your community. We’ve rounded up camps that promise a summer of fun for budding scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Find more Des Moines summer camps in our Summer Camp Guide. Continue Reading…

2019: Summer Outdoor Recreational Camps 4 Des Moines Kids – dsm4kids.com

Looking to get your kids outside and immersed in nature this summer? Does your daughter want to learn more about animals? Is your son wanting to know about early farm life? All these activities are available in the Des Moines area and the guide below will help you narrow your choices for outdoor and nature oriented summer camps.   Continue Reading…

2019: Summer Sports Camps 4 Des Moines Kids – dsm4kids.com

There are plenty of summer camp options in Des Moines and choosing among them might be dizzying. But if you have a budding athlete on your hands or one who is trying to improve his or her skills, you might want to consider a sports camp. We’ve rounded up a few for you. In addition to the camps listed below, check out your local YMCA, School District, Youth Sports Program or Parks and Recreation office for programs offered at reasonable prices. And be sure to check out our Summer Camp Guide for more camps in the area. Continue Reading…

Sweetn’ up Mardi Gras in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Mardi Gras literally means “Fat Tuesday” in French. The idea behind Mardi Gras celebrations is that people overindulge before giving up something for Lent, which begins the following day with Ash Wednesday. This year Fat Tuesday falls on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.  To make the celebration a little sweeter, we decided to gather up a few New Orleans inspired desserts, offered at local restaurants in Des Moines, that are just what you need to get in the spirit of Fat Tuesday! Continue Reading…

Hobby Shops 4 Des Moines Kids – dsm4kids.com

Today’s kids have a tendency to be glued to their gadgets. Therefore, it becomes more necessary to encourage them to pick up a hobby which may give them an exposure to new things and provide a suitable outlet to spike their creativity and interests.

Old-fashioned hobby shops are seemingly an endangered species. But they’re not dead yet. Thanks to the popularity of the maker movement, hobby shops are enjoying a resurgence as kids (and grown-ups) look for fun, hands-on projects. Continue Reading…

2019: Spring Break Camps & Classes 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

School holidays seem to pile up this time of the year. You’ve just gotten back into your routine and its already time to plan for spring break, which runs from March 18-22, 2019 for public school kids in the Des Moines area.

So, whether you’re entertaining a budding scientist, an aspiring artist, or a sports enthusiast, there’s a camp or class to satisfy seemingly every interest. For more spring break ideas, be sure to check out our Calendar and our round up of spring break activities. Continue Reading…

9 Ideas 4 Fun with Teens & Tweens this Winter in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

When your kids were little, there were story times, play dates and afternoons at the park. Unfortunately, those activities just don’t have the same appeal once your child is older.

When it comes to spending quality family time with teens and tweens, it can be more challenging to find fun activities that older kids will love and that families can enjoy together. Knowing the importance of continuing to connect and have fun together, we’ve rounded up a few ideas and several local venues in the DSM metro that are perfect for spending time with your teen. Continue Reading…

2019: Valentine's Day Activities for Des Moines Kids to Share the Love – dsm4kids.com

Des Moines offers plenty of opportunities for kids and families to celebrate love this February, many of which are FREE. All month long, the metro area comes alive with “sweetheart dances” and fun love-filled parties just for kids. Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the DSM metro this month at one of these fabulous events.  Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Calendar for even more family fun! Continue Reading…