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Give Back to Your Community this Holiday Season in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

It’s easy to get wrapped up in all the holiday hoopla of gifts, shopping and parties for your family. Yet the holiday season is often one of the hardest times for many families who struggle to put food on the table, let alone presents under the tree. Make giving back as a family a priority this year and teach your kids the value of giving rather than receiving. Decide your cause as a family and how you want to contribute. Continue Reading…

How Des Moines Kids & Families Can Help After a Disaster - dsm4kids.com

With the flood waters of Harvey starting to recede, people living in the Houston area and the Gulf Coast are just starting to assess the damage and full impact of the disaster.  The recovery process will take years and has been cited as one of the costliest disasters in U.S. history.  With all the media coverage that the storm received, your kids may have asked you, “Is there anything I can do to help out?” 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…

Spring Cleaning: Where to Donate or Recycle Your Kid Clutter - dsm4kids.com

We’ve been trying to do some spring cleaning and are trying to purge a few things around the house.  It’s amazing how much and how fast kids can collect things!  Of course, it’s also not easy for them to part with their stuff.  Once we’ve gotten them talked into getting rid of a few things, we typically have a garage sale and haul stuff off to a local clothing closet, charity or thrift store. Continue Reading…

Host Your Kid’s Next Birthday Paw-ty at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa - dsm4kids.com

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is the “purr-fect” place to host your little animal lover’s next birthday celebration. Bonus, it’s also a party that gives back to a great cause.  With an awesome party room, exciting activities, a tour of the facility and a meet and greet with a shelter animal, all of your two-legged guests are sure to have a waggin’ good time! Continue Reading…

Give Back and Adopt a Family in Des Moines This Holiday Season - dsm4kids.com

With the holidays adding to already-full schedules, it’s all too easy for the true meaning of the season to get lost in the hustle and bustle of holiday commitments and gift giving. But how does a busy family shift the focus from getting to giving? How can we ensure that our kids experience the true meaning of the holidays?  Continue Reading…

Book Nook: Our Guide to Local Library Fun - dsm4kids.com

When the local library comes to mind, it’s easy to think of a reading area or a weekly story time. But lock-ins, homework help, reading to a furry friend and art lessons might not immediately come to mind. You may (or may not:) be surprised to know that Des Moines area libraries are brimming with kid-friendly activities, classes and events designed to entertain and educate young minds. And best of all, they are FREE! So get ready to be amazed with our guide to local library fun. Continue Reading…

Sport Spotlight: Roller Derby 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Roller Derby started as an endurance marathon on roller skates over 80 years ago. The original event, called the Transcontinental Roller Derby, was a publicity stunt in which coed pairs attempted to be the first team to skate 4,000 miles, or about 57,000 laps (in the Chicago Coliseum), meant to represent the distance between New York and San Diego.  Roller Derby is still alive and well today, as a sport, and kids in Des Moines can participate in it at local skating rinks. Continue Reading…

Sport Spotlight: Lacrosse 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Lacrosse is truly an American sport. It was one of many stickball games being played by Native Americans at the time of European contact.  It was so popular in fact that many sports historians consider it the original national pastime. Today Lacrosse has become popular with high schools, colleges, and has had some success as a professional sport. There are a few youth Lacrosse programs offered for a variety of ages and skill levels here in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

Sport Spotlight: Track & Field 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Track and field is one of the oldest of sports known to man. Organized track and field competitions date back to the Greeks and the original Olympic games.  Every four years the sport is thrust into the spotlight with the modern summer Olympic Games. Kids can gain several benefits by taking part in track and field events, the most notable being the effects of strength training and aerobic exercise. There are a few youth track and field programs offered for a variety of ages and skill levels here in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

7 Places to Donate Gently Used Kid’s Clothing in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

If it’s time to clear some space in your kiddo’s closet or their pants are now starting to look more like shorts and you’re looking for somewhere to unload the unwanted items, Des Moines provides plenty of options. Below we’ve listed seven non-profit organizations that will take your tot’s clothing donations and make sure they get to another kiddo who really needs them. Here’s our list of resources for helping you make a clean sweep this spring! Continue Reading…

Spring Break Fun Guide 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

It’s safe to say that we’re happily welcoming Spring Break with open arms in Des Moines! If you have kids at home you’re probably on the search for activities that will keep them entertained and prevent Spring Break boredom from setting in. Not to worry.  The calendar is jam packed with lots of fun activities so you can enjoy your time off without having to pack your suitcases. So get out there and let the Spring Break revelry begin in Des Moines! Continue Reading…