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Ways to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Des Moines Kids – dsm4kids.com

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day off from school, when families can explore the life, legacy, and lessons of the iconic civil rights leader (and take a break from schedules a bit). But Monday is also a day on: when kids and adults are encouraged to help out in their communities and find ways to show kindness to others in gestures of service.  Continue Reading…

Pick a Cause as a Family and Give Back this Holiday Season in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

The holiday season has a magical way of producing a case of the “gimmies”. Use the holidays to teach your kids that giving is just as rewarding as receiving. We uncovered some of Des Moines’ hardest-working nonprofits who have room for donations and volunteers of all ages looking to make a difference. Decide your cause as a family and how you want to contribute. Continue Reading…

Activities in Des Moines 4 Kids with Special Needs - dsm4kids.com

Many kids’ schedules are packed with extracurriculars, but for children with special needs, it can be challenging to find programs they can participate in fully. We’ve rounded up some adapted classes and activities in the Des Moines area that accommodate a variety of learning styles, so that kids with special needs—be they physical, social, or emotional—can partake in the same enriching fun as their peers. Continue Reading…

2018 Summer Sports & Outdoor Recreation Camps & Classes 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

Kids can enjoy a summer filled with athletic activities and outdoor adventures. Des Moines offers many opportunities for kids to learn team sports and to try tennis and golf, learn about nature, furry friends and more.  Below you’ll find a roundup of summer sport and outdoor recreation camps for kids in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2018 Summer Day Camps & Sleepaway Camps 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

While it might be hard to imagine, with the winter we’ve been experiencing, summer is on its way (yay!) and now is the time many parents are considering summer camp options for their offspring. With so many choices, it may be daunting to find one that works for your family. To help you out we’ve rounded up this list of day camps and sleepaway camps being offered in and around the Des Moines area.  Continue Reading…

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…