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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…

Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa Summer Volunteer Opportunities – dsm4kids.com

With the whirlwind of summer activities and the kids out of school, we often forget about giving back this time of year. Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa would like to remind you that they have several volunteer opportunities for people of all ages happening this summer and beyond. 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…

Community Service Opportunities for Families & Teens in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

In addition to fun and educational programs, a great way for kids to spend their spare time is to volunteer to help others. Not only is it important in developing gratitude and growing awareness about the needs of others, but volunteering can help older kids develop leadership skills and make them stand out as candidates for scholarships and college opportunities. Here are some terrific community service opportunities for families to do together and teens to do on their own. 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…

Charities That Help Kids and Families in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

During the holiday season families gather to enjoy delicious meals, exchange gifts and celebrate the year gone by. But for a number of underprivileged Des Moines residents the holiday season can be a particularly difficult time. Share the spirit of giving with your kids during the holidays by donating to a local charity.  To help you out we’ve rounded up a list of local non-profit organizations that support kids and families in Des Moines.  Continue Reading…

Everybody Wins Iowa! - dsm4kids.com

Launched in Iowa in 2002, Everybody Wins Iowa! is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to increase children’s success in school and life through one-to-one reading and mentoring experiences with caring volunteers. Elementary school students are paired with volunteers on a one-to-one basis to generate enthusiasm for reading and to improve children’s literacy. Continue Reading…

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

Young fans will be flocking to see the new Hunger Games movie this week, imagining themselves as Katniss with a bow and arrow in hand navigating the Capitol. Thanks to this movie and others like The Avengers, organizations such as USA Archery have reported that the number of people trying and participating in archery has been on the rise the last few years.  If your child has been asking about learning to shoot a bow and arrow, there are a few organizations in Des Moines, which offer archery instruction to a variety of ages and skill levels. Continue Reading…