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Extracurriculars Your Kids May Not Have Tried Yet in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Looking for an extra-curricular activity for your budding artist, fencer or ninja warrior? Check out these five classes that go beyond ballet and basketball to offer Des Moines youth unique opportunities. From toddlers to teenagers this list of extraordinary activities will add fun and learning to your family’s weekly routine. 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…

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

As the last few days of summer vacation melt away, you are probably looking for a few fun ways to make some lasting memories. Despite the August heat, there are plenty of events and activities to entertain your kiddos before they go back-to-school.  Here’s where your family can Kid n’ Play this August in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

Transitioning to Middle School - dsm4kids.com

Middle school can be tough on both parents and kids. Not only are kids moving on to new schools with older students, but they also are going through physical and emotional development that, at times, can seem overwhelming. If you’re a parent facing middle school with your child, like myself, you and your child may have some concerns. But, if you both come to the table organized and prepared, the transition to middle school won’t be so bad (fingers crossed:).  Continue Reading…

Back-To-School Survival Guide - dsm4kids.com

Transitions are never easy.  As a mom of two, I know firsthand that the new school year brings a mixed bag of excitement and anxiety.  Part of me is ready to get back on a schedule and not hear kids arguing for the fifth or sixth time today.  The other part of me loves summer and doesn’t really want it to come to an end.  To make the Back-To-School transition a little easier, it’s definitely a good idea to be prepared for it.  Here’s your survival guide to make the new school year go off without a hitch! Continue Reading…

2017 FREE Back-To-School Supplies and Fun Events in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

As we prepare for the 2017-18 school year, it would be awesome if every child in the Des Moines area was fully prepared when they return to school in the fall!!!  If you need assistance gathering your child’s school supplies or if they need a health screening, these events in the Des Moines metro area can help! If you’d like to lend a hand to students in need this school year, please contact one of the organizations listed below. Continue Reading…

Celebrating “The Great American Eclipse” in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

On August 21, 2017 we will get to experience a truly once-in-a-lifetime event. We are in the path of a solar eclipse, a dazzling celestial event when the shadow of the moon falls on the surface of the earth and is large enough to cover the sun. Unfortunately, a total solar eclipse will not be visible in Des Moines, but we will see a partial eclipse, which is still a spectacular sight.  Here are events happening in the Des Moines area and beyond celebrating “The Great American Eclipse”.  Continue Reading…

Camp Mom (or Dad): 10 Summer Activities To Do With Your Kids - dsm4kids.com

One of the best ways to celebrate lazy summer days is to host a summer camp for your kids. Yes, your own kids!:) It’s a great way to spend time with them and make your own family fun for little-to-no cost. Pick a theme for each day or week and with a little preparation and creativity you’ll create summer memories that you’ll never forget.  You’ll be their fave “camp counselor” before long. Here are 10 summer camp theme ideas to help get you started: Continue Reading…

Read the Book Then Watch the Movie this Summer in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Keeping kids motivated to read during the summer can be challenging…but you don’t have to resort to scare tactics or punishment. Keep things fun and entice your kiddos with a fun economical reward, like seeing the movie after they’ve read the book.  There are so many options to choose from that we’ve helped you out with a few movie picks that are currently in the theaters or showing for FREE outdoors in a local park or at the library this summer in Des Moines.  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…

Celebrate the Summer Solstice in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and the official first day of summer.  The summer solstice is celebrated worldwide with feasts and festivals. It is a time to give thanks to the natural world, re-connect to nature, and host a summer party.  Here’s a few ways you can celebrate the solstice and take advantage of the extra hours of daylight in Des Moines.  Continue Reading…

Fireworks Safety Tips 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

The sale and consumption of consumer fireworks was recently approved in the state of Iowa.  Whatever side of the new law you’re on, firework sales are now allowed between June 1 and July 8 each year, and from December 10 to January 3. Consumer fireworks include such things as roman candles, bottle rockets, firecrackers, and ground spinners. Previously, the only fireworks that were legal in Iowa were novelties such as sparklers, caps and snakes.  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…