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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 Overnight Camps 4 Des Moines Kids – dsm4kids.com

Des Moines is blessed with a whole bunch of summer camps! Even overnight camps that are all about good old-fashioned swing-on-a-rope, splash-in-a-pool type of fun. Sometimes what our kids really need is to spend a couple of weeks in the fresh air doing things that won’t necessarily fill a college application, but sure will fill a memory book. For those types of summers, we offer 9+ great summer overnight camps. 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…

Winter 2019 Storytimes for Des Moines Kids – dsm4kids.com

Storytimes are great FREE—or super low-cost—kid activities that can often provide the incentive families need to get out of the house on those rainy, cold, or snowy days when cabin fever is likely to set in. Hosted throughout the Des Moines Metro at libraries, bookstores, museums, and other fun places, most of these baby and kid reading sessions don’t require reservations, making it easy to just drop in. Plus, many of these storytimes incorporate arts and crafts projects, so story hour can easily turn into a full morning or afternoon of fun. Continue Reading…

2018: Go on a Guided Hike this Fall in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Hiking around Des Moines and its surrounding areas is one of our favorite active pastimes; there’s just nothing quite like exploring the great outdoors with your kiddos and watching as they discover new things happening in their environment. Our city is full of great trails to tackle with the kids in tow, however sometimes having a guide lead the way is the best option for budding explorers and naturalists. We rounded up 10 of the best options for getting out and about in nature with your kids this fall, turning hiking into an activity that is both educational and fun. Continue Reading…

Girls on the Run of Central Iowa: Fall Registration Now Open – dsm4kids.com

Girls on the Run of Central Iowa’s registration for the fall season is now open. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident. The volunteer-led program brings together groups of 8-15 girls for a ten-week program that encourages personal development, team building and connection to the community. Continue Reading…

Teaching Teens to Drive: Driver's Education Courses in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Palms sweating, hands gripping tightly to the seat and feet stomping an imaginary brake – oh, the horror of teaching your teen to drive. This adolescent rite of passage can strike terror in the heart of many an otherwise fearless parent. However, unless you see your future as one endless chauffeuring gig, it’s inevitable your child will eventually need to learn to take the wheel.

In Iowa, teenagers aged 14 and older can obtain a “Learner Permit”, allowing them to drive with a licensed driver 21 years of age or older, if they are enrolled in a driver’s education course and can pass both a vision test and a written exam. Continue Reading…

Bridging the Gap from Summer to School: 7 Fun & Educational Late-Summer Outings in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

The weeks of warm, lazy days are dwindling and before we know it, school will start, and September will be here. Rather than fret about the impending return of homework and schedules, I decided to come up with a list of both fun AND educational outings perfect for these last few weeks of August. They’re all a great way to make some memories, get our brains back into learning mode and soak up what’s left of summer. Continue Reading…

2018-19 School Starting Dates in the Des Moines Area - dsm4kids.com

The greater Des Moines area is home to many, many school districts. And the nature of living in Central Iowa means you have at least one friend or family member who lives in a different district than you. It’s always handy to have school start dates on hand, so bookmark this page for the 2018-19 academic calendars for the area’s numerous school districts. Continue Reading…

2018 Edition: School Supply & Health Screening Events in the Des Moines Area - dsm4kids.com

As we’re out and about, my kids and I have noticed that school supplies are starting to take over the shelves of local retailers. According to a 2018 Deloitte survey parents plan to spend an average of $510 between July and September on back to school items. Back to school time can be particularly challenging for families who are struggling financially.  Fortunately, there are several area businesses, organizations and churches receiving donations and giving away school supplies in Des Moines and surrounding areas. Continue Reading…

Summer 2018: Outdoor Story Times 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

Book some time for reading this summer! Participating in a summer reading program and story time is a great way for kids to continue to challenge their brains in a fun, laid back way. To make summer reading even more entertaining there are a variety of outdoor story times and story walks being offered throughout the Des Moines metro this summer. And, the best part…. you can sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to someone else read to your child for a change! Continue Reading…

2018 Free Fishing Days Events in Central Iowa - dsm4kids.com

Grab your poles, cast your lines, and try to reel in a big one! June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2018, are “Free Fishing Days” for Iowa residents. Free Fishing Days is a great time to experience the sport, learn about our local resources, and become more environmentally aware. Whether you are a novice or a pro, here are a few fishing events in the Des Moines area that guarantee a fun family day and a reminder that “good things come to those who bait.”  Continue Reading…

2018 Summer Reading Programs 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

From local to national, there are many programs that provide guidance, inspiration, incentives and rewards for your kids to keep reading all summer long. The “Libraries Rock” summer reading program at Des Moines area libraries is a great place to start. If you’re looking for more ways to encourage your child to continue reading this summer and some fabulous FREEbies, read on to find out which public libraries and businesses offer summer reading programs to Des Moines kids. Continue Reading…