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Education for kids in Des Moines, IA

Tips 4 a Family Fun Day at the Iowa Hall of Pride– dsm4kids.com

Exhibits about Iowa’s history, heritage and heroes make the Iowa Hall of Pride a great museum to take the kids to. Located at the south end of Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines, it’s a great interactive and sensory experience for both kids and parents. Here’s a guide for getting the most out of a family fun day at the Iowa Hall of Pride. Continue Reading…

2017 Ultimate Guide to Fall Story Times in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

There’s no question reading aloud to kids is good for them. In fact, research shows kids benefit from being read to as early as birth! Lucky for you, Des Moines boasts plenty of opportunities for your kids to hear their favorite books. And, it’s not just public libraries that offer these fun events. You can find someone reading stories aloud in the darndest places, including the Iowa Historical Museum and at ARL. Lastly, did we mention they’re all FREE! Check out our list.   Continue Reading…

Fire Prevention Week 2017 in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

You and your family are fast asleep when the smoke alarm sounds: Do you know what to do?

Consider this scenario: It’s 2 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely. Continue Reading…

11 Fall Walks & Hikes 4 Families in the Des Moines Area - dsm4kids.com

Getting out for a walk or hike (even a short one) with the kids in tow can seem a bit daunting. That’s why we’ve rounded up 11 fall hikes that are led and organized by local naturalists. All you have to do is show up! These awesome hikes will get your little city slickers some fresh air and remind you that outdoor adventures are still possible.  Continue Reading…

9 Healthy School Snack Ideas - dsm4kids.com

As the new school year begins, yet another thing to add to the to do list is the daily school snack.  No matter if you’re sending a snack for the whole class or an individual child, it’s easy to get into a snack slump.  Add in the rules…the snack must be healthy and nut free, which means the teacher will need to see the nutrition label, so nothing homemade, it can be downright challenging to come up with fresh ideas. No worries, we’ve found nine school snacks that are EASY, healthy and you can feel good about sending to school with your kiddo. Continue Reading…

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…