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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…

Family Fun at the County Fair in Central Iowa - dsm4kids.com

As we reach mid-summer, county fairs across Central Iowa will be taking place. Most people know county fairs have livestock like cows, pigs, horses, chickens and turkeys.  But they also have carnival rides, concessions, games and entertainment…packing a whole lot of family entertainment in one spot!  And, the best part is that admission is FREE.  Here’s your guide to county fairs happening this summer in Central Iowa. 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…

2017 Where to See 4th of July Fireworks in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

The 4th of July is almost here! Thanks to dazzling, spectacular fireworks shows, the glorious holiday is full of wonder and awe for kids and adults alike. We’ve gathered up a list of fireworks shows that will light up the night sky this 4th of July in Des Moines. Read on to see where to have a blast this Independence Day with your family! Continue Reading…

2017 Guide to 4th of July Celebrations in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Break out the red, white and blue, the 4th of July is only a few weeks away and there’s no shortage of activities happening in the Des Moines area.  From all-day Independence Day celebrations, to spectacular fireworks shows, to concerts, to parades, there’s something for every age and stage. Read on for our guide to 4th of July celebrations in Des Moines. If you know of an event to add to this list, please email nicole@dsm4kids.com. Continue Reading…

Tips 4 Taking Kids to an Art Festival this Summer in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

You might not immediately put an art festival on your to-do list as a family, but we have a few ideas to make them fun for everyone, especially your kids. While the festival is an art lover’s paradise, there’s no reason that you can’t enjoy a day there with the kids, too. After all, art is for everyone! Here are a few tips for enjoying the day at an art festival with kids this summer in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2017 Des Moines Father’s Day Guide - dsm4kids.com

Dads are awesome! And because no one can bring the fun the way dads can, we’ve picked out some great activities for celebrating Father’s Day with the fam in Des Moines. From a nice meal out, to a special event, to a great gift, read on to find the perfect plan for making the day as exciting as the man, himself. Continue Reading…

Splash Down: Fun Events at Des Moines Area Pools and Aquatic Centers - dsm4kids.com

Most people know that pools and aquatic centers are great places to cool down, but did you know that they also host several fun events and activities geared towards kids and families throughout the summer?  Princess and superhero meet and greets, cardboard boat races, teen nights and more! So, when the temps start rising, here’s where you can splash down this summer in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

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

“Summer breeze, makes me feel fine” …so sorry, this time of year always makes me feel like humming.  What’s not to love?  The days are long, the pool is open and it seems like the City comes alive with events and activities.  There’s really no excuse not to get out of the house and take advantage of all that family fun! Here’s a few ideas where your family can Kid n’ Play in June in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2017 Guide to Family Friendly Fun Runs in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Get ready to laugh, have fun, and run! Fun runs are an excellent way to get the whole family active and outdoors, especially during the warm summer months. Most of the fun runs listed benefit a local charity, so you can help others, whil getting your sweat on as a family. Here’s your guide to fun runs that are perfect for families in the Des Moines area.  Continue Reading…

2017 Summer Theatre Guide 4 Kids and Families in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Des Moines’ summer theatre season may change your theatre going habits, by bringing the kids along. A glance at the programming of local theatres reveals a host of shows aimed at kids and families. It’s also far from expensive, thanks to annual events designed to have cross-appeal without breaking the bank.  Here’s your guide to summer theatre productions for kids and families in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2017 Guide to the Best Summer Festivals in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Summer brings endless opportunities for outdoor fun to the Des Moines metro. Local communities host exciting events filled with art, live music, local food and activities for guests of all ages. Many of which are FREE to attend! So, grab your family and take part in one of these fun festivals happening this summer in the Des Moines area. Continue Reading…

2017 Guide to Free Fishing Days with Kids in Central Iowa - dsm4kids.com

Fishing is a fun and relaxing pastime that creates many childhood memories to treasure. June 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2017, are Free Fishing Days for Iowa residents and is the perfect time for pint-sized anglers to learn how to cast a line. Free Fishing Days gives Iowans an opportunity to try fishing without purchasing a license. As an added bonus, experts will be on hand at many of the events to share fishing tips and information. Continue Reading…