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Iowa High School State Tournament Guide 4 Families in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Buckle up, buttercup. Late February and early March is when high school sports teams invade the “big town”. The three-week ride through Iowa’s winter sports state tournament season begins February 14th with the state wrestling tournament and ends March 9th at the final horn of the boys’ basketball tournament. Continue Reading…

Enjoy Valentine Fun at Sweetheart Dances in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

As parents, we love our kids year-round, but there’s something about the month of February, with its red hearts and love is all around vibe, that encourages us to show it. A fun Valentine tradition for many families is attending a “daddy/daughter” or “mother/son” sweetheart dance. It’s a wonderful way to show your favorite boy or girl just how much they’re loved and enjoy a little one-on-one time. Check out these 12+ family sweetheart dances you and your little valentine will love. Continue Reading…

MLK Day in Des Moines: Your Guide to Events & Activities - dsm4kids.com

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Des Moines will host a few special events to honor the incredible civil rights activist on Monday, January 15, 2018. Below, you will find a list of celebrations hosted in his honor. Then, find a list of other special activities for families to do on the school holiday. Continue Reading…

Celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympics Family Style – dsm4kids.com

Winter can be tough in Iowa. The landscape is gray, it’s freezing, snow and sleet threaten the area and we eagerly await the arrival of spring. Luckily, this year there’s a bright spot on the horizon, the 2018 Winter Olympics! Best of all, we don’t have to leave the comfort of our homes to enjoy them. While many parents watch the Olympics with their kids, how many families go beyond merely viewing them on TV? Add a little joy to your winter by making the Winter Olympics a fun family celebration. Continue Reading…

Kid n’ Play in Des Moines: January 2018 - dsm4kids.com

January in Des Moines is the time for sledding, snow skiing, ice skating, and wonderful indoor family outings. This year, kids can take a cooking class, catch a family friendly show at the Civic Center and celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Urbandale Public Library.  They can also give back to their community on MLK Day and watch a rodeo at Wells Fargo. These are our Top 10 Picks for January in Des Moines! Continue Reading…

45 Ideas 4 FREE (and Cheap) Winter Fun in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

We know parents are searching high and low for ways to keep kids entertained this time of year when the thermometer dips below freezing.  And, we want to help you do it all on a budget, so we’ve outlined 45 ideas for FREE (and cheap) winter fun in Des Moines. Looking for more family fun? Be sure to check out our calendar and sign up for our Weekend Fun Guide to get events sent straight to your inbox. Continue Reading…

2018 Winter Theatre Guide 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Winter is a fantastic season for seeing theater in Des Moines. Not only are new shows plentiful, but some of our favorite family friendly theatres including the Des Moines Playhouse, the Civic Center and Stephens Auditorium have several shows perfect for kids of all ages. Best of all, 10 of our picks are $10 or less! Read on to find a show for your family to see this winter in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

The Cyclones and Hawkeyes are Going Bowling! Fun Ideas for Bowl Game Day Play - dsm4kids.com

This has been a great year for football fans in the state of Iowa, with both Iowa State and the University of Iowa qualifying for bowl games. If you’re a Cyclone or Hawkeye fan, this bowl season may have you doing a little party planning in anticipation. If you plan on hosting a bowl game party this year, we have some suggestions to keep the kids safely entertained while the bigger kids (like your s.o.) yell at the refs on TV.  Here’s a few fun ideas for bowl game day play. Continue Reading…

Kid n’ Play in Des Moines – December 2017

We made it to the final month of the year and Christmas time is near! There are so many fun, family-friendly things to do in December all across the Des Moines metro. From festive events to time with Santa and more, it’s easy to find the fun. Here’s a few ideas of how your family can Kid n’ Play this December in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

FREE Things to Do with Your Kids Over Winter Break in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Kids love getting out of school over Winter Break, but it can take a toll on us parents who might be running low on entertainment ideas or cash after all that holiday shopping. Don’t sweat it, we’re here to help! We’ve rounded up 20 FREE things you can do with your kids over winter break in Des Moines.  Continue Reading…

2017 Winter Break Camps & Activities in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

December means tons of holiday fun, but it also means altered school schedules for students. When kids are on winter break it’s important to keep them busy and out of trouble. Luckily, Des Moines features an assortment of winter break activities and mini camps to keep them occupied. Take your pick from any of these activities based on the current interests of your child, or let them choose a brand-new hobby! Continue Reading…