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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…

2017 Monarch Tagging Events in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Families can help catch and tag Monarch Butterflies preparing for their 2,000-mile journey to Mexico at educational events in the Des Moines area. The peak season for migration in Iowa is September 6th through September 20th. Tagging the Monarch is so important, because unfortunately, butterfly numbers are declining due to overuse of pesticides, habitat loss and climate change. So, tracking them is not just a fun activity but also contributes to a healthy environment. 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…

Creative Ways to Celebrate Youth Art Month in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

March is Youth Art Month, a month set aside to celebrate the benefits of art and art education. In recent years, Des Moines has really embraced artists and public art and has become a cultural destination with beautifully designed spaces and many opportunities to explore and engage with art, no matter your age. Check out all the places where you can see, create and be artistic with the kids in Des Moines.
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2017 Nature and Animal Based Summer Camps & Classes 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Today we’re focusing on camps and classes for kids that love the outdoors, nature and animals in Des Moines. Whether they’re looking for an outdoor adventure or some up close and personal time with furry friends there’s a summer camp for them. We’ve rounded up 11 awesome summer camp suggestions for little nature and animal enthusiasts. What are you waiting for?  Sign up, before the camps fill up! Continue Reading…

Hosting a Kid’s Birthday Party at MB2 Raceway - dsm4kids.com

If you’ve got a little speed demon in your family, they may enjoy some fast-paced and thrilling go-kart racing at MB2 Raceway in Grimes.  This popular birthday party spot is a hit with older kids and adults. So start your engines and read on for tips to hosting a party that will put the pedal to the metal at your kid’s next birthday celebration. Continue Reading…

Kid n’ Play in Des Moines – May 2016 - dsm4kids.com

Are you ready for the jam packed month of May and the end of the school year rush?  Every May the family calendar becomes jam packed with dance recitals, field trips, campouts, games and graduations. If you’re looking for a few places to unwind, here’s where your family can Kid n’ Play in May in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

Guide to Family Friendly Farmers’ Markets in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

One of the many benefits of living in Iowa is enjoying a bounty of locally grown fresh fruits and veggies.  So, it’s no surprise that on any given day during summer, you can stumble upon a market that’s bustling with farmers and local artisans peddling their freshly-picked or home-made goods. Here’s our picks for family friendly farmers’ markets in Des Moines. Continue Reading…