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Health & Wellness issues for kids in Des Moines, IA

Sargent Park is a Hit on Hot Summer Days - dsm4kids.com

Itching to get the kids outside and partake in some sort of recreational activity? Check out Sargent Park, which is home to Des Moines’ first natural playscape. With its native vegetation and proximity to Four Mile Creek, the Park, boasts a variety of ways for young outdoor-enthusiasts to pass the time. Got a climber?  There’s plenty of natural structures for kids to ascend and conquer. If you like to walk, there’s a nice path that meanders around the park. And, another really cool thing? The park has a sprayground and creek access. Continue Reading…

Tips 4 Keeping Your Kids Safe at the Iowa State Fair - dsm4kids.com

dsm4kids promotes several events and activities like the Iowa State Fair (August 10-20, 2017). Many of which are busy, crowded events with a lot of stimulation. The potential for getting separated from your child is real. This can make a family outing overwhelming and stressful for both parents and children. With that in mind, we’ve put together a few tips to help you keep your kids safe at the Iowa State Fair (or any large event or attraction).  Continue Reading…

Fireworks Safety Tips 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

The sale and consumption of consumer fireworks was recently approved in the state of Iowa.  Whatever side of the new law you’re on, firework sales are now allowed between June 1 and July 8 each year, and from December 10 to January 3. Consumer fireworks include such things as roman candles, bottle rockets, firecrackers, and ground spinners. Previously, the only fireworks that were legal in Iowa were novelties such as sparklers, caps and snakes.  Continue Reading…

3 Super Simple Recipes with Fresh Summer Strawberries – dsm4kids.com

When it comes to summer fruit nothing quite compares to strawberries.  We made our annual trek to the strawberry patch yesterday and are fully stocked up on the scrumptious sweet nuggets. Strawberries can be used in recipes in any number of ways, but we’ve gathered up a few choice recipes that showcase these delicious berries and are easy enough that kids can make them on their own.  Here’s three simple ways to serve fresh summer strawberries.  Continue Reading…

2017 Swim Lessons Guide 4 Kids in the Des Moines Area - dsm4kids.com

According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 4 years old and ranks high throughout childhood. With these kinds of statistics, it’s so important for kids to learn how to swim and how to be safe in and around water.  With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 19+ places where kids can learn to swim indoors and out this summer in the Des Moines area. Continue Reading…

Plan a Family Garden with Your Kids – dsm4kids.com

Now that spring is finally here, we’ve been talking about what we will be planting in our raised garden beds this year.  Growing things seems to be in our DNA here in Iowa and what kid doesn’t love to play in the dirt?  Whether you are a green thumb or a novice, with little space to spare, you can grow a garden with your kids and have fun doing it!  Here are a eight EASY steps for your family to help you get your garden growing.  Continue Reading…

9 Parks 4 a Spring Walk in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Is your family busting at the seams to get outside? Celebrate spring by taking a stroll through one of these nine parks and green spaces dotting Des Moines. If it’s your first visit, to a local park, we guarantee it won’t be your last.  And, the best part is…it’s FREE family fun!  Be sure to check individual websites for directions and hours.  Continue Reading…

Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa – dsm4kids.com

As Iowans we know that that severe weather may strike at any time. Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, along with the National Weather Service (Des Moines office) have designated March 27th-31st, 2017 as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The goal of this campaign is to provide Iowans a better understanding about the state’s spring weather hazards like flash floods, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.  It’s also a good time to remind families about the importance of weather warnings and family preparedness.  Continue Reading…

Books to Help You Discuss the “Birds & the Bees” with Your Kids – dsm4kids.com

“Let me tell ya ’bout the birds and the bees, and the flowers and the trees, and the moon up above, and a thing called “Love””…… So, have you had “The Talk” yet? My son, who is in 5th Grade this year, has been learning about “Puberty: The Wonder Years” at school.  As part of the curriculum, parents are encouraged to have their own conversations with their kids and even answer a few questions their prepubescents bring home from school.  Yay! Continue Reading…

taying Active with Your Family this Spring - dsm4kids.com

Spring is such a beautiful time of year in Iowa. The winter weather is becoming an afterthought, the birds are out, and the landscape is beginning to bud out its spring foliage. It’s hard to believe that with warmer weather and more daylight, there are still many of us who need a little extra push to get outside. Let this article serve as your reminder that this is the perfect time of year to focus on physical family wellness. Use these tips to break out of your winter routines and help your family be more active this spring. Continue Reading…

The Glass is Half Full: Involve Your Kids in the Kitchen – dsm4kids.com

By Sue Honkamp

My name is Sue and I’m the founder and owner of Real Food 4 Kids.  I’d love to jump-start or nurture your child’s interest in food.  My #1 recommendation: involve your kids in the kitchen.  Yes, it’s hectic.  Yes, it’s more work…for several years.  Yes, it can test your patience, even on a good day.  But the benefits are real, and if you’re looking at the glass half-full, those benefits can become apparent pretty quickly.  Here are five good reasons to get started: Continue Reading…

Celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes Across the State - dsm4kids.com

Iowa’s State Parks will sponsor FREE, guided hikes in 25 state parks on New Year’s Day as part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states.America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1, 2017 at a state park close to home. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. Continue Reading…