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40 Fantastic Spring Activities 4 Families in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Spring is on its way! (Or we hope it is;) It’s almost time to trade in boots, mittens, and winter coats for fresh air, parks and playgrounds, spring getaways and fun spring festivals. Get outside to take advantage of all the seasonal fun that Central Iowa has to offer, including St. Patrick’s Day events, spring break activities and Easter egg hunts and activities. Continue Reading…

Lice Prevention and Treatment Tips – dsm4kids.com

There’s such a stigma attached to Lice, when the reality of the matter is ANYBODY can get them.  They actually prefer clean hair to dirty hair, so frequent washing is no guarantee of preventing an infestation.  According to the Centers for Disease Control an estimated 6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age.  Dealing with lice is an issue families hope to avoid but many are faced with each year.   Continue Reading…

6+ Places to Take Indoor Swim lessons in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

If cabin fever has already hit your house this season, it might be time to find a fun and energy-burning activity. Swimming is not only a great way to get exercise, but an essential safety tool for kids. Get your kids prepared for next summer by signing up for one of these swim lessons in Des Moines today. Continue Reading…

indoor playgrounds in Des Moines.

Every winter, Des Moines families are faced with the same problem: How to keep the kids active when it’s too cold to play outside. When your kids really want to burn off energy, you need a more active indoor destination where they can play, run around and test their limits, not your patience. That’s why we came up with this list of indoor play places (many of which are FREE;) in DSM where kids can burn off energy inside this winter. Continue Reading…

A Few Healthy Family Resolutions for 2019 - dsm4kids.com

With each new year comes an opportunity for reflection, goal-setting and a renewed focus on things we wish to change or accomplish. The making of resolutions often goes hand-in-hand with New Year’s celebrations and can help us set our mind to make the coming year even better than the one before. When thinking about resolutions for the New Year, why not think about ways to keep your family healthy and happy? Continue Reading…

2019: First Day Hikes at Iowa State Parks - dsm4kids.com

For all of you who have resolved to get more exercise, start the new year on the right foot with a brisk hike! Choose from an easy stroll to moderate level hike taking place at many of Iowa’s State Parks. These FREE, guided hikes are held annually on New Year’s Day as part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative. Continue Reading…

Pick a Cause as a Family and Give Back this Holiday Season in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

The holiday season has a magical way of producing a case of the “gimmies”. Use the holidays to teach your kids that giving is just as rewarding as receiving. We uncovered some of Des Moines’ hardest-working nonprofits who have room for donations and volunteers of all ages looking to make a difference. Decide your cause as a family and how you want to contribute. Continue Reading…

October 2018: Des Moines Kid n’ Play List - dsm4kids.com

Get your calendars ready: Here are the top 11 things to do with kids in Des Moines this October. Halloween may generate the hoopla, but there are plenty of other must-do activities this month. The fall culture season kicks into high gear with amazing events and many seasonal favorites also take place in October, including visits to pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Continue Reading…

2018: Go on a Guided Hike this Fall in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Hiking around Des Moines and its surrounding areas is one of our favorite active pastimes; there’s just nothing quite like exploring the great outdoors with your kiddos and watching as they discover new things happening in their environment. Our city is full of great trails to tackle with the kids in tow, however sometimes having a guide lead the way is the best option for budding explorers and naturalists. We rounded up 10 of the best options for getting out and about in nature with your kids this fall, turning hiking into an activity that is both educational and fun. Continue Reading…

Activities in Des Moines 4 Kids with Special Needs - dsm4kids.com

Many kids’ schedules are packed with extracurriculars, but for children with special needs, it can be challenging to find programs they can participate in fully. We’ve rounded up some adapted classes and activities in the Des Moines area that accommodate a variety of learning styles, so that kids with special needs—be they physical, social, or emotional—can partake in the same enriching fun as their peers. Continue Reading…

Girls on the Run of Central Iowa: Fall Registration Now Open – dsm4kids.com

Girls on the Run of Central Iowa’s registration for the fall season is now open. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident. The volunteer-led program brings together groups of 8-15 girls for a ten-week program that encourages personal development, team building and connection to the community. Continue Reading…

2018 Edition: School Supply & Health Screening Events in the Des Moines Area - dsm4kids.com

As we’re out and about, my kids and I have noticed that school supplies are starting to take over the shelves of local retailers. According to a 2018 Deloitte survey parents plan to spend an average of $510 between July and September on back to school items. Back to school time can be particularly challenging for families who are struggling financially.  Fortunately, there are several area businesses, organizations and churches receiving donations and giving away school supplies in Des Moines and surrounding areas. Continue Reading…