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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…

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…

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…

Fight the Summer Brain Drain in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

It’s no secret that kids experience learning losses over summer vacation–unless we keep educating them.  The good thing about summer is that not all learning needs to take place in a stuffy classroom.  Parents can keep their kiddos minds sharp by creating or taking advantage of fun summer learning opportunities at home or ones offered throughout our great community. Here are a few ideas to avoid the Summer Brain Drain 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…

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 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 Discounted Summer Movies 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Escape the rain or just take a break from the sun this summer at a kid friendly discounted movie. Be sure to read all the details for the theater near you where you’d like to catch a summer movie. All of them run their discounted summer movie programs a little differently. Here’s your guide to discounted summer movies for kids in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

American Gothic House and Visitor Center - dsm4kids.com

By Natalie Maughan

The American Gothic painting by Grant Wood is an American icon when it comes to artistic paintings. The world famous portrait of a farmer holding a pitchfork and his daughter looking sullen behind him as they stand in front of their small farmhouse is one of those poses that people try to recreate again and again. The Farmer looks as though he’s trying to ward off any potential suitors for his daughter and she does not appear to appreciate the gesture.  If you’ve been to the Iowa State Fair it’s hard to miss the 25-foot replica of the father and daughter. There is usually a cardboard cutout of the duo somewhere at the fair as well. Don’t we all love the Iowa State Fair? But that’s for another day… Continue Reading…

Find Discounted Tickets to Local Attractions This Summer in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Nothing screams summer like an outing to a fun attraction, whether you’re just out and about for the day or on vacation. Of course paying to get into these attractions can also make you scream, especially when you’re purchasing admission tickets for multiple people. Fortunately, there are ways to save a little money. We’ve rounded up a list of businesses and organizations that provide a variety of discounts to local attractions in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2017 Guide to Summer Reading Challenges at Des Moines Businesses - dsm4kids.com

Yesterday, we provided you a list of summer reading programs at local libraries.  Summer reading is also encouraged by several businesses in the Des Moines area. Similar to the library programs, kids can earn terrific prizes and incentives after completing their specified reading goals. Here’s where you can find a summer reading program at a local business in the Des Moines area. Continue Reading…