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10+ Ways to Celebrate Father's Day 2018 in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Just like Mother’s Day is all about Mom, Father’s Day is supposed to be all about Dad…and yet, every year when I ask my husband what he wants to do he replies, “I don’t know, what do you think we should do?” Affable, sure, but helpful? Nope. Continue Reading…

2018 Best Summer Theater and Shows 4 Des Moines Families - dsm4kids.com

Des Moines’ theater scene is heating up this summer. Can you say, “Hamilton”?!?  There are plays, musicals and stage performances for all ages, interests, and budgets happening throughout the season.  Read on and get tickets now, so your little theatergoers won’t miss out on some of their very favorite shows! Continue Reading…

2018 Guide to Cheap Summer Movies 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

Nothing beats chilling out in a movie theatre on a sweltering hot summer day. For just a few bucks there are some awesome options for cooling off in front of a big screen this summer in Des Moines. Many of them even throw in the popcorn too! Looking for outdoor movies? Look no further than our FREE outdoor family movie guide for Summer 2018Continue Reading…

13 Tween and Teen Birthday Ideas 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

If you’re getting eye rolls just uttering the words “bounce house” to your tween or teenager when birthday-party talk comes up, we’ve found 13 fresh party ideas at venues new and old, in Des Moines, all of which are sure to be a hit with the guest of honor and his or her (equally judgmental) friends. With birthday party ideas this cool, it’s a shame to celebrate but once a year. Continue Reading…

2018 Summer Reading Programs 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

From local to national, there are many programs that provide guidance, inspiration, incentives and rewards for your kids to keep reading all summer long. The “Libraries Rock” summer reading program at Des Moines area libraries is a great place to start. If you’re looking for more ways to encourage your child to continue reading this summer and some fabulous FREEbies, read on to find out which public libraries and businesses offer summer reading programs to Des Moines kids. Continue Reading…

2018 Memorial Day Weekend Fun Guide in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

For many of us, Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer. It’s the weekend we finally uncover our grills for backyard barbecues and make trips to the lake. However, Memorial Day, at its core, is a day to honor and remember women and men who lost their lives in military service to our country. To mark the holiday, many families attend their community’s memorial services. We’ve also rounded up some other family-friendly (and mostly FREE) events happening in and around Des Moines during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Continue Reading…

Kid n’ Play in Des Moines – May 2018

May can’t come soon enough this year! The return of warm weather, alfresco dining, and family-centric holidays such as Mother’s Day and Memorial Day weekend, will be welcome delights after this spring’s crappy weather. Local farmers’ markets are opening for the season, there are several bike related events taking place for Bike Month and everywhere you turn there’s something fun planned.  We’ve rounded up the top 10+ things to do with your kids this month in Des Moines, a host of which are FREE.  Continue Reading…

2018 Guide to Swimming Lessons in Des Moines - dsm4kids.om

As summer temperatures heat up 🤞, there is no doubt most families’ summer plans will include the water. With proper swim instruction, kids can be safe and have fun in and around the pool, lake or other waterway. From private swim classes to community pools, there are plenty of swim instruction destinations from which to choose in the Des Moines area. Swim lessons are offered for those as young as six months, continuing through Lifeguard Training. Continue Reading…

2018 FREE Summer Bowling Programs 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

With summer just a couple months away (yay!), you may be looking for deals on activities to keep the kiddos busy and entertained. For those rainy days or when it gets really hot outside, bowling offers a fun respite. Luckily, bowling alleys in the Des Moines area will be offering a FREE bowling deal over the summer to kids through the Kids Bowl Free program. Continue Reading…

2018 Mother’s Day in Des Moines Guide

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 13th this year and Des Moines offers a wide-range of ways to celebrate the most important lady in your life. Treat Mom to a perfect day using our Mother’s Day in Des Moines ideas that range from events and brunch specials to great gifts. Is there a better way to show your mom how much you care, than to treat her to a day of fun?! Continue Reading…

Family Volunteer Opportunities in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Volunteering as a family is an excellent way to spend time together, benefit the community and teach your children about the importance of giving to others and lending a hand. When the spirit of helping and giving moves your family this spring, check with any of these local non-profits for more information about getting involved. Continue Reading…

FREE Perks That Come with Your Public Library Card in Central Iowa - dsm4kids.com

Unlike the other cards in your wallet, a library card doesn’t come with any fees or payment due dates.  It does, however, come with a list of very cool, very FREE perks for the whole family.  And we’re not just talking about books, even though that’s certainly one of its best benefits—but the library also contains some little-known perks that can save you money and entertain a few restless kiddos. Bonus: Many of these freebies can be enjoyed 24/7, from the comfort of your own couch. Continue Reading…