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Host a Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Bash – dsm4kids.com

If you’re like me, I’m sure many of you remember dressing up and heading out for a night of fun and frivolity on New Year’s Eve.  Fast forward to two kids and no babysitting prospects in sight, you may have traded in your stilettos for slippers on the biggest party night of the year. Or, you might just be over fighting the crowds and prefer to stay-in and safe off the roads.  If any of this applies to you, there’s no reason not to have a little fun at home ringing in the New Year with family and friends. Continue Reading…

2017 Fun Things To Do After Opening Gifts on Christmas Day in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Wrapping paper is strewn everywhere, presents line the coffee table and the stockings are empty.  After all the planning and prep work, Christmas morning was a success. You’ve nestled into that perfect spot on the couch with your coffee, little faces meet your stare and although words are not spoken, you know what’s behind the look. It’s the dreaded question. “What now? Continue Reading…

Kid n’ Play in Des Moines – December 2017

We made it to the final month of the year and Christmas time is near! There are so many fun, family-friendly things to do in December all across the Des Moines metro. From festive events to time with Santa and more, it’s easy to find the fun. Here’s a few ideas of how your family can Kid n’ Play this December in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

FREE Things to Do with Your Kids Over Winter Break in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Kids love getting out of school over Winter Break, but it can take a toll on us parents who might be running low on entertainment ideas or cash after all that holiday shopping. Don’t sweat it, we’re here to help! We’ve rounded up 20 FREE things you can do with your kids over winter break in Des Moines.  Continue Reading…

2017 Winter Break Camps & Activities in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

December means tons of holiday fun, but it also means altered school schedules for students. When kids are on winter break it’s important to keep them busy and out of trouble. Luckily, Des Moines features an assortment of winter break activities and mini camps to keep them occupied. Take your pick from any of these activities based on the current interests of your child, or let them choose a brand-new hobby! Continue Reading…

2017 Des Moines Experiences That Make Great Holiday Gifts 4 Kids – dsm4kids.com

While kids love unwrapping gifts on Christmas morning, sometimes that initial rush and feeling of elation is fleeting.  If you’re looking for something more long-lasting, consider giving an “experience” gift this year.  After all, the memories you make with an experience gift will last a lifetime.  Read on for ideas about Des Moines experiences that make great holiday gifts for kids. Continue Reading…

2017 Nativity Events in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

If you’re looking for a sure-fire way to infuse some true Christmas spirit into the holiday whirlwind, there’s nothing like a Nativity event to do the trick. Outdoor scenes and indoor events take you through the Christmas story and that first night in Bethlehem. Here’s a round-up of churches hosting nativity events in the Des Moines area. Continue Reading…

A Historic Holiday: 10 Old-Time Events in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Step back in time with these history-infused holiday happenings in Des Moines.  Filled with the spirit of nostalgia, these holiday celebrations delight in the sights and sounds of Christmases past.  Visit and tour historic homes adorned in period decorations, take a sleigh ride or even meet old St. Nick himself.  Here’s 10 old-time Christmas events happening in the Des Moines area. Continue Reading…

2017 Guide to Holiday Markets in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

I am really making a concerted effort to shop local this year.  And, there’s nothing more local than a holiday market and craft show. Most of these shopping events feature items by local artisans and crafters, so they are chock-full of handmade gifts, one-of-a-kind holiday decor and more. If you’re looking for a unique gift or two this Christmas, why not check out one of these holiday markets in Des Moines?  Continue Reading…

2017 Nutcracker Performances in Central Iowa – dsm4kids.com

It’s one of the world’s most beloved ballets, and quite often the first ballet experience for children. It’s the Nutcracker – and if you’re thinking about taking your kids to see it this holiday season, you’ve got a few options to choose from! Here’s our 2017 roundup of Nutcracker performances in Central Iowa. Continue Reading…

2017 Holiday Event Guide 4 Kids + Families in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

The Christmas season is just around the corner and Des Moines is coming alive with the holiday spirit. Festive events in Des Moines are fantastic ways for families to make memories. Whether you’re seeking a community celebration or looking for a jolly holiday concert or stage performance, we’ve got you covered with our 2017 Holiday Event Guide. Check out all these incredible seasonal celebrations and have a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Also be sure to check out our Holiday Fun Guide, Where to Visit Santa in Des Moines, our Calendar, and more articles to come! Continue Reading…

2017 Where Kids Can Visit Santa in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

He’s holly and jolly and popping up all over the Des Moines metro. Santa Claus is the man of the hour and we’ve rounded up a list of places your kids can find him in Des Moines this holiday season!  Also see our Holiday Fun Guide, 2017 Holiday Event Guide or Events Calendar for even more festive events and activities happening around town. Continue Reading…