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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: Take Advantage of “No-School” Days this Fall in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Kids can stop pleading for a day off from school? They’ll be jumping for joy when they learn that they have a “no-school” day coming up in October!  This is a great time to take advantage of those days out of school and plan a special outing. To help you make the most of the “No School” Days, we’ve rounded up 16+ things to do with kids this fall in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

25 Perfect Fall Family Day Trips from Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

With fall upon us, we’re craving more than just a change of seasons. Sometimes, fresh scenery—even just for a day—can do wonders to reboot and re-energize the whole family. Whether fall in your house means an afternoon harvesting nature’s bounty at local farms, heading out for a hike, or staying close to home to explore a new-to-you corner of the City, we’ve got daycations sure to satisfy any mood. Read on for 25 picks sure to inspire your love of the season. Continue Reading…

2018: Family-Friendly Shows Coming to Des Moines Stages this Fall - dsm4kids.com

Now that summer is over, it’s time to think about what activities will entertain your family this fall. Luckily, Des Moines offers dozens of performances that will amaze and delight your kids. From professional productions to local children’s theater, here’s a list of some of the best shows of the autumn. Whether your kids are in the mood for a big musical likeAladdin” or a classic fable with a message like “The Ants and the Grasshopper”, we’ve got you covered—so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! Continue Reading…

2018 Fall Arts & Craft Shows in Des Moinesn - dsm4kids.com

Over the last year, my crafty 10-year-old daughter and I have enjoyed checking out local arts and crafts fairs and shows.  It’s a great way to find some unique gifts, but it’s also fun to visit with the artists and learn more about their creations. I also find that it inspires us to go home and try to create our own works of art.  If you’re looking for something fun to do this fall, or are on the hunt for a one-of-a-kind gift, check out these craft shows happening in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

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

Just because the kids are back in school doesn’t mean all of the fun has to come to a screeching halt. September brings with it fall festivals, apple picking, football games, and many other fun outings. Our Event Calendar is a wonderful resource full of fun events happening all over Des Moines. Many of our picks are FREE or inexpensive. Have fun planning!

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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…

Grandparents Day 2018 in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Time to send the kids to Grandmas!

What better excuse than Grandparents’ Day (September 9, 2018) to send the kids out for some fun with their grands (and get some time to yourself)! We have rounded up some fun events that are perfect for the multi-generational sets.  Keep reading to discover all the ways to show Mimi and Papa how much you love them this Grandparents’ Day. Continue Reading…

Bridging the Gap from Summer to School: 7 Fun & Educational Late-Summer Outings in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

The weeks of warm, lazy days are dwindling and before we know it, school will start, and September will be here. Rather than fret about the impending return of homework and schedules, I decided to come up with a list of both fun AND educational outings perfect for these last few weeks of August. They’re all a great way to make some memories, get our brains back into learning mode and soak up what’s left of summer. Continue Reading…

2018 Edition: Family Friendly Things To Do This Labor Day Weekend in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Where did the summer go?  It seems like just a few weeks ago, we were finally putting away the snowblower and shovels!  The calendar doesn’t lie, and Labor Day is almost here, the unofficial, last weekend of all that summer is made of. Let the planning begin for your family’s last, big weekend of summer, and make it a memorable one! Continue Reading…

Family-Friendly Entertainment at the Iowa State Fair - dsm4kids.com

Looking for fun, family-friendly entertainment during your visit to the Iowa State Fair (August 9-19, 2018)? With loads of family-friendly activities and exhibits included in the price of admission, it’s not hard to find.  There can be a lot of walking at the Fair, so it’s always good to take a little break and enjoy some entertainment, sitting down.  That’s why we’ve rounded up this list of family-friendly live performances that will keep the whole family entertained at the Iowa State Fair. Continue Reading…

Chill Out at One of these 5 Great Ice Cream Places in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

This will be our fourth annual list of local ice cream shops in Des Moines! Each year I think we’re going to run out of new places to highlight and each year, much to my delight, new discoveries are made.  There are LOTS of places to get ice cream in Des Moines that are a step above the ordinary, everyday chain. You’ll find delicious ice cream that can be the highlight of your child’s day (or maybe even their whole summer!) Read on to find some of our favorite local ice cream experiences to cool down your Des Moines kid. Continue Reading…