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Best Shows for DSM Kids and Families for Summer 2019 – dsm4kids.com

Summer is always a great time for family-friendly theater performances.  There are options for all ages, interests, and budgets, including a page-to-stage adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank, family-friendly outdoor Shakespeare and Star Wars fans can experience a A New Hope like never before! Best of all, several of the picks are less than $15 per ticket. Continue Reading…

2019: Des Moines Area Water Parks, Aquatic Centers, Pools, Splash Pads, Spraygrounds & Wading Pools – dsm4kids.com

Hot summer afternoon? Kids with energy to spare? Save the day and make everyone happy with a trip to the pool or spray park! With the variety of aquatic centers available in the Des Moines area, there’s no shortage of saturated, soaked, sopping wet fun to be had! Read on to discover the best places to go swimming and enjoy a little water fun in Des Moines with our list of awesome outdoor pools and spraygrounds to check out with your family. Continue Reading…

2019: Des Moines Area Summer Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss – dsm4kids.com

Summer always seems to fly by here in central Iowa, but it sure is jammin’ with festivals from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Whether you’re planning to indulge in some sweet corn, check out some really cool art, or get your groove on, there are so many family-friendly festivals happening all summer long. Grab the kids and have some fun at one of these Des Moines area festivals. And, be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide to help plan some pretty epic adventures with the whole crew this summer. Continue Reading…

2019: Des Moines’ Memorial Day Weekend Fun Guide – dsm4kids.com

First and foremost, Memorial Day is about the members of the armed forces who gave their lives in our nation’s service. Their sacrifice is unimaginable, our debt to them beyond measure. To those lost, and to those who serve our nation and all it stands for, we salute you!

Of course, the weekend is not all somber reflection: Memorial Day also means a long weekend, and the unofficial start of summer and all the seasonal activities that come with warm weather. Street fairs and festivals. Farmers’ markets. Outdoor concerts. Continue Reading…

2019: Des Moines Kid n’ Play List – dsm4kids.com

May is bursting with springtime fun. It’s the perfect month to take a day trip, celebrate moms, and check out local fairs and festivals happening across the metro. When the weather’s not cooperating, head indoors to see a spring stage performance. May culminates Memorial Day weekend, which marks the start of summer fun with the opening of many aquatic centers and splash parks! Continue Reading…

High Flying Family Fun at Kites on the Green in Johnston – dsm4kids.com

Since 2014, Kites on the Green has been bringing Johnstonians of all ages – and their kites – together to enjoy a day of kite flying, live entertainment, and tons of FREE activities for families and children. Organized by the City of Johnston, the festival takes place at Johnston Commons by the Johnston Public Library and the Simpson Barn. Continue Reading…

Stargazing in Central Iowa: Best Views, Observatories, Astronomy Club – dsm4kids.com

If you have a budding astronomist on your hands, you’re in luck: Des Moines is home to a myriad of scenic outdoor stargazing locations, as well as a couple of public observatories and an astronomy club for the truly dedicated. With the proper equipment, information, and planning, your family can get an up-close look at planets, star clusters, and the moon. Continue Reading…

9 Kid-Friendly Spring Day Trip Ideas for DSM Families – dsm4kids.com

By the time it’s spring, my family has reached its limits of winter-induced stir-craziness, especially after this winter.  Despite all that our fair city has to offer, we feel the need to get away from Des Moines, even if it’s just for a day. Having this list of 9 spring-inspired day trips at our fingertips gives us something to look forward to, especially with spring break on the horizon. From biking to visiting museums to smelling the blooms to strolling college campuses, there is something on this list for everyone.

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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…

February 2019: Des Moines Kid n’ Play List – dsm4kids.com

Even though February is the shortest month, it can seem like it’s the longest! To get us out of our winter funk and have a little fun this month, we’ve gathered up some awesome family activities happening in and around Des Moines. In addition to events listed below be sure to check out our Sweetheart Dances and Valentine’s Day Activities round-ups. Continue Reading…

Take the Family Ice Skating at Brenton Skating Plaza this Winter in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Going ice skating at Brenton Skating Plaza is one of my family’s favorite things to do at holiday time. It’s not winter to me, until we’ve taken a couple of spins on the ice.   After the holidays, the crowds thin and skaters can enjoy a less crowded skating rink. The outdoor rink is a Des Moines winter landmark and a perfect place to make family memories. Continue Reading…