Archives For Outdoor Activities

7 Tips 4 Tailgating With Kids - dsm4kids.com

With football teams getting geared up, tailgating season is upon us. With kids in tow, tailgating looks a bit different than it did in our college days. But, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a fun family outing!  You can get into the spirit to cheer on your favorite team AND kick off a fun-filled day for the whole family. Here’s seven tips for tailgating with kids.  Continue Reading…

A Family Friendly Guide to College Football in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

I don’t know about you, but the cooler weather has me ready for some football. College football, that is.  College football is as much a part of fall in Iowa as raking leaves and picking out the perfect pumpkin. Des Moines area fans are fortunate to have six teams- within a (long) Hail Mary pass of the city limits. Here’s a look at the colleges and universities Des Moines families will be cheering for this football season. Continue Reading…

Extracurriculars Your Kids May Not Have Tried Yet in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Looking for an extra-curricular activity for your budding artist, fencer or ninja warrior? Check out these five classes that go beyond ballet and basketball to offer Des Moines youth unique opportunities. From toddlers to teenagers this list of extraordinary activities will add fun and learning to your family’s weekly routine. Continue Reading…

2017 Monarch Tagging Events in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Families can help catch and tag Monarch Butterflies preparing for their 2,000-mile journey to Mexico at educational events in the Des Moines area. The peak season for migration in Iowa is September 6th through September 20th. Tagging the Monarch is so important, because unfortunately, butterfly numbers are declining due to overuse of pesticides, habitat loss and climate change. So, tracking them is not just a fun activity but also contributes to a healthy environment. Continue Reading…

Sargent Park is a Hit on Hot Summer Days - dsm4kids.com

Itching to get the kids outside and partake in some sort of recreational activity? Check out Sargent Park, which is home to Des Moines’ first natural playscape. With its native vegetation and proximity to Four Mile Creek, the Park, boasts a variety of ways for young outdoor-enthusiasts to pass the time. Got a climber?  There’s plenty of natural structures for kids to ascend and conquer. If you like to walk, there’s a nice path that meanders around the park. And, another really cool thing? The park has a sprayground and creek access. Continue Reading…

5 Ways to Hold on to Summer in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Is anyone else in denial that it’s August, back-to-school time, and summer is almost over? Just because we’re picking out school supplies and wrapping up summer camps, it doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to summer, right? There’s still plenty of things to do to keep us in a sunshine state of mind. Here are five ways to hold on to summer in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

Kid n’ Play in Des Moines – August 2017 - dsm4kids.com

As the last few days of summer vacation melt away, you are probably looking for a few fun ways to make some lasting memories. Despite the August heat, there are plenty of events and activities to entertain your kiddos before they go back-to-school.  Here’s where your family can Kid n’ Play this August in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

Celebrating “The Great American Eclipse” in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

On August 21, 2017 we will get to experience a truly once-in-a-lifetime event. We are in the path of a solar eclipse, a dazzling celestial event when the shadow of the moon falls on the surface of the earth and is large enough to cover the sun. Unfortunately, a total solar eclipse will not be visible in Des Moines, but we will see a partial eclipse, which is still a spectacular sight.  Here are events happening in the Des Moines area and beyond celebrating “The Great American Eclipse”.  Continue Reading…

A Local’s Guide to the Iowa State Fair – dsm4kids.com

Giant turkey legs, sticky cotton candy fingers and screams of delight emanating from the Midway. These experiences come only once a year and that time is almost upon us.  August 10-20, 2017 is officially Iowa State Fair time. While rides take center stage in the minds of a lot of Fair visitors, your kids will be blown away by some of these more off-the-beaten-path fair attractions. Continue Reading…

National Night Out Events Happening in the Des Moines Area - dsm4kids.com

National Night Out is on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 and is a national community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships.  There will be different events and block parties taking place though out the Des Moines area where the community will have an opportunity to meet local law enforcement. Here’s where you can celebrate National Night Out this year in Des Moines. Continue Reading…