Archives For Outdoor Activities

2019: Outdoor Sports to Try this Winter in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Getting outside this time of year doesn’t come naturally for many — it can seem far more fun to curl up with cocoa on the sofa and binge-watch movies. But children (and you;) NEED to get outside, breathe fresh air, and take in some Vitamin D. The trick is finding a fun way to work up a sweat in freezing temperatures. In the Des Moines area you can get the adrenaline going by strapping on some snowshoes or skis; or racing down a hill in a snow tube. Continue Reading…

2019: Ice Skating Rinks to Visit with Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Now that winter is here, it’s time to bundle up and sharpen those ice skates and head to a local ice skating rink.  Whether you prefer a more urban setting like the ice rink at  Brenton Skating Plaza or something off the beaten path like a park pond, the Des Moines area offers plenty of options for beginner and experienced skaters alike — there’s even several FREE skate spots. And if it ever gets too cold to glide outside, you can always hit the indoor skating rink. Continue Reading…

2019: The Best Family Sledding Spots around Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Parents with kids eager to brave the outdoors don’t have to leave the City to find ideal sledding spots. We’ve rounded up a host of places where you can challenge the local powder for FREE. Safety first though, so be sure to check surroundings for sticks, rocks, and more, and wear a helmet and proper snow gear to keep warm. Bring your own equipment to these snow-covered destinations and be ready for some fun. Continue Reading…

A Few Healthy Family Resolutions for 2019 - dsm4kids.com

With each new year comes an opportunity for reflection, goal-setting and a renewed focus on things we wish to change or accomplish. The making of resolutions often goes hand-in-hand with New Year’s celebrations and can help us set our mind to make the coming year even better than the one before. When thinking about resolutions for the New Year, why not think about ways to keep your family healthy and happy? Continue Reading…

2019: First Day Hikes at Iowa State Parks - dsm4kids.com

For all of you who have resolved to get more exercise, start the new year on the right foot with a brisk hike! Choose from an easy stroll to moderate level hike taking place at many of Iowa’s State Parks. These FREE, guided hikes are held annually on New Year’s Day as part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative. Continue Reading…

2018: New Year's Eve Celebrations 4 Kids & Families in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Break out the noisemakers and ring in 2019 with the family. Just do it a few hours earlier, so the kids can take part, too.There are plenty of family-friendly New Year’s Eve events happening in Des Moines. We’ve rounded up 21+ great options for the big (day) night that allow everyone to have fun. Continue Reading…

2018: 10 Christmas Day Activities to Do with Des Moines Kids After Opening Gifts - dsm4kids.com

The presents have been ripped open, plastic packaging dismantled and the batteries installed. Dinner won’t be ready for hours and the kids are stir crazy. What else can you do on Christmas Day in Des Moines with the kids? What is open? Continue Reading…

Create a Box Full of Local Adventures for Your Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the look out for clever gift ideas that are NOT toys or “stuff”.  So, last year when I stumbled upon the idea of an “Adventure Box” mentioned in a Facebook post, I fell in love with the concept!  Of course, when I set out to find said FB post to write this article, I can’t seem to track it down, so to the best of my ability I will try to relay the basics of the concept to you.  If you’re looking for an “in-the-box” gift idea to give your kids this Christmas read on. Continue Reading…

It’s Lovely Weather for a Sleigh Ride Together at Jester Park Equestrian Center – dsm4kids.com

Dashing through the snow…Giddy up, let’s go…there are several songs going through my head as I write this article.  And no wonder! There’s something so magical about horses and snow and sleighs all mingled together.  My family had the opportunity to take a sleigh ride at Jester Park Equestrian Center last year and really enjoyed it.  Check out all the fun details and pics from that outing below. Continue Reading…

2018: Countdown to Christmas in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Waiting and preparing for Christmas can be almost as magical and fun as the holiday itself. Counting down the days builds suspense for the big holiday and rewards your kids with a little surprise for each day of patience in the long, cold month of December. If you’re searching for some fun, festive ways to celebrate, look no further. We’ve gathered 25 events and activities to help your family countdown to Christmas in Des Moines. Continue Reading…