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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 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…

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

There is no shortage of family-friendly fun in Des Moines this month. Our calendar is packed with something for everyone any day of the week. Whether you are into sports, Santa or something in between, your family is sure to enjoy your time together at any of these affordable, fun events.  Here’s where you can kid n’ play in Des Moines this November.   Continue Reading…

5 Des Moines Neighborhoods That Make Supporting Small Business Saturday Easy - dsm4kids.com

Small Business Saturday is now in its eighth official year.  It’s an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small businesses and celebrating local communities across the country. Small Business Saturday is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, you can get out and support the places you love with the people you love on November 25th. Continue Reading…

2017 Thanksgiving Weekend Planner in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to enjoy family time and entertain guests. Luckily, Thanksgiving weekend is teeming with family- and kid-friendly events and activities, including many holiday kick-off celebrations. Here’s a few ideas on how to make the most of your Thanksgiving weekend in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2017 Thanksgiving Fun 4 Kids & Families in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

As Turkey Day approaches, we’ve rounded up Thanksgiving-themed events and activities to help you and your kiddos get in the mood to celebrate the season right here in Des Moines. You’ll find a range of fun from a Native American History Day where you can try throwing an atlatl to fun story times and Thanksgiving crafts. Here’s nine ways to have a little fun with the fam this Thanksgiving season in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

Ways to Enjoy the Fall Foliage in Des Moines with your Family - dsm4kids.com

When it comes to finding spectacular fall colors, we know New England can’t be beat. But, there’s also plenty to see right here in good ol’ Central Iowa. From vibrant reds and oranges to brilliant golds and yellows, the season is just starting to peak. Here are four different ways to spend a day enjoying our wonderful fall scenery and have some special fall family fun. Continue Reading…

Maquoketa Caves: Iowa’s Best Kept Secret - dsm4kids.com

By Natalie Maughan

Maquoketa Caves is a vast cavern of nature’s best playground found 40 minutes from Dubuque in eastern Iowa. This place is perfect for young toddlers as well as high school kids. My husband and I recently took our kids to the caves for three days of “spelunking”. We’d never been but it has been near the top of my “to do” list for quite some time now. It was totally worth the drive and we can’t wait to go back again next year. Continue Reading…