Archives For Outdoor Activities

13 Tween and Teen Birthday Ideas 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

If you’re getting eye rolls just uttering the words “bounce house” to your tween or teenager when birthday-party talk comes up, we’ve found 13 fresh party ideas at venues new and old, in Des Moines, all of which are sure to be a hit with the guest of honor and his or her (equally judgmental) friends. With birthday party ideas this cool, it’s a shame to celebrate but once a year. Continue Reading…

2018 Outdoor Summer Concerts 4 Des Moines Families - dsm4kids.com

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Or better yet, get out of the house! Summer in Des Moines means outdoor concerts galore (and many are FREE!). Throw down a blanket, spread out the snacks, uncork the wine, and watch the kids boogie under the evening stars as you sway to some cool and breezy melodies. Below are some of our favorite outdoor summer concert series that return every year. Be sure to check our daily calendar to find even more summer activities! Continue Reading…

2018 FREE Outdoor Summer Movies 4 Des Moines Families - dsm4kids.com

Enjoying a film on the big screen in the great outdoors is as much of a summertime tradition in Des Moines as going to an outdoor concert. Bring a picnic dinner and sit back, relax, and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in and around Des Moines. Movies begin at dusk, but you’ll want to arrive early for the best viewing spots and to take advantage of pre-movie entertainment when offered. Continue Reading…

2018 Free Fishing Days Events in Central Iowa - dsm4kids.com

Grab your poles, cast your lines, and try to reel in a big one! June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2018, are “Free Fishing Days” for Iowa residents. Free Fishing Days is a great time to experience the sport, learn about our local resources, and become more environmentally aware. Whether you are a novice or a pro, here are a few fishing events in the Des Moines area that guarantee a fun family day and a reminder that “good things come to those who bait.”  Continue Reading…

2018 Summer Reading Programs 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

From local to national, there are many programs that provide guidance, inspiration, incentives and rewards for your kids to keep reading all summer long. The “Libraries Rock” summer reading program at Des Moines area libraries is a great place to start. If you’re looking for more ways to encourage your child to continue reading this summer and some fabulous FREEbies, read on to find out which public libraries and businesses offer summer reading programs to Des Moines kids. Continue Reading…

2018 Memorial Day Weekend Fun Guide in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

For many of us, Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer. It’s the weekend we finally uncover our grills for backyard barbecues and make trips to the lake. However, Memorial Day, at its core, is a day to honor and remember women and men who lost their lives in military service to our country. To mark the holiday, many families attend their community’s memorial services. We’ve also rounded up some other family-friendly (and mostly FREE) events happening in and around Des Moines during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Continue Reading…

Kid n’ Play in Des Moines – May 2018

May can’t come soon enough this year! The return of warm weather, alfresco dining, and family-centric holidays such as Mother’s Day and Memorial Day weekend, will be welcome delights after this spring’s crappy weather. Local farmers’ markets are opening for the season, there are several bike related events taking place for Bike Month and everywhere you turn there’s something fun planned.  We’ve rounded up the top 10+ things to do with your kids this month in Des Moines, a host of which are FREE.  Continue Reading…

2018 Guide to Swimming Lessons in Des Moines - dsm4kids.om

As summer temperatures heat up 🤞, there is no doubt most families’ summer plans will include the water. With proper swim instruction, kids can be safe and have fun in and around the pool, lake or other waterway. From private swim classes to community pools, there are plenty of swim instruction destinations from which to choose in the Des Moines area. Swim lessons are offered for those as young as six months, continuing through Lifeguard Training. Continue Reading…

2018 Shop Local & Fresh: A Guide to Farmers’ Markets and Farm Stands in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Family trips to the local farmers’ market or farm stand are the best. There’s just nothing that quite compares to walking past stands stocked with colorful produce and local treasures and knowing that whatever you bring home is going to be fresh, seasonal, and bursting with flavor. It’s also a great way to encourage healthy eating with your kids. Continue Reading…

2018 Mother’s Day in Des Moines Guide

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 13th this year and Des Moines offers a wide-range of ways to celebrate the most important lady in your life. Treat Mom to a perfect day using our Mother’s Day in Des Moines ideas that range from events and brunch specials to great gifts. Is there a better way to show your mom how much you care, than to treat her to a day of fun?! Continue Reading…

The Best Places to go Stargazing in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

As the weather in Central Iowa FINALLY warms up, it will be a great time to turn our eyes towards the night sky. With all the ambient light in the City, you might think it’s near impossible to do any star gazing at all. But even with all the lights, there are places in Des Moines where people can gather to discover the wonders of the nighttime skies. Continue Reading…

May is Bike Month in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Riding your own two wheels around town is one of the great joys of being a kid. Des Moines is very bike friendly, and since May is Bike Month, there’s no better time for families to go for a bike ride. Throughout the month, the Des Moines Bike Collective organizes and sponsors several family friendly activities and events to celebrate the bicycle. So, get geared up, don the helmets and pedal on over to one of these bike related events happening in the Des Moines area. Continue Reading…

Family Volunteer Opportunities in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Volunteering as a family is an excellent way to spend time together, benefit the community and teach your children about the importance of giving to others and lending a hand. When the spirit of helping and giving moves your family this spring, check with any of these local non-profits for more information about getting involved. Continue Reading…