Archives For Outdoor Activities

Family-Friendly Entertainment at the Iowa State Fair - dsm4kids.com

Looking for fun, family-friendly entertainment during your visit to the Iowa State Fair (August 9-19, 2018)? With loads of family-friendly activities and exhibits included in the price of admission, it’s not hard to find.  There can be a lot of walking at the Fair, so it’s always good to take a little break and enjoy some entertainment, sitting down.  That’s why we’ve rounded up this list of family-friendly live performances that will keep the whole family entertained at the Iowa State Fair. Continue Reading…

5 Summer Birthday Party Spots 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

I loved having a summer birthday, growing up as a kid.  Several of my most memorable parties were spent at the lake swimming, boating and water skiing.  But, there can be a downside to having a summer birthday.  Your friends may be on vacation or away at camp and you don’t get to be “the center of attention” at school by wearing that fun paper crown and handing out treats. Parents of summer babies have a tougher job than it seems when it comes to party planning!  So, I thought I’d help you out and come up with a few ideas.  Continue Reading…

Lost Island: Family-Friendly Water Park in Waterloo – dsm4kids.com

A water park is hard to beat on a hot summer day! With summer’s heat on the horizon, I’m re-living the fun my family had at Lost Island Water Park in Waterloo last summer. We hardly noticed the blazing July temps as we floated along the lazy river and enjoyed the waterslides and other thrill rides.  Lost Island offers all the fun of much larger water parks, with a solid family-friendly vibe and fun rides for all ages. It was also named the second-best outdoor water park in the country for 2017, according to a reader poll from a list of 20 possibilities in USA Today. Continue Reading…

Summer 2018: Family Friendly Events Hosted by Des Moines Area Pools and Aquatic Centers

There’s always something fun happening at Des Moines area pools and aquatic centers! Of course, they’re great for a fun family outing on a hot summer’s day and swimming lessons, but did you know that they also host fun events and activities?  Princess and superhero meet and greets, cardboard boat races, teen nights and more! Below you’ll find a list of just a few of the events that local swimming pools and aquatic centers will host this summer in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

Summer 2018: Celebrate our Independence with Family Fun in Des Moines! - dsm4kids.com

dsm4kids’ Guide to Independence Day Fun includes a list of fireworks displays, festivals, parades and other family-friendly celebrations taking place across the Des Moines metro and beyond.  So, put on your red, white and blue, light some sparklers, and get ready to “Ooh!” and “Ahh!” as you enjoy some patriotic fun with your family this 4th of July! …Be safe and have fun! Continue Reading…

Summer 2018: Outdoor Story Times 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

Book some time for reading this summer! Participating in a summer reading program and story time is a great way for kids to continue to challenge their brains in a fun, laid back way. To make summer reading even more entertaining there are a variety of outdoor story times and story walks being offered throughout the Des Moines metro this summer. And, the best part…. you can sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to someone else read to your child for a change! Continue Reading…

10+ Ways to Celebrate Father's Day 2018 in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Just like Mother’s Day is all about Mom, Father’s Day is supposed to be all about Dad…and yet, every year when I ask my husband what he wants to do he replies, “I don’t know, what do you think we should do?” Affable, sure, but helpful? Nope. Continue Reading…

2018 Best Summer Theater and Shows 4 Des Moines Families - dsm4kids.com

Des Moines’ theater scene is heating up this summer. Can you say, “Hamilton”?!?  There are plays, musicals and stage performances for all ages, interests, and budgets happening throughout the season.  Read on and get tickets now, so your little theatergoers won’t miss out on some of their very favorite shows! Continue Reading…