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Sports and recreation activities and events for kids in Des Moines, IA

2019: Des Moines Area Water Parks, Aquatic Centers, Pools, Splash Pads, Spraygrounds & Wading Pools – dsm4kids.com

Hot summer afternoon? Kids with energy to spare? Save the day and make everyone happy with a trip to the pool or spray park! With the variety of aquatic centers available in the Des Moines area, there’s no shortage of saturated, soaked, sopping wet fun to be had! Read on to discover the best places to go swimming and enjoy a little water fun in Des Moines with our list of awesome outdoor pools and spraygrounds to check out with your family. Continue Reading…

2019: Summer Swimming Lessons 4 Kids in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Looking for a way to introduce your child to the pool? Swimming lessons are a great way to help kids develop a love of swimming and instill confidence around the water. These programs teach water skills in a safe and age-appropriate way. Once your little one gets the hang of it, you can take the family to the local pool or lake with confidence. And most programs continue to offer lessons for kids up to age 12 and beyond. Continue Reading…

2019: Kid-Friendly FREE Fishing Days Events in Central Iowa – dsm4kids.com

At some point, just about every boy and girl will want to try fishing. Fishing is a time-honored, relaxing way for kids and parents or grandparents to spend quality quiet time together—and it’s a classic summer activity. Why not start with a FREE Fishing Days event to learn the basics and then head out to a local fishing hole to try it on your own? Continue Reading…

2019: Kids Bowl FREE in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Need something FREE and fun to do with the kids this summer? Area bowling alleys have got you covered! Registration is now open for Kids Bowl Free, a program that offers free bowling for kids all summer long. Bowling is an awesome way for your kids to experience something new, enjoy air conditioning during the hot summer days, and to burn off some energy! Continue Reading…

National Bike Month Events Happening this May in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

With National Bike Month just around the corner (May 1-31), it’s a great time to dust off your bikes, trailers, and training wheels and take part in this month-long celebration! To help you and your little ones get pedaling, we’ve put together a list of family-friendly bicycling events going on around the Des Moines metro. So turn off the TV, put away the iPad, and get outside with the fam and ride! Continue Reading…

2019: Summer Sports Camps 4 Des Moines Kids – dsm4kids.com

There are plenty of summer camp options in Des Moines and choosing among them might be dizzying. But if you have a budding athlete on your hands or one who is trying to improve his or her skills, you might want to consider a sports camp. We’ve rounded up a few for you. In addition to the camps listed below, check out your local YMCA, School District, Youth Sports Program or Parks and Recreation office for programs offered at reasonable prices. And be sure to check out our Summer Camp Guide for more camps in the area. Continue Reading…

Take the Family Ice Skating at Brenton Skating Plaza this Winter in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Going ice skating at Brenton Skating Plaza is one of my family’s favorite things to do at holiday time. It’s not winter to me, until we’ve taken a couple of spins on the ice.   After the holidays, the crowds thin and skaters can enjoy a less crowded skating rink. The outdoor rink is a Des Moines winter landmark and a perfect place to make family memories. Continue Reading…

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…

Fun Things for Families to do Thanksgiving Weekend in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

The annual holiday season fast approaches and everyone is getting busy making preparations for Thanksgiving.  Your family may be eating with relatives or dining alone, no matter which one, once the food has all been eaten, you may be looking for something to do. Have fun at one of these great events/places on Thanksgiving weekend! Continue Reading…

Activities in Des Moines 4 Kids with Special Needs - dsm4kids.com

Many kids’ schedules are packed with extracurriculars, but for children with special needs, it can be challenging to find programs they can participate in fully. We’ve rounded up some adapted classes and activities in the Des Moines area that accommodate a variety of learning styles, so that kids with special needs—be they physical, social, or emotional—can partake in the same enriching fun as their peers. Continue Reading…

Girls on the Run of Central Iowa: Fall Registration Now Open – dsm4kids.com

Girls on the Run of Central Iowa’s registration for the fall season is now open. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident. The volunteer-led program brings together groups of 8-15 girls for a ten-week program that encourages personal development, team building and connection to the community. Continue Reading…