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2018 Fall Festival Fun in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Usher in the fall season in Des Moines with a host of family autumn festivals. The area’s community and cultural celebrations are packed with fun seasonal activities for kids, including pumpkin fun, apple-picking and more. We’ve rounded up details on the best upcoming fall festivals in Des Moines, a few of which made our September Play List. Continue Reading…

Celebrate the End of Summer at Glow Wild - dsm4kids.com

Labor Day weekend ushers in the return of one of our favorite end-of-summer events, Glow Wild. The annual outdoor extravaganza, hosted by Polk County Conservation in picturesque Jester Park, is filled with all manner of nature-loving fun.  It’s a perfect way for families to say sayonara to summer! This year’s festival will feature live music by Drake White & the Big Fire (how appropriate;), educational programs, canoeing, hiking, a glow-in-the-dark climbing wall, and of course the biggest bonfire you’ll ever see!  Continue Reading…

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…

2017 Guide to Family-Friendly Fall Festivals in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

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Make the most of the fall season in Central Iowa at fun family-friendly festivals. This festival guide is your comprehensive list, whether you’re looking for a large festival downtown or an event with small-town charm, this guide can help you plan your day or weekend in Des Moines. If you’re looking for even more fall fun, be sure to check out our Fall Fun GuideContinue Reading…

An A to Z Guide to Iowa State Fair Foods - dsm4kids.com

It’s that time of year again! The Iowa State Fair has unveiled the new foods for this year’s fair. In addition to these newbies, you can also enjoy old favs. There’s always so much great food to eat at the Fair that it can be hard to know where to begin, so we’ve done the hard work for you. Loosen your belts…here’s your A to Z guide to trying foods at the Iowa State Fair. Continue Reading…

A Local’s Guide to the Iowa State Fair – dsm4kids.com

Updated July 9, 2018

Giant turkey legs, sticky cotton candy fingers and screams of delight emanating from the Midway. These experiences come only once a year and that time is almost upon us.  August 9-19, 2018 is officially Iowa State Fair time. While rides take center stage in the minds of a lot of Fair visitors, your kids will be blown away by some of these more off-the-beaten-path fair attractions. Continue Reading…

Family Fun at the County Fair in Central Iowa - dsm4kids.com

As we reach mid-summer, county fairs across Central Iowa will be taking place. Most people know county fairs have livestock like cows, pigs, horses, chickens and turkeys.  But they also have carnival rides, concessions, games and entertainment…packing a whole lot of family entertainment in one spot!  And, the best part is that admission is FREE.  Here’s your guide to county fairs happening this summer in Central Iowa. Continue Reading…

2017 Guide to 4th of July Celebrations in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Break out the red, white and blue, the 4th of July is only a few weeks away and there’s no shortage of activities happening in the Des Moines area.  From all-day Independence Day celebrations, to spectacular fireworks shows, to concerts, to parades, there’s something for every age and stage. Read on for our guide to 4th of July celebrations in Des Moines. If you know of an event to add to this list, please email nicole@dsm4kids.com. Continue Reading…

2017 Guide to the Best Summer Festivals in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Summer brings endless opportunities for outdoor fun to the Des Moines metro. Local communities host exciting events filled with art, live music, local food and activities for guests of all ages. Many of which are FREE to attend! So, grab your family and take part in one of these fun festivals happening this summer in the Des Moines area. Continue Reading…

2017 Guide to Family-Friendly Spring Festivals in Iowa - dsm4kids.com

There is always something to do in Iowa—and this spring festival guide is your comprehensive list to family-friendly fun around the state! Whether you’re looking for a festival near Des Moines or an event with small-town charm, this guide can help you plan a fun spring day or weekend trip. Read on for 15 family festivals that are sure to put a spring in your step. Continue Reading…

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Iowa - dsm4kids.com

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Iowa

In Iowa’s early days, Germans made up one of the largest ethnic groups to settle here. Several Iowa communities still celebrate their German heritage today, especially this time of year, during Oktoberfest.  Celebrated September 17 to October 3, 2016 this annual festival, in its 183rd year, is held in Munich, Bavaria. Celebrations modeled after it are held all over the world, including here in Iowa. Continue Reading…

2016 Guide to Des Moines’ Fall Festivals - dsm4kids.com

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Even though September and October tend to be warmer months in Central Iowa, there’s nothing like a fall festival to remind you that autumn is right around the corner (and cooler weather may soon be here). From community festivals to heritage celebrations, we’ve got your inside look at Des Moines’ best fall festivals for your family. Continue Reading…