Archives For Fall

2018: Take Advantage of “No-School” Days this Fall in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Kids can stop pleading for a day off from school? They’ll be jumping for joy when they learn that they have a “no-school” day coming up in October!  This is a great time to take advantage of those days out of school and plan a special outing. To help you make the most of the “No School” Days, we’ve rounded up 16+ things to do with kids this fall in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

25 Perfect Fall Family Day Trips from Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

With fall upon us, we’re craving more than just a change of seasons. Sometimes, fresh scenery—even just for a day—can do wonders to reboot and re-energize the whole family. Whether fall in your house means an afternoon harvesting nature’s bounty at local farms, heading out for a hike, or staying close to home to explore a new-to-you corner of the City, we’ve got daycations sure to satisfy any mood. Read on for 25 picks sure to inspire your love of the season. Continue Reading…

2018: Go on a Guided Hike this Fall in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Hiking around Des Moines and its surrounding areas is one of our favorite active pastimes; there’s just nothing quite like exploring the great outdoors with your kiddos and watching as they discover new things happening in their environment. Our city is full of great trails to tackle with the kids in tow, however sometimes having a guide lead the way is the best option for budding explorers and naturalists. We rounded up 10 of the best options for getting out and about in nature with your kids this fall, turning hiking into an activity that is both educational and fun. Continue Reading…

2018: Family-Friendly Shows Coming to Des Moines Stages this Fall - dsm4kids.com

Now that summer is over, it’s time to think about what activities will entertain your family this fall. Luckily, Des Moines offers dozens of performances that will amaze and delight your kids. From professional productions to local children’s theater, here’s a list of some of the best shows of the autumn. Whether your kids are in the mood for a big musical likeAladdin” or a classic fable with a message like “The Ants and the Grasshopper”, we’ve got you covered—so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! Continue Reading…

2018 Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes & Fall Fun Near Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

The autumn sun, colorful foliage, crisp air, giggling children — this is the antithesis to the workweek grind. Add a pumpkin or two into the mix, and whether you’re decorating it or turning it into a baked delight, you have the recipe for a great fall. Whether you are looking for slender pumpkins or plump; sprawling farms or cozier ones; Central Iowa has what you seek. For even more ideas, sign up for our weekly newsletter and check out our Fall Fun Guide. Continue Reading…

2018: 10 Places to Go Apple Picking This Fall Near Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Nothing says fall like a family excursion to a local apple orchard. With many orchards to choose from, families can head a short distance from Des Moines for their choice of places to pick their own apples starting in early September through mid to late October. In addition to apple picking, many of the orchards offer petting farms, country stores, hay rides, corn mazes, and other kid-friendly activities, so leave plenty of time to take advantage of all these farms have to offer. Continue Reading…

2018 Fall Arts & Craft Shows in Des Moinesn - dsm4kids.com

Over the last year, my crafty 10-year-old daughter and I have enjoyed checking out local arts and crafts fairs and shows.  It’s a great way to find some unique gifts, but it’s also fun to visit with the artists and learn more about their creations. I also find that it inspires us to go home and try to create our own works of art.  If you’re looking for something fun to do this fall, or are on the hunt for a one-of-a-kind gift, check out these craft shows happening in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

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…

September 2018: Des Moines Kid n’ Play List - dsm4kids.com

Just because the kids are back in school doesn’t mean all of the fun has to come to a screeching halt. September brings with it fall festivals, apple picking, football games, and many other fun outings. Our Event Calendar is a wonderful resource full of fun events happening all over Des Moines. Many of our picks are FREE or inexpensive. Have fun planning!

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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…

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…

5 Fall Treats to Try in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

I don’t know about you, but the cooler weather has me craving something sweet.  So, I’ve been on a mission to find the most delicious fall foods in Des Moines.  After sampling each of these tasty autumnal indulgences, I will be one happy mama in need of a trip to the gym (or five).  Like to join me?  Read on to see where you can enjoy five fall treats in Des Moines.  Continue Reading…

A Perfect Fall Day in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

After summer, fall is my next favorite season in Des Moines. A perfect fall day to me, isn’t anything too complicated.  Something good to eat (always tops on my list😉), a little bit of outdoor time or a quick day trip to a fun local attraction, will do the trick. To help you enjoy the magic of the season, here are few ways to spend a perfect fall day in Des Moines with your family. Continue Reading…