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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 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…

2017 Christmas Tree Farms Near Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

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The holiday season is a time for traditions and cutting down the annual Christmas tree tops the list for many families. That’s why we rounded up our favorite places to score your family’s holiday centerpiece. Here’s nine Christmas tree farms near Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2017 Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes Near Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Find an updated list for 2018 pumpkin patches & corn mazes here.

Kids, pumpkins and that crisp fall air: what could be better? It’s that time of year…Pumpkin season! Throw in a hayride, some apple cider, and you’ve got yourself the perfect autumn experience. To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve rounded up 12 of the best pumpkin patches and corn mazes, all within a short drive of Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2017 The Best U-Pick Apple Orchards Near Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

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Apple picking season is here and U-pick orchards are beginning to open for business. Heading out to the apple orchard makes for a perfect fall family weekend activity. To help you out, we’ve rounded up 11 orchards near Des Moines that offer pick-your-own apples and a few that also have fun activities for the kids, on-farm stores and festivals to celebrate the harvest. So, grab your bushel bags and read on for our top picks.  Continue Reading…

10 Animal Adventures 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Do you have a kiddo that loves Wild Kratts or wants to be a veterinarian when they grow up?  I do!  We’re constantly looking for fun places where we can get up close with any kind of living creature. Most kids are animal lovers and summer is a great time to get out and visit a few.  Read on for 10 spots where kids can go on an animal adventure in the Des Moines area.  Continue Reading…

2017 Guide to U-Pick Berry Farms in Central Iowa - dsm4kids.com

Enjoy a bumper crop of fun this summer!  Several farms in the Des Moines area let families get their hands dirty as they pick their own harvest. It’s also a great opportunity for kids to use their fresh-picked berries to make a tasty treat. So, pick your own fruit, enjoy berry season, and get the kids outside this summer at a u-pick berry farm in Central Iowa. Continue Reading…

Cut Your Own Tree at a Central Iowa Christmas Tree Farm - dsm4kids.com

Find the 2018 Christmas Tree Farm Guide here.

Many families cherish the holiday tradition of choosing and cutting their own Christmas trees. They bundle up in warm clothes and head off into the woods, where they debate the merits of several trees before selecting “The One”. The tree that will be “decked” with treasured ornaments and glittering lights; the one that will be the backdrop for this year’s family photographs, videos and holiday memories. If you want to experience the old-fashioned holiday tradition of finding and cutting your own tree, you have plenty of choices here in Central Iowa. Continue Reading…

2016 Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes Near Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Find an updated list for 2018 pumpkin patches & corn mazes here.

Pumpkin picking season is here which means it’s time to start mapping out which pumpkin patches you’re going to hit this year. And, since most of our area’s pumpkin patches also offer old-fashioned fun (think petting zoos, hayrides and corn mazes) it’s a good idea to plan on making a day of it. To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve rounded up our favorite pumpkin patches, all within a short drive of Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2016 U-Pick Apple Orchards Near Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Find an updated list for 2018 apple orchards here.

It’s that time again for a favorite Midwestern fall pastime — apple picking, eating and baking! Each of the u-pick apple orchards on our list is a locally owned operation designed to provide the best in healthy produce and a great family friendly outing.  Read on to see where you can reap the apple harvest this fall near Des Moines.  Continue Reading…

U-Pick Berry Farms in Central Iowa - dsm4kids.com

Nothing screams summertime in Central Iowa like getting your hands dirty berry picking. Thanks to our sunny (and rainy) spring, it sounds like it should be a bumper berry crop this year. Whether this is your kids’ first time at the berry patch or if you’re looking to fill dozens of ruby red jam jars, we’ve rounded up eight u-pick berry farms, just a short drive from Des Moines. Continue Reading…

Tips 4 a Family Fun Day at Center Grove Orchard - dsm4kids.com

It’s a bit of a drive from Des Moines, but the trip to Center Gove Orchard along Iowa’s backroads is well worth setting aside the day for. Kiddos and families will enjoy picking apples and the many farm related fall activities that await.  Read on for tips for a family fun day at Center Grove Orchard in Cambridge.  Continue Reading…