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2017 Guide to Splash Pads, Spraygrounds & Wading Pools in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Everyone knows the best (and most fun) way to stay cool in the summer is to get wet.  From simple to splashy, these water play pads and spraygrounds will help you and your kids keep your cool all summer long. And the best part is, that most are FREE to attend and located in local parks, so you can make a day of it.  Here’s your guide to splash pads, spraygrounds and wading pools in the Des Moines area. Continue Reading…

2017 FREE Outdoor Concerts 4 Kids and Families in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Long summer days lead to warm summer nights and a few extra hours to enjoy outdoor fun! To help fill those extra hours, here is a list of outdoor concerts happening across the Des Moines metro. Pack up the family and a bottle of bug spray and head out to enjoy some tunes under the stars. Here’s your guide to FREE outdoor concerts for kids and families in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2017 FREE Outdoor Movies 4 Kids and Families in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

One of the best things about summer in Des Moines is enjoying a movie … outside under the stars. And what’s better than some outdoor entertainment that’s FREE or low cost? There are several places around Des Moines to enjoy this fun activity or start a new summer tradition. Here’s your guide to FREE outdoor movies for kids and families in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2017 FREE Winter Fun in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Looking for fun ways to beat cabin fever and save a little cash? Here are 25 totally FREE things to do with kids this winter in Des Moines. From sledding to arts and crafts to story times and LEGOs and more, this list has plenty of ideas to help you have fun all season long! For even more budget friendly ideas visit our events calendar and Winter Fun Guide. Continue Reading…

50 Things to Do This Fall Under $5 in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Just about mid-September everyone is in the mood to celebrate autumn, so we’ve rounded up some cheap and free ways to help you get in a fall frame of mind. If you’re looking for even more fall fun, be sure to check out our Fall Fun Guide with links to fall festivals, pumpkin patches and more! Continue Reading…

Summer FREEbies: 5 No-Cost Events 4 Families in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

There are so many fun family events to attend during the summer that it can be tempting to try to do them all. Or, as we are heading into mid-July maybe you have! If you’re like most, you’re likely on a budget and looking for some inexpensive family outings. Here are some of our favorite affordable Des Moines summer outings to try. Hopefully we’ve included a few new ones for you! Continue Reading…

101 FREEbies 4 Kids at the Iowa State Fair - dsm4kids.com

So much to do so much to see…So what’s wrong with taking in some stuff that’s FREE?  While there are exhibits and events that cost extra at the Fair, there’s so much FREE stuff (included with paid admission) that there’s really no need to shell out a load of cash.  Especially for young kids that don’t know the difference between a FREE show on the Riley Stage and one playing in the Grandstand.  Here are 101 FREE things to do with kids at the Iowa State Fair: Continue Reading…

10 Places to find Birthday FREEbies 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

When you’re a kid, your birthday is the best!  And, if your kids are like mine, they start their birthday count down the day after their birthday for the next year. As if a kid’s birthday wasn’t reason enough to get totally giddy, along come family-friendly businesses to make it even better. Some of our favorite retailers and restaurants celebrate their smallest patrons by giving them a FREE gift on their birthday. Here’s where your kids can score some sweet treats and other perks on their big day.  Continue Reading…

A FREE Day at the Museum 4 Kids in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Instead of a night at the museum, how about spending the day?  A FREE day at that, since none of the following museums charge an admission fee.  I know museums don’t always seem kid-friendly, but learning about historic treasures, having the opportunity to ask questions and explore and see artifacts first hand can spark curiosity and interest in your little explorers. With a little preparation and the right attitude, it can be a fun experience for everyone in the family.  Continue Reading…