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Hiking and walking for kids in Des Moines, IA

Maquoketa Caves: Iowa’s Best Kept Secret - dsm4kids.com

By Natalie Maughan

Maquoketa Caves is a vast cavern of nature’s best playground found 40 minutes from Dubuque in eastern Iowa. This place is perfect for young toddlers as well as high school kids. My husband and I recently took our kids to the caves for three days of “spelunking”. We’d never been but it has been near the top of my “to do” list for quite some time now. It was totally worth the drive and we can’t wait to go back again next year. Continue Reading…

Family Friendly Fall Hikes in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

As fall settles in with cooler weather and changing leaves, it’s a great time to get the family outside and go on a hike.  Here in Central Iowa we are blessed with hundreds of miles of trails to take advantage of.  Some urban, some suburban and some rural, with a little something for everyone.  Sure, you say, a hike sounds good, but hiking with kids in tow may sound intimidating if you’ve never done it before.  Here are a few tips to help get you started. Continue Reading…