Archives For Road Trip

9 Kid-Friendly Spring Day Trip Ideas for DSM Families – dsm4kids.com

By the time it’s spring, my family has reached its limits of winter-induced stir-craziness, especially after this winter.  Despite all that our fair city has to offer, we feel the need to get away from Des Moines, even if it’s just for a day. Having this list of 9 spring-inspired day trips at our fingertips gives us something to look forward to, especially with spring break on the horizon. From biking to visiting museums to smelling the blooms to strolling college campuses, there is something on this list for everyone.

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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…

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…

Road Trip Tips and Activities 4 Kids - dsm4kids.com

We will be packing up the family roadster and heading out on a week long road trip later this month.  We will be covering four states and about 2900 miles! Yes, we’re CRAZZZY! So… I’ve been looking for activities and games to keep the kiddos busy and engaged while the miles are whizzing by and I thought I would share what I came up with. Here’s your list of family road trip must-haves to keep you and your young travelers entertained on your next family road trip. Continue Reading…

3 Summer Day Trips 4 Kids from Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Summer is stunning in Iowa. Flowers bloom, skies are blue and fields are lush and green. It’s a beautiful time of year to enjoy the outdoors and a bit of needed time away on a one-of-a-kind road trip. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon getaway or a weekend adventure, these are a few of our favorite Iowa day trips to take with the kids from Des Moines in the summer. Continue Reading…

TIps 4 a Family Fun Day at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum - dsm4kids.com

Updated for 2018. 

President’s day was originally set aside as a day to honor Washington and Lincoln and is now a day to remember and honor all American presidents.  Since, Herbert Hoover is the only president to hail from the great state of Iowa, I thought it would be a good time to encourage a trip to his library and museum located in West Branch, just 10 miles east of Iowa City.  We are fortunate to have this institution so close, as it is one of only 13 Presidential Libraries in the United States. Continue Reading…