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Summer 2018: Outdoor Story Times 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

Book some time for reading this summer! Participating in a summer reading program and story time is a great way for kids to continue to challenge their brains in a fun, laid back way. To make summer reading even more entertaining there are a variety of outdoor story times and story walks being offered throughout the Des Moines metro this summer. And, the best part…. you can sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to someone else read to your child for a change! Continue Reading…

10+ Ways to Celebrate Father's Day 2018 in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Just like Mother’s Day is all about Mom, Father’s Day is supposed to be all about Dad…and yet, every year when I ask my husband what he wants to do he replies, “I don’t know, what do you think we should do?” Affable, sure, but helpful? Nope. Continue Reading…

2018 Best Summer Theater and Shows 4 Des Moines Families - dsm4kids.com

Des Moines’ theater scene is heating up this summer. Can you say, “Hamilton”?!?  There are plays, musicals and stage performances for all ages, interests, and budgets happening throughout the season.  Read on and get tickets now, so your little theatergoers won’t miss out on some of their very favorite shows! Continue Reading…

2018 Des Moines Water Fun Guide - Outdoor Aquatic Centers, Pools, Splash Pads, Spraygrounds & Wading Pools - dsm4kids.com

From FREE spraygrounds and splash pads for young children, to daring water rides for teens and adults, to pools and aquatic centers and everything in between – Des Moines has it all. With the variety of outdoor water fun options available, there’s no shortage of saturated, soaked, sopping wet entertainment to be had this summer in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2018 Guide to Cheap Summer Movies 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

Nothing beats chilling out in a movie theatre on a sweltering hot summer day. For just a few bucks there are some awesome options for cooling off in front of a big screen this summer in Des Moines. Many of them even throw in the popcorn too! Looking for outdoor movies? Look no further than our FREE outdoor family movie guide for Summer 2018Continue Reading…

2018 Outdoor Summer Concerts 4 Des Moines Families - dsm4kids.com

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Or better yet, get out of the house! Summer in Des Moines means outdoor concerts galore (and many are FREE!). Throw down a blanket, spread out the snacks, uncork the wine, and watch the kids boogie under the evening stars as you sway to some cool and breezy melodies. Below are some of our favorite outdoor summer concert series that return every year. Be sure to check our daily calendar to find even more summer activities! Continue Reading…

2018 FREE Outdoor Summer Movies 4 Des Moines Families - dsm4kids.com

Enjoying a film on the big screen in the great outdoors is as much of a summertime tradition in Des Moines as going to an outdoor concert. Bring a picnic dinner and sit back, relax, and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in and around Des Moines. Movies begin at dusk, but you’ll want to arrive early for the best viewing spots and to take advantage of pre-movie entertainment when offered. Continue Reading…

2018 Free Fishing Days Events in Central Iowa - dsm4kids.com

Grab your poles, cast your lines, and try to reel in a big one! June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2018, are “Free Fishing Days” for Iowa residents. Free Fishing Days is a great time to experience the sport, learn about our local resources, and become more environmentally aware. Whether you are a novice or a pro, here are a few fishing events in the Des Moines area that guarantee a fun family day and a reminder that “good things come to those who bait.”  Continue Reading…

2018 Summer Reading Programs 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

From local to national, there are many programs that provide guidance, inspiration, incentives and rewards for your kids to keep reading all summer long. The “Libraries Rock” summer reading program at Des Moines area libraries is a great place to start. If you’re looking for more ways to encourage your child to continue reading this summer and some fabulous FREEbies, read on to find out which public libraries and businesses offer summer reading programs to Des Moines kids. Continue Reading…

2018 Memorial Day Weekend Fun Guide in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

For many of us, Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer. It’s the weekend we finally uncover our grills for backyard barbecues and make trips to the lake. However, Memorial Day, at its core, is a day to honor and remember women and men who lost their lives in military service to our country. To mark the holiday, many families attend their community’s memorial services. We’ve also rounded up some other family-friendly (and mostly FREE) events happening in and around Des Moines during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Continue Reading…