21 Screen Time Alternatives 4 Kids in Des Moines

21 Screen Time Alternatives 4 Kids in Des Moines

It can be tough to escape the constant call of electronics with kids. Especially during the summer, when your kids may have more free time.  What else can Des Moines area kids do besides look at a screen? These 21 simple activities are our suggested screen time alternatives for kids in Des Moines.​

  1. Hop on a bike for a two-wheeled adventure.
  2. Take a road trip with the family.
  3. Discover family fun at a summer festival.
  4. Hear a story with new ears at a local story time.
  5. Sink your toes in the sand at Big Creek.
  6. Go on an outdoor adventure.
  7. Give back by volunteering together.
  8. Go on an animal adventure.
  9. Visit a pick-your-own farm for fresh summer produce.
  10. Invite some friends to a splash pad.
  11. Check out these fun ways to fight summer brain drain.
  12. Host your own summer camp.
  13. Experience the water in a new way on a canoe or kayak.
  14. Shop a local farmers market to find something to cook together as a family.
  15. Drop a line in a kid-friendly fishing spot.
  16. Play a round or two of golf.
  17. Visit a county fair.
  18. Have a little indoor fun.
  19. Go for a run.
  20. See a live show.
  21. Enjoy a family date night.


    What helps get your kids moving and creating, beyond screens? We’d love to hear your thoughts so please comment below.

    And for hundreds more great ideas, check out our calendar and Summer Fun Guide.

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