Kid friendly businesses, organizations and services in the Des Moines area.
Whether you live in Ankeny, Altoona, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Urbandale, Waukee, Windsor Heights, West Des Moines or beyond, find the local resources your family needs in in the dsm4kids Directory!
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Aardvark to Zucchini Press is a publisher of children's books and reading accessories, located in West Des Moines, Iowa. We are dedicated to educating children, helping them to thrive within our communities and contribute to society to the greatest extent possible. Our company was established with the development of a reading primer that uses a unique phonetic alphabet containing the majority of the phonetic sounds in the English language. Designed to cover one chapter per day, the 64 phonetic sounds are gradually introduced in a specific order that helps the child grasp the concepts quickly and acquire basic reading skills within about one month. Although the book is targeted for children ages 1 to 6, the approach may appeal to older students, including those who are learning English as a second language.
The Ankeny Community School District is located in Polk County, Iowa, in the heart of the State of Iowa. Six miles from the capitol city of Des Moines, the district:
Had a 2013 state-certified enrollment of 9,901.86 students
Is the 8th largest district in the state (total students served)
Has been one of the fastest-growing school districts in Iowa for a decade
Encompasses 16 school buildings in 51.93 square miles
Has a K-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-12 grade level structure
Has more than 360,540 miles driven by buses per year
Welcome to Ankeny Community Schools' Community Education Department. Here you will find information about courses that are available to all community members, community outreach programs, and rental of district facilities. Serving all ages with lifelong learning.
The Ashton Observatory building was a collaborative effort between Jasper County and The Des Moines Astronomical Society, Inc.
The Observatory is about a 20 minute drive northeast of Des Moines, near the intersection of Iowa highway 330 and county road F17. The site is nestled within the beauty of Ashton-Wildwood County Park and has superior viewing avenues in all directions. The observatory has two domes, one housing a 16 inch f/4.5 Newtonian style telescope, and the other has a research-grade 16 inch Meade LX200 GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
At Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa, we believe every child has the capacity to succeed and achieve greatness.
Bricks 4 Kidz offers fun, hands-on programs where kids ages 3-13+ can learn, build and play with LEGO® bricks. Our specially designed project kits and theme-based models provide the building blocks for the Bricks 4 Kidz approach to educational play.
Why Camp Brainiac?
Camp Brainiac is a summer day camp that welcomes elementary school age kids K-5! We focus on this age because a love for learning starts in early grade school.
Local Des Moines mom, Andrea Hansen, and local teacher, Eden Sexton, partnered to create Camp Brainiac with a mission to avoid the dreaded "summer backslide." The summer backslide is real! Research shows that kids lose academic ground over the summer. Even the best students are several weeks behind when they start back to school. Camp Brainiac will help combat all that!
Camp Brainiac gives kids a break from the classroom but not necessarily from learning. Brainiac campers will spend their days immersed in experiential learning designed around a different theme each week.
The Central Library is located in the heart of downtown Des Moines at 1000 Grand Avenue in the Western Gateway Park near the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden. Offering unique architecture and a green roof, the Central Library has something for everyone. Our collection includes a wide variety of books, media, magazines, newspapers, microfilm, historic periodicals, city directories, sheet music and an extensive Iowa Collection. Free parking underground. The Central Library is a great place to get a book, use a computer or spend some time researching.
The library's mission is to nurture the early learning experiences of young children and their families; support lifelong learning and enjoyment of all community members; and provide a comfortable and welcoming place for people to meet and grow.