Summer Fun Guide

dsm4kids Summer Fun Guide

Des Moines Summer Fun Guide

Summer always feels a bit like a juggling act, even more so this year. Trying to keep the kids happy and entertained is no small feat—and doing it within the family budget can be easier said than done! dsm4kids is here to help make summer a little easier by compiling all our great summer resources in one convenient place.

Your summer fun begins here!

Our Summer Fun Guide launches early in the season, a bit before all of the summer events have been announced, so check back often as we will be continuing to update the Summer Fun Guide throughout the season!

*** Because of uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, please verify information before heading to an event or activity since information may change.

Summer Holidays & Celebrations in Des Moines

Favorite Birthday Cake and Cupcake Bakeries in Des Moines
Summer 2020: 4th of July Weekend for Des Moines Kids
How to Celebrate Pride Month as a Family in Des Moines
Summer 2020: Celebrate Father’s Day While Social Distancing in Des Moines
11 Ways to Celebrate the End of the 2020 School Year with Your Kids
Memorial Day 2020: Celebrate Close to Home in Des Moines
Celebrating Kids’ Birthdays While Maintaining Social Distancing
A Festive Feast for July 4th

Things To Do this Summer in Des Moines

Summer 2020: How to Celebrate the Iowa State Fair While Social Distancing
15 Summer Activities for Des Moines Families to Enjoy While Social Distancing
Where to Kayak & Paddle Board with Your Kids in Central Iowa
25+ Virtual Summer Adventures for Des Moines Kids
Summer 2020: Indoor & Outdoor FREE & Cheap Summer Movies in Des Moines
Astronomy for Families
9 Iowa Landmarks You Can Enjoy from Your Car
A Few Ways to Make Family Walks More Fun
100+ Days of Summer Fun in Des Moines
Summer 2020: Take Family Movie Night Outside in Des Moines
Summer 2020: “Imagine Your Story” at a Des Moines Library
Family Friendly Bike Trails in the Des Moines Area
FREE Fishing Weekend 2020: Where You Can Go Fishing with Des Moines Kids
Arts & Culture for Families in Des Moines: Top LOCAL Entertainment Streaming Online
Start a Post-‘Rona Wish Jar for Your Family
Things to do in Greenwood/Ashworth Park with Des Moines Kids
Des Moines Kids Can Stop and Smell the Roses at the Clare and Miles Mills Rose Garden
FREE Perks That Come with Your Public Library Card in Central Iowa
25 Rainy Day Boredom Busters
Sargent Park is a Hit on Hot Summer Days
Public Golf Courses in Des Moines Where You Can Putt Around with Your Family
Tips 4 a Family Bike Ride on the High Trestle Trail
7 Places to Play Mini Golf in Des Moines
Go Jump in a Lake, Des Moines!

Eat & Shop this Summer in Des Moines

Where to Find Cool Treats in Des Moines
Celebrate National Doughnut Day at a Des Moines Area Doughnut Shop
Beyond Strawberries: Best Places to Pick Your Own Blackberries, Raspberries, Cherries, and More this Summer near Des Moines
2020 Guide to Farmers’ Markets and Farm Stands in the Des Moines Area
Best Shave Ice Spots in Des Moines
Best Patio Dining 4 Families In DSM
Chill Out at One of these 5 Great Ice Cream Places in Des Moines
5 Hot Spots for a Cool Summer Treat in Des Moines
5 Cool Ice Cream Shops in Des Moines
The Scoop on the Sweetest Ice Cream Shoppes in Des Moines
Top Spots 4 Family Friendly Outdoor Dining in Des Moines

Camps & Classes this Summer in Des Moines

Central Iowa School Starting Dates & Plans for the 2020-21 School Year
dsm4kids 2020 Summer Camp Guide
Summer 2020: Should I Sign My Kids Up for Summer Camp?
Food for Thought From Real Food 4 Kids
Camp Mom (or Dad): 10 Summer Activities To Do With Your Kids
On-Line Resources to Keep Kids Learning During the Coronavirus School Break
Des Moines Area Tutoring Centers
What to Consider Before Hiring a Tutor 4 Your Kid

Stay Healthy this Summer in Des Moines

Setting a Summer Schedule for Kids
Fight the Summer Brain Drain in Des Moines
Fireworks Safety Tips 4 Kids in Des Moines
10 Firework Alternatives 4 Kids
Tips to Keep Kids Safe Around Fireworks

Give Back This Summer in Des Moines

Resources to Help You Discuss Racism & Racial Injustice with Des Moines Kids
Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS): Caring for Kids & Families in Crisis in Des Moines

Looking for More Summer Fun?

Use our comprehensive online Calendar to find the perfect events for your family.

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