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2024 Summer, Summer, Des Moines, Iowa, family fun, summer fun, things to do this summer, summer events, summer carnivals, summer yoga, summer readingPlan your summer with all of our must-have guides including Discounted Kids Movies, Outdoor Live Music, Strawberry Picking, and more!

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Des Moines, indoor play, Rainbow of the Heartland, JouJou Des MoinesEnjoy Indoor Play in Des Moines. Take a look at our giant guide of places to play indoors!

 

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Download and print off our FREE Summer Bucket list. What are you going to do to keep the kids busy all summer? We have you covered! Our bucket list is filled with fun ideas to keep you and the kiddos busy all season long.

 

Des Moines Parent Event Calendar

Plan your week and weekend in Des Moines with our FREE extensive event calendar!

Explore the Outdoors!

Sign up for the annual Central Iowa Trek the Parks Challenge! parks, Des Moines parks, Central Iowa, Central Iowa Trek the Parks Challenge, Trek the Parks, Iowa, parks challenge, outdoors

Explore 30 parks over the Summer, submit your photos, and be entered to win prizes.

Looking for a nearby park to explore? Take a look at our Interactive Park Map!

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We have detailed reviews for many parks across the Des Moines metro. Know all the details before you go!

Things to do in Des Moines

Fun Things To Do in Des Moines This Weekend

Sharing is caring! Facebook Pinterest LinkedIn Save Email Fun Things To Do in Des Moines This Weekend: Friday, July 26th 2024 – Sunday, July 28th 2024 Every weekend there are…

Stonegate Park in Clive, Iowa

Stonegate Park in Clive, Iowa Stonegate Park has Clive’s newest playground. The playground’s main structure has a multi-level tower with a unique climbing structure attached.  My kids loved the different…

10+ Things to See and Do in Dallas Center, Iowa

10+ Things to See and Do in Dallas Center, Iowa Dallas Center, Iowa is a small town filled with tons of fun! This small, Iowa town is located just west…

Top 8 Things to Do in Des Moines in August

Top 8 Things to Do in Des Moines in August Get ready to eat your meals on sticks at the Iowa State Fair, enjoy sweet Iowa corn at the Adel…

Travel

We love the 515 but there are many great places to travel to in Iowa and throughout the Midwest. Take a look at some of our places to visit and plan your next family adventure! For all the travel reviews, check here.

10+ Things to See and Do in Dallas Center, Iowa

10+ Things to See and Do in Dallas Center, Iowa Dallas Center, Iowa is a small town filled with tons of fun! This small, Iowa town is located just west…

7 Family-Friendly Adventures in Lanesboro, Minnesota

7 Family-Friendly Adventures in Lanesboro, Minnesota Looking for your next family adventure in the Midwest? I have a spot for you! Lanesboro, Minnesota is located just north of the Iowa…

Kid-Friendly Fun at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum

Kid-Friendly Fun at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum If you love space and/or planes the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum (or SAC Aerospace Museum) is a must-visit….

Hansen’s Dairy Farm – Kangaroos in Iowa

Hansen’s Dairy Farm – Kangaroos in Iowa The state of Iowa has a lot of magical gems and is home to many farms all across the state. While most farms…