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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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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!

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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

105 Things To Do In Des Moines With Your Kids

Sharing is caring! Facebook Pinterest LinkedIn Save Email Every day, my Facebook updates show friends, acquaintances, family, and old co-workers all looking for something to do around the Des Moines…

Stratford Crossing Park in Waukee, Iowa

Stratford Crossing Park in Waukee, Iowa Stratford Crossing Park is a brand-new park in Waukee, Iowa. The two giant towers with bright blue slides coming out immediately draw kids into…

U-Pick Flowers – Flower Farms in the Des Moines Area

U-Pick Flowers – Flower Farms in the Des Moines Area Is there anything better than fresh-cut flowers in a home? The colors, the smell … a beautiful bouquet of flowers…

Ironwood Park {Pirate Ship Park} in Altoona, Iowa

Ironwood Park {Pirate Ship Park} in Altoona, Iowa Ironwood Park in Altoona, IA is affectionately known to many as the Pirate Ship Park. It is a well-loved destination for families….

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.

Road Trip: Explore the History and Outdoors in Northeast Kansas

Road Trip: Explore the History and Outdoors in Northeast Kansas Road trip! One of my favorite things about living in Des Moines, Iowa is the ease of traveling to other…

Wildlife Safari Park & Hiking in Nebraska

Wildlife Safari Park & Hiking in Nebraska Each spring our family travels to Omaha, Nebraska for a 1-2 day extravaganza visiting our favorite attractions and eating at our favorite restaurants….

Sleep with the Cows in Iowa

Sleep with the Cows in Iowa If you have been following Des Moines Parent for a while, you know our family is always for a fun and quirky experience. When…

Dubuque, Iowa Adventure | Where Iowa Started

Dubuque, Iowa Adventure | Where Iowa Started In March our family took an adventure to Northeast Iowa to visit and explore Dubuque, Iowa. Little did I know it would be…