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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

Strawberry Picking in Des Moines

Sharing is caring! Facebook Pinterest LinkedIn Save Email Strawberry Picking in Des Moines Skip the grocery store! Get your hands dirty and cross an item off your Summer Bucket List….

Fun Things To Do in Des Moines This Weekend

Fun Things To Do in Des Moines This Weekend: Friday May 24th, 2024 – Sunday May 26th, 2024 Every weekend there are amazing Things to do in Des Moines, Iowa! We…

Central Iowa Trek the Parks Challenge

Central Iowa Trek the Parks Challenge Des Moines Outdoor Fun and Des Moines Parent want you to get outside this summer and explore central Iowa. That is why we have…

Father’s Day in Des Moines

Father’s Day in Des Moines Father’s Day is a week away, falling on Sunday, June 16 this year. There are several ways to spend the day with your dad in…

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.

Driveable Family Lake Trips: Clear Lake, Iowa

Driveable Family Lake Trips: Clear Lake, Iowa Hey there, Des Moines area families! Looking for a budget-friendly summer escape that won’t break the bank? Well, look no further than Clear…

5 Unique Places to Stay in Kansas

5 Unique Places to Stay in Kansas Planning a trip to Northeast Kansas? There are many places to explore, eat, drink, and have fun! You will need to plan several…

Places To Go In The Midwest This Summer

Places To Go In The Midwest This Summer Planning summer vacations is tough: working around sports and activities, school ending and starting, making sure there is enough PTO to cover…

Central Iowa Trek the Parks Challenge

Central Iowa Trek the Parks Challenge Des Moines Outdoor Fun and Des Moines Parent want you to get outside this summer and explore central Iowa. That is why we have…