A new swim school in Ankeny starts students at age 6 months, aims to help families love water When it comes to the question of when a child should start swimming lessons, the answers are as diverse as you might...
Breastfeeding your baby can be one of the most rewarding experiences. It can also be very stressful. Breastfeeding takes practice and patience. Babies don’t always follow our plans, which can create challenges with breastfeeding. MercyOne Des Moines offers two breastfeeding...
It's almost summer break and family vacation is right around the corner. I’ll be honest – when it comes to travel and vacation, we don’t usually think about good habits. In fact, it usually throws us off balance! You’re in...
When I entered motherhood I quickly realized it was impossible to be the perfect mom. Even if I met a standard I had set for myself, it was quickly proven inadequate by some other mom who I thought was...
There are almost half a million children in foster care across the United States and more than 7,000 of those children are in Iowa. Children in the foster care system need love and support year-round, but May is a...
Who doesn't love a family activity that's free!? We found 10 fun things you can do with your family that won't cost you anything. Enjoy! 10 Free Activities in Des Moines 1. Watch an outdoor movie There's something about watching a movie...
Raise your hand if you love a good festival--we sure do! From delicious food and entertaining acts to people watching and if you're lucky a parade, summer is a great time to head to a local festival in and...
There have been days and even seasons in motherhood where I’ve struggled. I found it challenging to get out of bed. I did nothing but cry. I lacked the energy to participate in my life. I was one of...
Jen Stimson shares tips for creating good mental health foundations with your kids.
You asked, we answered! Des Moines Mom readers submitted questions about COVID vaccines for children, and we had the unique opportunity to sit down with a local doctor to have your questions answered. We are grateful for the opportunity to...
When I was 14 years old, I was having problems with my period health. My cramps were so intense I would double over in pain, and it made going to school incredibly difficult while I was on my period....
As a mom of three boys, I have become a baseball mom. My Saturdays are spent at the baseball fields, and I love every minute of it. The season starts with a family outing for new gear. Before that,...

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10 Free Things to Do in Des Moines this Summer

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Who doesn't love a family activity that's free!? We found 10 fun things you can do with your family that won't cost you anything....