Some of my favorite childhood memories take place in a campground. If asked what I loved most about it as a kid, I’d excitedly exclaim, ALL OF IT! If you don't think you can go camping with kids, I...
Do you enjoy craft beers, wine, or cider? Des Moines has an ever-expanding handcrafted beverage scene. From hazy IPAs to hard seltzers and smoothie style sours, there is a brewery for everyone, including the kids and dogs! Prefer wine or...
  This summer we embarked on a parks challenge to discover our favorite parks in Ames. Challenges included zipping down a slide, swinging from the monkey bars, or pumping your legs on a swing. All of these things happen often...
Our family LOVES the Olympics! We love the pageantry. We love watching the highest-caliber athletes compete. And, of course, we love the heart-warming underdog stories. As Olympics fanatics, our family hosts big parties to celebrate the games. What started out...
My daughter is a fish, so spending last summer at home in a kiddie pool was quite a downer. We went all out this year and got a pool pass to the two Ankeny swimming pools. The pass was...
Iowa may be landlocked, but it still has beaches to visit. If you know me, you know I am not a particularly outdoorsy girl, but I love spending time on the water. There are lakes located all around Iowa...
Here at Des Moines Mom, we are all about making sure that you and your family take advantage of summer fun in Des Moines! This is especially true for the summer months. When the kids are out of school...
Summer is here! And I’m welcoming summer extra this year after a year of virtual learning! Whether your kids did hybrid, in person, or virtual/homeschool- we did it, parents!! Now, bring on Summer!!  I love sitting down with my kids at...
Iowa’s largest cities continue to thrive and build new neighborhoods. Many city parks and residential areas have public ponds for family fishing fun. Neighborhood ponds are great places for residents to spend time together outdoors. Partnerships with city officials,...
Summer is right around the corner! Now is the time to start filling up your child’s schedule with all sorts of fun activities. Having trouble coming up with ideas? Want the kids to spend some time outside but also start...

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Create Memorable Birthday Parties With Urban Air

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Celebrations spark joy. They make memories. They reaffirm community and signify togetherness. Kids' birthday parties are some of the best celebrations people can join in on....