Ames, located just 45 minutes north of Des Moines, might not be the first place you think of when it comes to family fun. But, don't overlook it! We have some pretty awesome amenities you can't find anywhere else. Why...
Have you been to the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge? Where in Central Iowa can you hike through one of the rarest ecosystems on the planet, encounter bison and elk on a safari in your minivan, and come nose-to-nose with...
Summer’s not over yet! With more than 3 weeks left til school starts, there’s still plenty of time to take a family road trip. And if you haven’t been to Omaha recently, I highly recommend heading west for a...
When was the last time you had a girls weekend away? I am learning that taking time away from my kiddos and being on my own is important. Whether it is a night out with friends, a quick trip to...
Do you ever feel like you need a vacation to recover from your vacation? When you’re traveling with kids, it can be especially exhausting. I’ve always dreamt of a getaway where I could truly relax and unplug. But I...
There is a place, found on interstates everywhere in the summer months, sure to test the patience of saints and the grace of angels. It’s the front passenger seat of the vacationing family’s car. This is the epicenter of...
Here are my insider tips for getting the most out of your Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo visit.
There is SO much to do in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, we couldn’t possibly cover it all in a single weekend, but we certainly tried! Our good friends, with a 4yo and 1yo of their own, relocated to the...
Growing up in northwest Iowa, my husband and I both spent many summers at Lake Okoboji with our families. It holds a special place in our hearts, but we realized we hadn’t been back for nearly 14 years. So...
Enjoy a beach day trip right here in Iowa! Like the Raygun shirt says, “Clear Lake: We’re closer than Okoboji!”  Clear Lake is an hour and 45 minutes from downtown Des Moines. With shops, restaurants, and beaches, there's plenty to do. I've been...

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Taste of Summer in Des Moines :: Local Discounts + a...

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Celebrate the taste of summer in Des Moines and support local businesses! Summer and life, in general, look a little different this year, but before...