Kidsfest Benefiting Children and Families of Iowa


Des Moines Moms Blog will be featuring local nonprofits. There are so many amazing organizations in our city dedicated to looking out for the well being of all who live here. We want to feature them and share ways you and your family can partner with them through volunteering, giving donations, and attending amazing fundraising events. If you know of a nonprofit we should feature, please email [email protected].

About Children & Families of Iowa

Children & Families of Iowa (CFI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families throughout Iowa. Headquartered in Des Moines with offices in Ankeny, Fort Dodge, Osceola, and Ottumwa, CFI provides services in five general areas: domestic violence prevention and intervention, teen programs, family support, early childhood development, mental health, and substance abuse. Visit for more information.

Mission Statement

Restore hope, build futures, and change lives.

Kidsfest CFI

How to Get Involved

There are many volunteer opportunities at Children & Families of Iowa including volunteering at events, on-going opportunities, and group projects. Volunteers are currently needed for their upcoming event, Kidsfest. To see available tasks and shifts, visit this web page; for more information visit or send an email to learn more.

Donations of personal care items, new bedding, and infant care items are always needed and can be brought to CFI’s main service center in Des Moines at 1111 University Ave. Des Moines, IA 50314


Fun Ways to Help

Children & Families of Iowa’s (CFI) Kidsfest, presented by Veridian Credit Union, is Iowa’s largest children’s festival on Friday, January 18 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 19 from 9 a.m. -6 p.m.

Each year thousands of people attend Kidsfest where they enjoy entertainment on multiple stages, costume characters and mascots, games, bounce houses, make and take activities, visit the Hy-Vee Hometown area, explore the exhibits, and so much more. Funds raised at the event help to provide individuals with the services they need to navigate times of crisis and help them lead healthy lives. 

Whether your kids enjoy the plush amusement rides, riding the circus train, feeding the animals at Hovick’s Petting Zoo, or sharing a bucket of cookies, Kidsfest has something for all ages. Kidsfest will be held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds’ Varied Industries Building.

Admission is $7.50 per person, per day (kids under age 1 year are free).
Tickets are sold at the door throughout the weekend.
Discount coupons will be available at Des Moines area Veridian Credit Union locations and Hy-Vee Stores.
*Limited quantities of discount coupons available

Visit the Kidsfest Facebook Page for more details on all the event details!

To learn about all the amazing fundraising events CFI hosts throughout the year, visit their website.

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Stacie is an Iowa native, living in Urbandale with her tall, dark, and handsome husband, Kyle (May 2014). They share their home with the lights of their life, their son, Calvin (August 2015), and daughter Sylvia (April 2019). They have a dog, Heidi, a cat, Frankie, and a Beta fish, JoJo. By day, Stacie is the Director of Development for Animal Lifeline of Iowa. By night, she’s a kid-chaser, Pinterest-recipe chef, Instant-Pot meal creator, thrift-shop find make-over artist, DIY project amateur who enjoys reading, hanging out with her family...along with an occasional girls’ night out.


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