Guide to Summer Fun in Des Moines for 2020


School’s out and it’s time for summer fun in Des Moines!

We realize this summer looks a little different due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean it won’t still be fun! We did our best to take social distancing into consideration with our list. Of course, every family feels differently about what is safe right now, so use your best judgment and make sure to follow city and state guidelines while you’re out and about.

It’s also a good idea to check websites/social media for the locations you’ll be visiting since statuses and policies are constantly changing.

We’ve made it easy for you to have your best summer ever by compiling over 75 out-and-about AND stay at home ideas to have the best summer! Start planning now!

Print out our FREE summer planner below and you can fill in to customize your summer!

Bookmark this page and start planning your summer! 

Family Fun

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We Love DSM

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Get Outside

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For the Kids

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Beat the Heat

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Neighborhood Fun

  • Pick up items to help other families in need, fill a donation box
  • Got the decluttering bug? Have a garage sale!
  • Have a bonfire and make s’mores.
  • Hang a large sheet and rent a projector for a “drive-in” movie experience
  • Grow your own vegetables and plant a garden.
  • Get creative and paint rocks to hide around your community.
  • Invite friends over and grill out.
  • Create a ninja warrior course in the backyard.
  • Start a little free library.

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Road Trip

Load up the car and hit the road! Whether you have a day, a weekend, or longer, there are plenty of places to visit that are driving distance from Des Moines.

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Just For Moms

  • Host a fun outdoor party with Tent Ventures, they also have kid packages!
  • Get a spray tan at Tanique.
  • Pick up some select wines from WineStyles.
  • Head out to Winterset for a fun evening at Covered Bridges Winery.
  • Go through your wardrobe and construct new outfits with these tips.
  • Have a spa night at home with a manicure, pedicure, and face mask.
  • Get those closets organized.
  • Train for a 5K just because you can.
  • Summer reading isn’t just for kids! Sign yourself up for the summer reading program at Des Moines Public Library and get lost in a good book!

Printable Summer Bucket List

Print and fill in a summer bucket list for your family – add in summer traditions YOU have and don’t forget to get your family’s input! Click below to download the pdf.

Des Moines Mom Summer Bucket List

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Cheers to summer in Des Moines! What would you add to the list?


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