Summer Fun in Des Moines


kids jumping into pool with floats. Summer Fun. Des Moines MomPopsicles, pool floaties, and sunscreen. Summer is here!  

As a stay-at-home mom to three active boys, summer is full of adventures! I love doing ALL the things with my boys. Every year when school is out we sit together to make a summer bucket list. They often describe what they want to do, and I am left guessing what they are talking about. “You know mom that place with the big slide!” AKA Union Park. “Oh mom! I want to snuggle goats!” AKA Howell’s Farm.

summer planner. Des Moines MomNeed a bucket list? Here’s a great printable you can download to plan your summer fun in Des Moines!

Our Family’s Summer Bucket List

It is fun to cross items off our list as summer goes on. Here’s our list:

Go to a parade – a favorite of ours is Johnston Green Days

Spend a day at Adventureland

Watch fireworks  

Cool off at a splashpad – we love Legion Park

Go to a Farmers market

Get snowcones by Jordan Creek Mall and feed the ducks

Go to the Iowa State Fair

Go fishing

boy playing in hollow log

Visit a new park like Barrett Boesen Park Natural Playscape in Urbandale

Try paddle boarding

Have a water balloon fight

See animal races at Prairie Meadows

Fly a kite

Check out an outdoor concert

Enjoy a day at a beach day – Ledges State Park or Racoon River

Catch a baseball game

Go mini golfing

Make s’mores

Snuggle goats at Howell’s Farm

Try a waterslide

Take a nature walk

See an outdoor movie 

Pick strawberries at Center Grove

Plant a garden

Have a picnic

Go to a festival

Mom tip: print your summer bucket list and have your kids pick the activity. My boys absolutely love being in control and think it is the best when they get to plan the day. 

What’s on your family’s list for summer fun in Des Moines?


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