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Ames, Iowa

Family Fun in Ames

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 I Love Ames I’m an accidental Ames resident. I went to school here, ended up […]

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Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge

Outdoor Adventure at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

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 a bigger-than-life badger? Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, only 25 miles east of Des Moines, […]

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omaha roadtrip

48 Hours in Omaha

This post was done in collaboration with Visit Omaha. All opinions are our own. 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 fun family […]

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passenger on road trip

The Family Road Trip’s Toughest Job: The Passenger Seat

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 daylong road trips, the command post for managing back-seat requests, demands, and negotiations.   We’ve all […]

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winter activities

Des Moines Moms Guide to February 2019

February has a bad rap for being cold and boring. But it’s just not true (well, I guess the cold part is true). There are a lot of February events in Des Moines going on for families⏤and a few events just for mom. We are hosting a Mom’s Night Out event on Feb. 28 at […]

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Des Moines January Events

Des Moines Moms Guide to January 2019

Happy New Year! Resolve to get the kids out and explore the metro. From dinosaur events to princess parties, there’s so much to fun to be had through the winter. If you look closely, you'll see we even threw in a few ideas for your next grown-up night out!  Kids need to burn off some [...]
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December Event Guide

Des Moines Moms Guide to December 2018

Ho Ho Ho… Happy Holidays! ‘Tis the season for twinkly lights and lots of family fun. Check out our guide for festive celebrations and winter break boredom busters. Psst… If you’re looking for Santa Claus, we have the inside scoop on when and where to find the big man in red in our Where to […]

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