Nicole O'Banion

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Nicole grew up in Quincy, IL before studying Visual Communications at Iowa State University. After over a decade living in Portland, OR she now calls Waukee home with her husband, two girls and a constantly shedding yellow lab. She is passionate about food and is constantly regretting her dedication to homemade meals when it comes time to wash dishes. When not cleaning, she enjoys gardening and exploring the metro area and beyond.

July 4th Activities in Des Moines

Celebrate the 4th of July around Des Moines with parades, carnivals, music, and lots of summer treats! July 4 | Independence Day + Historic Baseball, Living History Farms  Celebrate a historic Independence Day in the town...
FLOWER FARMS

Flower Farms Near Des Moines

Embrace summer with fresh cut flowers. Spend an afternoon surrounded by colorful blooms at one of the many flower farms around Des Moines. From cut-your-own, to pre-made bouquets and even flower CSAs, if you...

Des Moines Fireworks

As summer nights warm, the skies over Des Moines erupt in dazzling displays of fireworks. Stay up late and revel in the vibrant colors and brilliant bursts illuminating the night. Cities across the metro area...

Free Outdoor Summer Family Movies in Des Moines

Take your movie night outside! The City of Des Moines and many of the surrounding towns offer free outdoor movies in parks during the summer. Check out our list below and get ready to enjoy...

Des Moines Outdoor Summer Concert Guide 2024

Summer nights are ideal for outdoor concerts. Consider packing snacks, drinks, and blankets, or simply come enjoy the sounds. Whether it's at a local winery or major fair grandstand events, there's music to enjoy...
SPRAYGROUNDS

Des Moines Spraygrounds and Wading Pools

Perfect for the kiddos who can't quite swim yet, or for anyone just needing to cool off, splash around at one of the Des Moines metro's 20+ spraygrounds or 10 wading pools this summer.  Des...
FARMERS MARKET

Guide to Des Moines Farmers Markets

Have you checked out the farmers markets in Des Moines? They are amazing! Not only can you find locally grown and produced foods, but you can also enjoy live entertainment, delicious meals, and browse...
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A to Z Guide to Family Fun in Des Moines

We have the best places to see and things to do in Des Moines, no matter your taste or your budget! You'll find some of our favorite places and things to do in and...
BERRY PICKING

Berry Picking around Des Moines

Who wants to go berry picking in Des Moines? You can visit strawberry fields and pick other berries such as blueberries, cherries, currants, aronia berries, and more from May until the end of summer....

What’s New in Des Moines this Spring 2024

Spring into a new business in Des Moines! Enjoy the nicer weather by exploring what's new in Des Moines and beyond. Plus, if you haven't already, check out what opened this Winter! 9 New Things in...