Last summer, I took my boys to visit the Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, Iowa. It is a little over 2 hours northwest of Des Moines. It is an easy drive through a very...
Have you ever been to the Amana Colonies in Eastern Iowa? At less than 2 hours from Des Moines, it's a great destination for a day trip. My family has taken many day trips to the Amanas over the years....
Looking for a fun family road trip? Minneapolis is one of our family's favorite destinations. It's less than 4 hours away and there are more than enough fun activities to keep you busy. How to get there When heading to Minneapolis,...
Take the vacation. Not the family trip. The vacation. The one where you get to spend some time discovering yourself on a solo trip or rediscovering your spouse on a getaway that is most likely long overdue and much needed. I often see...
I may be biased being a University of Iowa Alum, but there are few places you can go for a family day trip from Des Moines and see and do so much more than Iowa City. How to Get There Getting...
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...
You may think of New Orleans as an adult’s only destination; and while that is true for a lot of the city, there are ways to make your trip to NOLA a family affair. I took my 13 year...
I have started a summer tradition of doing a “yes day” or a mini trip for my school-aged child. It’s her reward for working hard at home over the summer while her parents both  worked from home. This year,...
Looking for a fun weekend getaway the whole family with enjoy? Check out Great Wolf Lodge (GWL) in Kansas City. It's a great destination for the whole family. Here's why we loved it.  1. Location Kansas City is an easy 3...
Here are my insider tips for getting the most out of your Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo visit.

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What I Love About Summer in Des Moines

There are so many different reasons our family loves summer in Des Moines. From activities for kids and date nights, to mom’s nights out,...