2017 – A DSMOF Year In Review

Happy New Year! Although I spent countless hours collecting data and writing informational posts for DSMOF in 2016, 2017 felt like the beginning. I am so excited for how the newsletter and Facebook page has grown, and love to hear that families are exploring new places that I’ve shared.

In 2017, I have written 78 posts and over 68,600 people have visited them. Traffic comes in about 50/50 from Google searches & Facebook.

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Places to play indoors around Des Moines, Iowa

If it's so cold you can't get all your kids' energy out at the playground, check out all these ideas for burning off steam. This is a huge list and map of all the indoor play gyms, indoor playgrounds, trampoline parks, bounce houses, gymnastics open gyms, mall play gyms, bowling lanes, indoor ice skating, roller skating rinks, laser tag, indoor golf, and rock climbing in Des Moines, Iowa and around central Iowa.

Sometimes it’s too cold to stay out very long but my kids still desperately need some open space to jump, run, and move their bodies. If you’re looking for ways to expend energy indoors with gross motor play but not necessarily find nature, there are quite a few options around the area, and I decided to make a list! I included indoor play gyms, indoor playgrounds, trampoline parks, bounce houses, gymnastics open gyms, mall play gyms, bowling lanes, indoor ice skating, roller skating rinks, laser tag, indoor golf, and rock climbing. Please click through to check on prices, times, and seasons. The local YMCAs, each city’s parks & rec department, and all of the libraries offer sporadic classes for all ages, as well.

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Where to Enjoy Nature Indoors around Des Moines, Iowa

10 Places to enjoy nature and stay indoors, in the Des Moines, central Iowa area.

While we aim to get outside for a chunk of the day no matter how cold it is, I completely understand that it isn’t an option for everyone and that there are plenty of hours in the day to fill! (See what we’ve been wearing to stay warm this past fall, in this post, for winter we add balaclavas and thicker down jackets!) I try to keep a few places in rotation that allow us to experience nature without wearing a million layers. I’ve rounded up a list of places that you can experience some element of nature while still staying inside, please let me know if I missed any that you can think of! Scroll to the bottom for a map of where all these places are located around the city.

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40+ Gift Ideas for Nature Loving Kids

Check out this huge list of gift ideas for nature loving kids! Games, experiences, gear, crafts - something for every outdoorsy kid. #parenting #giftguide

I am guessing you don’t need any more toys, so I’ll share this big list of non-toy gifts for nature loving kids! These are all roughly for toddlers through elementary age kids, and I think there is something for everyone. Which one do you think your kiddo would like best?

Local to Des Moines, don’t forget all the brick & mortar shops you can stop in and support in our community, as shared in this local gift guide!

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8 Nature Books for Parents

I love reading. Reading about the importance of getting my kids outside is the best of both worlds, and I’m always finding new ideas or new inspiration to spend more time in nature. If the cold wind has you holing up, these books are perfect for reading while the kids play but also good to motivate you to layer up and get outside, too!

Amazon has a $5 off $20 coupon right now so I thought it was perfect timing to get this post published; use coupon GIFTBOOK17 at checkout to qualify, orffer expires at 11:59 p.m. (PT) November 26, 2017. Local to Des Moines, don’t forget all the brick & mortar shops you can stop in and support in our community, as shared in this local gift guide!

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