Paved trails to explore around Des Moines, Iowa

My first love will always be dirt trails but paved trails can be great if you want to use a stroller, wheelchair, have an early walker, or are trying to avoid mud. One drawback is having to compete with bicycles, but I’ve tried to note the trails below that seem to be more popular with cyclists. This is a subjective list, based off places we have hiked, that were paved but feel more immersed in nature than a typical sidewalk. There are lots of parks that have paved paths around them that might be great for little kids to bike on or shorter walks, you can find them all in the interactive map if you toggle it to show “places to take a walk” but I’ve narrowed that list way down to places that feel a little more wild without losing that paved footing.

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Playgrounds with rubber footing around Des Moines, Iowa

When the weather starts to finally warm up and the snow melts, playgrounds with lots of dirt or sparse wood chips can turn into mud pits. I thought I’d put together a list of playgrounds with rubber footing around Des Moines, Iowa so you can get outside even if you don’t want to do a million loads of laundry! These are are all parks you can visit without getting muddy and burn off all that stir crazy winter energy.

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Best Snow Mittens for Kids

Always wishing you had snow mittens that stay on? Check out these amazing, super warm mittens. Not a sponsored post - we have used them for the past year and loved these! The best snow mittens for kids - review of Mittyz from Veyo Kids. #outdoorkids #kidsmittens #wintergear

We try to get outside no matter the weather, and Iowa winters have had us trying all sorts of different snow gear. After using them for a full year, we finally like a mitten well enough to recommend it so I’m sharing a product review for Mittyz from Veyo Kids! Not a sponsored post; I bought them and we’ve been using them for the past year and a half before I felt good about reporting back. I think these are the best mittens for toddlers and the best mittens that actually stay on for kids! We basically wear the fall gear for hiking, plus puffy down coats and snowpants, plus these mittens, for winter.

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Where to Rent Snowshoes in Des Moines, Iowa

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You can’t wish the snow away, so why not embrace it! Snowshoeing in Des Moines, Iowa can be a fun way to exercise afnd explore without getting your socks full of ice. There are several places to rent kids snowshoes (and even more to rent adult snowshoes), be sure to call ahead and reserve them for pickup on Friday if you can because several of these places are closed on Saturday. Each facility has different rules, but generally speaking you need at least 4″ of snow on the ground to snowshoe safely.

You can also check out places to sled in Des Moines and get your winter fix, check out our favorite mittens for kids too!

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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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