Family & Pets


Holiday Events 2023

From cozy train rides with hot cocoa and Santa to a magical Peppermint Trail and a beloved family favorite Teddy Bear Tea, these local holiday events will have you cheery all season long.

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5 U-Pick Farms for Summer Fun

Two of the best parts of summer are fresh juicy berries and fields of colorful blooms. Luckily, there are quite a few pick-your-own berry and flower farms that offer delectable delights and create lasting memories. Here are five U-pick farms in Iowa to get you started.


August 10 to August 20: Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair returns Thursday, August 10, to Sunday, August 20, at Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. This summer’s festivities include sensory-friendly activities, adventure parks to explore and over 200 food stands to indulge in (70 of which serve items on a stick!). 

Iowa’s Best Water Parks

There is no better way to soak up the summer sunshine than with a dip in the pool, relaxing in a lazy river or making a splash on some waterslides (regardless of your age). So gather the gang, throw on some sunscreen and slide into summer with the help of Iowa’s best water parks.