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Beaverdale Little League Baseball and Softball

Jan 28 (all day)
Event For:
3-16
Audience Location:
Northwest Des Moines
Cost:
$100
Organization:
Beaverdale Little League
Contact:
Andy Hughes
Email:
beaverdalebaseball@gmail.com
Phone:
(515) 979-3479
Registration for Little League baseball and softball

Code-A-Thon

Jan 30 (all day)
Location:
Virtual on Microsoft Teams
Event For:
13-18
Audience Location:
virtual
Cost:
Free
Organization:
We Connect The Dots, Inc.
Contact:
Shauna Ruyle
Email:
shauna@wctd.org
Phone:
(631) 468-7475
Students invest in their future by learning invaluable technology and coding skills. Virtual training will begin with Level I curriculum teaching students to code using HTML and CSS, they can progress to JavaScript in Level II, and advance to Level III learning advanced web development using React.

Join Girl Scouts for FREE!

Feb 1 (all day)
Location:
Pleasant Hill
Event For:
Girls K-12
Audience Location:
Pleasant Hill
Cost:
FREE
Organization:
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
Contact:
Aleesa Bruns
Email:
abruns@gsiowa.org
Phone:
(515) 452-0011
Girl Scouts creates a judgment-free place where girls can truly be themselves while learning empowering life skills.

PeeWee Basketball

Feb 1, 5:30 pm
Location:
Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center
Event For:
Ages 3-6
Cost:
$50 per child
Organization:
Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Contact:
Jordan Hildreth
Email:
JRHildreth@dmgov.org
Phone:
(515) 248-6314
Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers Pewee Coed Basketball Coed Basketball with activities held Tuesdays at Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center (2100 SE 5th St.). This program introduces children to team sports, teammates, and game situations while learning the basics of basketball.

Mathcounts – Central Iowa Chapter Competition

Feb 15 (all day)
Location:
DMACC - FFA Enrichment Center
Event For:
6th - 8th grade
Cost:
$60
Organization:
Iowa Engineering Society
Contact:
Cindy Spencer
Email:
cspencer@snyder-associates.com
Phone:
(515) 964-2020
Mathcounts is a nationwide math competition for students in 6th - 8th grade. Where a team is not available at your school, non-school competitors will receive a handbook, sample problems, and participation certificate. Chapter competition winners will advance to the state competition in March.

Full Moon Snowshoe Stomp at MacRae Park

Feb 16, 5:30 pm
Location:
MacRae Park
Event For:
All ages
Cost:
$5.00
Organization:
Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Contact:
Joel Van Roeckel
Email:
dmparksEE@dmgov.org
Phone:
(515) 681-2027
Take a walk with us through the park on a set of snowshoes and enjoy MacRae Park on a Full Moon winter evening. Snowshoeing is fun and easy to do, if you can walk you can snowshoe. This program will meet at the Enclosed Shelter on Feb 16 starting at 5:30 pm so dress for the weather. Registration is

Owls of Iowa

Feb 18, 5:30 pm
Location:
Greenwood Park Jay Spence Enclosed Shelter
Event For:
All ages
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Contact:
Joel Van Roeckel
Email:
dmparksEE@dmgov.org
Phone:
(515) 681-2027
This is an outdoor Program. Owls live right here in Des Moines but you do not get to see them easily. We will learn about the different kinds of owls that live here in Iowa and meet a live screech owl. Dress for the weather and social distancing and we will take a hike to search for owls.

After School Snowshoe Hike

Feb 22, 4:00 pm
Location:
Columbus Park
Event For:
All ages
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Contact:
Joel Van Roeckel
Email:
dmparksEE@dmgov.org
Phone:
(515) 681-2027
If there is snow on the ground we will put on the snowshoes and take an afternoon snowshoe hike in Columbus Park looking for items from nature. We will finish up with a cup of hot chocolate!

Junior Menace

Feb 26, 5:30 pm
Location:
Various Locations: Please see our website for more information
Event For:
3-9 Year Olds
Cost:
$50-$100
Organization:
Des Moines Menace
Contact:
Sydney Tatam
Email:
sydney.tatam@menacesoccer.com
Phone:
(515) 457-6367
Join the fun this winter with the Menace! Junior Menace is for boys and girls, ages 3 to 9, and is a program designed for all ability levels and we encourage beginners! This is a great program to learn and practice soccer skills through engaging activities and games. Walk ups welcome!

Raccoon Valley Little League – Spring Baseball Registration

Mar 3 (all day)
Location:
5301 Park Ave - Des Moines, IA
Event For:
5-18 yrs
Organization:
Raccoon Valley Little League
Contact:
Admin
Email:
raccoonvalleyll@gmail.com
Phone:
(515) 599-7855
Raccoon Valley Little League has opened it's Spring Baseball registration to all 5-18 year olds wanting to play rec baseball this spring!

GPS Pot O’ Gold

Mar 12, 1:00 pm
Location:
Grandview Park
Event For:
All Ages
Cost:
$10
Organization:
Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Contact:
Joel Van Roeckel
Email:
dmparksEE@dmgov.org
Phone:
(515) 681-2027
Participants will learn how to use a handheld Global Positioning Unit, then will use the GPS to find hidden "Golden Treasures" in the park. With a little Leprechaun luck, along the way they will also find some information about the wildlife that calls Grandview Park home. Move at your own pace and s

Lifeguard Certification Courses

Mar 15 (all day)
Location:
YMCA of Greater Des Moines (Multiple Locations)
Event For:
15 and Older
Organization:
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Contact:
Ann Peterson
Email:
ann.peterson@dmymca.org
Phone:
(515) 471-8509
Lifeguard certification course to prepare students for employment at a pool. New certification and review certification opportunities. Course includes CPR which meets the state graduation requirement. New Certification $200 Review Certification $125.

Now Hiring Polk County Conservation Youth Corps Crew Members!

Mar 29 (all day)
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
15-18
Cost:
$0
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Allison Wisgerhof
Email:
allison.wisgerhof@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 314-9183
Gain work experience through challenging and meaningful outdoor projects in Polk County parks. 75% work and 25% education and recreation. Unique and PAID opportunity for youth ages 15-18 who are interested in the outdoors or a career in environmental science.

The Salvation Army Youth Basketball League

Mar 31 (all day)
Location:
1216 E. 25th Ct. Des Moines, IA
Event For:
1st-6th grade Boys & Girls
Cost:
$65-$75
Organization:
The Salvation Army Youth Basketball
Contact:
Jessica White
Email:
jessica.reeser@usc.salvationarmy.org
Phone:
(515) 266-3156
10 weeks & 11 games of recreational basketball offered to learn, grow, & apply skills! Practices offered 1 hour 1 night per week with Saturday morning games. 1st & 2nd grade season begins September 2021. 3rd & 4th-5th & 6th grade season begins January 2022. Meet the Coaches Social and Awards

Youth Strength Training

Mar 31, 10:00 am
Location:
Aspen Active
Event For:
6th-9th Grade
Audience Location:
Middle and High school students
Organization:
Emerging Young Talent Non-profit & Blaise Training
Contact:
Rae Luna
Email:
exposeyourtalentllc@gmail.com
Phone:
(515) 718-2520
Strength Training Class for youth grade 6th-9th.

The Salvation Army Youth Basketball League

Apr 1 (all day)
Location:
1216 E. 25th Ct. Des Moines, IA
Event For:
1st - 6th grade
Cost:
$75.00
Organization:
The Salvation Army Youth Basketball League
Contact:
Jessica White
Email:
jessica.reeser@usc.salvationarmy.org
Phone:
(515) 266-3156
The Salvation Army is offering: 10 weeks & 11 games of recreational basketball offered to learn, grow, & apply skills! Practices offered 1 hour per week with Saturday morning games. 1st & 2nd grade season begins September 2021. 3rd & 4th-5th & 6th grade season begins January 2022

Youth Volleyball

Apr 5 (all day)
Location:
Fourmile and Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Centers
Event For:
5-14
Cost:
$50 per person / $475 per team
Organization:
Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Contact:
Kelsey Culbertson
Email:
KMCulbertson@dmgov.org
Phone:
(515) 248-6359
Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools are partnering to offer Youth Volleyball to grades 1-7. Volunteer coaches will lead practices and games. Teams will be divided into grade divisions: 1-3, 4-5 and 6-7.

Youth Employment Opportunity: Growing Futures!

Apr 16 (all day)
Location:
Des Moines
Event For:
14-18
Audience Location:
Des Moines
Organization:
Trees Forever
Contact:
Kacie Ballard
Email:
kballard@treesforever.org
Phone:
(515) 661-8334
Growing Futures is a youth employment program for high school students in the Des Moines metro. We meet on Saturdays during the spring months and plant trees in Des Moines at designated locations! Team members start at $12/hour with lunch and snacks provided each work day.

Fun Night for Youth

May 27, 8:00 pm
Location:
Spread Your Wings Youth Center 1975 Ankeny Blvd #111. Ankeny, IA 50023
Event For:
K-12
Cost:
$5
Organization:
The House of Rogues
Contact:
Paul Hubbard
Email:
paulthubbard@gmail.com
Phone:
(515) 783-6376
Join The House of Rogues for fun at Wednesday Game Night, Friday Knight Fusion, or Saturday Night Solace. We play games, explore art, socialize, move, and provide a safe place for kids to learn and grow. See the attached flyer for days and times.

Martial Arts for Students

May 30, 6:00 pm
Location:
Spread Your Wings Youth Center 1975 Ankeny Blvd. #111 Ankeny IA 50023
Event For:
K-12
Cost:
$99 per student
Organization:
Spread Your Wings & Spirit TKD
Contact:
Amy Ratekin
Email:
amy@iowaspirittkd.com
Phone:
(515) 202-5287
Learn the art of Taekwondo, self-defense Skills, increase focus, socialize, improve mental health, build confidence, improve physical well-being, and have fun! We offer classes for students with and without special needs in a family atmosphere where every student can soar like an eagle.

Summer Jobs Open

May 31 (all day)
Event For:
16 years old and above
Organization:
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
Contact:
Jennifer Radley
Email:
campfire@campfireiowa.org
Phone:
(515) 274-1501
Camp Fire is seeking interested persons in working with youth during the summer. To apply, send a copy of your cover letter and resume to campfire@campfireiowa.org or apply online at https://www.campfireiowa.org/about/employment-opportunities/

Museum Academy

Jul 27, 5:00 am
Location:
Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For:
high school
Cost:
FREE
Organization:
Des Moines Art Center
Contact:
Mia Buch
Email:
mbuch@desmoinesartcenter.org
Phone:
(515) 217-0349
Museum Academy is a free 13-week program that focuses on alternative learning methods using museums and contemporary art as tools for building critical thinking, curiosity, and compassion.