Youth Programs

Waukee Parks and Recreation organizes a variety of youth programs. View the program guide for more information. Programs can fill up quickly, so do not delay signing up!

Sports

Youth Soccer Clinic

Join us for this three-session fundamental clinic for kids ages 4-5. Children will learn the fundamentals of soccer including basic rules, dribbling, passing and throw-ins. Shin guards and cleats can be worn, but are not necessary for this clinic. Parents/guardians are encouraged to stay and watch! This is a great introduction to the Little Kickers Soccer Program. The clinic will be held June 8, 15 & 22 at Ridge Pointe Park. Time is dependent upon session. The fee is $32.

Pickleball Clinic - Family/Beginner

This new clinic, run by the Des Moines Metro Pickleball Club, is an exciting way to learn about the quickly growing sport of Pickleball. All ages and skill levels are welcome to attend. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the sport and how to play. The clinic will be held Tuesday, June 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the Fox Creek Park Pickleball Courts. All equipment will be provided. The clinic is free, but preregistration is required. Register

Mini Sluggers T-Ball 

This program will run for five weeks with separate leagues June-July on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Mini Sluggers gives kids 4-5 years old the opportunity to participate in a summer t-ball league while teaching them basic fundamentals through practice and games. Foam bats and balls must be used in this league and will be provided for each team. Teams will be formed at random. Children must be 4 years old by July 9, 2020. The fee is $42 and includes a t-shirt. Register

Volunteer coaches are needed! Email Jacob Perkins if interested.

Parent and Child Blastball

Is your child too young for Mini Sluggers? This is an early chance for your 3-year-old to learn about baseball and softball with the comfort of their parent. Each participant will complete drills with a parent/guardian. The fee is $24 and includes a t-shirt. Register 

Fall Girls Recreational Softball League 

Waukee Parks & Recreation offers a fall recreational girls softball league, and girls in 2nd through 7th grades for the 2020-2021 school year are eligible to play. The league will be a shortened six-game season that runs Sept. 10-Oct. 8. Games will be played on Monday and Thursday nights. Practices will begin at the end of August. Teams will be formed at random. Registration is open June 1-Aug. 1. The fee is $52 for 2nd grade and $58 for 3rd-7th grades. Blastball takes place in July. Register 

Volunteer coaches are needed! Email Jacob Perkins if interested.

Fall Softball Camp

Girls in 5th-8th grade can attend the Fall Softball Camp which offers a unique perspective about softball and high-quality coaching from Waukee’s head varsity softball coach Carrie Eby joined by the Waukee High School softball players! Participants will need to bring their own glove, helmet and bat. These practices will cover throwing progressions, infield/outfield drills, hitting drills, base running and confidence development. Registration is open June 1-Aug.1. Camp will be held Sundays,12:15-1:15 p.m. and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. from Aug. 9-20. Register 

Little Kickers Soccer

Little Kickers, sponsored by Autumn Ridge Apartments, is designed to teach kids the basics of soccer while having fun. Game play will be 4 vs. 4 with four quarters of eight minutes continuous clock with no goalie. Teams will consist of seven or eight players with plenty of playing time for each player. Children must be 4 years old by Oct. 1, 2020. Registration is open June 1-Aug. 1 and play takes place late August through September. The cost is $42 and includes a t-shirt. Register

Volunteer coaches are needed! Email Jacob Perkins if interested.

Golf

Pee Wee Golf Lessons 

Children who get a good start in golf should enjoy the game for a lifetime. Instruction includes an introduction to the full swing, putting, chipping, rules and etiquette. There is a 5:1 student-to-teacher ratio and juniors may attend more than one session. Missed lessons will not be made up unless weather-related. Affordable junior golf sets are available for purchase through the Sugar Creek Golf Shop. These lessons are designed for children ages 5-8. Dates and times are dependent upon session. Register

Intermediate Junior Golf Camps 

The Intermediate Junior Golf Program is geared toward students ages 9-14 who have some golf experience or have attended camps before. The 12 hours of instruction cover golf rules, etiquette and course management, along with basic golf skills. In addition, all participants will receive a junior golf tee gift. Refreshments are served each day. Camp runs from 8-11 a.m. at Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course. Dates are dependent upon session. The fee is $150. Register 

Junior Waukee City Championship - Wednesday, Aug. 5

Juniors can enjoy this 9-hole stroke play tournament for players 12-16 years old. Age divisions will be 12-13, 14-15 and 16. Start at 9 a.m. and stay for lunch after! The fee is $20. Call the Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course Clubhouse at 515-987-5247 to register.

Camps & Activities

Storywalk

Take an adventure with a story this spring and summer! The Waukee Public Library and the Parks & Recreation Department have joined together to promote literature and exercise. Enjoy a different  book each month displayed along the Heart of the Warrior Trail between 6th Street and the intersection of Ashworth Drive, Northview Drive and Warrior Lane. No registration is required.

Home Alone Awareness

Thinking of leaving your child at home alone this summer? Make sure they are safe! This class is taught by members of the Waukee Police and Fire Departments. They will provide educational tools and safety tips to help keep your child safe and aware of dangers in and around your house. Class will be held Saturday, April 25 from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Waukee Public Works Building. Drinks and snacks will be provided. The fee is $10. Register

Tumbling Tots & Tumbling Tots 2

This 30-minute program is designed for little gymnasts ages 2-5 years old to learn and increase their basic tumbling motions in a group environment. It emphasizes balance and coordination through basic tumbling moves, exercises and songs. The child must be of the required age prior to the start of the session. A parent or guardian must accompany the 2- and 3-year-olds. Dates and times are dependent upon session. The first session is held in April. The fee is $22. Register

Red Cross Babysitting Training

Attend the American Red Cross Babysitting Certification class to gain experience by practicing life-saving babysitting skills on manikins and with other participants. This is a great class for those getting ready to start babysitting on their own or for those who will be in charge of younger siblings for short periods of time. Participants will need to bring a sack lunch. Each participant will receive a Babysitter’s Training Handbook and a starter kit. Classes will be held June 16, July 28 and Aug. 18 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.. The fee is $80. Register

All-Star Sports Camp 

This half-day camp is perfect for any sports enthusiast. Each day, participants ages 5-10 years old will be engaged in activities including soccer, flag football, disc golf, kickball, capture the flag, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, lacrosse, yoga and other classic physical education activities. Camp will be held from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Centennial Park Open Shelter. Dates are dependent upon session. Sessions take place in June and July. The fee is $50. Register

Art in the Park

It’s time to get artistic! Artists ages 5-10 years old will create a variety of age-appropriate masterpieces to take home daily. Participants will also focus on a group public art piece to be installed at a City building. We may get messy, so artists should wear appropriate clothing. Class will be held at the Ridge Pointe Pavilion. Dates and times are dependent upon session. Sessions take place in June and July. The fee is $50. Register

Youth in the Parks

This week-long service learning camp in July gives participants in 5th-10th grade a chance to learn about community betterment by volunteering at various locations in Waukee and surrounding areas. The camp consists of morning volunteer activities, while the afternoons are filled with fun field trips. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch each day for this all-day camp, and they will be notified prior to the start of camp of daily activities so they can dress appropriately. Participants will be transported by Parks & Recreation staff during the camp. Dates and times are dependent upon session. The fee is $105. Register 

Super Snackers

Waukee’s next top chef might be in your own house — let us help you find out! Chefs ages 7-13 years old will learn new, fun and healthy summer snack ideas they can make any time of the year. At the end of each class, each chef will be able to sample their creations and may be able to teach you a thing or two! Class will be held at the Waukee Community Center in July. Dates and times are dependent upon session. Please notify the Parks & Recreation Department of any known food allergies when registering for this class. The fee is $42. Register

Splish-Splash Camp

Cool off this June and July by traveling to three Des Moines Metro Area aquatic centers. Make sure to pack sunscreen, a towel, goggles and snack money. Participants will be transported by Parks & Recreation staff during the camp. This camp is for ages 8-13 years old and will run from 12:4:45 p.m. The fee is $35. Register

Explore the Outdoors and More

Kids ages 5-10 years old can get away from the electronics and back into nature! This camp will include nature play in different parks and creek beds, activities that help children relate with natural elements and a field trip to the Kuehn Conservation Center. Enjoy an exciting week of nature, fun and learning. Campers will be notified prior to the start of camp of daily activities so they can dress appropriately. Participants will be transported by Parks & Recreation staff during the camp. Children 5-6 years old will be required to bring a booster seat. The cost is $52. Register

Summer Fun Camp

Join us for an action-packed week of summer fun from July 20-24. Participants ages  will enjoy four days of field trips with destinations including an aquatic center, indoor and outdoor activity centers, and much more! The other day will be spent playing games and activities in the park for a total of five days of camp with lots of activities. Campers will be notified prior to the start of camp of Monday’s activity and will get to collectively vote on the remaining camp schedule. Camp will run from 12:30-4:45 p.m.Participants will be transported by Parks & Recreation staff during camp. Register

Storytime in the Park

Young bookworms will enjoy this FREE program Aug. 3-7 with themed story books including under the sea, garbage/recycling, trees, frogs and parks followed by a different craft or activity each day after the stories. Daycare centers planning to attend should contact the Parks & Rec office beforehand to help ensure there are enough supplies. No registration is required.

Special Needs Activities

Courage League Sports

Courage League Sports is a non-profit adaptive sports and recreation program offering year-round opportunities for children and adults who are not able to go full speed due to physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities. By adapting the pace, equipment or nature of an activity, Courage League can provide a safe and accessible environment where participants can go at their own speed. Programs include super hero training, fitness, group games, music/movement, seasonal sports plus social skill development and lots of fun. Programs will be held Mondays from April 6-27 and June 1-29 at 1120 SE Westbrook Drive in Waukee. The fee is $50. Register

Partnered Programs

Bike With Cops

The Waukee Police Department’s annual “Bike With Cops” event will be held Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. Waukee Community School District students in 2nd-6th grade will enjoy a safety talk, two-mile bike ride and lunch with Waukee police officers! This bike ride is for experienced riders only; no training wheels, please. Helmets are required. The cost is $20Register

Camp Brainiac

Camp Brainiac is a day camp run exclusively by Iowa licensed teachers. Camp is for elementary school-age kids 6-12! Brainiac campers will spend their days immersed in fun STEM-based experiential learning designed around a different theme each week. This summer, we take campers on an action-packed adventure into the wizarding world full of potions and exploring the magic powers found in plants and our surroundings. Campers will also develop their investigative skills in hands-on, inquiry-based activities and experiences. Join us for one or both weeks of eye-opening exploration and fun! The cost is $225 Register

Dickey’s Ryukyu: Little Ninjas and Karate

Kids and adults can learn the basic fundamentals of taekwondo and karate in a developmentally-appropriate format this April-May. Classes focus on the proper use of martial arts, self- respect, self-discipline and coordination of mind and body. The instructor Dickey Renshi has more than 30 years of martial arts teaching experience. He is an elementary teacher and three-time inductee into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Register

Lifetime Tennis: Tennis Classes

New this year, the Parks & Recreation Department will be partnering with Lifetime Tennis to offer tennis classes this June-July. Both morning and evening, as well as youth and adult classes will be offered. Lifetime Tennis has a number of trained professionals to run the classes and provide experienced advice. Classes will range from beginner lessons to more advanced tennis strategies. Register

Studio Bea Dance: 2 to Move    

Studio Bea Dance’s 30-minute introductory class is designed for parents and their little dancer to bond and have fun. Dancers will gain confidence, and improve social and gross motor skills, all while using their imagination to learn and explore dance and movement. Children ages 18 months through 3 years old are invited to register for this program. The first session starts in mid-March. Register

Sunflower Fine Art

Sunflower Fine Art studio is owned by professional artist Tingting S. Beck. Her art has been honored at various professional art competitions, and she has taught art classes for nearly a decade. Children will learn the basic concepts of drawing three-dimensional objects on two-dimensional paper, and then will move on to drawing still life objects. Adult classes focus on basic sketching, still life and color painting. Sessions take place in July and August. Register

Waukee High School’s Cheer Camp

The Parks & Recreation Department is partnering again with the Waukee High School Cheerleading Squad to offer Cheer Camp June 22-25. This camp will provide girls and boys with an opportunity to learn cheerleading techniques and new cheers. Parents are encouraged to watch on the last day when cheerleaders will perform a short routine. Register