Youth Programs

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

Sports & Fitness

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 precursor to the Introduction to Soccer program. The clinic will be held Mondays from June 6-20 at Ridge Pointe Park. The fee is $32. Register

Pickleball Clinic - Family/Beginner

This free clinic, run by the Des Moines Metro Pickleball Club, is an exciting way to learn about the quickly growing sport of Pickleball. Ages 10 years old and up may attend this clinic. All skill levels are welcome to attend. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the sport and how to play. All equipment will be provided at the clinic. The clinic will be held Tuesday, June 7 and Thursday, June 9 from 6-8 p.m. at Fox Creek Park. Register 

Mini Sluggers T-Ball

Mini Sluggers T-ball will run for six weeks with separate leagues on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Mini Sluggers gives kids 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 1, 2022. The Tuesday league will run from June 7-July 12 and the Thursday league will run from June 9-July 14. The fee is $45 (t-shirt included). 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 them to learn about baseball and softball with the comfort of you as their partner. Each participant will complete drills with a parent/guardian. Sessions are available throughout July. The fee is $26 (t-shirt included). Register 

Fall Girls Recreational Softball League

Waukee Parks & Recreation offers a fall recreational girls softball league, and girls in 1st through 7th grade for the 2022-2023 school year are eligible to play. The league will be a shortened six-game season that runs Sept. 8-Oct. 6. 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. Register

Volunteer coaches are needed! Email Jacob Perkins if interested.

Fall Softball Camp

Fall Softball Camp offers a unique perspective about softball and high-quality coaching from Northwest High’s head varsity softball coach Carrie Eby joined by the Northwest High School softball players! Participants 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-July 26. Registration is open June 1-Aug.1. Camp will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from Aug. 2-11. The fee is $55. Register

Introduction to Soccer

Introduction to Soccer is designed to teach kids ages 4-5 years old the basics of soccer while having fun. Games 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, 2022. Registration is open June 1-Aug. 1. The fee is $42 (t-shirt included). Register

Camps & Activities

All-Star Sports Camp

This half-day camp is perfect for any sports enthusiast. Each day, participants 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. Sessions are available for kids ages 5-10 throughout June and July. The fee is $50. Register

Art in the Park 

It’s time to get artistic! Artists 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. Sessions are available for kids ages 5-10 throughout June and July. The fee is $50Register

Youth in the Parks

This week-long service learning camp gives participants 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. Camp will run from June 27-July 1. The cost is $105. Register

Super Snackers

Waukee’s next top chef might be in your own house — let us help you find out! Chefs 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! Please notify the Parks & Recreation Department of any known food allergies when registering for this class. Sessions are available June 27-July 1 and July 11-15 for kids ages 7-13. The fee is $42. Register 


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 and Warrior Lane.

Home Alone Awareness

Thinking of letting your child stay home alone this summer? Make sure they are equipped with ways to stay safe! This class is taught by members of the Waukee Police and Fire Departments. They will provide educational tools and safety tips as they make kids aware of potential dangers in and around your home. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Class on Wednesday, June 1 for kids in grades K-5th. The fee is $10. Register

Tumbling Tots 1 & 2

These 30-minute programs are designed for little gymnasts to learn and increase basic tumbling motions in a group environment. It emphasizes balance and coordination through tumbling moves, exercises and songs. Children must be the required age prior to the start of the session. A parent or guardian must accompany 2- and 3-year-olds. Sessions are available for kids ages 2-5 years old from April 12-Aug. 11. 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 partners. 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 must be 11 years old or older and will need to bring a sack lunch. Each participant will receive a Babysitter’s Training Handbook and a starter kit. Sessions are available for kids ages 11 and older on June 14, July 26 and Aug. 16. The fee is $80. Register

Splish Splash Camp

Cool off this summer and travel to two 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. Sessions are held July 5-6 and July 7-8 for kids ages 8-13 years old. The fee is $35. Register

Explore the Outdoors and More

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. Sessions are available July 5-8, July 11-15 and July 18-22. Participants will be transported by Parks & Recreation staff during the camp. Children 5-6 years old will be required to bring a booster seat. Register

Summer Fun Camp

Join us for an action-packed week of summer fun. Participants in this camp 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. 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. Participants will be transported by Parks & Recreation staff during camp. Camp will be held July 18-22 for kids 8-13 years old. The fee is $75. Register

Summer Celebration Day Camp

It’s the end of summer but there is still so much to celebrate! This all-day camp will provide exciting activities for kids including field trips to various entertainment venues, outdoor play, arts and crafts and more. Please pack a sack lunch and a water bottle; afternoon snacks will be provided. Campers will be notified prior to the start of camp of daily activities so they can dress appropriately. More session details are available online. Camp will be held Aug. 1-5 for kids 5-12 years old. 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 fee is $155. Register

Special Needs Activities

Can Play

Can Play Sports is an organization aiming to increase the positive impacts on youth through the growth and evolution of adaptive and no-cost sports programs. Every child CAN PLAY. Can Play Sports provides play opportunities for children with physical, cognitive, social, mental, financial or other barriers. Programs include superhero training, fitness, group games, music/movement and seasonal sports. Participants will also work on social skills development and have lots of fun. For more info email

Partnered Programs

Kids Yoga

Move! Breathe! Stretch! Grow! Students will practice breathing, stretching and moving their bodies in mindful and playful ways as they learn basic yoga poses from a certified kids yoga instructor and former elementary school teacher. This class is fun for students who are new to yoga and those with experience. Students should bring a yoga mat or beach towel and a water bottle. Sessions are available in March and May for kids 3-10 years old. Parents/guardians are encouraged to accompany kids ages 3-5. The fee is $40. 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. Youth will learn the basic concepts of drawing three-dimensional objects on two-dimensional paper, and then they will move on to drawing still life objects. Classes are available for kids ages 6-17 years old. Register

Real Food 4 Kids

Young chefs will learn about different ingredients and techniques in the kitchen, which include measuring, mixing, chopping, blending and more. Participants will make a variety of recipes from scratch including veggie dips, pancakes, tacos, desserts, pasta, breadsticks, mozzarella sticks and more! Classes are held Mondays from March 29-May 9. The cost is $157.50. Register 

Tween Yoga Camp for Girls

The tween years can be stressful years for girls as they navigate changes in their lives. Tween Yoga Camp will help 10-12 year-old girls develop confidence through movement. They will practice breathing techniques that can be lifelong tools to help with relaxation and stress relief. Yoga games and crafts are also included. Students need to provide a yoga mat or beach towel and a water bottle. Camp will be held July 25-28 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The cost is $80. Register 

Little Ninjas and Karate

Kids will learn the basic fundamentals of taekwondo and karate. 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. Classes will be held April 14-May 19 for students ages 4 and older. 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 participate in this program. The fee is $42. Register

Bike With Cops

The Waukee Police Department’s annual “Bike With Cops” event will be held  Saturday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. Waukee Community School District students in grades 2nd-6th 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 fee is $20. Register

Safety City

Each summer, the Waukee Police Department hosts Safety City - a week-long course for STUDENTS ENTERING KINDERGARTEN. Learn about safety from police officers and volunteer youth mentors. A miniature city is used to teach students about street safety, seat belts, when to call 911, respect for authority, bullying and more. Safety City incorporates classroom time, hands-on practice and a field trip to the Public Safety Building. A short graduation ceremony is held at the end of the week as well. Students get a bicycle helmet and a t-shirt. For questions regarding Safety City, please call 515-978-7979. The fee is $50. Register

Life Time Tennis: Tennis Classes

The Parks & Recreation Department is partnering with Life Time Tennis to offer tennis classes. Both morning and evening times, as well as youth and adult classes will be offered. Life Time 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

Camp Brainiac

Camp Brainiac is a weeklong day camp run exclusively by Iowa licensed teachers. Brainiac campers will be immersed in fun STEM-based experiential learning. In previous years, campers have gone on action-packed adventures into the wizarding world of potions and magic powers, exploring plants and the world around them using investigate skills. Past campers have also been challenged to use super sleuth abilities to hunt for clues, solve mysteries and discover the power of science. Kids ages 6-12 years old can enjoy a week of eye-opening exploration and fun Aug. 1-5 and Aug. 8-12! The fee is $225. Register