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 - FULL

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 fee is $32. Register

Pickleball Clinic - Family/Beginner

This 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 Thursday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 22. Register 

Mini Sluggers T-BallFarmers State Bank logo

Mini Sluggers T-ball, sponsored by Farmers State Bank, will run for five 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, 2021. The Tuesday league will run from June 1-29 and the Thursday league will run from June 3-July 1. The fee is $42 (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 him or her 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 $24 (t-shirt included). Register 

Fall Girls Recreational Softball League

Waukee Parks & Recreation offers a fall recreational girls softball league, and girls in 2nd through 7th grade for the 2021-2022 school year are eligible to play. The league will be a shortened six-game season that runs Sept. 9-Oct. 7. 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

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 and Thursdays from Aug. 8-19. 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. 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, 2021. Registration is open June 1-Aug. 1. The fee is $42 (t-shirt included). Register

Golf

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

Pee Wee Golf Lessons

Pee Wee Golf is coming back to Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course! Children ages 5-8 will develop a solid base in the game that will help them enjoy golf for a lifetime. Instruction includes an introduction to the full swing, putting, chipping, and rules and etiquette. Each class offers a 5:1 student to teacher ratio. Sessions 1-3 are held June 5-26 and sessions 4-6 are held July 7-28. The price is $50 per child. Registration opens Thursday, April 8 at 8 a.m. Classes fill up quickly, reserve a spot before they are full! 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. It 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, 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. Sessions are available June 28-July 2 and July 26-30 for kids grades 5th-10th. 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 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 28-July 2 and July 12-16 for kids ages 7-13. The fee is $42. Register 

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. Register

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. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Classes will be held for kids grades K-5th on Saturday, April 24, Thursday, June 3 and Monday, June 14. 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. Only participants and one parent/guardian are allowed to attend while COVID-19 persists. Sessions are available for kids ages 2-5 years old from March 22-Aug. 12. The fee is $22. Register

Red Cross Babysitting Training - FULL

Attend the American Red Cross Babysitting Certification class to gain experience by practicing life-saving babysitting skills on manikins. 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 15, July 27 and Aug. 17. The fee is $80. Register

Splish Splash Camp

Cool off this summer and travel 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. Sessions are held July 6-7 and July 8-9 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 June 21-25, July 12-16 and July 19-23. 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 $52. Register

Summer Fun Camp - FULL

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 19-23 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. 2-6 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 super hero training, fitness, group games, music/movement and seasonal sports. Participants will also work on social skill development and have lots of fun. For more info email info@canplaysports.org. Register

Partnered Programs

Kiddy Keys

Enroll in this virtual, four-week class to play, sing and learn! Kiddy Keys is a modern and engaging approach to teaching piano skills and music concepts. Registered participants will receive an email each week with a private, 30-minute virtual class, allowing families to participate according to their own schedules. Each class will consist of music and movement, piano play and improvisation, music theory, keyboard geography and exploration, composition and music history, color and shape recognition, life skills and character development. A keyboard/piano is not required in the program. Sessions are held in March, April and May for kids 3-5 years old. The fee is $44. Register

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

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

Fish Waukee

In conjunction with Iowa's Free Fishing Weekend during which fishing licenses are not required for fishing, the Rotary Club of Waukee, the Waukee Parks & Recreation Department and Iowa State University Extension & Outreach of Dallas County are hosting a fishing event utilizing the Fish Iowa! curriculum. Participants in K-6th grades will learn key fishing skills such as baiting, casting, reeling and fish and wildlife ethics through rotating stations. The event is free, however, the youth workshops do require advance registration.

The Dallas County 4-H Naturalist Junior Camp - FULL

The camp will be held at the Dallas County Fairgrounds and cover a variety of topics relating to Iowa’s outdoors. Possible topics that will be covered will include native wildlife species, fishing, Iowa pollinators & native species, and more. These topics will be covered through fun, hands on activities and projects. Camp will be held for kids grades 2nd-6th on June 8-9 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 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. Registration opens April 1. 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

Countdown to Kindergarten

Future kindergartners will engage in activities to prepare them to start school. Themes for each day will excite and expose them to topics such as numbers, letters, colors and more! Participants will practice age-appropriate skills such as sitting on the carpet, using materials properly, cooperating with others and following directions. Campers will also be immersed in STEM activities through coding robots, utilizing 3D pens and more. Participants will work in whole group and small group learning environments. Campers will need to bring a water bottle with their name clearly marked. Sessions will be held July 12-16 and July 19-23. The fee is $55. 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 July 26-30 or Aug. 2-6! The fee is $225. Register