Youth Camps & Activities

Waukee Parks and Recreation aims to provide quality, fun-filled recreational activities for children of all ages and abilities. View the current program guide for detailed information about times, locations, and costs.

Tot Lot

Romp, stomp and play! With toddler toys ranging from blocks to tunnels and mats, there’s no shortage of action to keep the littles busy during the fall and winter months. Parents provide the supervision in this open gym for toddlers where kids love to play and parents get to socialize with one another. This is a non-structured activity. Tot Lot will be cancelled when Waukee Schools are delayed and/or if there is inclement weather. Tot Lot is held Oct. 1-March 31 on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 8:30-10:30 a.m. It will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31 as well as Jan. 1, but will be open during the week of Spring Break. The cost is $1 per day or $20 for a season pass.

Tumbling Tots & Tumbling Tots 2

This 30-minute program is designed for little gymnasts to learn and increase their basic tumbling motions in a group environment. It emphasizes balance and coordination through basic tumbling moves, exercises and songs. Children 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. Sessions are held Mondays from Oct. 7-28, Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov. 12-21 and Thursdays from Jan. 23-Feb. 13. The cost is $22 per session. 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 kids 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 and will need to bring a sack lunch. Each participant will receive a Babysitter’s Training Handbook and a starter kit. Class is held Fridays, 8-4 p.m. from Jan. 3-Feb. 28. The cost is $80. Register!

Partnered Programs

Dickey’s Ryukyu: Little Ninjas and Karate 

Kids will learn the basic fundamentals of taekwondo and karate in a developmentally-appropriate format. 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 35 years of martial arts teaching experience. He is an elementary teacher and three-time inductee into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Register!

Little Ninjas9/18-10/23: Wednesdays 6-6:30 p.m.
11/6-12/18: Wednesdays 6-6:30 p.m.
1/8-2/12: Wednesdays 6-6:30 p.m.
2/26-4/8: Wednesdays 6-6:30 p.m.
Karate9/18-10/23: Wednesdays 6:35-7:35 p.m.
11/6-12/18: Wednesdays 6:35-7:35 p.m.
1/8-2/12: Wednesdays 6:35-7:35 p.m.
2/26-4/8: Wednesdays 6:35-7:35 p.m.

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. Register!

1/11-2/15Saturdays 9-9:30 a.m.$40
9/28-11/2Saturdays 9-9:30 a.m.

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. Register!

2/4-3/10Tuesdays 5-6:30 p.m.6-16$150
2/6-3/12Tuesdays 5-6:30 p.m.
11/5-12/10Tuesdays 5-6:30 p.m.
11/7-12/12Tuesdays 5-6:30 p.m.
9/3-10/8Tuesdays 5-6:30 p.m.