Youth Programs

Classes and Programs


Break out your Halloween costumes early, and join the Parks & Recreation Department for a night of fall fun! Preregistered participants will be able to pick out their own pumpkin and will also receive paints and brushes, a glow stick and caramel apple supplies. Stick around to have your hand painted with a fun design, eat Halloween candy and a see a free showing of “The Addams Family”. 515 Pi Food Truck will be serving up delicious pizza for attendees to purchase as well. Register!

Study Hall @ the Community Center

Busy parents with at-home, online learners will be able to drop off their child(ren) at the Waukee Community Center for a day of supervised learning. Parents can utilize this time to schedule work meetings, run errands, etc. Children will be required to wear a mask while indoors and use personal headphones when interacting with their teacher. Parks & Recreation staff will not be leading any instruction for the students, and students must be proficient with the use of their computer. Children will be seated one student per table and should bring their own drinks, snacks and lunch, if needed. Register!

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. 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. Only participants & one parent/guardian are allowed to attend class during COVID-19. Parents/guardians are encouraged to wear facemasks. Parks & Recreation staff will be wearing face shields. The cost is $22. Sessions are available through March. 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 girls and boys 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. Classes are available on Oct. 26, Jan. 11, Jan 18 and Feb. 26 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 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!

Kiddy Keys: Preschool Piano classes at home

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 to preschool children ages 2 ½ to 5 years old. 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 to participate in the program. 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. 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. Register!

Sports Leagues

Youth Basketball League

Enjoy this introductory basketball league with practice, drills and a scrimmage during week one. Weeks two through six will include practice and warm-up time before playing scheduled games. The goal of this league is to teach young participants the basic skills and rules of basketball as well as sportsmanship. Teams will be formed at random. The league takes place for boys and girls Jan. 9-Feb. 13. Volunteer coaches are needed! Register beginning Sept. 1!

Iowa Wolves/Minnesota Timberwolves

Waukee Parks & Recreation has partnered with the Iowa Wolves and the  Minnesota Timberwolves! This partnership will allow the youth of Waukee to participate in a pregame clinic put on by the Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball Academy at Wells Fargo Arena! The exact date will be released later; look for an announcement from Waukee Parks & Recreation on the details of the clinic. Go Wolves! Register! (TBD)

2020 Girls Recreational Softball League

Waukee Parks & Recreation offers a recreational girls softball league, and girls from K-7th grade are eligible to play. Participants are separated into five leagues. The season will run from mid-April through early June. Online registration begins Dec. 1, 2020 and ends Feb. 15, 2021. Register participants for the grade they are in for the 2020-2021 school year. NOTE: Players are required to provide their own helmet and ball glove. Volunteer coaches are needed! Register!