Youth Programs

Camps & Activities


Take an adventure with a story this fall! 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.

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. The cost is $22. Sessions are available Tuesdays and Thursdays Oct. 12-21, Dec. 7-16 and Jan. 4-13. Register beginning Aug. 30!

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 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 Oct. 29, Jan 17 and Feb. 25 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The fee is $80. Register beginning Aug. 30!

Sports & Fitness

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. This is a coed league. Games are scheduled between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays from Jan. 8-Feb. 1. The fee is $68 (team t-shirt included). Register beginning Aug. 30!

2022 Girls Recreational Softball League

Waukee Parks & Recreation offers a spring 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 early April through early June. Online registration begins Dec. 1, 2021 and ends Feb. 16, 2022. Register participants for the grade they are in for the 2021-2022 school year. NOTE: Players are required to provide their own helmets and gloves. Register beginning Dec. 1!

 Volunteer coaches are needed!

Partnered Programs

NEW! Real Food 4 Kids

Keep the kids busy in the kitchen this winter with Real Food 4 Kids! Participants will learn about ingredients, measuring, mixing, chopping and blending. Plus, make recipes from scratch, such as energy bites, veggies and dips, pancakes and homemade syrup, desserts and pasta dishes. Kids ages 6-12 can register for the Jan. 17-Feb. 28, 2022 session. Classes take place on Monday nights. The cost of the seven-week session is $157.50. Register!

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 30 years of martial arts teaching experience. He is an elementary teacher and three-time inductee into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Register beginning Aug. 30!

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 over a decade. Youth will learn the basic concepts of drawing three-dimensional objects on two-dimensional paper. Kids will have a chance to practice various kinds of art in the studio. They can also learn specific skills on the art where they are most interested in. Fine art practicing improves your student’s academic focus. Register beginning Aug. 30!

Studio Bea Dance: 2 to Move

Studio Bea Dance’s 30-minute introductory class is designed for parents and their little dancers 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 beginning Aug. 30!

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. Movements are taught through music, literature, themes, games and even some partner poses. This class is fun for both students who have never tried yoga, and those that have some experience. Kids will challenge the strength and balance of their bodies while also learning to slow down and focus their minds. Bring a yoga mat or beach towel and a water bottle.

Life Time Tennis: Tennis Classes

The Parks & Recreation Department is partnering with Life Time Tennis to offer tennis classes. 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.