Welcome to the WDMCS Virtual Backpack!

The West Des Moines Community Schools and our community partners are happy to welcome you to our Virtual Backpack! In our Virtual Backpack, you will find information about activities from the WDMCS, WDMCS Community Education, district- or school-affiliated groups, and nonprofit community organizations. Please enjoy exploring these district and community opportunities for learning, enrichment, engagement, and fun!

The flyers and events presented here are not school publications, nor are they in any way endorsed or sponsored by any school district. The Virtual Backpack is being provided only to inform WDMCS students, families, and staff of other available community activities and opportunities.

Iowa Youth Fishing League – Angler Registration

Date
May 1 (all day)
Location
Central Iowa
Event For
all students ages 7-18
Cost
see website
Organization
Iowa Youth Fishing League
Contact
Justin and Emily Lewis
Phone
515-468-2025
Information
The IYFL is proud to offer two unique pathways to anglers. The mission of the Iowa Youth Fishing League is to support youth fishing among Iowans through educational programs, mentoring and competition, so that Iowa youth develop leadership skills and become stewards of our natural resources.

Junior Menace Soccer

Date
May 21 - 5:30 p.m.
Location
Des Moines (Aliber Soccer Complex), Grimes (Menace Practice Fields), Waukee (The Caspe Terrace), Huxley (Larson Family Fields)
Event For
ages 3 to 9
Cost
$50 for 3-4 year-olds, $100 for 5-9 year-olds
Organization
Des Moines Junior Menace
Contact
Sydeny Tatam
Phone
515-457-6367
Information
Junior Menace is for BOYS and GIRLS ages 3 to 9 and is designed for all ability levels. We definitely encourage beginners! This is a great program to learn basic soccer skills if your child has never played before.

Mommy & Me Dance

Date
May 9 - 2:00 p.m.
Location
Valley Community Center, 4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines
Event For
mommies and elementary age kids
Cost
$35 for mom + child, $10 each additional child
Organization
Variety the Children's Charity of Iowa
Contact
Amber
Phone
515-710-8332
Information
Mommy & Me Dance is a Mother’s Day fundraising event created exclusively for central Iowa mothers and their children to support Variety - the Children's Charity of Iowa. This unique experience for moms and their kids will provide an opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day with their littles!

West Des Moines Soccer Club Spring Registration

Date
April 18 (all day)
Location
Raccoon River Soccer Complex & Hidden Valley Soccer Complex
Event For
ages 3-19
Organization
West Des Moines Soccer Club
Contact
Carl Soto
Phone
515-257-6860
Information
The 2020 spring soccer season starts in April, and registration for West Des Moines Soccer Club Academy and Recreational is now OPEN! Get signed up soon to avoid the wait list.

2020 Baseball Season

Date
April 18 (all day)
Location
5301 Park Ave
Event For
various ages
Cost
$90-210
Organization
Raccoon Valley Little League
Contact
Denise Ferreira
Phone
515-313-6390
Information
Raccoon Valley Little League is now accepting registrations for the 2020 Baseball Season for BamBam thru Seniors. Games begin week of April 13, with season opener celebration for Saturday, April 18.

Tire Rack Street Survival School

Date
April 26 - 8:30 a.m.
Location
DMACC parking lot, 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA
Event For
High School Students
Cost
$95.00
Organization
BMW CCA Foundation and SCCA Foundation (Non-profits)
Contact
Kathy Talbot
Phone
515-490-5833
Information
Street Survival is a one day safe-driving program designed to give teens the hands-on experience and tools to become smarter, safer drivers. Challenging driving situations a private course allows students to experience abnormal vehicle behavior in a safe and supervised environment.

Des Moines Art Center Spring Classes + Workshops

Date
April 30 (all day)
Location
Des Moines Art Center 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines IA 50312
Event For
Ages 5 - 16 and families
Cost
Varies by program; visit website or call for details
Organization
Des Moines Art Center
Contact
Studio Education
Phone
515-271-0316
Information
Enroll the entire family in spring classes at the Art Center this year! Gain skills, meet friends, and explore art making in our studio programs, family events and free museum. Check out our #entirelyunexpected course offerings.

Iowa Youth Fishing League – Angler Registration

Date
May 1 (all day)
Location
Central Iowa
Event For
all students ages 7-18
Cost
see website
Organization
Iowa Youth Fishing League
Contact
Justin and Emily Lewis
Phone
515-468-2025
Information
The IYFL is proud to offer two unique pathways to anglers. The mission of the Iowa Youth Fishing League is to support youth fishing among Iowans through educational programs, mentoring and competition, so that Iowa youth develop leadership skills and become stewards of our natural resources.

Mommy & Me Dance

Date
May 9 - 2:00 p.m.
Location
Valley Community Center, 4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines
Event For
mommies and elementary age kids
Cost
$35 for mom + child, $10 each additional child
Organization
Variety the Children's Charity of Iowa
Contact
Amber
Phone
515-710-8332
Information
Mommy & Me Dance is a Mother’s Day fundraising event created exclusively for central Iowa mothers and their children to support Variety - the Children's Charity of Iowa. This unique experience for moms and their kids will provide an opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day with their littles!

Junior Menace Soccer

Date
May 21 - 5:30 p.m.
Location
Des Moines (Aliber Soccer Complex), Grimes (Menace Practice Fields), Waukee (The Caspe Terrace), Huxley (Larson Family Fields)
Event For
ages 3 to 9
Cost
$50 for 3-4 year-olds, $100 for 5-9 year-olds
Organization
Des Moines Junior Menace
Contact
Sydeny Tatam
Phone
515-457-6367
Information
Junior Menace is for BOYS and GIRLS ages 3 to 9 and is designed for all ability levels. We definitely encourage beginners! This is a great program to learn basic soccer skills if your child has never played before.

Blank Park Zoo School Programming

Date
May 29 (all day)
Location
Your classroom
Event For
K-12 Programming
Cost
$55 per classroom visit
Organization
Blank Park Zoo
Contact
Amy Kopatich
Phone
515-974-2558
Information
Information on bringing live animals and programming to your classroom, adding the zoo into after school programming, and field trips to the zoo.

Courage League Sports 2020 Spring Programming

Date
May 29 (all day)
Location
Various community buildings
Event For
All Students
Cost
$45 for 4 week session
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4021
Information
CLS is a non-profit adaptive sports and recreation facility that offers year-round programming for children living with a special need. Activities are adapted so ALL can participate!

Valley Tiger Football Elementary & Junior High Camp

Date
June 8 - 10:00 a.m.
Location
Tiger Field
Event For
Grades 4-8
Cost
$90
Organization
Valley Football
Contact
Gary Swenson
Information
This camp is a non-contact skills camp that teaches the fundamentals of football. It is open to any athlete in grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 from any school district. This camp is June 8-11.

SummerSongs Choir Camp

Date
July 10 - 8:15 a.m.
Location
Grand View University
Cost
$325
Organization
Heartland Youth Choir
Contact
Kim Novy
Phone
515-221-3922
Information
Heartland Youth Choir is registering boys and girls in grades 4-8 for a week of music and fun in SummerSongs! Choir Camp July 6-10, 2020. Please see the flyer for more information and registration.

SummerTunes Choir Camp

Date
July 10 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Grand View University
Event For
Current K-3rd Graders
Cost
$125
Organization
Heartland Youth Choir
Contact
Kim Novy
Phone
515-221-3922
Information
Heartland Youth Choir is registering boys and girls in grades K-3 for a week of music and fun in SummerTunes! Choir Camp July 6-10, 2020. Please see the flyer for more information and registration.

SummerTunes Choir Camp

Date
July 10 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Grand View University
Event For
Students in Grades K-3
Cost
$125
Organization
Heartland Youth Choir
Contact
Kim Novy
Phone
515-221-3922
Information
Heartland Youth Choir is registering boys and girls in grades K-3 for a week of music and fun in SummerTunes! Choir Camp July 6-10, 2020. Please see the flyer for more information and registration.

Summer Camps – Des Moines Performing Arts

Date
July 31 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Des Moines
Event For
3rd Grade -Entering College, based on fall 2020 enrollment
Organization
Des Moines Performing Arts
Contact
Lynnae Lathrop
Phone
515-246-2360
Information
o Des Moines Performing Arts presents five different summer camps for 2020, each designed to improve participants performance skills: Musical Theater Camp, Musical Theater Dance Intensive with WICKED, Broadway Intensive, Broadway Summer Academy, and Acting and Improvisation.

Valley Tiger Football High School Camp

Date
August 3 - 4:00 p.m.
Location
Tiger Field
Event For
Grades 9-12
Cost
$90
Organization
Valley Football
Contact
Gary Swenson
Information
This camp is a non-contact skills camp that teaches the fundamentals of football. It is open to any athlete in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. Camp is Aug. 3-6.

Summer Camps with Courage League Sports

Date
August 7 (all day)
Location
Various community buildings and parks
Event For
All Students
Cost
$30-$45 per session
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4021
Information
Come out and joins us for a fun and energetic summer camp offering a variety of large movement activities and sports for toddlers to teenagers with special needs.

Living History Farms’ Summer Day Camp

Date
August 14 (all day)
Location
Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322
Event For
grades k-8
Organization
Living History Farms
Contact
Kate Meyer
Phone
515-278-5286
Information
Kids connect to history, science, and nature through fun and engaging outdoor experiences, responsible use of resources (recycling), hands-on activities, games, crafts, and visits to Living History Farms’ historic sites. The fun and learning never stops at Living History Farms’ Summer Day Camp!