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.

Des Moines Community Playhouse Winter and Spring Classes and Camps

Date
January 1 (all day)
Location
Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For
grades PK-12
Organization
Des Moines Community Playhouse
Contact
Robin Heldt Spahr
Phone
515-974-5365
Information
The Playhouse offers classes during the winter and spring months, in addition to day camps over schools breaks.

Lifeguard Certification Courses

Date
January 1 (all day)
Location
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Event For
ages 15 and older
Cost
$200
Organization
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Contact
Ann Peterson
Phone
515-471-8509
Information
Lifeguard certification course to prepare students for employment at a pool. Five new certification classes and four review classes Jan.-March 2020.

Youth Basketball League

Date
January 5 (all day)
Event For
grades 2 - 8
Cost
$550 + tax per team
Organization
Clive Parks and Recreation
Contact
Jeff Lucas
Phone
515-223-5246
Information
Join the Clive Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball League! Second season leagues will begin Jan. 5. The leagues will have referees, two 20-minute halves, and good competition. One week will be a double-header. Registration deadline: Friday, Dec. 6.

Free Futsal Clinics

Date
November 20 - 6:00 p.m.
Location
200 SE 37th Street, Grimes, Iowa 50111
Event For
ages 5 and older
Cost
Free
Organization
Ignit Outreach Foundation
Contact
Chad O'Meara
Phone
515-331-7714
Information
The Ignit Outreach Foundation is providing a series of free Futsal Clinics to any soccer player that wants to increase their love for the game and develop greater skills through a fun indoor game! Futsal is how the world plays indoor soccer!

Courage League Sports Saturday Leagues

Date
November 23 - 8:00 a.m.
Location
Various community buildings
Event For
ages 7 and older
Cost
$45 for four-week session
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4021
Information
Summer is over and Team Sports and ChAAMPS are BACK! This fall, we will be offering our popular soccer programs in Ankeny, Urbandale, West Des Moines, and Indianola. We are excited to announce our brand new flag football program for our ChAAMPS league only hoping to expand to Team Sports in the future.

Animal Winter Survival

Date
November 23 - 10:30 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
How do animals survive the winter? Learn the different strategies animals use to survive a long cold Iowa winter.

Day Camps, Overnights, Horse Riding, and more with Camp Fire!

Date
November 27 (all day)
Location
Drop-off location: 5615 Hickman Rd Des Moines, IA 50310
Event For
grades K-9
Cost
$37/day for School Day Off programs (other prices vary)
Organization
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
Contact
Marilyn Bagley
Phone
515-274-1501
Information
Join us for "Out of School" Days this fall! Drop your child off at one of our convenient drop locations and let them experience a day of excitement and learning at Camp Hantesa! Under the supervision of our trained staff, campers make new friends and interact with old ones through engaging programs!

FAM Turkey Trot

Date
November 28 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Raccon River Park
Cost
$20
Organization
Blank Children's Hospital
Contact
Suzanne Lowe
Phone
515-554-7643
Information
The Eighth Annual FAM Turkey Trot is a family-friendly way to kick off your Thanksgiving, whether you're a competitive runner or want to bring your “flock” to join you and walk. Teams are encouraged in memory of a loved one, so that you can raise funds in their honor. Supporting the SHINE program at Blank Children's Hospital.

Courage League Sports Fall Programming

Date
November 29 (all day)
Event For
all students
Cost
$45 for four-week session
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4021
Information
Our fall program guide is ready and available online! Registrations are now open for all programs! We are excited about our fall lineup... including our programming opportunities across Greater Des Moines! New this fall: Flag Football, five different soccer programs, Teen Night, & Teen Water Aerobics!

#OptOutside Hike

Date
November 29 - 1:00 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Choose to #OptOutside on Black Friday with your friends and family. We’ll reconnect you with nature on a hike through Jester Park.

Clive Mayor’s Tree Lighting

Date
December 8 - 5:00 p.m.
Location
Clive Public Library, 1900 NW 114th Street, Clive, IA 50325
Event For
all ages
Cost
Free
Organization
City of Clive
Contact
Doug Harris
Phone
515-223-5246
Information
Join us for a professional tree lighting followed by complimentary beverages and kid-friendly activities. Special guest appearance from the North Pole!

Tae Kwon Do

Date
December 9 - 6:30 p.m.
Location
1801 NW 114th Street, Clive, IA 50325
Event For
1 through 12th Grade
Cost
$45
Organization
Clive Parks and Recreation
Contact
Doug Harris
Phone
515-223-5246
Information
This Korean art of self-defense is beneficial in improving health, balance, and agility. This class will provide a fun learning environment that teaches students to develop, not only physically, but also mentally. Beginner classes are for white through green belts and Intermediate classes are for

Kids in the Kitchen December

Date
December 11 - 3:30 p.m.
Location
1801 NW 114th St., Clive, IA 50325
Event For
ages 7-13
Cost
$15
Organization
Clive Parks and Recreation
Contact
Jeff Lucas
Phone
515-223-5246
Information
Participants will learn about cooking utensils, recipe and label reading, and healthy eating habits. We'll cook some yummy food from start to finish.

Des Moines Art Center Programming

Date
December 13 (all day)
Location
Des Moines Art Center 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines IA 50312
Event For
ages 5-16
Organization
Des Moines Art Center
Contact
Mia Farrell
Phone
515-619-2058
Information
Enroll the entire family in fall 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.

$5 Family Night at Science Center

Date
December 13 - 5:00 p.m.
Location
401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309
Event For
all ages
Cost
$5/person
Organization
Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
Contact
Hannah Little
Phone
515-274-6868
Information
The second Friday of each month from 5-8 p.m., explore SCI with your family. Admission is just $5 per person! No need to grab dinner first... our Food Chain Cafe is open until 7:30 p.m.

Self-Protection Seminar for Children

Date
December 16 - 6:00 p.m.
Location
Clive Special Events Building, Clive Aquatic Center, 1801 NW 114th St., Clive
Event For
ages 6-12
Cost
$20
Organization
Clive Parks and Recreation
Contact
Brian Longren
Phone
515-223-5246
Information
Children will be taught the ABCs of self-defense protection. They will explore their own thoughts on safety through role play and age-appropriate discussions. Participants will be actively engaged while learning how to escape from grabs, pushes, chokes, and the ground.

Clive Parks and Recreation Babysitting Clinic

Date
December 23 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Clive City Hall Council Chambers, 1900 NW 114th Street, Clive, IA 50325
Event For
middle school students - Ages 11-14
Cost
$75
Organization
Clive Parks and Recreation
Contact
Brian Longren
Phone
515-223-5246
Information
Learn the basics of being a successful babysitter. Class includes learning about behaviors, safety, child development, feeding, and diapering, as well as an introduction of First Aid and CPR. You will receive a babysitter’s manual at the clinic. Please bring a sack lunch for the class.

Des Moines Community Playhouse Winter and Spring Classes and Camps

Date
January 1 (all day)
Location
Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For
grades PK-12
Organization
Des Moines Community Playhouse
Contact
Robin Heldt Spahr
Phone
515-974-5365
Information
The Playhouse offers classes during the winter and spring months, in addition to day camps over schools breaks.

Lifeguard Certification Courses

Date
January 1 (all day)
Location
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Event For
ages 15 and older
Cost
$200
Organization
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Contact
Ann Peterson
Phone
515-471-8509
Information
Lifeguard certification course to prepare students for employment at a pool. Five new certification classes and four review classes Jan.-March 2020.

Youth Basketball League

Date
January 5 (all day)
Event For
grades 2 - 8
Cost
$550 + tax per team
Organization
Clive Parks and Recreation
Contact
Jeff Lucas
Phone
515-223-5246
Information
Join the Clive Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball League! Second season leagues will begin Jan. 5. The leagues will have referees, two 20-minute halves, and good competition. One week will be a double-header. Registration deadline: Friday, Dec. 6.

Junior Menace

Date
February 24 - 5:30 p.m.
Location
Wellmark YMCA, Ignit Sports and Fitness, MVP Sports Center
Event For
3-9 year olds
Cost
$50/3-4 year olds, $100/5-9 year olds
Organization
Des Moines Menace
Contact
Sydney Tatam
Phone
515-457-6367
Information
Junior Menace is a soccer program for BOYS and GIRLS, ages 3 to 9. It is designed for all ability levels and we definitely encourage beginners! This is a great program to learn basic soccer skills if your child has never played before.