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.

Learn To Skate (LTS) Home-School Group Program

Date
February 4 - 12:00 p.m.
Location
Metro Ice sport Facility: 5100 NW 72ndSt, Urbandale, IA 50322
Event For
There are classes available for all ages and skill levels.
Cost
Each skater - $100/classes* (6 weeks), additional skater in family: $95
Organization
Iowa Figure Skating Academy
Contact
Elena Tobiash
Phone
515-490-5148
Information
The Iowa Figure Skating Academy is proud to offer a new Learn to Skate Home school program for all students (Pre-school, home school).Classes offer your skater the opportunity to work on developing skills for ice sports from figure skating to ice hockey as well as recreational skating.

Drake Athletics’ National Girls and Women in Sport Day Youth Clinic

Date
February 9 - 12:00 p.m.
Location
Knapp Center
Event For
8th grade and under
Cost
Free
Organization
Drake University Athletics
Contact
Aimee Lane
Phone
515-271-4003
Information
Free youth clinic for kids age 8th grade and under in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Learn about different sports from Drake University student-athletes. Each registrant receives a free t-shirt and four complimentary tickets to the women's basketball game following the clinic.

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!

Book Worms

Date
January 30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss "Undaunted Courage" by Stephen E. Ambrose.

Elementary Night at Valley Varsity Basketball Games

Date
January 31 - 6:15 p.m.
Location
Valley High School—Coldiron Fieldhouse
Event For
Grades K-6
Cost
FREE
Organization
Valley Athletics and Activities
Contact
Brad Rose
Information
Join the Valley High School varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball teams on Friday, Jan. 31 for “Elementary Night” as the Tigers host Marshalltown at Coldiron Fieldhouse. West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) K-6 students will receive free admission into the game if they are wearing a school, Tiger, or WDMCS-branded shirt. t the game, WDMCS elementary students can: Receive mini basketballs during giveaways throughout the two games. Shoot baskets during halftime of the boys’ varsity game. Get free posters and autographs from players and coaches of the Valley boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball programs.

Caucus for Cookies at Living History Farms

Date
February 1 - 1:00 p.m.
Location
Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322
Event For
kids 8-13, families
Cost
$7.25/Adults, $6.50/kids, discounts when purchased in advance
Organization
Living History Farms
Contact
Kate Meyer
Phone
515-278-5286
Information
Discover the history and participate in the process of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses as you sample baked goods! Arrive by 1:45pm to participate in the entire caucus process, led by Mayor of Urbandale, Bob Andeweg. Enjoy delicious cookies provided by Hy-Vee and Molly’s Cupcakes.

Learn To Skate (LTS) Home-School Group Program

Date
February 4 - 12:00 p.m.
Location
Metro Ice sport Facility: 5100 NW 72ndSt, Urbandale, IA 50322
Event For
There are classes available for all ages and skill levels.
Cost
Each skater - $100/classes* (6 weeks), additional skater in family: $95
Organization
Iowa Figure Skating Academy
Contact
Elena Tobiash
Phone
515-490-5148
Information
The Iowa Figure Skating Academy is proud to offer a new Learn to Skate Home school program for all students (Pre-school, home school).Classes offer your skater the opportunity to work on developing skills for ice sports from figure skating to ice hockey as well as recreational skating.

Drake Athletics’ National Girls and Women in Sport Day Youth Clinic

Date
February 9 - 12:00 p.m.
Location
Knapp Center
Event For
8th grade and under
Cost
Free
Organization
Drake University Athletics
Contact
Aimee Lane
Phone
515-271-4003
Information
Free youth clinic for kids age 8th grade and under in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Learn about different sports from Drake University student-athletes. Each registrant receives a free t-shirt and four complimentary tickets to the women's basketball game following the clinic.

Sweetheart Dance

Date
February 9 - 4:00 p.m.
Location
WDM Sheraton Hotel, 1800 50th St, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Event For
Elementary students
Cost
ages 4-11 (with an adult)
Organization
WDM Parks and Recreation
Contact
Jodie Weeks
Phone
515-222-3645
Information
Join us for this annual community event that provides a unique opportunity for ANY & ALL SWEETHEARTS to spend an evening together. Join us for a child-friendly, Italian meal served buffet-style along with dessert, and a video DJ with two huge video screens and family-friendly music.

Tae Kwon Do

Date
February 11 (all day)
Location
1801 NW 114th Street, Clive , IA 50325
Event For
Ages 6 and older
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.

West Des Moines Girls Softball—Recreation League

Date
February 15 (all day)
Location
West Des Moines - Holiday Park Softball Complex
Event For
Pre-K - 10th Grade
Organization
West Des Moines Girls Softball
Information
All girls are welcome and the focus is on fundamentals of softball: fielding, hitting, and sportsmanship. Tees are used at younger ages and kid-pitch is gradually introduced as they get older. Come have fun with us this Spring!

Mother-Son Dance

Date
February 15 - 6:00 p.m.
Location
Faith Lutheran Church: 10395 University Avenue
Event For
elementary families
Cost
$30
Organization
Faith Lutheran Church
Contact
Andrea Stone
Phone
515-225-8334
Information
Moms, grandmas, aunts, and neighbors: Come have some fun on the dance floor with your sons, grandsons, nephews, and friends! Photo booth, games, crafts, snacks, and a dessert bar!

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.

Iowa State University Baseball Youth Clinic

Date
March 1 - 12:00 p.m.
Location
Lied Recreation Center in Ames, IA
Event For
ages 5-13
Organization
Iowa State Baseball
Contact
Samuel Cole
Phone
515-326-4801
Information
The Iowa State baseball team is putting on a Youth Clinic to help kids with pitching and hitting fundamentals.

Camp Fire Winter Programs!

Date
March 3 (all day)
Location
Drop off location: 5615 Hickman Rd Des Moines, IA 50310
Event For
Grades K-12
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!

Living History Farms’ Spring Break Camp

Date
March 20 (all day)
Location
Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322
Event For
grades 2-5
Organization
Living History Farms
Contact
Kate Meyer
Phone
515-278-5286
Information
Enjoy a special Spring Break without the hassles of traveling a long distance! Sign your child up for a 1-day or 5-day camp full of hands-on, interactive activities, or sign the whole family up for a 1-day experience at the 1900 Farm.

Tiger Lacrosse Registration

Date
April 1 (all day)
Location
West Des Moines
Organization
West Des Moines Lacrosse Club
Contact
Beech Turner
Phone
515-201-9923
Information
Registration is open for the upcoming spring season. Students in grades 3-12 are invited to join. No experience is necessary. New players can try the sport for a few sessions before making a commitment. See flyer for more details.

Lifeguard Certification Courses

Date
April 1 (all day)
Location
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Event For
High School
Cost
$200.00
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. 5 New Certification classes and 4 Review classes January-March 2020.

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.

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.

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.

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!