Educational

National Public Works Week Celebration

Date
May. 24 - 4:00 pm
Location
300 Block of Fifth St.
Event For
all families
Organization
City of West Des Moines Public Services
Contact
Peggy Englehart
Phone
515-222-3545
Information
Everything is free at this fun event! Explore large equipment, get your face painted, pick some balloons... and learn about Public Works!

Seeds of Faith 2018-19 Preschool Enrollment

Date
May. 31
Location
10395 University Ave., Clive, IA
Event For
Families with children ages 2-5
Cost
$70-100 (registration fee, secures a spot in a class)
Organization
Seeds of Faith Early Learning Center
Contact
Heidi LaBounty
Phone
(515) 689-8334
Information
Seeds of Faith is a quality half-day preschool program for children ages 2-5. We invite families to register for the 2018-19 preschool classes.

Fishing Basics

Date
Jun. 1 - 9:00 am
Location
Fort Des Moines Park, shelter #1, 7200 SE 5th St., Des Moines
Event For
all ages
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Learn about the different kinds of fish in Iowa, fishing safety, casting, and how to tie a hook. It is Free Fishing Weekend in Iowa, so no license is needed. Bait and poles will be provided. Feel free to bring a chair to sit in. No registration required.

Dragons in Polk County

Date
Jun. 1 - 6:30 pm
Location
Jester Park, meet at Shelter #5 11407 NW Jester Park Drive, Granger
Event For
all ages
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
We have dragons living in Polk County; dragonflies and damselflies that is. Come learn about these amazing aerialists! We’ll even try to catch some! No registration required.

Pond Study

Date
Jun. 2 - 10:00 am
Location
Yellow Banks Park, 6801 SE 32nd Ave., Pleasant Hill
Event For
all ages
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Come discover what creatures live in and around a pond. All sampling equipment will be provided. No registration required.

Young Writers’ Workshop

Date
Jun. 15
Location
State Historical Museum of Iowa
Event For
middle and high school
Cost
$150 workshop fee
Organization
State Historical Museum of Iowa
Contact
Jennifer Cooley
Phone
515-281-5111
Information
Join the ranks of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe and learn how to write short-story fiction when award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill of Chicago returns to the State Historical Museum of Iowa. Tour the museum vault and write a short fictional story based on Iowa history.

Jump Start

Date
Jul. 2
Location
Crossroads Park Elementary, 1050 50th St., West Des Moines
Event For
For students entering grades 1-5
Cost
$150
Organization
WDMCS Community Education
Contact
Sue Otte
Phone
515-633-5001
Information
Jump Start is a fun week filled with activities designed to help students prepare for the upcoming school year. Each morning will be spent refreshing students’ math, reading, and writing skills, while the afternoons will be filled with art, computers, P.E., and science!

Youth Tech Inc.

Date
Jul. 2
Location
Valley Southwoods Freshman High School, 625 S. 35th St., West Des Moines
Event For
ages 10-17
Cost
$160-175
Organization
WDMCS Community Education
Contact
Sue Otte
Phone
515-633-5001
Information
Youth Tech Inc. is an interactive computer camp that focuses on providing enrichment opportunities to students in the world of computers. www.youthtechinc.com

Science Exploration

Date
Jul. 23
Location
Crossroads Park Elementary, 1050 50th St., West Des Moines
Event For
students entering grades 1-7
Cost
$80-160
Organization
WDMCS Community Education
Contact
Sue Otte
Phone
515-633-5001
Information
Explore a variety of stimulating science subjects! You have the option of signing your child up for one of the morning sessions, one of the afternoon sessions, or both!

Living History Farms Day Camps

Date
Aug. 10
Location
Living History Farms
Event For
Grades K-8
Cost
varies by camp
Organization
Living History Farms
Contact
Christa Kirsh-Paulson
Phone
515-278-5286
Information
Living History Farms, offering summer day camps for children focusing on history, science, outdoors, and fun; allowing campers to fill their days with hands-on activities, a creek walk, and visits to Living History Farms’ historic sites.