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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.

Hike and Hot Cocoa

Date
December 13 - 4:00 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
A cold December day is the perfect time to make yourself a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy National Cocoa Day. We’ll start the program with a brisk walk around Discovery Pond and end by enjoying a mug of hot cocoa around a fire.

$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.

Decorate a Tree for Wildlife

Date
December 14 - 10:30 a.m.
Location
Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center
Event For
Public
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Decorating a tree for our feathered friends and other wildlife is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Join us for this hands-on event. Each registered participant will take home a variety of treats to decorate their backyard.

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.

Valley Dance Team Winter Kid’s Clinic

Date
December 17 - 5:15 p.m.
Location
Valley High School
Event For
Students Grades K-6
Cost
$35
Organization
Valley Dance Team
Contact
Tessa Kelly
Phone
712-389-5791
Information
Valley Dance Team Winter Kid’s Clinic & Performance December 17, 2019 Clinic: 5:15-6:45pm at Valley High School Cafeteria Performance: to follow at the Varsity Basketball Game Halftime Cost $35/dancer (includes performance t-shirt, clinic routine, and snack) Registration Due Dec 1st 2019

Light the Night

Date
December 21 - 5:00 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Celebrate winter’s official arrival and the longest night of the year! We will take a short hike along the Discovery Trail lit with luminaries, enjoy a fire under the stars and share a cup of cocoa.

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.

Babysitting Clinic

Date
December 23 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
1900 NW 114th Street, Clive, IA 50325
Event For
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. A digital American Red Cross Babysitter's Training ce

Tracks and Scat

Date
December 26 - 1:00 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Tracks and scat give us lots of clues about the animals that live around us. Even if we don’t see them, we can learn a lot about them by what they leave behind.

Rock Me

Date
December 27 - 10:30 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Come learn the basics of geology. We will discuss what rocks are made of, how they form and three basic rock categories. A large rock and mineral collection will be on display as well and other interesting geological items.

Teen Winter Break Shut-In

Date
December 27 - 5:45 p.m.
Location
Clive Public Library 1900 NW 114th Street, Clive, IA 50325
Event For
Ages 12 - 17
Cost
Free
Organization
Clive Public Library
Contact
Amanda Miller
Phone
515-453-2221
Information
Teens, have you ever wanted to know what it is like to be in the library after hours and in the dark? Tired of the same old winter break activities? Bring friends and make new ones during a super fun shut-in with a pizza party, sugar treats, and a variety of activities (some in the dark) that yo

History for the Holidays

Date
December 28 (all day)
Location
State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust St. in Des Moines
Event For
Grades k-12
Cost
Free
Organization
State Historical Society of Iowa
Contact
Jeff Morgan
Phone
515-281-5111
Information
Warm up your winter break during our statewide celebration of Iowa history this month. Join Goldie's Kids Club as we solve history mysteries; explore Terrace Hill - the historic governor's mansion; enjoy holiday stories and crafts; become super sleuths and watch free movies.

Winter Hike

Date
December 29 - 1:30 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Join the Naturalist for a hike in the winter wonderland looking for animal signs. Dress for the weather.

Critter Club

Date
December 30 - 10:00 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Come visit Jester Park Nature Center’s resident turtles, snakes, and salamanders to learn about these misunderstood animals. You may even get to touch a turtle or snake. This is an open house program, so come anytime between 10-11:30.

Owl Pellet Dissection

Date
December 30 - 1:00 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Come learn about owls of Iowa and their adaptations as predators and their role in the food web. The presentation will be followed by a pellet dissection and analysis.

Courage League Sports Winter Break Camp

Date
December 31 (all day)
Location
Franklin Junior High
Event For
All Students
Cost
$12 - $25
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4021
Information
When kids are out of school for winter break, it can be a recipe for going stir crazy! Courage League is here to help. Come to our 2-day holiday clinic offering a variety of large movement activities for toddlers to teenagers!

Secrets of the Sun

Date
December 31 - 10:30 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Through interactive activities and games, we’ll learn about the characteristics of our Sun and how it compares to other stars in the universe. We’ll also take a look at the Sun through a telescope with a special solar viewing filter.

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.

Fun, Snow and Sled

Date
January 3 (all day)
Location
1801 NW 114th Street, Clive, IA 50325
Event For
Ages 8 - 12
Cost
$50 a day
Organization
Clive Parks and Recreation
Contact
Jeff Lucas
Phone
515-223-5246
Information
All-day camp adventures for winter break.

Seven Oaks Ski Trip

Date
January 3 (all day)
Location
1900 NW 114th Street, Clive, IA 50325
Event For
Grades 4 - 8
Cost
$65
Organization
Clive Parks and Recreation
Contact
Jeff Lucas
Phone
515-223-5246
Information
Looking for something the kids can do on their day off? Clive Parks and Recreation has a great deal for you! Working with Seven Oaks Ski resort, Clive has a trip package saving you time and money.

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.

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!