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Mother Son Dance

Date
February 15 - 6:30 p.m.
Location
Faith Lutheran Church, Clive (10395 University Avenue)
Event For
Grades PK-6
Cost
$30
Organization
Faith Lutheran Church - Children & Family Ministry
Contact
Andrea Stone
Phone
515-225-8334
Information
GAME ON - Now moms, grandmas, aunts, special neighbors—you name it—get to take their sons, grandsons, nephews, and favored ones to have some fun on the dance floor at Faith Lutheran Church’s Sixth Annual Mother Son Dance.

Future Valley Dance Middle School Clinic & Performance

Date
February 16 - 9:15 a.m.
Location
Valley Southwoods/Valley High School gymnasiums
Event For
Grades 7-8
Cost
$35
Contact
Tessa Kelly
Information
Future VDT members will learn a dance routine PLUS have an information meeting on what it is like to be a member of the dance team and have the opportunity to ask questions with coaches and dancers. Members will perform on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Future Valley Dancer Elementary Clinic & Performance

Date
February 16 - 9:15 a.m.
Location
Valley Southwoods/Valley High School gymnasiums
Event For
Grades K-6
Cost
$35
Contact
Tessa Kelly
Information
Future VDT members will learn a dance routine PLUS have an information meeting on what it is like to be a member of the dance team and have the opportunity to ask questions with coaches and dancers. Members will perform a show on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Tracks & Scat

Date
February 17 - 1:00 p.m.
Location
Brown's Woods
Event For
all ages
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Join a naturalist to explore off the beaten path as we search for signs of wildlife in this beautiful forest.

Seven Oaks Ski Trip

Date
February 18 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Seven Oaks, Boone (transportation from Clive Parks and Rec provided)
Event For
Grades 4-8
Cost
$75
Organization
Clive Parks and Recreation
Contact
Tiffany Belieu
Phone
515-223-5246
Information
Let's go skiing! Participants will leave from and return to the Clive Parks and Recreation office. A mini lesson is offered as part of the package. Remember to dress warmly. Bring a sack lunch and snacks and/or money to purchase from concessions.

Critter Club

Date
February 18 - 10:30 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
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 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Mammals of Iowa

Date
February 18 - 1:00 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Join a naturalist to learn about the wild mammals of Iowa. Feel animal furs and make an animal track sheet.

Tiger Tough Winter 2019 Strength and Conditioning Camp

Date
February 19 - 5:30 p.m.
Location
Valley Fieldhouse
Event For
Grades 7-8
Cost
$35
Contact
Alex Dreier
Phone
515-633-6005
Information
Four-week camp that focuses on age-appropriate exercises: mobility, flexibility, core control/stability, running, upper/lower strength power, agility, and plyometrics. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Feb. 19 and ending March 14. Please note: This camp has a capacity of 60 students.

Outdoors Afterschool

Date
February 20 - 2:30 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Outdoor Rec & Wellness Center
Event For
ages 12 and up
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Early out Wednesday and looking for something fun, active, and educational for your teen? We’ll provide instruction, equipment, and hands-on activities to keep your teen active and engaged. Activities will include archery, air rifle, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, canoeing, geocaching, and more!

Totally Treble Festival

Date
February 23 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
The Bridge Church 10025 NW 62nd Street, Johnston, IA
Event For
girls in grades 5-12
Cost
$20
Organization
Heartland Youth Choir
Contact
Kim Novy
Phone
515-221-3922
Information
Our Totally Treble Festival is a one-day event for girls in grades 5-12. Attendees will work with the a cappella group Boots & Cats from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and Heartland Youth Choir staff. Please see event flyer for more information and registration.

Antler Shed Hunt

Date
February 23 - 1:00 p.m.
Location
Thomas Mitchell Park, meet at park shop
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Learn tips on finding shed antlers and then head outside to find sheds that have been hidden around the park just for you!

Middle School Ski Trip!

Date
February 23 - 6:00 p.m.
Location
Drop off location: 5615 Hickman Rd Des Moines, IA 50310
Event For
grades 5-10
Cost
$85 per child
Organization
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
Contact
Arika Graybill
Phone
515-274-1501
Information
Join us for an overnight trip up to Seven Oaks Recreation for the Outrageous Ski Trip! Price includes transportation, rental fees, meals, and snacks. Cost does not include helmet rental. Campers may bring additional money to spend at concessions.

Bald Eagle Watch

Date
February 24 - 12:00 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Lodge
Event For
Public
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Stop by the Saylorville Visitor’s Center to learn about the bald eagle, then venture outside to view them in their natural habitat. Jester Park Lodge will host a live eagle used for education. Hourly programs start at 1 p.m.

West Des Moines Soccer Club Spring Recreational League

Date
February 28 (all day)
Location
Raccoon River Soccer Fields
Event For
all ages
Organization
West Des Moines Soccer Club
Contact
Traci Froehlich
Information
Join one of our recreational soccer leagues for players born between 2004 and 2015. Register for 4U Mini-Kickers, 5U/6U Cubs, 7U/8U Pre-Academy, and 9U - 15U Recreational teams! No 16U+ teams available in spring.

Family STEM Institute: Exploring Engineering

Date
February 28 - 5:30 p.m.
Location
Science Center of Iowa
Event For
parents with children ages 0-8
Cost
Registration for one adult and one child is $25 ($15 for SCI Members). Additional children or adults are $10 each. Children under 3 are free, and childcare is available.
Organization
Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
Contact
Hannah Little
Phone
515-274-6868
Information
Learn how you can use hands-on experiences—like playing with 3-D shapes, building LEGO bricks, and using measurement tools—to teach your child how to think like an engineer. Led by early childhood experts from the SCI Preschool, this workshop is designed for parents with children ages 0 to 8.

Polk County Conservation Book Worms February Meeting

Date
February 28 - 7:00 p.m.
Location
Plot Twist Bookstore
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss "The Hidden Life of Trees" by Peter Wohllenben.

West Des Moines Soccer Club—Spring 2019 Season

Date
March 1 (all day)
Event For
Ages 3 to 15
Cost
$75-$275
Organization
West Des Moines Soccer Club
Information
The West Des Moines Soccer Club offers playing opportunities for children ages 3 – 14 this Spring and welcomes all skill levels. Our specialized player development program focuses on educating each player while fostering a greater love for the sport of soccer.

Camp Fire Winter Programs

Date
March 1 (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
Arika Graybill
Phone
515-274-1501
Information
Camp Fire is an all inclusive, youth development non-profit. We run programs for youth of all ages. With overnights, day camps, middle school programs, and a ski trip, we have something for everybody! Please consider the flyer to see the many programs that we are offering this winter!

Valley Girls’ Soccer Clinic

Date
March 2 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Valley Southwoods
Event For
girls in grades 3-8
Cost
$40
Organization
Valley Girls' Soccer
Contact
Rob Chapman
Phone
515-577-6399
Information
The Valley girls' soccer coaches and varsity players will work with future players to improve foot skills and technical play through the fundamentals of soccer and age-appropriate training drills. Every training session will begin with a strong foundation of technical moves and drills.

Courage League Sports – Paint Pals

Date
March 5 - 5:30 p.m.
Location
4405 121st St., Urbandale, IA 50323
Event For
third grade and older
Cost
$5 per person per session
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4022
Information
Do you love to paint? Not quite sure where to begin? Join us for step-by-step instructions to create a masterpiece!

Toddler Tales

Date
March 6 - 10:00 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
ages 3-6
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Let your imagination run wild with this fun, nature-themed storytime! Hear a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets, or a craft.

Iowa State University College of Design — Spring 2019 Open House

Date
March 8 - 1:00 p.m.
Location
715 Bissell Rd., Ames, IA 50011
Event For
grades 11-12
Cost
Free
Organization
Iowa State University
Contact
Jennifer Anderson
Phone
515-294-7415
Information
Join us for our twice-annual Open House to get an in-depth look at all nine majors offered by Iowa State University's College of Design. Come tour our facilities and watch classes in action, engage with current students in our Q&A session, and meet faculty through breakout sessions for your desired major.

Clive Parks and Rec. 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

Date
March 9 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
South Middle School (Waukee)
Event For
students grades 4-12
Cost
$75
Organization
Clive Parks and Recreation
Contact
Jeff Lucas
Phone
515-867-5127
Information
This is our 19th annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Awards are given to top teams in age/gender brackets. Teams are guaranteed three games.

Loop the Lake

Date
March 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
all ages
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Join a PCC Naturalist for a leisurely hike around the Discovery Pond trail. Discover the many unique features of this park as we “Loop the Lake.” All ages and abilities welcome. Meet at patio level of the Jester Park Nature Center.

Iowa Reptiles

Date
March 9 - 1:00 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Nikki Dunbar
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Discover a few of the reptiles that call Iowa home. Meet a live snake and ornate box turtle.

Outdoors Afterschool

Date
March 13 - 2:30 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Outdoor Rec & Wellness Center
Event For
ages 12 and up
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Early out Wednesday and looking for something fun, active, and educational for your teen? We’ll provide instruction, equipment, and hands-on activities to keep your teen active and engaged. Activities will include archery, air rifle, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, canoeing, geocaching, and more!

Mindfulness & Movement Class

Date
March 13 - 6:30 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
$15
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Nikki Dunbar
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
This class will offer ways to connect with breath, body, and the earth, regardless of experience with yoga. Martha McCormick, RYT 200, teaches various level classes at Shakti Yoga Shop, while focusing on the needs of her students. Beverage and snack served following the program.

Coffee & Chat

Date
March 14 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
all ages
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Join us for coffee and conversation to learn about the latest happenings at the Jester Park Nature Center. This is a social hour meant for meeting staff and others who enjoy nature.

West Des Moines Lacrosse Club Registration

Date
March 22 (all day)
Location
West Des Moines
Organization
West Des Moines Lacrosse Club
Contact
Beech Turner
Information
The WDM Lacrosse Club is welcoming all boys and girls in grades 3-12 to register for the upcoming season. To register or for more details, see attached flyer or visit our website.

Lifeguard Certification Course

Date
March 30 (all day)
Location
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Event For
High School
Organization
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Contact
Ann Peterson
Phone
515-471-8509
Information
Multiple courses offered to earn a lifeguard certification or recertify existing lifeguards.

Walnut Creek Baseball

Date
April 15 (all day)
Location
Robert Brownell Complex, 1700 NW 156th Street, Clive, IA
Event For
ages 5-15
Organization
Walnut Creek Baseball
Contact
Joan Johnson
Phone
515-240-1570
Information
Are you ready for some baseball? Walnut Creek Baseball and T-Ball registration are open now. Walnut Creek Baseball League teaches players the fundamentals of baseball in a fun learning environment.

Family STEM Institute: Bits & Bots

Date
April 16 - 5:30 p.m.
Location
Science Center of Iowa
Event For
parents with children ages 0-8
Cost
$25/one adult and one child ($15 for SCI members)
Organization
Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
Contact
Hannah Little
Phone
515-274-6868
Information
This workshop is all about robotics and coding. Learn how you can introduce your child to the fundamentals of programming, robotics, and coding, and explore the ways you can incorporate bits and bots into your child's daily life. Registration for one adult and one child is $25 ($15 for SCI Members). Additional children or adults are $10 each. Children under 3 are free, and childcare is available.

Spring Semester Art Classes

Date
May 12 (all day)
Location
4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312
Organization
Des Moines Art Center
Contact
Mia Farrell
Phone
515-271-0316
Information
Don't miss out on the entirely unexpected studio programs and workshops being offered this spring at the Des Moines Art Center! Our studio art classes are for all ages, any skill level, in a wide variety of mediums. Join us for creative fun and enrichment for the whole family!

Des Moines Community Playhouse School Year Classes and Camps

Date
May 18 (all day)
Location
Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For
Preschool, elementary, and middle school students
Cost
Variable
Organization
Des Moines Community Playhouse
Contact
Robin Heldt Spahr
Phone
515-974-5365
Information
The Des Moines Community Playhouse offers theatre classes and camps for students, preschool through middle school.

JA BizTown Summer Camp 2019

Date
June 10 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
6100 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA
Event For
ages 10-13
Organization
Junior Achievement of Central Iowa
Contact
Tracy Zimmerman
Phone
515-279-9602
Information
JA BizTown Summer Camp is an academic camp designed to educate and enhance the camper's financial literacy learning while infusing entrepreneurship, work, and career readiness, team work, marketing, philanthropy, and public speaking. Early Bird Special: $190 until Feb. 28, 2019, and then goes up to $220/camper.

Gary Swenson Tiger Football Camp—Elementary and Junior High

Date
June 10 - 10:00 a.m.
Location
Valley Field
Event For
Grades 4-8
Cost
$90
Organization
Valley High School Football
Contact
Brad Rose
Information
This is a non-contact skills camp that teaches the fundamentals of football. The camp is June 10-13 from 10 a.m. to noon at Tiger Field.

2019 Valley Tigers Boys’ Soccer Camp

Date
June 17 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Tiger Field
Event For
Ages 6-16
Cost
Ages 6-8: $75; Ages 9-16: $90
Organization
Valley High School Boys' Soccer
Contact
Brad Rose
Information
The camp will focus on the basics and foundations of the game. SESSION 1: June 17-21 SESSION 2: July 8-12 TIMES: Ages 6-8 at 9-10:30 a.m.; Ages 9-16 at 9 a.m. to noon.

SummerSongs! Choir Camp

Date
July 12 (all day)
Location
Grand View University
Event For
grades 4-8
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 7-12, 2019. Please see the flyer for more information and registration.

SummerTunes! Choir Camp

Date
July 12 (all day)
Location
Grand View University
Event For
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 8-12, 2019. Please see the flyer for more information and registration.

Camp Invention Summer STEM Camp

Date
July 15 (all day)
Location
Cowles Montessori School, 6401 College Ave, Des Moines, IA 50324
Event For
all ages
Cost
$235
Organization
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Contact
Jesse Wilcox
Phone
515-450-2759
Information
Unmask your child’s creativity this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program Supercharged. Children transform their imaginations into epic creations. Campers in grades K-6 will code robots, unearth fossils, build boats, and use collaboration and problem solving during hands-on, STEM activities. Camp runs July 15-19.

Gary Swenson Tiger Football Camp—High School

Date
July 29 - 11:30 a.m.
Location
Valley Field
Event For
Grades 9-12
Cost
$90
Organization
Valley High School Football
Contact
Brad Rose
Information
This is a non-contact skills camp that teaches the fundamentals of football. This camp is July 29-August 1 from 4-6 p.m. at Valley Field.

CASA Volunteer Opportunity

Date
August 14 (all day)
Location
Polk County
Organization
Iowa Child Advocacy Board-CASA
Contact
Carrie Phelps
Phone
866-469-2522
Information
The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Polk County is in desperate need of advocates for children in juvenile court. CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for the best interest of abused or neglected children under the court’s jurisdiction.