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Valley Key Club Carnival and Movie Night

Date
April 19 - 6:00 p.m.
Location
Valley High School Gym
Event For
PK-12
Cost
Free
Organization
Valley Key Club
Contact
Haley Moehlis
Phone
515-633-4065
Information
Valley Key Club is hosting a carnival and movie night at Valley High School in the gym. The event is free (suggested donation of $1/guest is encouraged and canned food item). Carnival games, service projects, food, & the movie "UP." Carnival from 6-7 p.m.; movie at 7 p.m. Bring pillows/blankets for the movie!

Saturday Sports with Courage League Sports

Date
April 20 (all day)
Location
Westridge Elementary School: 5500 EP True Parkway
Event For
ages 7 and older
Cost
$45 for 4-week session
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4022
Information
Courage League Sports is gearing up for another session of soccer. We will offer Team Sports and Chaamps on Saturday mornings starting March 30. This session will be held at Westridge Elementary in West Des Moines.

Earth Day Stories on the Patio

Date
April 22 - 6:30 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Celebrate Earth Day with a local storyteller on the outdoor patio at the Jester Park Nature Center.

One More is TOO Many: Central Iowa Symposium on Youth Suicide Prevention and Mental Health

Date
April 26 (all day)
Location
DMACC, Ankeny Campus, Building 5 Conference Center
Event For
students in middle school and high school, parents and guardians, and educators
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Suicide Prevention Coalition and DMACC
Contact
Lu Ann Barnes
Phone
515-577-7751
Information
This interactive symposium provides core sessions on youth suicide prevention and mental health, breakouts, and panel discussions, including student- lead sessions, to help participants develop action plans for raising awareness and proactive prevention efforts in their own schools and communities.

Tire Rack Street Survival

Date
April 28 - 8:30 a.m.
Location
DMACC parking lot, 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA
Event For
teen drivers
Cost
$95
Organization
Iowa Chapter BMW Car Club of American and Des Moines Valley RegionSports Car Club of America
Contact
Kathleen Talbot
Phone
515-490-5833
Information
Tire Rack Street Survival is sponsored by the BMW Car Club of America Foundation & the Sports Car Club of America Foundation. It is a nonprofit, one day event. It is not intended to replace drivers' ed programs such as Street Smarts. Street Survival offers valuable experience for teenagers drivers.

Courage League Sports Spring 2019 Programming

Date
April 30 (all day)
Location
Valley Community Center
Event For
all ages
Cost
$45 for 4-week session
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4022
Information
CLS is expanding our reach. We are coming to your neighborhood! Starting the week of April 1, we will be offering programming on Thursday nights at Valley Community Center. Check out our spring opportunities!

YESS Duck Derby

Date
May 4 - 12:00 p.m.
Location
Jordan Creek Town Center Lake
Event For
all ages
Cost
Free
Organization
YESS
Contact
Kristin Huinker
Phone
515-282-9377
Information
Join the Flock and enjoy free kids' and family activities including live performances, food samples, a hands-on look at construction trucks and emergency vehicles, activity booths, and handouts from event partners, and inflatables, games, crafts, and other outdoor activities.

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!

Tom Karpan Relays

Date
May 16 - 5:00 p.m.
Location
Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave.
Event For
ages 5-14
Cost
Free
Organization
West Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Contact
Kevin Fitzgerald
Phone
515-222-3444
Information
Free track meet! Participants can qualify for State Track and Field Meet in Marshalltown.

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.

Valley High School Girls’ Basketball Summer Camp

Date
June 1 (all day)
Location
Valley Fieldhouse
Event For
Grades 9-12
Cost
$100
Organization
Valley Girls' Basketball
Contact
Joe Sigrist
Information
This camp ensures prospective Valley High School players are fine-tuning skills that will allow them to grow as players and prepare them for the basketball season. Team camp is 8-10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in June. Attendees can also go to the Creighton Camp on June 21-23 and the Simpson Camp on June 25.

Des Moines Social Club Summer Camp

Date
June 3 (all day)
Location
Des Moines Social Club
Event For
grades K-8
Cost
$175-280
Organization
Des Moines Social Club
Contact
Monica Dreasher
Phone
515-369-3672
Information
We’re always coming up with new things at DMSC! Join us this summer for some old favorites and new experiences for either a full-day or half-day weekly summer camp. Once you’ve registered, please complete a 2019 Summer Camp Registration Packet and email it to monica@desmoinessocialcamp.org

Menace Camps

Date
June 3 (all day)
Location
Menace Practice Fields - West end of SE 11th St, Grimes
Event For
ages 3-14
Cost
$49-150
Organization
Des Moines Menace
Contact
Evan Janssen
Phone
515-457-6367
Information
This is a fun, fast-paced environment for kids who are interested in learning how to play soccer in a safe environment.

Valley Wrestling Summer Camp

Date
June 3 - 8:00 a.m.
Location
Valley High School wrestling room
Event For
Grades 2-12
Cost
$55
Organization
Valley Wrestling
Contact
Travis Young
Information
This camp will introduce a series of techniques that when followed will allow a wrestler great opportunity to succeed. Techniques that will be covered include: stance, motion, penetration, singles, doubles, fireman’s carries, rides, reversals, and pinning combinations. Other facets of wrestling that will be discussed include: weight lifting, conditioning, and live wrestling.

Crime Scene Investigation Camp

Date
June 10 (all day)
Location
DMACC Ankeny Campus
Event For
students entering grades 6-9
Cost
$145
Organization
Des Moines Area Community College
Contact
Jill Whitson
Phone
515-256-4907
Information
This exciting, educational, hands-on, biotechnology CSI camp is filled with multiple exercises led by DMACC Criminal Justice and Biotechnology faculty. Students will immerse themselves in a world of forensic science, crime scene investigation, security, and intelligence.

Valley Girls’ Basketball Youth Summer Camps

Date
June 10 - 8:00 a.m.
Location
Valley Southwoods
Event For
Grades 3-8
Cost
$85
Organization
Valley Girls' Basketball
Contact
Joe Sigrist
Information
Future Tiger basketball camps will provide a fun atmosphere for campers to learn the fundamentals of basketball. Campers will participate in games, drills, and friendly competitions throughout the week

Discoveries Summer Program

Date
June 10 - 8:00 a.m.
Location
Iowa State University
Event For
grades 7-8 (fall 2019)
Cost
$450
Organization
Admissions Early Outreach
Contact
Chelsea Pilipiszyn
Phone
515-294-1772
Information
An exciting program designed with the needs of seventh- and eighth-graders in mind, students enroll in a course that is four full days of non-residential programming allowing them to dive deeper into their subject material. Campers in this program eat lunch on campus in a dining center with our team.

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.

Drake Football Camps

Date
June 10 - 1:30 p.m.
Location
Drake Stadium
Event For
Grades 7-12
Cost
$145 (before June 1); $165 (after June 1)
Organization
239-839-5378
Contact
Joshua D. Nash
Phone
239-839-5378
Information
Our goal is to have a lot of fun while teaching the fundamental skills at multiple positions and playing games. Our staff and players are high energy and we have a blast.

Young Writers’ Workshop

Date
June 14 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust St. in Des Moines
Event For
grades 7-12
Cost
$150
Organization
State Historical Society of Iowa/Iowa Historical Foundation
Contact
Jeff Morgan
Phone
515-281-5111
Information
How does where you come from enrich your writing? Find out when you join award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill of Chicago for the Young Writers’ Workshop. Tour the museum’s archives, discover an artifact in the Visible Vault exhibit, and weave the past into fiction that reflects you as a writer.

Young Writers’ Workshop

Date
June 14 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust St., Des Moines
Event For
grades 7-12
Cost
$150
Organization
State Historical Museum of Iowa
Contact
Jennifer Cooley
Phone
515-281-5111
Information
Join award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill of Chicago for the Young Writers' Workshop. You'll take a tour of the museum's archives, discover the story behind an artifact in the Visible Vault exhibition, and weave the past into fiction that reflects you as a writer.

2019 Valley Volleyball Summer Camps

Date
June 17 (all day)
Location
Valley Fieldhouse
Event For
Grades 3-12
Cost
$90-$150
Organization
Valley Volleyball
Contact
Brad Rose
Information
A series of skills and competition camps hosted by the Valley High School volleyball program.

Adventures Summer Program

Date
June 17 - 8:00 a.m.
Location
Iowa State University
Event For
grades 3-6 (fall 2019)
Cost
$200/course
Organization
Admissions Early Outreach
Contact
Chelsea Pilipiszyn
Phone
515-295-1772
Information
Students in Adventures have the opportunity to learn about exciting subject areas in a fun-filled environment. The Adventures program for rising third- through sixth-grade students consists of half-day (non-residential) classes giving students an opportunity to take one to four classes during the two weeks.

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.

Valley Tigers Boys’ Basketball Youth Summer Camp

Date
June 17 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Valley Fieldhouse
Event For
Grades 2-5
Cost
$85
Organization
Valley Boys' Basketball
Contact
B.J. Windhorst
Information
Learn the new “Valley Way” of basketball in a fun and positive environment, which emphasizes fundamentals, teamwork, and individual improvement! Camp runs June 17-20.

Tiger Tough Strength and Conditioning Camp—Summer 2019

Date
June 17 - 10:00 a.m.
Location
Valley High School
Event For
Grades 7-8
Cost
$60
Organization
Indian Hills and Stilwell junior highs
Contact
Zac Sinram
Phone
515-633-4703
Information
Tiger Tough Strength and Conditioning Summer Camp for lasts June 17-July 25. The camp is offering two sessions—Mondays and Wednesdays and Tuesdays and Thursdays—and meets 10-11 a.m. in Valley High School's weight room and Tiger Field. This strength and conditioning camp focuses on age-appropriate exercises.

Valley Boys’ Tennis Summer Camp

Date
June 24 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Valley Southwoods Tennis Courts
Event For
Grades PK-8
Cost
Below 1st Grade: $30; Grades 1-4: $60; Grades 5-8: $90
Organization
Valley Boys' Tennis
Contact
T.J. Cox
Information
This camp focuses on the basics of tennis, stroke technique, scoring, and fun!

Explorations Summer Program

Date
July 7 - 8:00 a.m.
Location
Iowa State University
Event For
grades 9-11 (fall 2019)
Cost
$1,500
Organization
Admissions Early Outreach
Contact
Chelsea Pilipiszyn
Phone
515-294-1772
Information
Rising ninth- through 11th-grade students are invited to take advantage of the in-depth and exciting programming through a week-long Explorations program. Students have the opportunity to stay in a residence hall on Iowa State’s campus while spending their days in an engaging academic course.

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.

Valley Girls’ Soccer Summer Camp

Date
July 15 - 8:00 a.m.
Location
Tiger Field
Event For
Grades K-12
Cost
K-5; $65; 6-12: $85
Organization
Valley Girls' Soccer
Contact
Rob Chapman
Information
This camp focuses on the technical, tactical, cognitive, and physical abilities in the game of soccer. Campers will have a balance of games, drills, and fun.

Valley Tigers Boys’ Basketball Grades 6-8 Summer Camp

Date
July 29 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Valley Fieldhouse
Event For
Grades 6-8
Cost
$85
Organization
Valley Boys' Basketball
Contact
B.J. Windhorst
Information
Learn the new “Valley Way” of basketball in a fun and positive environment, which emphasizes fundamentals, teamwork, and individual improvement! Camp runs July 29-Aug. 1.

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.

Des Moines Performing Arts Summer Camps

Date
August 2 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Des Moines Civic Center
Event For
entering grades 3-12 or entering college in fall 2019
Cost
$250-495
Organization
Des Moines Performing Arts
Contact
Lynnae Lathrop, Education Program Coordinator – Camps
Phone
515-246-2360
Information
Young people will sharpen their skills, stretch their imaginations, and create unique memories through a variety of Des Moines Performing Arts education opportunities with theater professionals as the instructors.

Courage League Sports 2019 Summer Camp

Date
August 9 (all day)
Location
JC Park Shelter, West Des Moines
Cost
$30 per session
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4022
Information
Over the course of the summer, CLS will offer a wide variety of summer camp opportunities for kids of all ages!

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.

Des Moines Community Playhouse Summer Theatre Camps

Date
August 16 (all day)
Location
Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For
grades K-12 (fall 2019)
Organization
Des Moines Community Playhouse
Contact
Robin Heldt Spahr
Phone
515-974-5365
Information
The Playhouse offers a full schedule of camps, offering a wide variety of theatre experiences for students entering grades K-12. Whether it's creative drama, devised theatre, or Performance Academy, we have something for students of all levels of experience.

Camp Fire Summer Camps!

Date
August 17 (all day)
Organization
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
Contact
Marilyn Bagley
Phone
515-274-1501
Information
Camp Fire offers day camps, overnight camps, environmental education, and short-term outdoor programs that include day trips. At camp, youth from different backgrounds develop important skills, such as self-reliance and problem-solving, while interacting with friends and nature.