Youth Camps & Activities

Waukee Parks and Recreation aims to provide quality, fun-filled recreational activities for children of all ages and abilities.  View the current program guide for detailed information about times, locations, and costs. 

All-Star Sports Camp

This half-day camp is perfect for any sports enthusiast. Each day, participants will be engaged in activities including soccer, flag football, disc golf, kickball, capture the flag, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, Lacrosse, yoga and other classic physical education activities. Ages 5 -10 years. Register

Art in the Park

Put on your Picasso painting hat - it’s time to get artistic! Artists will be able to create a variety of age-appropriate masterpieces, including a personalized canvas, a collective group project and a self-portrait. We may get messy, so please have your artist wear appropriate clothing. Ages 5 - 10 years. Register

Cheer Camp

The Parks & Recreation Department is partnering with the Waukee High School Cheerleading Squad to offer a four-day Cheerleading Camp. This camp will provide girls and boys with an opportunity to learn cheerleading techniques and new cheers.
Ages 5 - 10.  Register

Courage League Sports

Courage League Sports is an adaptive sports and recreational program for children and adults with special needs - including physical, cognitive, social and emotional challenges. Located in Urbandale and offering year-round programming Monday through Saturday, Courage League Sports provides opportunities for every age group. All ages welcome. See program guide for more information.

Explore the Outdoors and More

Get away from the electronics and back into nature! This camp will include nature play in different parks and creek beds, activities that help children relate with natural elements and a field trip to the Kuehn Conservation Center. Join us for an exciting week of nature, fun and learning. Ages 5 - 10 years. Register

Food Science Laboratory

Hands-on activities focus on food science through the use of chemistry, biology and math in a “kitchen laboratory” setting. Understand “The Power of Protein Chemistry” and investigate “The Inner Mysteries of Fruits and Vegetables.” Grades 6 - 8. Register

Home Alone Awareness

Thinking of leaving your child at home alone this summer? Make sure they are safe! This class is taught by the Waukee Police and Fire Departments. They will provide educational tools and safety tips to help keep your child safe and aware of dangers in and around your house. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Grades K - 5. Register

Kid Fit Camp

Bring your child to meet new friends and to polish large and gross motor skills. Each 30-minute class will consist of games, songs, music and movement. The kids will leave happily worn out. We encourage parents/guardians to stay and enjoy the fun. Ages 3 - 5 years old. Register

Kids Cook

Milk and cookies may be a classic, but there are plenty of other easy-to-make snack options full of flavor and nutrition. Enjoy these hands-on cooking classes taught by Waukee Hy-Vee Dietitian Erin Good, and learn to prepare delicious snacks with a healthy twist. Grades 5 - 8. Register

Racing Challenge with Radio Controlled Cars

Performing as engineers, participants will work together to design a logo and modify a race vehicle for superior performance. Use math and physics to calibrate suspension, adjust tires and alter other factors to improve performance and aerodynamics.
Grades 6 - 8. Register

Red Cross Babysitting Training

Attend the American Red Cross Babysitting Certification class and gain life experience by practicing babysitting skills on manikins and with other participants. Participants must be 11 years old and need to bring a sack lunch. Each participant will receive a Babysitter’s Training Handbook and a starter kit. Ages 11 years & upRegister

Soccer & Spanish 8-Week Program

This high-energy program introduces toddlers and young children to organized group play and focuses on developing their large motor skills while teaching them soccer basics. Led by internationally qualified soccer coaches and Spanish language experts, each class is designed for little ones to experience the joy of playing soccer and being active while learning basic Spanish naturally. Ages 2 - 5 years. See program guide for more information. 

Soccer & Spanish Summer Camp

Children will thrive in the exciting, fun atmosphere generated by our internationally qualified coaches and love the daily themes and soccer challenges! Each day players will participate in a variety of fun challenges and exciting games designed to enhance their soccer skills. The curriculum is designed for children to develop their soccer skills and also offers Spanish language immersion at the same time. Ages 4 - 9 years. See program guide for more information. 

Splish-Splash Camp

Cool off this summer and travel to three different greater metro area aquatic centers. Make sure to pack sunscreen, a towel, goggles and snack money. Participants will be transported by the Parks & Recreation staff during camp. Ages 8 - 12 years. Register

Storytime in the Park

The Waukee Parks & Recreation Department partners with the Waukee Public Library to offer this FREE program to young bookworms. Enjoy themed story books including cats, dogs, trains, numbers and bears followed by a different craft or activity each day following the stories. All ages welcome. Story will be geared toward children 5 years old and younger. 


Take an adventure with a story! The Waukee Public Library and the Parks & Recreation Department have joined together to promote literature and exercise. Enjoy a different book each month displayed along the Heart of the Warrior Trail. All ages welcome. 

Summer Fun Camp

Join us for an action packed week of summer fun. Participants in this camp will enjoy field trips and playing games and activities in the park for a total of five days of camp with lots of activities to enjoy. Ages 8 - 12 years. Register

Super Snackers

Waukee’s next top chef might be in your own house — let us help you find out! Chefs will learn new, fun and healthy summer snack ideas they can make any time of the year. Grades 3 - 4. Register

Tot Lot 

Romp, stomp and play! We have the set-up to meet your children’s activity and social needs. With toddler toys ranging from blocks to tunnels and mats, there’s no shortage of action here. We provide the fun. This is a non-structured activity. Tot Lot is held during the colder months of the year. Its last session was held March 30. Look for fall and winter dates later this year. Toddlers welcome.

Tumbling Tots

This 30-minute, developmental play program is a very basic beginning program for little ones designed to get them exploring large motor movements in a group environment. It emphasizes balance and coordination through basic tumbling moves, exercises and songs. Ages 2 - 3 years. Register

Tumbling Tots 2

This 30-minute program is designed for little gymnasts to learn and increase their basic tumbling motions. They will improve upon their tumbling skills and movements, coordination, strength and balance, by learning somersaults, front flips, back flips and more. Ages 4 - 5 years. Register

Waukee Adaptive Sports Day at Centennial Park

Enjoy a morning of activities specifically designed for those with special needs. Courage League’s program staff will be leading some of your favorite field games adapted to the skill level of participants. We guarantee a fun-filled morning of play and socialization. Free to attend. Please RSVP to info@CourageLeagueSports.comAll ages welcome. See program guide for more information. 

Youth in the Parks

This week-long service learning camp gives participants a chance to learn about community betterment by volunteering at various locations in Waukee and surrounding areas. The camp consists of morning volunteer activities, while the afternoons are filled with fun field trips. Ages 5 - 10 years. Register