Youth Programs

Waukee Parks and Recreation organizes a variety of youth programs. View the registration site for more information. Programs can fill up quickly, so do not delay signing up!

Camps & Activities


Take an adventure with a story this fall! 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. Start near the Warrior Lane/Ashworth Drive roundabout and head west along the trail.

Tumbling Tots & Tumbling Tots 2

These 30-minute programs are designed for little gymnasts to learn and increase basic tumbling motions in a group environment. It emphasizes balance and coordination through tumbling moves, exercises and songs. Children must be the required age prior to the start of the session. A parent or guardian must accompany 2- and 3-year-olds. Sessions are available for kids ages 2-5. View dates, costs and register here.

Red Cross Babysitting Training

Build confidence and increase your marketability as a babysitter with the American Red Cross Babysitting Certification class. Participants will gain hands-on practice of life-saving babysitting skills with mannequins. This is a great class for those getting ready to start babysitting on their own or for those who will be in charge of younger siblings for short periods of time. Participants must be at least 11 years old and will need to bring a sack lunch. Each participant will receive a Babysitter’s Training Handbook and a starter kit. Sessions are available for kids ages 11 and older. View dates, costs and register here.

Camp Brainiac: Holiday Edition

Camp Brainiac is popping up over the winter break for a half day of STEM fun with our teachers on December 22. Bring a lunch and join a morning of fun with a holiday-themed, make-and-take project. Available for kids ages 6-12. View date, costs and register here. 

Studio Bea Dance: 2 to Move

Studio Bea Dance’s 30-minute introductory class is designed for parents and their little dancer to bond and have fun. Dancers will gain confidence and improve social and gross motor skills while using their imagination to learn and explore movement. The class is open to children ages 18 months through 3 years old. View dates, costs and register here

Sunflower Fine Art: Fun with Drawing & Painting

Sunflower Fine Art studio is owned by professional artist Tingting S. Beck. Her art has been honored at various professional art competitions, and she has taught art classes for nearly a decade. Youth will learn the basic concepts of drawing with various kinds of medias. The programs combine drawing and painting, realistic and abstract, classic shading and animated design. Classes are available for kids ages 6-17 years old. View dates, costs and register here.

Real Food 4 Kids: Cooking Club

Kids can build a critical life skill while having fun with weekly hands-on cooking classes. Each week, the class will work as a group to make a couple recipes from scratch and then enjoy eating their creations. Along the way, they learn about different ingredients and practice techniques to develop their confidence in the kitchen. Sessions are available for kids ages 6-12. View dates, costs and register here.

Sports & Fitness

Youth Basketball League 

Week 1 for this introductory basketball league focuses on fundamentals with practice, drills and a scrimmage. Weeks two through six include practice and warm-up time before playing scheduled games. The goal of this league is to teach young participants the basic skills and rules of basketball as well as sportsmanship. Coed teams will be formed at random. Available for kids in kindergarten to 3rd grade. View dates, costs and register here.

Volunteer coaches are needed! 

Youth Girls Volleyball League 

Build skills and learn the game of volleyball with this introductory league! This league will teach participants the fundamentals of passing, setting, hitting and serving. Week one will be structured as a practice to learn fundamental skills and drills. Weeks two through six include warm-up time before playing scheduled games. Available for 4th - 7th graders. View dates, costs and register here. 

Volunteer coaches are needed! 

2024 Girls Spring Recreational Softball League 

Players are divided into five leagues based on their school grade level for the 2023-2024 school year. The season runs early April through early June, weather permitting. Online registration is open Dec. 1, 2023 through Feb. 15, 2024. Players must provide their own helmet and ball glove. View dates, costs and register here.  

Volunteer coaches are needed!  

Youth Golf Clinic

Taught by certified US Kids Golf, TPI and PGA Pro, Chelsea Soda, participants are divided into small groups based on age and experience level. They will learn the fundamentals of golf in a fun and challenging environment, along with games and contests. Participants are only allowed to register for one session. Sessions available for kids ages 8-13. View dates, costs and register here.

Dickey’s Ryukyu: Little Ninjas and Karate

Kids learn the basic fundamentals of taekwondo and karate in a developmentally appropriate format. Classes focus on the proper use of martial arts, self- respect, self-discipline and coordination of mind and body. Instructor Dickey Renshi has more than 30 years of martial arts teaching experience. He is an elementary teacher and three-time inductee into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Sessions available for ages 4 to Adult. View dates, costs and register here.

Life Time: Tennis Classes (Outdoor & Indoor)

Trained tennis professionals from Life Time lead classes and provide experienced advice as players learn and perfect tennis fundamentals. Classes range from beginner lessons to more advanced tennis strategies, so players can receive instruction tailored to their skill level. Sessions are available for kids ages 3-16. View dates, costs and register here. 

Life Time: Pickleball Classes 

Learn and hone your pickleball skills with the help of trained instructors from Life Time. Classes will focus on teaching introductory lessons and skills. Sessions are available for kids 7 years old and older. View dates, costs and register here. 

Special Needs Activities

Can Play

Can Play is an organization aiming to increase the positive impacts on youth through the growth and evolution of adaptive and no-cost sports programs. Can Play provides play opportunities for children with physical, cognitive, social, mental, financial or other barriers. Programs include super-hero training, fitness, group games, music/movement and seasonal sports. Participants will also work on social skills development and have lots of fun. To register or for more information, visit

Miracle League Baseball

Join the Parks & Recreation Department for one of our Miracle League baseball seasons. Miracle League is a nationwide organization that creates opportunities for youth with special needs to play baseball for free. Both fall and spring leagues are held on Saturday mornings at Waukee’s Triumph Park on the Greater Iowa Credit Union Field. Each game consists of two innings and community volunteers serve as “buddies” to assist the players throughout the game. It is free to participate. View dates and register here.

Community volunteers are needed! To volunteer, complete this form. Find more information about the Greater Iowa Credit Union Miracle League Field at Triumph Park hereMiracle League: Spring Season