Youth Programs (Fall/Winter)

New Year Family


New Year's Family Kit - $30

Countdown to 2023 has begun! What better way to ring in the New Year than having fun with the family? The Urbandale Parks and Recreation department is here to help! With our New Year's Family Kits, you can have fun in the comfort of your own home. For just $30, you will get all the supplies needed to welcome in 2023. Our kits offer masks, hats, noise makers, snacks, and activities for the whole family to be a part of! If your New Year's resolution is to spend more time with family, then this is perfect for you. Delivery is limited to LESS than 5.0 miles from Urbandale City Hall (3600 86th Street). Kits will be delivered by 5:00pm, barring any weather delays. If you have controlled access to your front door (apartment or condo), or live outside the 5.0 mile limit, please plan to pick up your kit at the Parks and Recreation office on each given day. Registration Deadline: December 23 

Winter Family Snow Man

Winter Family Scavenger Hunt - $20

Bring your family to The Miracle on 86th Street at Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park, 3520 86th St. (south of the Urbandale Library). Santa has left some clues outside the Library, Police Station, and Charles Gabus Tree Park. Collect all the clues to Santa's stash of toys and bring them back to the elves.  Each family team that completes the challenge will receive prizes.   All teams that complete the challenge will be entered into a drawing for the Grand Prize. Min 5 families/Max 20 families. Please register one adult family member only, and list other members upon prompt at registration. Registration Deadline: December 8

Young kids dancing hip hop

All Boys Tap/Hip Hop (ages 6-12) - $65

This class is geared toward Boys ages 6-12! If you are ready to try something new this is it! This class will focus on rhythm with basic tap skills as well as energy and movement in the Hip Hop portion of this class. No experience required. Please come to class in athletic wear. Tap shoes are required for this class. Registration Deadline: December 25, January 26

Girl using science and technology skills in camp

Astro Camp - ISU Extension (ages 8-12) - $35

A full day of hands-on activities related to STEM and exploring space.  Youth ages 8-12 will have the opportunity to participate in NASA activities as they become inspired to be future astronauts and engineers.  Lunch is included.  Min 8/ Max 15 Instructor: ISU Extension and Outreach. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or status as a U.S. veteran. Registration Deadline: March 2

Babysitting Clinic

Babysitting Clinic - ISU Extension/4H (ages 10+) - $35

Participants will learn about the responsibilities of a babysitter, what employers expect, and how to care for infants and toddlers.  There will also be guest speakers teaching on the subjects of age appropriate toys and activities, safety, and basic first aid.  All participants receive a book filled with information about childcare as well as a certificate of completion at the end of the course. Lunch is provided. Min 6/Max 20.Instructor: Class taught in conjunction with ISU Extension and Outreach. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or status as a U.S. veteran. Registration Deadline: February 13

kids cooking

Baking For Kids - Sweet Treats (ages 7-13) - $95

Come warm up in the kitchen as we look forward to the spring in our Sweet Treats Baking class! Each week we will create tasty recipes, such as: Pineapple Upside-down Cake, Strawberry Lemonade Truffles, Fruit Trifles, and Blueberry Muffins! (Bakers will be asked to bring certain baking pans each week, so they can take their creations home to share with family.) Instructor: Alex Lihs. Min 2/Max 9. Registration Deadline: January 30

Tot Basketball (Ages 3-5)

Basketball Skills (ages 5-6) - $45

A fun basketball clinic for 5 and 6 year olds that focus on dribbling, passing, teamwork, and building confidence. Min 4 / Max 12. Staff Instructor. Registration Deadline: November 23, December 28, February 18

Roller Skate 5-17

Beginner Roller Skate (ages 5-17) - $85

Learn the basics of roller skating (Stop, stride, getting up and bending down) Skate rental included if needed. Fee includes admission for open skate session ($11.99 value x 6), feel free to stay longer after your class to practice your skills. 2 make up practices allowed if needed. Registration Deadline: January 2

Christmas Cookie

Cookies for Santa (ages 3-8) - $15

Everyone knows that Santa loves COOKIES!! Join us as we decorate cookies for Santa. Please bring a container to take treats home. Parental supervision required. Fee is for child only, parents are free. Please register child only. Staff Instructor. Registration Deadline: December 3

Candy Cane in the Grass

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt (ages 1-8) - $2

It has been rumored someone has left candy canes and candy on the grounds around Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park! Bring your bag and flashlight and come help us find them all! After collecting all the candy, enjoy hot cocoa from the patio. Parents must accompany children, please register child only. Dress according to the weather. This event will take place strictly outdoors. Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park is located at 3600 86th St in Urbandale, right by the library. Registration is $2 per person. We also encourage you to bring a canned food item / personal item for the Urbandale Food Pantry. Registration Deadline: November 26     

Good Time Gang Kids Playing Games and Having Fun

Good Time Gang - Two Day Program (ages 3-5) - $320

We will immerse your child in both structured and unstructured activities centered around our weekly theme. Participants will engage in simple crafts, free play, games, music, circle time (story, calendar, letter of the week, etc.) and table time (patterns, numbers, and letters) all with a focus on pre-academic skills. Participant MUST be 3 years of age before the first day of class and MUST be potty trained. Children will create crafts that include paint and glue - please dress accordingly! Maximum 12 participants per session. A snack will be served. (This is a program in which parents drop off their children.) Sessions last 6 or 9 weeks. Instructors: Diane Kruse, Ronda Ammann and Ronda Stumberg. Registration Deadline: January 3

Holiday Crafts

Holiday Craft Kits (ages 10 and under) - $15

We will supply all the materials for 4 holiday crafts to your doorstep! Choose one or all four holiday craft kits!  Delivery is limited to LESS than 5.0 miles from Urbandale City Hall (3600 86th Street). Kits will be delivered by 5:00pm, barring any weather delays.  If you have controlled access to your front door (apartment or condo), or live outside the 5.0 mile limit, please plan to pick up your kit at the Parks and Recreation office on each given day. Max 20 kits per holiday. Registration Deadlines: November 16, December 15, February 3

Ballet, jazz, and dance for 5 to 7 years olds

Junior Mix Tap/Ballet/Jazz (ages 8-12) - $65

This fun packed class is for Ages 8-12 years old. We will learn basic skills in Tap, Jazz and Ballet. Every week is slightly different. We will use many different props and songs to keep your Kiddo moving with this energetic class!  Please come to class in tight fitting athletic wear with your hair pulled up away from your face. Tap shoes are required for this class. Registration Deadlines: December 27, January 31

Santa Claus

Letter From Santa (ages 10 and under) - $4

Enjoy this opportunity to receive a letter from Santa mailed directly to your child. This letter, written in simple, easy to read language, is a thrilling surprise for any child. It will come in an envelope with Santa's name and return address in the corner, addressed directly to your child. Letter will arrive approximately one week before Christmas.  A unique and touching idea for all of your nieces, nephews or grandchildren no matter where they live! Registration Deadline: December 5

Kids basketball

Little Athletes (ages 3-5) - $45

A fun sports clinic to start learning the beginner skills of various sports to turn children into little athletes. Min 4 / Max 12. Staff Instructor. Registration Deadlines: November 23, December 28, February 18

Magic Trick

Magicamp (ages 6-15) - $40

Make it a magical Halloween, Thanksgiving, and New Year!  Magicamp is for anyone who likes to have fun. You'll learn how to entertain & amaze your friends, family, and classmates with magic that you can do anywhere, at any time and for the rest of your life. Join professional magician Lee Cole for a day of fun. All magic materials provided. Min 3 / Max 15. Registration Deadlines: January 2

Martial Arts

Martial Arts (ages 8+) - $90

Join Jim Douglas, 6th degree black belt and Master Instructor. Learn a traditional martial art that stresses self-defense, physical fitness, self-control and discipline. This is full martial arts incorporating principles from karate, hap ki do, tae kwon do and kempo. The program is for ages 8 and above and the techniques taught are adaptable to any age or physical level. Program for Beginners or Advanced.  This is what makes this program different from other martial arts programs! This is a year-round program and you may join anytime. Maximum 30 participants per month. Registration Deadlines: December 5, January 4, February 1, March 1

Pee Wee Dance Camp

Mini Mix Tap/Ballet/Jazz (ages 5-7) - $65

This fun packed class is for Ages 5-7 years old. We will learn basic skills in Tap, Jazz and Ballet. Every week is slightly different. We will use many different props and songs to keep your little one moving with this energetic class!  Please come to class in tight fitting athletic wear with your hair pulled up away from your face. Tap shoes are required for this class. Registration Deadlines: December 26, January 30

Junior Mix dance Camp small

Monster Jamz Hip Hop (ages 7-12) - $65

This high energy class is geared toward urban hip hop movements. We use kid friendly songs and moves to hype up the energy and keep your kiddo moving.  Please come to class in tight fitting athletic wear with bare feet or Sneakers that have never been worn outside and your hair pulled up away from your face. Registration Deadlines: December 27, January 30

Creative Genius Spring Art LoRes

After School 3: Advanced Art (grades 2-8) - $150

Does your child love art? Help them explore and expand their knowledge and skills in our 6-week Advanced Art program. Students will gain mastery of the elements and principles of art, art history, color theory and mixing, famous painters, painting tools, and painting techniques, among other topics. Snack and juice/water provided; all supplies (including an apron they'll personalize and keep!) included. Class size is limited.  Min 3/ Max 10. Registration Deadline:  November 15

 Painting with a twist pumpkin

Painting: Holiday Twinkle (ages 10+) - $39

Get into the Holiday spirit with us as we paint "Holiday Twinkle" at the Painting with a Twist studio! Enjoy step-by-step instructions from our professional instructors. Fee includes all supplies and...hot chocolate. Min 3/ Max 10. Registration Deadline: November 28

Pee Wee Dance Camp

Pee Wee Tap/Ballet/Tumbling (ages 3-4) - $65

This fun packed class is for Ages 3-4 years old. We will learn basic skills in Tap, Tumbling and Ballet. This is a great way to socialize and work on separation anxiety in a fun positive environment. Every week is slightly different. We will use many different props and songs to keep your little one moving with this energetic class!  Please come to class in tight fitting athletic wear with your hair pulled up away from your face. Tap shoes are required for this class. Registration Deadlines: December 29, January 26

BU Dance Parent and Me

Sweetheart Dance - $20

This dance offers an opportunity for all parents/grandparents and children to make a special memory together! While a D.J. entertains the crowd with great music and fun, a variety of finger foods and desserts will be served during the festivities. Photos will be available at the dance for a small fee. Event fills quickly - please register early! Maximum 160 participants. Fee is PER PERSON.  Please REGISTER ALL PARTICIPANTS. You will be mailed tickets one week before the event and must present them for admission into the dance. Registration Deadline: February 10

Basketball Skills (Ages 5-6) LoRes

Tot Basketball (ages 3-5) - $45

Tot musical and fitness classes focus on academic, athletic and agility skills. Kids learn ball handling and dribbling skills that will help with fundamentals of future sports while enhancing hand-eye coordination and brain use! Min 4 / Max 12. Staff Instructor. Registration Deadlines: November 23, December 28, February 18

Tumbling

Tumbling/Pom Pom (ages 8-12) - $65

This 30 Minute class is Tumbling and Pom Pom. We will learn beginner - Intermate Tumbling skills along with Pom Technique. This class uses a Trampoline mat, Tumbling mats and low balance beam.  Please come to class in tight fitting athletic wear with bare feet and your hair pulled up away from your face. Registration Deadlines: December 27, January 31

Heart shaped cookie

Valentine's Day Cooking Decorating! (ages 2-10) - $8

Decorate cookies for the holiday! Each child will take home the cookies that they decorate. Please bring a plastic storage container.  Please register child ONLY.  (Parent /guardian will need to be present to assist child with decorating.) Min 5 / Max 20. Registration Deadline:  February 4