Learn & Play Centers are a free service with a family membership. Our program serves children ages 6 weeks to 8 years old by providing a safe and nurturing environment to play in while parents utilize our facility. There is a 2 hour per visit time limit, and parents must stay in the facility.
Did you know that even when a child is playing they are learning? Our Learn & Play Center provides different areas where children can grow. They can be creative in our block/building area and learn to problem solve, or develop fine motor skills by coloring, drawing, using a chalk board. They can use their imagination in our dramatic play area. The gym and outdoor area provide great opportunities for gross motor development.
We also have a separate area for infants, where small children can move around and explore in a safe environment. All Y Staff are screened with background checks, and certified in Red Cross CPR, First Aid, AED, and Universal Precautions.
Learn & Play Center Hours
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. -7 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Fun Programs offered in Learn & Play:
Parent's Day Out: At our Y, we encourage quality family time but recognize the importance of providing parents an opportunity to relax and enjoy your own personal time. Parents Day Out will provide a safe and positive environment for your child while you find time for whatever makes your life happy and balanced. Remember . . . a happy parent makes for a happy child!
Parents Day Out is an evening filled with fabulous activities. A special agenda will be planned just for the kids with art, exercise, obstacle courses, group games, movies, and more . . . all in a safe, supervised, and FUN environment. Parents Day Out is a learning adventure your kids will thank you for! Please bring a sack lunch for your child. $12/YMCA member $24/Non-members.
Save the dates:
April 28, 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
May 26, 10:10 am - 2:00 pm
Parent's Night Out: Parents Night out is an evening filled with fabulous activities. A special agenda will be planned just for the kids with art, exercise, obstacle courses, group games, movies, and more . . . all in a safe, supervised, and FUN environment. Parents Night Out is a learning adventure your kids will thank you for! A light snack will be served.
**NEW THIS YEAR for children in kindergarten - age 12: a swimming component has been added! Please pack a swimsuit if you would like your child to swim with a staff member in an adult:child ratio of 1:5 (a staff person will be in the water with participants) $12/YMCA member and $24/Non-members.
Save the dates:
April 21, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
May 12, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
YMCA OF GREATER DES MOINES 501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309