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.
Check out our new variety of youth and family programs!
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:
September 22nd, 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
October 27th, 10:30 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:
September 8th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
October 13th, 6:00-9:00 pm
YMCA OF GREATER DES MOINES 501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309