At the Y, we believe family and community are essential to our programs and a big part in everything we do. The Y offers an environment where children learn values and positive behaviors that build strong building blocks to become successful adults. At the Y, children develop a community of friends and have fun in a safe, nurturing environment. The Y’s numerous resources provide opportunities for young people in our communities to take a greater interest in volunteerism through classes and youth development programs. We offer a variety of youth and family programs throughout the year - we would love for you and your child to join us!
Family time at the Y is about giving families as a unit, and as individuals, the opportunities to deepen relationships, develop new skills and interests, improve their health and well-being, and connect to the community. The Y has always been a place where families can play and be active together, and that’s more important than ever. Whether the activities are physical like sports or exercise classes, or more recreational like swimming and arts, we want families doing them together because you’ll live healthier and make memories for a lifetime.
Take some time to browse our current program guide with your family - we are confident you will find a great program fit for you and/or your child!
Don't be afraid to join us Saturday, October 26 from 6-8 p.m. for this frighteningly FREE event for the whole family! Both children and adults will have a ghoulishly good time participating in a variety of healthy activities, including:
Trick-or-treating through the creepy corridors of the YMCA
Doing the "Frankenstein" at the Monster Mash Dance Party
This event is free for YMCA members and non-members. Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted and donated to the Waukee Area Christian Services Food Pantry.
Our Y is happy to celebrate important events with family and friends! We recognize the importance of children reaching milestones and spending quality time with family and friends. Let us help your family make your child’s day special through fun activities in a space surrounded by positive values. More information, including party pricing, can be found here.
Parent's Day Out & Parent's Night Out
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, and more . . . all in a safe, supervised, and FUN environment. Parents Day Out is a learning adventure your kids will thank you for! $18/YMCA member $23/Non-members. Lunch will be served.
Save The Date & Register For Parent's Day Out Today:
Monday, November 25 ~ 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 21 ~ 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday, December 23 ~ 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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, and more . . . all in a safe, supervised, and FUN environment. Parents Night Out is a learning adventure your kids will thank you for! Children in kindergarten - age 12 will have the opportunity to swim. $18/YMCA member and $23/Non-members. Dinner will be served.
Save The Date & Register For Parent's Night Out Today:
Friday, November 8 ~ 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 16 ~ 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 13 ~ 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
YMCA OF GREATER DES MOINES 501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309