Our YMCA Learn & Play Centers provide a safe and nurturing place for children to learn, grow and thrive while parents enjoy time to focus on their own healthy lifestyle. Children have the opportunity to interact with others, build relationships with caring, adult staff members and work on developmental skills. We promise to partner and support our Y families by helping them nurture the potential of every child.
At the Wellmark Y, children 6 weeks to 5 years can participate in the main room with a core focus on developing social skills. The Youth Activity Area is geared toward 5- to 9-year-olds promoting structured group activity and games.
Our Learn & Play Center is largely supplied by the donations of generous members like you! Our staff is committed to shaping your child's creativity and inspiring their imagination and your contribution can enhance their ability to do so.
If you would like to donate, click here for ideas on what our Learn & Play Center uses most. Thank you!
⦁ Ages 6-weeks to 9-years are welcome in Learn & Play.
⦁ Learn & Play Center services are included with a YMCA Family Membership. There is a $2 fee for children to attend who are not on an active Y Membership.
⦁ Members may use the Learn & Play Center for up to 2-hours per day in one block of time, exceeding the time limit or picking up children after closing time may
result in a suspension.
⦁ Parents must provide labeled diapers and wipes, as well as a change of clothes if
necessary. Items will be returned to the parent at pick up.
⦁ Members must be immediately accessible and remain in the facility while their children are in Learn & Play.
⦁ No snacks. Food, gum and/or candy are NOT allowed.
⦁ Cups and water will be provided, no outside Sippy cups are allowed. Infants 12-months and younger will be allowed a bottle.
⦁ All children are required to wear shoes, with the exception of infants.
⦁ A registration card must be filled out completely for each child prior to children coming into the play area. Registration cards will be updated regularly.
⦁ Parents must present key tag or member card with full barcode number to check-in child, and present it again to check-out child from Learn & Play.
⦁ The YMCA may deny access to children who are showing symptoms of being ill.
⦁ Behavioral issues will be handled on a case-by-case basis and may result in either temporary or permanent suspension.
⦁ Please leave personal toys at home. The YMCA is not responsible for lost or broken electronics or toys.
Learning Centers: Mondays and Thursdays; between 10:30 am and 11:30 am
Join us every Monday to investigate fun science themes and every Thursday to explore the exciting world around us. Ages 3-5 are welcome to participate in learning center sessions where kids will get to learn through music, moving, reading, performing experiments, making crafts and more. No sign-up necessary, children will have the option to participate if they attend our Learn and Play Center during these times.
YMCA OF GREATER DES MOINES 501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309