With the Y, you can be assured that whatever activity you, your family or your child engages in — from youth enrichment programs to sports to after-school programs and camp — you'll have a safe, positive environment to play, learn and grow.
We're thrilled to bring you youth enrichment programs. These are free, members-only classes that will enrich the lives of your children and give them the opportunity to learn new and exciting things!
Jump, roll, hang and have fun! Our staff will guide children through fun activities on our equipment and build confidence and social skills. Each activity will build hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and social development. Mat work and Fitness exercises round out each class and introduces your child to the fun of fitness. Parents will be there to guide and cheer for your little ones as they explore new equipment, spaces, and social interactions.
Explore the Outdoors
Have your kids been inside all day and need to let out some energy? We believe every child deserves a day in the great outdoors to be healthy, happy, active, unplugged and connected to nature. Join us as we partner with Y-Camp and head outside. Each week the kids will learn a new activity that you can do outside and get hands-on exploration, interactive games, field excursions, crafts and songs designed to nurture the love of the great outdoors.
If your kids don't seem to think that having fun and being fit go hand-in-hand, we've got a solution for that! This class is filled with activities and games designed to keep your kids active and strong. We will incorporate strength, flexibility, and cardio. Staff will guide each child through the workouts and assist in building those skills.
Art is a wonderful sensory exercise that helps young children explore the world around them through color, texture, and material. Each week the children will work on a craft project that ties into a theme. This class is designed to let your kids use their creativity and imagination to create beautiful works of art.
ABCs and 123s
Looking to extend your child's preschool learning? This exciting preschool program is a fun-filled class that engages the child in activities incorporating fine motor, gross motor, and communication skills. Through their playing, singing and learning, preschoolers gain skills that ultimately help them learn to read, write, and build their math and science skills.
3-6 years, with parent or guardian
Join us as we explore the world around us. Adults and their children will explore, ask, and discover. In this hands-on class, they will learn basic science concepts such as engineering and math, and experiment with cool and crazy reactions. It will encourage and celebrate your child’s natural curiosity.
3-6 years, with parent or guardian
Learn, discover, and achieve in this engaging, interactive, hands-on class. With the help of a parent or guardian, children will satisfy their curiosity as we explore nature and conduct simple experiments that help investigate the world around us. Each week the kids will learn a new activity that you can do outside and get hands-on exploration, interactive games, field excursions, crafts and songs designed to nurture the love of the great outdoors.
Cheerleading provides boys and girls the chance to be active while learning new routines and cheers. Participants will learn basic motions, routines and cheers while building self-confidence and having fun!
YMCA OF GREATER DES MOINES 501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309