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April 29, 2016 - May 06, 2016

  • Swimming Lessons Registration Opens
  • When:

    Friday, April 01, 2016 at 8:00:00 AM - Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 3:00:00 PM

  • What:

    Registration opens for swimming lessons.

    Session 1 - June 13-23
    2-week Monday - Thursday

    Session 2 - June 27-July 1
    1-week Monday - Friday

    Session 3 - July 11-15
    1-week Monday - Friday

    Session 4 - July 18-28
    2-week Monday - Thursday

    Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
    Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
    Level 3: Stroke Development
    Level 4: Stroke Improvement
    Level 5: Stroke Refinement



  • Summer Music Camp Registration
  • When:

    Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 2:00:00 PM - Wednesday, June 01, 2016 at 5:00:00 PM

  • Where:

    Hoover High School

  • What:

    The DMMC is excited to announce a collaboration with the Des Moines Parks & Recreation department to host two music camps this summer for middle school-age students (ages 11 – 15 yrs.)! Working as a team, under the guidance of experienced, local musicians and educators, students will create music in a fun, creative environment. They’ll learn the skills needed to play in a band, write lyrics, record music, and perform live! No prior music experience required.

    Each camp runs for two weeks (June 7-10 and 14-17) and is located at Hoover High School in Des Moines. The morning camp will focus on Rock & Roll and the afternoon camp will focus on Hip Hop. All instructors and students will then perform live after camp ends on Saturday, June 18 at the Roosevelt High School Auditorium!

    Rock & Roll Music Camps
    Ages: 11 -15 yrs.
    When: Tues. 6/7 – Fri. 6/10 (9 a.m. – Noon) & Tues. 6/14 – Fri. 6/17 (9 a.m. – Noon)
    Activities: Brief history of rock & roll including iconic performances, intro to stage and mic technique, song structure/melody and songwriting, plus collaborate on a live performance.

    Hip Hop Music Camp
    Ages: 11 – 15 yrs.
    When: Tues. 6/7 – Fri. 6/10 (12:30-3:30pm) & Tues. 6/14 – Fri. 6/17 (12:30-3:30pm)
    Activities: Brief history of hip hop including iconic performances, intro to stage and mic technique, hip hop composition, live/electronic and beat creation, plus collaborate on a live performance.

  • Spraygrounds Open
  • When:

    Monday, May 02, 2016 at 8:00:00 AM

  • Where:

    Various Locations

  • What:

    A sprayground is a splash pad with spray features and without standing water. Spraygrounds offer unsupervised water play specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under. City of Des Moines staff is not provided at spraygrounds, parental supervision is required.

  • Ultimate Frisbee League Registration Opens
  • When:

    Monday, May 02, 2016 at 10:00:00 AM - Friday, August 05, 2016 at 8:00:00 PM

  • Where:

    James W. Cownie Soccer Complex

  • What:

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation will offer Adult Coed Ultimate Frisbee League at Cownie Soccer Complex. Ultimate Frisbee combines the running of soccer, the jumping, passing, and turnovers of basketball, and the deep throws into the end zone of football.

    The object of this non-contact sport is to throw a Frisbee up the field between teams of seven from teammate to teammate until it’s caught in the opponent’s end-zone.

  • Contact:

    dmsports@dmgov.org

  • Birding Basics
  • When:

    Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 11:00:00 AM

  • Where:

    Gray's Lake Park

  • What:

    Get to know the water fowl and land birds that stop by Gray’s Lake Park as they pause to refuel on their journey north during spring migration when you attend Birding Basics at Gray’s Lake. Participants will meet from 11-11:45 a.m. at Gray’s Lake every Wednesday starting March 2 through May 25. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them – we have a few extra pairs if you forget yours. This program is free and open to all ages.

    The first half of the series we will focus on water birds such as ducks, geese, loons, grebes, mergansers, pelicans, and herons. The public will meet in the beach parking lot on the north side of Gray’s Lake. For the second half of the series will meet in the southeast parking lot for viewing of songbirds such as warblers, vireos, thrushes, and sparrows.

  • Contact:

    For additional information, contact Joel at 515 248 6369 or www.parksEE@dmgov.org.

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