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Feb. 29 | (all day)

Ballard Soccer Club Spring Season

RSVP by: Early Bird Discount Applies Through February 10th
Location: Ballard Community and Central Iowa
Event for: 1st Grade Through 8th Grade
Cost: Varies by age (see flyer)
Organization: Ballard Soccer Club
Contact: Scott Johnson
Phone: (712) 790-2345
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Please see the PDF flyer for details!
Feb. 29 | (all day)

Ride the Bus to Boji

Location: East Lake Okoboji
Event for: 3rd grade and above
Organization: Lakeside Camp
Contact: Brittney Swanson
Phone: (515) 520-3493
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Attend the BEST WEEK EVER at Lakeside Camp in Okoboji! A bus will take campers from the Ankeny area to and from camp. Friends get to stay in cabins together. Invite a friend and register today! Save $50 if you register by March 1st.
Mar. 1 | 1:00 pm

ACT Raising Safe Kids

RSVP by: 02/20/24
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Event for: Parents/caregivers with children, ages birth to 8-years-old
Cost: $40 Scholarships available upon request
Organization: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Contact: Malisa Rader
Phone: (515) 708-0622
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Have you ever wondered if you are on the right path when parenting your children? If you would like to strengthen your parenting skills, join other parents and caregivers to learn about positive parenting practices that help create stable, safe, healthy, and nurturing environments and relationships.
Mar. 1 | 2:45 pm

Ballard Little League 2024

RSVP by: 03/01/2024
Location: Ballard Community - multiple locations
Cost: 55-100
Organization: Ballard LIttle League
Contact: Amber Jungst
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Ballard Little League registration for the 2024 season is now open. Register before February 12 and receive early bird pricing on each child’s registration. Little League is for everyone. Your child will not be denied an opportunity to participate due to the inability to pay. Reach out for more information regarding financial assistance.
Mar. 11 | 8:30 am

Babysitting Basics

RSVP by: 03/04/2024
Location: Story County Extension and Outreach
Event for: 5th grade and up
Cost: $25 per participant; $15 per 4-H member; $15 per additional sibling
Organization: Story County Extension and Outreach
Contact: Mary Wilkins
Phone: (515) 337-1601
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Youth 5th grade and up are invited to join in and learn all about babysitting.
Mar. 11 | 9:00 am

Spring Break All Hoops Camp

RSVP by: March 10
Location: SportsIowa, 2176 232 Ln, Ames, IA 50014
Event for: Boys and Girls, 1st - 8th Grade
Cost: $200 for 3 days OR $75 per day
Organization: Elite 360 Training
Contact: Brady
Phone: (515) 321-1516
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A 3-day basketball camp (mornings 9 AM - 12 PM) filled with offense drills, defense drills, good competition, and expert coaching to help athletes learn and improve their game. It is good for everyone, seasoned or just starting out. Can attend all 3 days or just those that work.
Mar. 13 | 8:30 am

Safety and Wellness Explorers

RSVP by: 03/04/24
Location: Story County Extension, 1421 S. Bell Ave., Ste 107, Ames, IA 50010
Event for: K-3
Cost: $25 per participant; $15 for 4-H member; $15 per additional sibling
Organization: Story County Extension and Outreach
Contact: Mary Wilkins
Phone: (515) 337-1601
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Youth in K-3 are invited to join us in discovering safety and wellness together! Story County Public Health will lead us in activities about water safety, being safe in the sun, making a health snack together and how movement is good for our health!
Mar. 26 | 9:00 am

Go Further Girls STEM Conference

Event for: 8th-10th grade students
Cost: $25
Organization: WiSE: Program for Women in Science and Engineering
Contact: Taylor Bryan
Phone: (515) 294-5814
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ISU Student Role Models presents 4 STEM Exploration camps per semester that provides experiences into different fields of STEM for 8th to 10th grade students. Each camp is lead by Iowa State University students who are currently studying each specific field. *This is not a school sponsored event*
Apr. 4 | 6:30 pm

interACT

RSVP by: March 15, 2024
Location: Story County Extension, 1421 S Bell Ave, Ste 107, Ames, IA 50010
Event for: Grades 3-6
Cost: Free
Organization: Story County Extension and Outreach
Contact: Mary Wilkins
Phone: (515) 337-1601
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Learn Skills to help you Accept, Choose, &Take Action for self care &healthy relationships! interACT is a FREE four week series with one hour separate group sessions for adults and youth. Lessons On: living a life that follows your values, setting goals to reach, tools to connect with others.
Apr. 6 | 11:00 am

Healthy Household: Family Workshop in Story City

RSVP by: 3/20/24
Location: Story City Library
Event for: Families in Story County
Cost: FREE
Organization: Story County Extension and Outreach
Contact: Angie Simmering
Phone: (515) 337-1601
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Families are invited to join together in one of our four week workshop series centered around helping families with their food budget with practical skills and knowledge. Youth and adults will break into sessions in which the youth will be assisting an educator in cooking a recipe.
Apr. 7 | (all day)

Huxley Parks and Recreation YOUTH SOCCER

RSVP by: 03/24/2024
Location: Larson Fields
Event for: 3-8 year olds
Cost: $57
Organization: Huxley Parks and Recreation
Contact: Heather Denger
Phone: (515) 597-2515
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Recreational co-ed youth soccer league providing basic instruction by volunteer coaches.
Apr. 27 | 8:30 am

Bam-Bam Baseball

RSVP by: April 14, 2024
Location: Nord Kalsem Park
Event for: 3-4 year olds.
Cost: $35
Organization: Huxley Parks and Recreation
Contact: Heather Denger
Phone: (515) 597-2515
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Recreational league introducing youth to baseball.
May. 4 | 10:00 am

Step Into Storybooks

RSVP by: N/A
Location: North Grand Mall; 2801 Grand Ave, Ames, IA 50010
Event for: Ages 0-5
Cost: FREE
Organization: Raising Readers in Story County
Contact: Kristi Mayo
Phone: (515) 520-8686
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This annual event provides fun literacy-rich experiences to inspire families to use reading and related activities at home with their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Older siblings always welcome, every child gets a FREE book.
May. 29 | 9:00 am

Farm Camp

Location: Center Grove Orchard
Event for: Elementary Students
Organization: Center Grove Orchard
Phone: (515) 383-4354
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Farm Camp is a week-long summer day camp that offers an opportunity to educate children about farm life while fostering friendships and cultivating a passion for farming!
Jun. 3 | 9:00 am

Hidden Acres Day Camp @ Grace Church

Location: Grace Evangelical Free Church 905 N 5th Ave Huxley, IA 40124
Event for: Children going into 1st to 6th
Cost: 140.00/wk
Organization: Grace Evangelical Free Church
Contact: Laura Santiamagro
Phone: (515) 957-2393
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Join us for all the summer fun, water day, games, small group time, Bible lesson, music, crafts, and so much fun! June 3-6, 2024 9:00am to 3:00pm. The cost is 140.00 for 4 days and with the discount code, receive 75.00 off! Register at: hacamps.org/day-camps. Use the discount code gracestudent75
Jun. 10 | 8:00 am

Junior Activity Club

RSVP by: N/A
Location: SportsIowa, 2176 232 Ln, Ames, IA 50014
Event for: Boys and Girls, K - 6th Grade
Cost: Multiple options, see website
Organization: Elite 360 Training
Contact: Brady
Phone: (515) 321-1516
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There are multiple-week opportunities in June and July, campers can attend weeks OR just days that work. Responsible, committed, and engaged staff will create a WOW experience for your child with activities and learning …it is educational, Enriching, and Empowering!
Jun. 14 | (all day)

Leaders-in-Training for Camp Invention

Location: Ballard Middle School
Event for: Middle School students
Cost: $170
Organization: Camp Invention by National Inventors Hall of Fame
Contact: Tracy Weber
Phone: (515) 556-3418
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June 10-14, 2024 9:00-3:30 each day
Jun. 14 | (all day)

Leadership Interns for Camp Invention

Location: Ballard Middle School
Event for: High School students
Organization: Camp Invention by National Inventors Hall of Fame
Contact: Tracy Weber
Phone: (515) 556-3418
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June 10-14, 2024 8:00-4:00 each day Students can receive 40 hours of volunteer time
Jun. 14 | 9:00 am

Camp Invention

Location: Ballard Middle School
Event for: Children finishing kindergarten through 5th grade
Cost: $270
Organization: Camp Invention by National Inventors Hall of Fame
Contact: Tracy Weber
Phone: (515) 556-3418
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June 10-14, 2024 9:00-3:30 each day
Aug. 31 | (all day)

Join 4-H

Location: Story County
Event for: Grades 4th - 12th
Organization: Story County Extension and Outreach
Contact: Mary Wilkins
Phone: (515) 337-1601
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4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenships and life skills offered trough a variety of settings: Clubs, schools, day camps, overnight camps, afterschool, and other learning environments. Opportunities to experience life skills and practice them.
Aug. 31 | (all day)

Join 4-H Clover Kids

Location: Story County
Event for: Grades K-3rd
Organization: Story County Extension and Outreach
Contact: Mary Wilkins
Phone: (515) 337-1601
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Clover Kids is a 4-H program specifically designed for children in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Clover kids foster positive relationships and builds valuable life skills through a variety of hands-on activities.