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Youth Programs

Mother Goose Storytime!

Prairie Life Youth Programs is excited to announce our new program Mother Goose Storytime! Every Thursday from 11:00am to 12:00pm we will read stories, dance, do a craft and just have fun! Ages 1 to 5 years old. $10 per child. Starting Feb. 7

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
YPMGS 1-5 Feb 7 - Dec 19 11:00A - 12:00PTh Feb 1 - Dec 18 Register

School Age Camps

No School Day Camps

No School Day Camp Members Full day $50 8:30AM-4:30PM (Early Drop Off and Late Pick Up available through coordination with Youth Programs Director) It’s time to celebrate no school days at Prairie Life! All days are themed!! Camp includes swimming, 2 snacks, lunch and so much more!

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
YP630326 5-12 Apr 26 - Apr 26 8:30A - 4:30PFr Aug 29 - Apr 25 Register

Summer Camp 2019

Prairie Life Fitness Youth Programs is committed to providing an educational and fun filled summer to youngsters ages 3-12. We offer full day camps starting weekdays, June 3, 2019 through August 23, 2019. Each week a new theme will be the focus of learning and tons of fun. We will incorporate arts and crafts activities, group games, snack, and swim time daily. Pick and choose, or sign up for the whole summer! Week 1 June 3-7 Super Heroes Week 2 June 10-14 Pirates Week 3 June 17-21 Spy Week Week 4 June 24-28 Sports Week Week 5 July 1-5 Party in the USA Week 6 July 8-12 Everything Disney Week 7 July 15-19 Hawaiian Week Week 8 July 22-26 Christmas in July Week 9 July 29-Aug 2 Under the Big Top Week 10 August 5-9 Animal Palooza Week 11 August 12-16 Nature Week Week 12 August 19-23 Wild Wild West *Cost* $175 for the full week. Not a member? Guests can purchase daily passes at the front desk at $6/day for children under 13, in addition to the camp charge. $25 registration fee per week. Waived, if before date May 1, 2019. Refund policy: 48 hour notice of cancellation is required or full fee will be charged.

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
YP910SH 3-12 Jun 3 - Jun 7 8:30A - 4:30PMo, Tu, We, Th, Fr Jan 3 - May 31 Register
YP910P 3-12 Jun 10 - Jun 14 8:30A - 4:30PMo, Tu, We, Th, Fr Jan 3 - Jun 7 Register
YP910SW 3-12 Jun 17 - Jun 21 8:30A - 4:30PMo, Tu, We, Th, Fr Jan 3 - Jun 14 Register
YP910S 3-12 Jun 24 - Jun 28 8:30A - 4:30PMo, Tu, We, Th, Fr Jan 3 - Jun 21 Register
YP910PU 3-12 Jul 1 - Jul 5 8:30A - 4:30PMo, Tu, We, Fr Jan 3 - Jun 28 Register
YP910ED 3-12 Jul 8 - Jul 12 8:30A - 4:30PMo, Tu, We, Th, Fr Jan 7 - Jul 5 Register
YP910HW 3-12 Jul 15 - Jul 19 8:30A - 4:30PMo, Tu, We, Th, Fr Jan 3 - Jul 12 Register
YP910CJ 3-12 Jul 22 - Jul 26 8:30A - 4:30PMo, Tu, We, Th, Fr Jan 3 - Jul 19 Register
YP910UB 3-12 Jul 29 - Aug 2 8:30A - 4:30PMo, Tu, We, Th, Fr Jan 3 - Jul 26 Register
YP910AP 3-12 Aug 5 - Aug 9 8:30A - 4:30PMo, Tu, We, Th, Fr Jan 7 - Aug 2 Register
YP910NW 3-12 Aug 12 - Aug 16 8:30A - 4:30PMo, Tu, We, Th, Fr Jan 3 - Aug 9 Register
YP910WWW 3-12 Aug 19 - Aug 23 8:30A - 4:30PMo, Tu, We, Th, Fr Jan 3 - Aug 16 Register

Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do

Grand Master Greg Ferry has been dedicated to the disciplines of Martial Arts since he began his training in 1977 under an original Korean Master. His many years of experience have earned him several high rankings and honors which make him one of the most well respected Martial Artists in the United States today. He is currently an 8th degree Grand Master in the ITF style of Tae Kwon Do. Grand Master Ferry also holds a black belt in WTF Tae Kwon Do. His other rankings include a black belt in Hapkido and a brown belt in Gracie-style Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In addition to his rankings, Master Ferry has earned the Samurai Award for lifetime achievement from the International Federation of Jiu Jitsuans. He is a 2006 inductee for Master of the Year within the World Karate Union Hall of Fame, and has held several rankings for national competition. Master Ferry owns and operates Central Iowa Martial Arts in Des Moines, Iowa. *Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30pm to 7:30pm Saturdays 10:00am to 11:00am* Cost-$60 per month for members 2nd person in family $40 and $30 per person in family thereafter. $80 per month for guests 2nd person in family $50 and $40 per person in family thereafter.*

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
FIRST 5 and up Dec 26 - Dec 31
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FIRST

Times for this class vary per day the class meets. Below are the times this class meets.
Time
Day(s)
6:30P - 7:30P
Tu, Th
10:00A - 11:00A
Sa
Dec 26 - Dec 31 Register
SECOND 6-90 Dec 26 - Dec 31
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SECOND

Times for this class vary per day the class meets. Below are the times this class meets.
Time
Day(s)
6:30P - 7:30P
Tu, Th
10:00A - 11:00A
Sa
Dec 26 - Dec 31 Register
THIRD 6-99 Dec 26 - Dec 31
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THIRD

Times for this class vary per day the class meets. Below are the times this class meets.
Time
Day(s)
6:30P - 7:30P
Tu, Th
10:00A - 11:00A
Sa
Dec 26 - Dec 31 Register

Youth Swimming Lessons

Fish 1

This level is intended for children at least 3 years old. Before entering Fish 1 kids should be able to be comfortable working with an instructor and comfortable putting their face in the water. The primary goals of Fish 1 are to gain a greater level of confidence in the water and to learn basic water safety. Kids will practice blowing bubbles, kicking their feet, and floating on their backs. All swimming in this level is done with the assistance of an instructor. This class has a capacity to ensure proper instructor to participant ratios. Once the class is full, participants will be placed on a standby list. ***There will be a $5 fee (per lession) for participants registered on a membership qualified for free group swimming lessons who do not attend. There are no make up classes for missed lessons. All other participants registered who do not attend will be charged full price of the session.*** Guests fee of $6 per class is included in the non member price. If you are registered and are unable to attend notify Chris Hartley via email 48 hours prior to the start of the session at chartley@prairielife.com

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
Monday 5:55 F1 3+ Mar 25 - May 13 5:55P - 6:25PMo Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
Tuesday 5:55 F1 3+ Mar 26 - May 14 5:55P - 6:25PTu Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
Wednesday 5:20 F1 3+ Mar 27 - May 15 5:20P - 5:50PWe Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
Thursday 4:45 F1 3+ Mar 28 - May 16 4:45P - 5:15PTh Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
Saturday 10:00 F1 3+ Mar 30 - May 18 10:00A - 10:30ASa Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register

Fish 2

This level is intended for children 4+. Before entering Fish 2, kids must be able to blow bubbles, put their face in the water, and be able to float on their back with the assistance of an instructor. The primary goals of Fish 2 is to introduce basic water skills. We will putting our faces in the water, kicking our feet, and using our arms to swim. We will also work with kids to begin learning introductory backstroke. In this level kids will practice pushing off the wall short distances to the instructor. This class has a capacity to ensure proper instructor to participant ratios. Once the class is full, participants will be placed on a standby list. ***There will be a $5 fee (per lesson) for participants registered on a membership qualified for free group swimming lessons who do not attend. All other participants registered who do not attend will be charged full price of the session.*** Guests fee of $6 per class is included in the non member price. There are no make up classes for missed lessons. If you are registered and are unable to attend notify Chris Hartley via email 48 hours prior to the start of the session at chartley@prairielife.com.

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
Monday 5:20 F2 3+ Mar 25 - May 13 5:20P - 5:50PMo Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
Tuesday 4:45 F2 3+ Mar 26 - May 14 4:45P - 5:15PTu Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
Wednesday 5:55 F2 3+ Mar 27 - May 15 5:55P - 6:25PWe Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
Thursday 5:20 F2 3+ Mar 28 - May 16 5:20P - 5:50PTh Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register

Fish 3

This level is intended for children 4+. Before entering Fish 3, kids must be able to push off the wall short distances to an instructor, be comfortable transitioning from their stomach to their back, and able to float on their back without help of the instructor. The primary goals of Fish 3 are to learn to transition from stomach to back to breathe in freestyle. In this level we will introduce the basics of breaststroke. This class has a capacity to ensure proper instructor to participant ratios. Once the class is full, participants will be placed on a standby list. ***There will be a $5 fee (per lesson) for participants registered on a membership qualified for free group swimming lessons who do not attend. All other participants registered who do not attend will be charged full price of the session.*** Guests fee of $6 per class is included in the non member price. There are no make up classes for missed lessons. If you are registered and are unable to attend notify Chris Hartley via email 48 hours prior to the start of the session at chartley@prairielife.com.

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
Monday 4:45 F3 4+ Mar 25 - May 13 4:45P - 5:15PMo Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
Tuesday 5:20 F3 3+ Mar 26 - May 14 5:20P - 5:50PTu Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
Wednesday 4:45 F3 4+ Mar 27 - May 15 4:45P - 5:15PWe Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
Thursday 5:55 F3 5+ Mar 28 - May 16 5:55P - 6:25PTh Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
Saturday 11:10 F3 4+ Mar 30 - May 18 11:10A - 11:40ASa Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register

Fish 4

This level is intended for children 4+. Before entering Fish 4, kids must know freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke. They should be comfortable transitioning from their stomach to their back for a breath during freestyle. In Fish 4, we work primarily on technique for freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke. We will help kids learn to breathe to the side on freestyle, proper kicking for backstroke, correct arm pulls for breaststroke, and much more! This class has a capacity to ensure proper instructor to participant ratios. Once the class is full, participants will be placed on a standby list. ***There will be a $5 fee (per lesson) for participants registered on a membership qualified for free group swimming lessons who do not attend. All other participants registered who do not attend will be charged full price of the session.*** Guests fee of $6 per class is included in the non member price. There are no make up classes for missed lessons If you are registered and are unable to attend notify Chris Hartley via email 48 hours prior to the start of the session at chartley@prairielife.com.

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
Monday 5:20 F4 6+ Mar 25 - May 13 5:20P - 5:50PMo Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
Wednesday 5:20 F4 4+ Mar 27 - May 15 5:20P - 5:50PWe Mar 2 - Mar 24 Standby
Thursday 5:55 F4 6+ Mar 28 - May 16 5:55P - 6:25PTh Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register

Fish 5

This level is intended for children 5+. Before entering Fish 5, kids must be able to properly swim a length of backstroke, freestyle, and breaststroke. In Fish 5, we will introduce butterfly. Kids will have the opportunity to practice skills that will prepare them for swim team, such as, flip turns, stream lines, and proper techniques for all four strokes. This class has a capacity to ensure proper instructor to participant ratios. Once the class is full, participants will be placed on a standby list. ***There will be a $5 fee (per lesson) for participants registered on a membership qualified for free group swimming lessons who do not attend. All other participants registered who do not attend will be charged full price of the session.*** Guests fee of $6 per class is included in the non member price. There are no make up classes for missed lessons. If you are registered and are unable to attend notify Chris Hartley via email 48 hours prior to the start of the session at chartley@prairielife.com.

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
Monday 5:55 F5 6+ Mar 25 - May 13 5:55P - 6:25PMo Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
Wednesday 4:45 F5 6+ Mar 27 - May 15 4:45P - 5:15PWe Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
Thursday 4:45 F5 6+ Mar 28 - May 15 4:45P - 5:15PTh Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
Saturday 10:35 F5 6+ Mar 30 - May 18 10:35A - 11:05ASa Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register

Polliwogs 1

This level is intended for children at least 3 years old. This is the first level of group swimming lessons at Prairie Life. In this level, we work on getting the kids comfortable working with an instructor, comfortable with the water, and introduce basic swimming skills. The same skills are taught in Polliwogs 1 as in Polliwogs 2. Polliwogs 1 is intended for children who are less comfortable and younger. This class has a capacity to ensure proper instructor to participant ratios. Once the class is full, participants will be placed on a standby list. ***There will be a $5 fee (per lession) for participants registered on a membership qualified for free group swimming lessons who do not attend. All other participants registered who do not attend will be charged full price of the session.*** Guests fee of $6 per class is included in the non member price. There are no makeup lessons for missed classes. If you are registered and are unable to attend notify Chris Hartley via email 48 hours prior to the start of the session at chartley@prairielife.com.

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
Monday 4:45 PW1 3+ Mar 25 - May 13 4:45P - 5:15PMo Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
Tuesday 5:20 PW1 3+ Mar 26 - May 14 5:20P - 6:50PTu Mar 2 - Mar 24 Standby
Thursday 5:20 PW1 3+ Mar 28 - May 16 5:20P - 5:50PTh Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register

Polliwogs 2

This level is intended for children at least 3 years old. This is the first level of group swimming lessons at Prairie Life. In this level, we work on getting the kids comfortable working with an instructor, comfortable with the water, and introduce basic swimming skills. The same skills are taught in Polliwogs 2 as in Polliwogs 1. Polliwogs 2 is intended for children who are more comfortable and older. This class has a capacity to ensure proper instructor to participant ratios. Once the class is full, participants will be placed on a standby list. ***There will be a $5 fee (per lession) for participants registered on a membership qualified for free group swimming lessons who do not attend. All other participants registered who do not attend will be charged full price of the session. Guests fee of $6 per class is included in the non member price. There are no make up lessons for missed classes. If you are registered and are unable to attend notify Chris Hartley via email 48 hours prior to the start of the session at chartley@prairielife.com

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
Tuesday 4:45 PW2 3+ Mar 26 - May 14 4:45P - 5:15PTu Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
Tuesday 5:55 PW2 3+ Mar 26 - May 14 5:55P - 6:25PTu Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
Wednesday 5:55 PW2 3+ Mar 27 - May 15 5:55P - 6:25PWe Mar 2 - Mar 24 Standby

Waterbabies

This level is intended for children 6 months - 3 years. In waterbabies, parents will work with babies in the water. The goal is to get babies more comfortable in the water before beginning group lessons. We play games, sing songs, and have fun while learning water safety. We will practice becoming comfortable kicking, splashing, and putting faces in the water to blow bubbles. Once the class is full, participants will be placed on a standby list for this reason there will be a $5 fee for participants registered who do not show up. Guests fee if $6 per class is included in the non member price.

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
Tuesday 6:00 WB 6 Months + Mar 26 - May 14 6:00P - 6:30PTu Mar 2 - Mar 24 Standby

Youth Swim for Fitness

Youth Swim for Fitness is great for kids to stay active in the water, learn to work on their swim strokes and have fun at the same time! Class will work on refining their freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke. YSFF will also cover butterfly, turns and building endurance. If you child is interested in swimming on a swim team, this is a great way to prepare for the next step. Participants should be able to swim 25 continuous yards freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke, backfloat and tread water for 1 minute, entry knowledge of butterfly helpful but not required. This class will be 75% technique, 25% coaching. Class will meet Tuesday and Thursday 5:15-6:00 and Saturday 9:05-9:50 for 8 weeks. $70 for one day or $130 for 2 days. Class requires minimum of 3 participants. Contact Aquatics Director Chris Hartley at 515-223-5999 x 215, or email at chartley@prairielife.com for questions. Guests of the club will be charged appropriate guest fees. THIS CLASS IS SCEDULED FOR 8 WEEKS NOW! Cost is adjusted based on days, 1 day per week available contact Chris Hartley for details.

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
YSSF Tues 5+ Mar 26 - May 14 5:15P - 6:00PTu Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
YSSF Thurs 5+ Mar 28 - May 16 5:15P - 6:00PTh Mar 2 - Mar 24 Register
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