Youth Programs

 Worlds of Amusement Camp
Sign up for this camp that takes you on a thrilling adventure building your very own amusement park out of LEGO® Bricks! Rides will include classic, ultimate and Adventureland favorites. Attendees can expect to visit the 'Wizarding World' by building our favorite wizard and his magical owl! We will celebrate the ultimate park with mosaics of some of our favorite characters including Elsa, Anna and Mickey. At the end of the camp week, families will be invited to view our fully automated micro amusement park, complete with ticket booths, landscaping and lots of fun-loving LEGO® minifigures.
Location: Doanes Park Youth Center
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Dates: June 26 – 30 
Fee:  $149 (Register before May 1 and receive $15 off with discount code 58C860C9DFB62)
Age: K– 5
Register:  bricks4kidz.com/iowa-desmoines-ames
 Pre-K Art
Nurture your child’s inner artistic curiosity as they explore various art techniques, media and creative experimentation during each class. Possibilities include; acrylic, mixed media, watercolor, sculpture, collage, and more. Projects will be engaging and may focus on seasonal themes, beginning art fundamentals, a particular media or just plain messy. Come to create together, and leave the clean up to us!
Location: Pleasant Hill Public Library 
Time: 11:30  a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Dates: March 8, March 23, April 5, April 19, April 20, May 3, May 18
Fee: $8 per class 
Registration Deadline: March 6 (for the March 8 class), March 16 (for the March 23 class), March 29 (for the April 5 class), April 12 (for the April 19 class), April 13 (for the April 20 class), April 26 (for the May 18 class). Register by calling City Hall at 515-262-9368. Click here to download the registration form.  
Age:  2-6
Pre-K Art Bike Month Project
Celebrate Bike Month by learning bicycle safety skills while creating a collaborative project. Children age 2-6 are encouraged to attend to learn appropriate safety skills to navigate the dos and don'ts of riding a bicycle. Participants will navigate a skills course that will be set up in the parking lot west of the library. Helmets will be required and parent participation is recommended. Picnic tables will be available for those who bring a sack lunch.
Location: Pleasant Hill Public Library 
 Age: 2-6
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Bike course from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.)
 Days: Wednesday and Thursday 
 Dates: May 17 and May 18
 Fee/class: Free
 Pre-K Art Earth Day Project
Celebrate Earth Day as we discuss what it means to be a neighbor and take pride in our community. The class will investigate shapes, colors, and the anatomy of a globe. The final product will be temporarily displayed.
Location: Pleasant Hill Public Library
Age: 2 – 6  
Time: 11:30 a.m. 
Days: Wednesday and Thursday
Dates: April 19 and April 20 
Fee/Class: $8/child 
Deadline: April 13 – Register by calling City Hall at 515-262-9368. Register by calling City Hall at 515-262-9368. Click here to download the registration form.   
 Pleasant Hill Nature Club
Hike, explore and create with us! Creating with natural found objects is fun and can be done with anyone! Make art from things you might find in nature, such as pebbles, rocks, twigs, sand, pine cones, and leaves. These things can be made into mandalas, spirals, shapes, animals, or patterns. Parents are welcome. 
 Location: Doanes Park Youth Center
 Age: 1st – 8th grade
 Dates/Times: 
  • March 17: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • April 21: 4:30 – 6 p.m.
  • May 12: 4:30 – 6 p.m.
 Fee: $10/child or $15/family
 Deadline: March 10, April 14, and May 5 – Register by calling City Hall at 515-262-9368. 
 Min/Max Participants: 4/10
 Mindful Movement/Yoga & Mindfulness for Youth
This 60-minute class combines yoga and mindfulness training geared towards our youth. The first 30-minutes focuses on yoga to calm and strengthen both our mind and body. The last 30-minutes, students will learn practical, universal life skills to counteract stress reactivity through mindfulness. Students will explore awareness of breathing, building compassion, how to regulate emotions, and expressing gratitude.  Each child will get a workbook/journal to incorporate the practice into their daily lives. Class is taught by yoga instructor Tammie Dixon, and mindfulness instructor Allison Peet, owner of From Within Wellness. Please bring your own mat or a towel as yoga mats are limited. 
 Location: Doanes Park Youth Center 
 Age: Kindergarten  – 8th grade
 Time: – 3 p.m.
 Day: Sundays 
 Dates: March 5 – April 30 (No class April 16)
 Fee: $70/child
 Deadline: March 3 – Register by calling City Hall at 515-262-9368. 
 Participants: 10/20
 Martial Arts
 This martial arts program builds character while learning concepts of life protection. Two sessions include Little Ninja Age 4-6 and Family Karate Age 7+.
 Location: Doanes Park Youth Center
 Age: Little Ninja 4-6
           Family Karate 7+
 Day: Wednesdays
 Date: May 10 – June 28
 For more information contact Greg Thorson at 515-710-2342 or gthorson@ohallorans.com
 Little League
 Registration is open for the 2017 season
Register: phbaseball.org
 Soccer Spring League
 Registration is open for Dec. 1 - Jan. 15
Register: phsoccer.org

Adult Programs

 Adult Yoga
 Calm your mind by using breathing and your body's strength through movement. We work through opening, standing, balance, and seated poses. The last 5-10 minutes is meant for guided relaxation. Bring your own mat or towel as mats are limited.
 Location: Doanes Park Youth Center
 Age: 16+
 Time: 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
 Day: Sundays
 Dates: March 5 – April 30 (No class on April 16)  
 Fee: $70/person
 Deadline: March 3 – Register by calling City Hall at 515-262-9368. 
 Min/Max Participants: 10/20

Older Adult Programs


50+ Stretch Class
This 30-minute class is designed for those ages 50 and above who would like to increase their flexibility and range of motion. Participants will learn how to safely stretch and engage their entire body, improve joint flexibility, and prevent age related injuries. After this class, participants should feel calm, relaxed, and possibly an inch taller!
 Location: Doanes Park Youth Center
 Age: 50+
 Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 Day: Wednesdays 
 Date: March 15 – May 31
 Deadline: March 15
Equipment: Yoga mat and a small pillow
Register: Lisa Carter at 515-444-1434 or fit360withlisa@gmail.com
50+ Fitness
Move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, stability balls are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support. Find out more at Fit360withlisa.com
 Location: Doanes Park Youth Center
 Age: 50+
 Time: 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 Days: Wednesdays and Fridays
 Dates: March 10 – May 31
 Deadline: March 10
Contact: Lisa Carter at 515-444-1434 or fit360withlisa@gmail.com  
 Senior Tennis League
 The Pleasant Hill Senior Tennis League is a great way to meet people while getting exercise. Beginner tennis players are  welcome. Equipment is not provided. 
 Location: Doanes Park Tennis Courts
 Age: 55+
 Time: 8 – 10 a.m.
 Day: Wednesdays
 Date: April 6 (weather dependent)
 Fee: Free
 Pickleball League 
 The Pleasant Hill pickleball league is a great way to meet new people. Weekly informal league for beginner and experienced  players. Equipment is not provided.
 Location: Doanes Park Tennis Courts
 Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
 Day: Sundays
 Date: April 9 (weather dependent)
 Fee: Free
 Contact: Rick Courcier at 515-262-9368 or rcourcier@pleasanthilliowa.org