Youth Recreation


Ames Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of youth recreation opportunities. 

Click here to see our current Program Guide.  This guide is a large PDF file and may take some time to open. 

Request Private Swim Lessons [ages 6 and up]

Request Private Dance or Gymnastics Lessons


Fall Program Newsletter


Fall Tumbling

 Tumble Bugs- Here is a great chance for you and your child to have FUN together!  Tumble Bugs is an exciting class that focuses primarily on large motor skills development for children ages 2-3.  A parent or guardian must accompany each child.  Every parent or guardian will take an active role in their child's skill development and fun!

Tumbling Tykes- This program is designed with smaller group sizes.  Classes will focus on large motor skills and help develop child independence.  It is an excellent introductory class for young gymnasts.

Tumbling Tots - This program is a  beginning gymnastics class designed for 3-5 year olds in which children will be introduced to gymnastics equipment and learn basic skills.


Gymnastics I – This gymnastics class is offered for children age 5 and up.  It is designed for young gymnasts with minimal or no previous experience. This is a great introductory class! 
    Forward and backward rolls Handstand & cartwheel
    Squat-on using vault Walks and pivot turns on beam
    Pullover on bars Strength & Conditioning.

Gymnastics II - Builds on skills from Gymnastics I.  This class is best for gymnasts who have previous gymnastics experience.
    Backbends Handstand forward-roll
    Front handsprings on vault Forward mill circle on bars
    Cartwheel on Beam Strength and Conditioning

Gymnastics Intermediate or Advanced- This class is designed for gymnasts who have developed strong fundamental skills and are able to work at a more challenging level on all events.  This class is not recommended for new gymnasts.  
    Back walkover Back handspring drills, 
    Front tuck drills on vault   Dismounts on balance beam
    Back hip circle dismount on bar  Strength & Conditioning

Adapted Gymnastics - This program will allow special needs kids to have flexible, individualized instruction in gymnastics skills.  Children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian to participate in this program.

Swimming Lessons



Zumbatomic® 6-11 Yrs - Check out our new Zumbatomic® fitness program for kids. It's a fast-forward fusion of the Zumba program designed to let kids max out on fun and fitness at the same time. Our Zumba classes will teach kids to move, have fun and dance to fun Latin music!

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