Kids and families will have plenty of options to have some fun outdoors in coming weeks, such as joining a summer program, or getting out of the house.
Walnut Creek Church has four branches located in different areas around Des Moines, but as a whole, the church will be organizing a Fourth of July picnic at Jordan Park. The purpose of the event is to bring everyone together to celebrate the country’s independence. The event is free and open to everyone. Activities on that day include a barbecue dinner, yard games, a volleyball tournament, field sports and also a show. For more information, please call the church office at 515-279-8312 or keep an eye on updates on the church website at https://walnutcreekchurch.org/.
Walnut Creek Church at 900 64th St., Windsor Heights, has a vacation Bible school (VBS) scheduled for July 13-17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each night. The theme of the VBS is “Spy Academy.” Children from preschool to eighth grade are welcome to participate in the program and enjoy the story time, games, snack and music together. The event is free, and participants can sign up on the first night of the program. If interested in the program, please contact Pastor Mike Bourland at 515-250-5988 for more information, or keep up with updates at the church website, https://walnutcreekchurch.org/windsor-heights.
Windsor Heights Lutheran Church at 1240 66th St., is offering a few youth and family life programs in June and July, giving youngsters some opportunities to get away from daily routine.
An event “Love Like Jesus” for children between eighth and 12th grade will be held at Grand View University June 19-22. It is an event for the youths to be baptized and to participate in service projects, leadership development, Bible study and worship. Since Windsor Heights Lutheran Church is currently under renovation, the event will be taking place at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Urbandale.
The church is also offering children a chance to interact with the nature in Iowa during summer. The church is putting a high school and young adult canoe retreat together from July 10-14. Participants who have signed up will be anticipating some adventures and excitement through camping and canoeing along rivers in the northeastern Iowa.