As the Metro expands west, Waukee is appealing to both kids and parents looking for family friendly neighborhoods and great schools. With access to great parks and trails and with new businesses and awesome restaurants locating here, it’s easy to see why more families are calling Waukee home. Here are 11 signs that you’re making the most of your childhood in Waukee.
1. Instead of gathering at the town square, you gather at the Triangle.
2. You can’t keep track of where you’ll be going to school each year.
As one of the fastest growing school districts in the state of Iowa, the Waukee Community School District is constantly building new schools and drawing new boundary lines.
3. Your friends and family have come to accept your obsession with ice cream, and now embrace it with you.
The Waukee Ice Cream Shoppe serves up countless creamy concoctions that fit in a cone, cup or bowl and serves as a meeting spot for families.
4. Your social life revolves around Centennial Park.
You’ve been running, strolling, biking, geocaching, playing soccer, softball, disc golf, watching movies, hunting Easter eggs and more in this public park since birth.
5. You bring a wagon to Waukee’s 4th of July parade to drag home the five pounds of trinkets and candy you collect.
Waukee celebrates Independence Day with a large one-day festival that includes a parade, activities and entertainment, food vendors and a spectacular fireworks show.
6. Your family eats dinner at Pizza Ranch every Tuesday.
You load up at the pizza buffet on Tuesday nights when it’s Kids Eat Free night at the Pizza Ranch.
7. You think you’re a Waukee kid, but you actually live in Clive, Urbandale or West Des Moines.
The Waukee Community School District encompasses the cities of Clive, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Waukee. As school serves as a hub in kids’ lives, you identify as being from Waukee, rather than from where you actually reside.
8. You heart Kil’n Time Studio. Especially on rainy days.
Kids love to get creative at Kil’n Time Studio and it’s a great place to spend quality time and make memories with your friends, family, or just about anyone! They also offer art classes for kids and birthday parties.
9. You have more playdates on the calendar than your parents had dates in all of high school.
10. Every Halloween you get scared silly at the Haunted House.
For older kids who crave a thrill and a chill, the Haunted House in Centennial Park brings the frighteningly fun holiday to life.
11. You may soon be watching movies on the largest IMAX screen in the United States.
Fridley Theatres is planning to develop a state-of-the-art, luxury movie theater that is proposed to be built along Hickman Road in Waukee.
What else makes Waukee kids unique? Let us know in the comments below.