5 Olympic Sports to Try in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

5 Olympic Sports to Try in Des Moines

The 2016 Summer Olympics are finally here and all eyes are on Rio. As your kids get into the Olympic spirit and watch impressive athletes tackle amazing feats, they might get inspired to try a new sport or activity. Des Moines offers plenty of opportunities to expose your kids to their favorite Olympic sport. Here are a few ways your kids can get involved in a popular Olympic sport right here in the Metro.


With so many Olympic hopefuls training right here in Des Moines, it goes without saying that local kids should find it easy to get excited about the sport of gymnastics. If your little ones get inspired this year by Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas, give them a chance to try some of those skills for themselves at Chow’s Gymnastics & Dance. Find additional training facilities here.

Track & Field

One of the most popular Olympic sports, track and field offers a wide range of activities to kids. With several athletes from Iowa or ties to Iowa, competing this summer, it makes it even more fun to watch.  Find out where kids can participate in track in field in Des Moines.


You’ll be able to see Ames native, Harrison Barnes, play alongside other basketball legends on the U.S. Men’s National Team in Rio this year. If that ignites a love for the game, Kingdom Hoops is a great place to brush up on skills and learn more about the game. Find even more youth basketball leagues here.


Kids can’t resist fun in the water and watching Olympic athletes compete in the pool is one of the most thrilling things about the summer games. Whether they’re inspired by the quick strokes down the lanes or the platform diving, YMCA locations throughout the Des Moines metro can help them perfect their own skills. Check out these other options for competitive swimming in Des Moines.


Fast-paced and fun to watch, soccer is a great way to introduce kids to some new athletic feats. Happy Feet and i9 Sports are a couple of the great local places to enroll kids in soccer programs. Find more information about soccer in Des Moines.

To get involved in other sports and activities, be sure to check out our Sports & Recreation Fun Guide.

Here’s a great resource for learning more about each summer sport as you watch the 2016 Summer Olympics together.


What’s your family’s favorite Olympic sport to watch?  Let us know!

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