Recreation & Education

Recreation and Education

All centers offer a variety of recreational, educational and health related activities on a daily basis. Activities include, billiards, ceramics, crafts, Wii, bingo, dominoes, crocheting and much more. Throughout the year we offer different activities, but there are a few things that are regular these include: 

  • Tournaments- Pool, Cribbage, and assorted card tournaments are held on a monthly basis. 
  • Annual Senior Fest & Health Fair- Held in May at the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. This wonderful event is designed for those 60 years and older.  Attendees will enjoy a day full of health screenings, vendor booths, music, a nutritious meal and other fun activities.
  • Annual Volunteer Recognition Party- Held in September, this invitation only event is held at Hy-Vee Hall and recognizes individuals who serve in a volunteer capacity for Polk County. 

Wellness Programming

Fitness classes led by a certified instructor are held 3 times per week at all full-time centers (Central, Eastside, Northside, Northwest, Norwoodville, Southside, and Westside).

Hours vary for classes at the part-time centers (Altoona, Ankeny, Grimes, Johnston, ML King, Piioneer, Polk City, Runnells, Scott).  Please contact the individual part-time centers for specific class schedules.  

Fitness programming includes strength, cardio and flexibility exercises for older adults.

Tai Chi for Arthritis- A great exercise to help reduce stress and anxiety, improve balance and stability along with several other health benefits.  This is a free one-hour class that will be held for 7 weeks.   Contact Ranae at 265-8461 if you are interested.

Monthly Activities at Community Centers and Meal Sites

Bingo Schedule for all Sites

New Activities at the Northside Community Center

Polk County Senior Centers will be closed Friday, 1/15/21 due to inclement weather.