Senior Programs (Fall/Winter)

Fitness Classes

For current fitness class offerings from the Urbandale Senior Recreation Center please consult our bi-monthly newsletter at

Social Groups

For current Social Group options and meeting schedules at the Urbandale Senior Recreation Center please consult our bi-monthly newsletter at

Computer, Internet and Printing Services (Ages 55+) - Free

Access is now available for public use of computers, internet and printing when the classroom is not in use. Please check the posted room calendar or call for specific room availability. 

Game Room: Pool and Shuffleboard (Ages 55+) - Free

Access is now available for the public use of the game room on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check the posted room calendar or call for specific room availability. 

Fitness Room (Ages 55+) - Free

Cardio equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis during our regular business hours. 

Library (55+) - Free

A small library of books is available for you to borrow from. If you find something you want to read, you can just take it home and bring it back when you are done. 


Special Events

Ice Cream Social and 20th Anniversary Self-Guided Tours (Ages 55+) - Free with Registration

The Senior Recreation Center opened in its current location in 2001. Since then, attendance has increased, and programming has grown and changed to meet the needs of our seniors. Command and have a cup of ice cream to celebrate and take a self-guided tour to see how the space is being used to serve Urbandale’s seniors now. The Outside Scoop Truck will be here serving up single scoops ($4) and double scoops ($6). If you are 55 and over and register by September 3, you will receive a ticket for a free single scoop! This is a great opportunity to bring a friend to see what we have going on. Don’t forget to register them in advance for a free scoop too! The public is welcome to visit and tour the Rec Center without registering for this event. Registration for this event that includes a free scoop of ice cream. Registration will close Friday, September 3rd. Date: Friday, Sept. 10th, from 12:30-2:30pm.

BINGO (Ages 55+) - $1

Join us for exciting bingo action! All dimes played per round will go into that round's jackpot! If you are lucky enough to get a Bingo, that jackpot is yours. $1 to play, plus 10 cents per card per round. (Max 2 cards/round) Due to capacity limitation you must register in advance for this program. Minimum 10/Max 35. $1 to play, $0.10/card per round, up to 2 cards. Thursday, September 9 from 12:00pm - 01:00pm (register here) or Thursday, October 14 from 12:00pm - 01:00pm (register here). 

Walk This Way: 50-Day Challenge (Ages 55+) - Free

Walking provides many health benefits for all ages! It’s an affordable hobby that can be done indoors or outdoors, along or with others, and at any pace you prefer. Join this challenge to keep you motivated and moving for 50 days and earn prizes along the way! August 23-October 11. Registration Deadline: August 16 (register here).


Picnic Pick-Up (Ages 55+) - $8/meal

We’ll provide the meal, all you have to do is pick it up. Each month we include a seasonal activity or information as well. Curbside Pickup is no longer being offered for this program, please come into the Community Room at the Urbandale Senior Recreation Center at your pickup time to receive your meal. 

September Picnic: Thursday, September 9 from 11:30-12:30 (register here).

October Picnic: Thursday, October 14 from 11:30-12:30 (register here).

Senior Special Events

Senior Leagues

Fall Bocce League (Ages 55+) - $10/team

Come and see what all the rage is about and join our Fall Bocce League! Teams will play a 6-week scored season on Mondays or Tuesdays. We will not be hosting a tournament for this league, league standing will be based on points scored during regular season play. Registration opens on July 26th, so don't delay as this program fills quickly! Registration Deadline: One Week Prior.

4 Person League: Mondays from August 16-September 27 from 8:30AM-3:00PM (register here).

2 Person League: Tuesdays from August 17-September 21 from 8:30AM-3:00PM (register here).

Fall Shuffleboard League (Ages 55+) - $10/team

Our shuffleboard league is back on! Sign up your two person team for Monday league or Tuesday League. Leagues will be a round robin regular season for 6 weeks, with an all day single elimination tournament on the 7th week. Time will vary depending on the number of teams registered for each day of play. Registration Deadline: One Week Prior

Monday League: October 4 -November 15 from 9:00AM-3:00PM (register here).

Tuesday League: October 5-November 16 from 9:00AM-3:00PM (register here). 

Horse Collar Tournament (Ages 55+) - $3/team

Horse Collar is a variation of Shuffleboard where individuals compete to get to 51 points first. Pucks can be thrown for 1, 2, 3,13, or 26 points! This will be a double elimination, all day tournament. Please plan accordingly as this tournament will be held all in one day. Players should be prepared to stay at the Rec Center until they are eliminated from play, or plan to return for each scheduled match. Registration Deadline: One Week Prior Tuesday, September 21 from 9:00AM-3:00PM (register here).

Bocce Ball

Craft Classes

Jewelry Making (Ages 55+) - $5

Spend this session creating a new, truly unique, handmade jewelry piece. We’ll have supplies available for you, and some basic designs so you can try your hand at jewelry making. This class is appropriate for beginners. Registration closes one week prior. Min. 4/Max 12. Tuesday, August 10 from 12:30-2:00pm (register here).

Dish Scrubbies (Ages 55+) - $5

By far the most popular item to purchase from our craft sales, but we’re all out! This class will teach you to crochet your own dish scrubbie to use at home or give as a gift. Registration closes one week prior. Tuesday, September 14 from 12:30-02:30pm (register here).

Pumpkin Decorating (Ages 55+) - $10

Join us as we create painted and carved pumpkins to decorate your home and the USRC for the Halloween season. Registration closes one week prior. Tuesday, October 12 from 12:00-2:00pm.

Jewelry Making

Iowa History

Iowa Fire History (Ages 55+) - Free 

Take a walk through the history of fire and firefighting in Iowa with Brian Eiteman. Brian is the Iowa Fire Museums and Fire Prevention Education Center's Executive Director, and an Assistant Fire Chief in Perry. This will be a hybrid session, occurring both in person and via zoom. A preference option will be asked for when registering for this class. The zoom link for this class will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days before class. Registration closes one week prior. Tuesday, September 7 from 12:30-01:30pm (register here).

Oktoberfest by the Numbers (Ages 55+) - Free

Join Kelly Lao, the Executive Director of the German American Heritage Center in Davenport as we learn about the popular tradition of Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest by the Numbers is a fun, visual program that shows the scope and history of Germany's largest festival! Learn about Munich's traditions, World wide figures, as well as quirky, lesser known facts about the 'Fest! This will be a hybrid session, occurring both in person and via zoom. A preference option will be asked for when registering for this class. The zoom link for this class will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days before class. Registration closes one week prior. Tuesday, October 5 from 12:30-1:30pm (register here).


Learn Something New

Learn to Play Bocce Ball (Ages 55+) - $5

If you've always wanted to learn how to play the game of Bocce Ball, this clinic is for you! We'll walk you through the rules of the game, with instructions and demonstrations.  We'll also allow for a few rounds of play. We hope after this session, you'll join us for our fall league! Registration closes one week prior. Friday, August 6 from 1:00-02:30pm (register here).

Learn to Play Horse Collar (Ages 55+) - $5

If you're interested in our Horse Collar Tournament but don't know how to play this is the class for you! We'll walk you through the rules and scoring of the game, with instructions and demonstrations. We'll also have a few rounds of play for you to practice! We hope after this session you will join us for our Horse Collar Tournament! Tuesday, September 7 from 11:00am-12:30pm (register here) or Tuesday September 7 from 12:30-2:00pm (register here).

Learn to Play Shuffleboard (Ages 55+) - $5

If you've always wanted to learn how to play Shuffleboard, this is the class for you! We'll walk through the rules of the game, with instructions and demonstrations. We'll also play a few rounds, so you can get a feel for a real game. We hope that after this session, you join us for our winter league! Maybe you'll even find a team member in this class to enjoy the league with! Monday, September 20 from 12:30-1:30pm or Monday, September 20 from 1:30-2:30pm.

Money Smart for Older Adults (Ages 55+) - Free

Financial exploitation has been called “the crime of the 21st century” with one study suggesting that older Americans lost at least $2.9 billion to financial exploitation in 2010 to both people they know and trust as well as strangers. Cases tend to be complex and can be difficult to investigate and prosecute. Those who lose their life savings usually have little or no opportunity to regain what they have lost. Awareness is the first step. Planning ahead for financial wellbeing and the possibility of diminished financial capacity is critical. Money Smart for Older Adults is designed to provide you with information and tips to help prevent common frauds, scams and other types of elder financial exploitation. We’ll cover topics like telephone, phantom debt collection, charity, and internet scams. We’ll also discuss identity theft, medical identity theft, and scams that target homeowners or veterans. This is a two day class. Thursday, October 21 and 28 from 1:00-2:30pm

 Senior Leagues

Parks Spotlight

Our free Parks Spotlight sessions are here to introduce you to some of Urbandale’s best known, and best-kept-secret parks. Together we will meet at a local park and we will share the amenities, trails, and features of each. We hope this will encourage you to venture out, and discover the more than 50 parks that the Urbandale Parks system has to offer you!   

Murphy Park
Located at 67th St and Urbandale Ave in southeast Urbandale, Murphy Park is a tucked away location that is great for everyone. With a close and accessible parking lot and portable restrooms available for most of the year, this is a great place to play soccer, basketball, or play on a playground and still be able to picnic in a beautiful shelter. With sidewalk access to the Urbandale and Des Moines Trails system, this is a great place to stay and relax or break out and explore. Wednesday, September 1 from 1:00-2:00pm (register here).

Jackaline Baldwin Dunlap Park and Arboretum
With an accessible parking lot at Mary Lynn Driver and Sherry Lane, this unique feature of Urbandale houses public art and a beautiful arboretum to enjoy in any season. With seasonally available portable restrooms, an open shelter with electricity, and a beautiful paved trail loop, this is the perfect park to enjoy picnics and walks with friends. Wednesday, September 15 from 1:00-2:00pm (register here).

Walnut Creek Regional Park
Walnut Creek is the largest park in Urbandale with over 200 acres of land. This park is slated for some serious improvements with the additions of a trail, sitting area, rain garden, trees and public art set to be completed this fall. Jan Herke, the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Urbandale will join us to talk about the Walnut Creek Master Plan and the city's hopes for this beautiful space. Wednesday, September 29 from 1:00-2:00pm (register here).

Parks Spotlight

Technology Classes 

Just Google It - $5

Google is the leading internet search engine, and can be used to find and figure out anything. This class will walk you through the basic functions of a Google search, including using keywords and sorting by videos, images, and shopping. We'll even talk about how to spot advertisements that fall into the mix!  You will learn tips and tricks to be able to use Google search to its full potential and become a fast and effective fact-finder. Thursday, August 19 from 12:00-1:00pm (register here).

Facebook: Protect Your Privacy - $10

In this class we will go over different security settings you can enable and use on your Facebook account to help keep your profile secure, and your identity safe. This class is for those who already have a Facebook account, please bring your Facebook login credentials (username and password) to this class. It will be easiest to follow along on a laptop computer or tablet. A limited number of these devices will be made available for participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Thursday, September 16 from 12:00-2:00pm (register here).

Online Shopping - $10

It seems the holiday shopping season starts earlier and earlier every year! This class will talk about how to shop online effectively and safely. Whether you want to try online grocery shopping, or sign up for Amazon Prime, every online retailer will ask for similar information when you place your order. So be prepared for the highs and lows of online shopping with this class! We will cover several major retailers like Target, Amazon, and the online marketplace Etsy. Thursday, October 21 from 12:00-2:00pm (register here).

Facebook Protect Your Privacy