Match Activities Calendar and Discounted Tickets


25 Free Scholarships for the Jeff Hill Future All-American Basketball Camp from July 17-20 at the Grubb YMCA
We have 25 free scholarships to the Jeff Hill Basketball Camp for Littles currently matched and Littles waiting for a Big who are between the ages of 6-17. The camp is held at the Grubb YMCA from Wednesday, July 17 to Friday July 19 from 5-9pm and Saturday, July 20 from 11am-3pm (there is an awards ceremony on Saturday at 7pm). Each camper will receive a t-shirt, basketball and trophy. Dinner is also provided. If you are interested in this, please email your Match Support Specialist or Sara at [email protected].

Activity at Polk County Conservation
-Creek Walk at Jester Park, Shelter #5 on Saturday, July 20 at 12:30pm. Free, no registration required.

Tour of State Capitol on Saturday, July 20 from 10:30am to 12pm
The Match Activities Committee invites Bigs and Littles to join us for a tour of the Iowa State Capitol- please click here to sign up. Please meet Big Brother Matt Bentz and the tour guide in the rotunda on the first floor. This is a free event. Remember to bring a camera to capture photos of the fantastic building. Please contact Sara at [email protected] with questions.

Toyota Track & Field Championship on Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26 at Drake Stadium at Drake University
BBBSCI has 30 free tickets for each day (Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26) for matches to attend the Toyota USA Track and Field Championship at Drake Stadium at Drake University! Over 1,000 of the best track & field athletes from across the country will strike to break records and vie for the title of National Champion. Elite athletes will be participating.

Bring your Little to this premier event will provide an opportunity to see incredible athletes perform where records get broken and Olympians are identified! More information on the competition is available here. If you and your Little are interested in tickets, contact Sara Bishop at [email protected].


Geocaching on Saturday, July 27 at 1pm at Jester Park
The Match Activities Committee invites Bigs and Littles to join us for an afternoon of geocaching at Jester Park- please click here to sign up. Geocaching is a high tech scavenger hunt using GPS. Come learn the basics from Polk County Conservation Staff and try finding several geocaches hidden just for you. This is a free event. Please contact Sara at [email protected] with questions.

Tickets to Iowa Cubs Baseball Games
We have tickets available to the following I-Cubs Baseball games:
-Sunday, July 28 at 1pm
-Thursday, August 8 at 7pm

We also have general admission I-Cubs tickets that can be used for a game of your choice (except for July 2-3, playoff and championship games). Click here for their schedule. Please email Sara at [email protected] if you and your Little would like any of these tickets.


Art Class on Sunday, July 28 from noon to 3pm at the Des Moines Art Center (Registration is Full)
The Des Moines Art Center is hosting a free art class for Bigs and Littles on Sunday, July 28 from noon to 3pm- please click here to sign up. The class is for all ages. Students will learn about watercolor landscapes and pastel scenes of outer space. All art supplies and lunch will be provided. Please email Sara at [email protected] with questions.

Movie Night on Thursday, August 1 from 5 to 7 pm at Businessolver
Businessolver is teaming up with BBBSCI to host a movie night for Littles and Bigs- please click here to sign up. This is a free event. We will watch the movie, "The Sandlot," and snacks will be provided. Please email Sara at [email protected] with questions.

Canoeing on Saturday, August 10 at 1pm at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
The Match Activities Committee invites Bigs and Littles for an afternoon of canoeing- please click here to sign up. Explore Polk County’s biggest county park as we canoe through the beautiful winding oxbows while enjoying the view and wildlife this park has to offer. Polk County Conservation Staff will cover basic safety and instruction; all equipment will be provided. This is a free event. Please email Sara at [email protected] with questions.

Ongoing Opportunities

BBBSCI Library is Open!
Matches, stop by the BBBSCI library at our office (9051 Swanson Blvd in Clive) and browse our collection of books. Matches are able to check out books- we ask that you return them when finished reading so others can use them. The library is open during our office hours, Monday-Thursday from 8am to 6pm and Friday from 8am to 5pm. 

Attend the Science Center of Iowa for Free!
BBBSCI is now a member of the Science Center of Iowa! This is a great opportunity for you and your Little as you will be able to attend the Science Center for FREE. It also gives you discounted tickets to the IMAX ($5 documentary tickets) as well as 10% off at the café and gift shop. Please contact your case manager or stop by the BBBSCI office to check out one of our 4 membership cards. Please arrange to return the card to our office within 2 business days of when you attend the Science Center so that other matches will be able to use it. Also, if a match would happen to lose a membership card, the Big would be responsible for paying to replace it (the cost would be $5). We hope that you and your Little will take advantage of this great opportunity throughout the coming years. Please contact your case manager with any additional questions.

Attend the Blank Park Zoo for Free!
BBBSCI is now a member of the Blank Park Zoo. This is a great opportunity for you and your Little as you will be able to attend the Zoo for FREE. If you would like to go to the Zoo, contact your case manager or stop by the BBBSCI office to check out one of our 4 membership cards. Please arrange to return the card to our office within 2 business days of when you attend the Zoo so that other matches will be able to use it. Also, if a match would happen to lose a membership card, the Big would be responsible for paying to replace it. Please contact your case manager with any additional questions.

Attend the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden for Free!
BBBSCI is now a member of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. This is a great opportunity for you and your Little as you will be able to attend the Botanical Garden for FREE. If you would like to go, contact your case manager or stop by the BBBSCI office to check out one of our 4 membership cards. Please arrange to return the card to our office within 2 business days of when you attend the Botanical Garden so that other matches will be able to use it. Also, if a match would happen to lose a membership card, the Big would be responsible for paying to replace it. Please contact your case manager with any additional questions.

Attend Living History Farms for Free!
BBBSCI is now a member of Living History Farms. This is a great opportunity for you and your Little as you will be able to attend Living History Farms for FREE. If you would like to go, contact your case manager or stop by the BBBSCI office to check out one of our membership cards. Please arrange to return the card to our office within 2 business days of when you attend Living History Farms so that other matches will be able to use it. Also, if a match would happen to lose a membership card, the Big would be responsible for paying to replace it. Please contact your case manager with any additional questions.

50% Off at Glowgolf - West Des Moines
Take advantage of this Groupon deal- $10 for three rounds of mini golf during one visit for two people. Click here to learn more.

Many Hands Thrift Market - Volunteer Opportunity!
Many Hands Thrift Market is looking for volunteers! At this market, people can find high quality, low priced second-hand goods and Haitian products, such as handmade metal art, jewelry and coffee. This is a great opportunity for matches who are looking for a powerful experience and a great way to give back. Call 515-710-7687 or email [email protected] for more info.