Match Activities Calendar


Upcoming Match Activities
Match Activities are low-cost to free events organized by the Match Activities Committee. These events provide Bigs and Littles the opportunity to meet and interact with other Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa (BBBSCI) matches.

Free Tickets to the Iowa Wolves Basketball Games at the Iowa Events Center
We have free tickets to the 2022/2023 Iowa Wolves Basketball games. Please sign up for the games you'd like to attend here and learn the theme for each game here.

Pottery Painting Party at Glazed Expressions on February 4 (SIGN-UP FULL)
We are providing a session for matches on Saturday, February 4 from 3-6pm at Glazed Expressions (8826 Swanson Blvd., Clive, IA 50325). Snacks and refreshments provided. The session is currently full. To get on the waiting list, please sign up here.

Science Center of Iowa - Special Workshops
We are partnering with the Science Center of Iowa to provide unique opportunities for our matches. On the dates listed below, matches can reserve a spot to participate in one of the Science Center’s 1-hour Innovation Labs in addition to exploring the Science Center…all for FREE!  There are 2 different labs matches can sign up for – 3D Design & AR, and Robotics & Coding.  Descriptions of each are below.  Hope you will join us!

3D Design and AR: Augmented Reality is used in video games, interior design and photo enhancement. In this workshop, learn how to use CAD software to create 3D images that can be viewed in augmented reality.

Robotics and Coding: Robots can improve our lives by helping us with our daily chores or doing dangerous task for us. Learn how people program different robots using block based coding.

  • Thursday, February 2 (Science Center open from 4-8 pm):
  • Sunday, February 19 (Science Center open from 9 am - 4 pm)
  • Thursday, March 2 (Science Center open from 4-8 pm):
  • Sunday, April 16 (Science Center open from 9 am to 4 pm):
  • Thursday, May 4 (Science Center open from 4-8 pm):


FLASH - BBBSCI's Sexual Education Program through EyesOpenIowa
We will be starting a new program in February called FLASH, an evidence-based sexual education program delivered by trained and experienced sexual health educators from EyesOpenIowa. This program is for Littles ages 14 – 18, and they will learn about important topics such as healthy relationships, gender identity, birth control options, how to avoid STD’s, and more.

There are a total of 5 program sessions that occur every other Thursday from 6 – 7:30 pm starting on February 9th and ending on April 6th. Littles who attend 75% of the sessions will receive a $20 gift card from EyesOpenIowa, as well as a $50 Amazon gift card from BBBSCI. Sessions will be held at the EyesOpenIowa office (4000 Westown Pkwy, Suite 204 in West Des Moines).

Bigs are strongly encouraged to attend the sessions with their Little to help reinforce the learning outside of program. If you are interested in signing up your Little up for the program, please chat with their parent/guardian about joining. They received an email with the link to sign them up as it includes parental consent. Please contact Program Support Specialist- Emma Kolpek with any questions at [email protected].

Hy-Vee KidsFit - ongoing
Hy-Vee KidsFit is accepting applications for its School Wellness Club! This fun and FREE opportunity is a great way to jumpstart health and wellness. Educators and community organizations are encouraged to sign up today for exclusive content targeting kids age 7-12. Signing up will get you access to seasonal fitness challenges, exclusive resources like videos, blogs, worksheets, lesson plans and invitations to events.

This spring, KidsFit will rally kids across the Midwest for their annual squat challenge. By signing up today, you’ll be notified of all the details to participate in this wonderful wellness activity. Questions? Please contact [email protected].

Looking for Virtual Activities?
Learn about the Little Big Virtual Academy!


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. 

YMCA
Free admission (with your Little) to any location in Greater Des Moines except the Healthy Living Center. Just show your Big ID card! 

Attend the Science Center of Iowa for Free!
To attend the Science Center of Iowa for free, please contact your Match Support Specialist, and they will help get you signed up.

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.