Kids painting a group painting

Enrichment Activities

We believe that all students should have access to regular enrichment activities like field trips, music lessons and sports training. Gan Shalom’s enrichments are included at no additional charge, thanks in large part to the generosity of local partners and like-minded educators.

“Our daughter absolutely loves attending preschool here! We love the small class sizes, the play based learning that she is learning about other cultures and languages, and how often the kids get outside. The enrichment activities at the preschool are above and beyond any other center in Des Moines.”
— Gan Shalom Parent

Example Activities

The following activities are offered along with our standard curriculum:

  • Outdoor and physical activities like gardening, yoga, Zumba and soccer.
  • Facilitated group reading times, drama classes and dance instruction
  • Nature lessons and exciting wildlife and insect encounters
  • Educational talks with medical and public safety professionals
  • Experiencing the arts with a show at the Des Moines Civic Center

Community Partners

As part of our approach to community-inspired learning, we are grateful to feature enrichment activities with many partners, including:

Advance Start

Advanced Start

Students can get ahead on their math skills through Advanced Start, a locally-developed math program with an exceptional curriculum.

Menace Soccer

Des Moines Menace

Our hometown professional soccer team, the Des Moines Menace, puts our campus grounds to good use with fun and skills-based soccer training for our preschool students.

Mobile Music Lessons

Talented musicians from the Mobile Music Lessons travel to our classrooms to teach violin. Group size is limited to ensure quality instruction, but instruments are provided.

Drama Tykes


Our DramaTykes classes embrace the storyteller in your child—cultivating communication skills, building confidence, and teaming up to imagine, create, and produce unforgettable theatrical experiences.