Youth Programs

The Merriam Parks and Recreation Department has something for everyone. Explore this section and enroll or visit one of our youth recreation programs.
Challenger Sport Mini Kickers 
Start your preschooler out on the right foot with soccer. Mini kickers is an exciting program that teaches basic soccer skills while developing strength, balance and listening skills. The Mini kickers curriculum was devised by soccer experts, child development professionals and is instructed by professional British soccer coaches.  Register by calling: 913-599-4884 or at www.registration.challengersports.com. Location Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS 
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The Ki Society
Aikido is a defensive Japanese martial art. Aikido's goal is to remove aggression from situations. The power of Aikido comes from centering, relaxing and extending "Ki" energy rather than physical size and strength.   Instructor: Vic Montgomery
CSI: Merriam  Registration begins April 3
Let's spend a morning pretending to be forensic investigators with the Merriam Police Department. Learn the skills of observation and learn to solve crimes by gathering evidence - including finger printeing collecting DNA, dusting for prints, photography and more. 

Minecraft Engineering

 Registration begins April 3
Play-Well program introduce kids to concepts of engineering, architecture, physics and fun the LEGO®. Bring Minecraft to life using tens of thousand of LEGO® pieces! Build engineer-designed project such as a motorized Creeper, a protal to the Nether, and a moving Minecart! Create you favorite Minecraft objects with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. Whether you are new to Minecraft and LEGO®,  or a seasoned veteran, you'll be hooked on the endless creative possibilities. Ages 5-7

Minecraft Masters Engineering

 Registration begins April 3
Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO®! Build a motorized walking Creeper, a terrifying Ghast, and a motorized Minecart! This project-based camp, designed by Play-Well instructors, combines the basic format of our core engineering-themed programs, based on the world of Minecraft. Students will explore real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while building their favorite Minecraft objects. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO®.  Ages 7-12 

Intro to STEM with LEGO®

   Registration begins April 3
Tap into your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® pieces! Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, snowmobiles, catapults and merry-go-rounds. Then use special pieces to create your own unique designs. New and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. There is no prerequisite for this course. Ages 5-7

STEM Challenge with LEGO®  

Registration begins April 3
Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO®
pieces! Apply real world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as catapults, pneumatic cranes, arch bridges and battletracks! Design and build as never before, and explore you craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer a the next level.
Ages 7-12
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Preschool Indoor Playground
Visit our magical indoor playground every Tuesday year-round, where it's never rainy, snowing or too hot. Inflatable bouncers, Little Tyke riding toys and more! Special activities included near the holidays. Parents must supervise their own children during playground time. 9:30am-11:30am; Ages 5 & under; 
$2 per child/per day or punch card available for 10 visits at $10.
For more information call 913.322.5550.