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 Tiny Tykes 
Tiny Tykes is a NEW and Exciting program focusing on the development of children aged 2-5 years old. Our soccer experts and child development professionals have designed an innovative curriculum; introducing your young soccer stars to the basic soccer skills, while developing strength, balance, coordination, listening skills and teamwork. Our British coaches are experts at working with young children, and will Combine soccer with fun games, stories and music; keeping your children entertained and enthused to return the next week. Register by calling: 913-599-4884 or at Location Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS 
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

Intro to STEM with LEGO®

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®  

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 your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer a the next level.
Ages 7-12
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.