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
Location: Irene B. French Community Center-5740 Merriam Drive 

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
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.

Sewing with Jordan
The first step in learning to sew is learning how to operate your machine, and I will teach you how! In this two and a half hour workshop, we will cover it all - from turning your machine on, winding a bobbin and threading your machine, to practicing the most useful stitches. We will even do a simple project together to get you started. Come learn an important life skill in a fun environment, and leave confident and ready to sew on your own. Students will need to bring their sewing machine and accessories. Supply list will be given at time of registration.  Instructor:  Jordan Gomez