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 
Using elements of our most popular camp program and 1,000 touches curriculum, the Player Development Program places a higher emphasis on individual skills development, including core techniques, foot skills and one-on-one skills. Players will get to apply their new skills during small sided games and our Camp World Cup. The Player Development Program is suitable for all skill levels and campers will be separated by age. Campers will also spend time learning about respect, responsibility, intergrity, sportsmanship and leadership. Register by calling: 913-599-4884 or at Location Waterfall Park, 5191 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
CSI: Merriam 
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 printing, collecting DNA, dusting for prints, photography and more. 

Minecraft Engineering

Play-Well programs introduce kids to concepts of engineering, architecture, physics and fun with LEGO®. Bring Minecraft to life using tens of thousands of LEGO® pieces! Build engineer-designed projects such as a motorized Creeper, a portal to the Nether, and a moving Minecart! Create your 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

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®

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.