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.

Nothing but NET in Merriam 

We have the perfect "Stocking Stuffer" for your basketball player. Sean birdsong, son of former NBA all star Otis Birdsong will take it courtside. The three-day camp will teach the fundamentals of basketball and provide techniques for boys and girls looking to further their basketball skill set. For those new to the game, Sean will introduce them to the basics such as dribbling, passing, shooting and development of hand-eye coordination. 
Instructor: Sean Birdsong, former NCAA DII player Lincoln University.