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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 Sports 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. 

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: Rik Scarborough

Sewing with Jordan
The first step in learning to sew is understanding how to operate your machine, and Jordan 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 you 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 you own. Students will need to bring their sewing machine and accessories. 

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.