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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 Sport Mini Kickers
Start you 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. Register through Challenger Sport at challenger 

Ki Aikido
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.
Min 4/Max. 15 Instructor: Rob Hafford, Midland Ki Society

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.

StageBound Musical Theatre
Let you inner light shine! A musical theater program designed to bring out the performer in all students. Classes culminate in a performance on December 6. 

Act I & II  
This class combines students in 1st thru 8th grade but focuses individually on each child;s growth. Come join us for this hour long, non-stop class full of entertainment fun. Students will work on dances from musical theater show, ding songs and work on their acting technique. 
Min 6/Max 20

Act III      
Time to Shine! Act III is for high school students that have the acting bug! This class is for the seasoned performer wanting to gain the edge in their performance technique, as well as for students just beginning to explore the joys of theater. Students delve into making choices, creating more developed characters and reaching new heights in their performance technique. All these help grow the student as a triple threat performer. Students will also work on audition technique. Fore those looking to continue with a theater degree in college this class is perfect.   
Min 6/Max 20 

About the instructor:  Artistic Director, Megan Case has been choreographing and teaching in Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City for the past 19 years.  She is an award winning and sought out teacher known for the story telling in her choreography.

Tri Star Basketball
The Merriam Optimist Club members will be with us again this season for a basketball clinic. Instruction in the basics such as dribbling, passing, shooting and teamwork. Contests and trophies the last day.