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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 Soccer Camp
Join more than 150,000 soccer players who will learn the Challenger way this year. "Player Development" camp is filled with drills and practices designed to improve individual ball control, foot skills, fakes, moves, juggling and core technique. "Mini Kickers" will be introduced to the basics through games and fun soccer challenges. The coaching staff also provides campers lessons in respect and leadership. Register by April 22 through Challenger Sport at challenger sports.com, to receive a free replica soccer jersey. 

CSI Merriam 
Put on your detective hat and let's solve a mystery. In this workshop Merriam Police Officers will take you through dusting for prints, photography, collecting DNA, finger printing, and the different divisions of investigations and traffic patrol. Student will also receive a tour of the station. 

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

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(two session offered Aug - Dec & Jan - May)
Let your inner light shine! A musical theater program designed to bring out the performer in all students. Classes culminate in a performance on May 7.
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 shows, sing songs and work on their acting technique. 

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. For those looking to continue with a theater degree in college this class is perfect.   
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.

Youth Tennis

Pee Wee
Let one of the best tennis players in the area help your child learn the game of tennis. Coach Dylan is a favorite among little ones as he incorporates fun and interesting activities in his beginner lessons. This class is for children ages 4 & 5, and is guaranteed fun! Please bring a tennis racquet and a water bottle. 

Beginner & Intermediate
This program is offered to any age player and is based on skill level - either beginner or intermediate level. Dylan will help you learn or improve your tennis game in a low pressure, fun environment. Please bring your own racquet and a water bottle. 

Private Lessons
Interested in some one-on-one time with one of the area's best tennis players? Coach Dylan offers private lessons to help you learn or enhance your game. Please bring your own racquet and water bottle. Call 322-5550 to registration for these lessons.