Youth Programs and Activities

 

The Merriam Parks and Recreation Department has something for everyone. Explore this section and enroll in one of our youth programs or classes.

All classes are held at the Merriam Community Center, 6040 Slater Street, unless noted otherwise. 

Aquatics Programs for Infants and Toddlers

Aqua Toddler Swim / Sensory Time

Monday - Friday  ▶  10:30-11:30 a.m. 
Ages 0–4 with adult present 
$50 for 10 punches or $90 for 20 punches

1 punch visit = 1 parent and 1 child 
Free for members!

Time specific for families with children sensitive to loud noises or big splashes of water.  During this time, all fountains, slides and water features are turned off.  Children can explore the zero depth, shallow water and therapy pool without fear of big kids splashing.  This isn't a swim lesson and won't be instructor led.  Parents must be in the water with their children.  

Infant Aquatic Survival Swim – Non-Walkers

This six-week program teaches infants to roll over from a face down or submerged position onto their backs to relax and breath. Lessons are 15 minutes, one-on-one, four days a week.

Monday–Thursday  ▶  June ▶ Register 

Monday–Thursday  ▶  July ▶ Register  

Infant Aquatic Survival Swim – Walkers

This eight-week program teaches toddlers the swim-float-swim sequence. Children will learn to swim a short distance with their face fully submerged, roll onto their back, float and rest whenever they need to breathe, and to flip back onto their tummy to continue to swim to safety while fully clothed. Lessons are 15 minutes, one-on-one, four days a week.

Monday–Thursday ▶  June ▶ Register

MJ's Kids

Mary Jo Klier works with children specifically foucsing on strokes and storke development.  This punch pass class includes two 15-minute sessions.  The instructor and guardian will determine times and days that work best for them.  

Punch Pass Program ▶ Register at Merriam Community Center Welcome Desk 

2 punches: $50 / 4 punches: $100 / $6 punches: $150 / 8 punches: $200

Aquatic Programs-Youth

KU Sensory Enhanced Aquatics

Children with autism spectrum disorders are taught traditional learn-to-swim methods combined with sensory strategies matched to their unique needs. University of Kansas Medical Center health professionals teach the swim lessons. Individual and small-group lessons are available.

Thursdays ▶ June ▶ Registration Begins May 13th

MJ's Kids

Mary Jo Keller works with children specifically focusing on strokes and stroke development.  These classes meet twice a week for 30 minutes at a time.  The instructor and guardian will determine times and days that work best for them.

Punch Pass Program ▶ Register at Merriam Community Center Welcome Desk 

2 punches: $50 / 4 punches: $100 / $6 punches: $150 / 8 punches: $200

SuperKids 

Advanced swimmers learn correct freestyle breathing, streamlines, backstroke, and other swim techniques.  They'll spend 45 minutes on instruction and 15 minutes playing games.  Choose two days per week (Monday through Thursday 11 a.m.-12 p.m.)

Monthly ▶ Register 

Fitness and Sports

Youth Fitness Equipment Orientation

Kids between the age of 12 and 15 can work out in the fitness center after they complete a youth fitness equipment orientations with a guardian. 

  • Learn rules of the fitness center and walking track
  • Learn proper equipment usage
  • Learn basic safe exercise techniques

Youth equipment orientations are FREE.  Please speak to someone at the Welcome Desk to schedule an appointment. 

Once they've completed an orientation and are ready to use the equipment, they can check in at the Welcome Desk at each visit .  

Aiki Kids Child/Parent Fundamentals

This class is designed to strengthen bodies and relationships through sweat, smiles, and laughter. Your child will learn basic ki-aikido self-defense and ki-meditation techniques. Parent participation is encouraged but not required. Instructor: Derrick (1st degree) 

Tuesdays   ▶   4:30–5:20 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Jump-Start Gymnastics

Gymnastics is a fun and safe way for children to develop confidence and coordination. Lesson plans are designed to introduce new tumbling skills in each class, focusing on improving balance and flexibility. Recommended for kids ages 5 to 10. Instructor: Wendy, USASF Certified

Tuesdays   ▶    6:15 - 7 p.m.   ▶   Register

Kawaii Kids Martial Arts

Kawaii is a popular Japanese term meaning cute.  While it's kawaii to view kids in uniforms, it's also rewarding to see them learn practical street smarts.  Kids become more aware of their surroundings in this fun, proven  method for children of all ages.  Children 4 years old must be accompanied by a guardian.  Instructors: Mick (6th degree) / Rafael (2nd degree)

Saturdays   ▶   11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.  ▶   Register

 

Tumbling for Tots

Gymnastics is a fun and safe way for children to begin developing confidence and coordination. Lesson plans are specifically designed to introduce new tumbling skills in each class, focusing on improving balance and flexibility. Recommended for kids ages 3 to 4. Instructor: Wendy, USASF Certified

Tuesdays  ▶ 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.   ▶    Register 

Youth Martial Arts

Learn traditional martial arts techniques in a family-friendly environment with an emphasis on awareness-based self-defense and anti-bullying. Improve discipline, focus, and self-confidence while strengthening the body and mind. Instructor: Joe

Monday, Wednesday ▶ 4:30 - 5:20 p.m. & Saturdays ▶ 12:30-1:30 p.m.   ▶    Register 

Merriam Dolphins Swim and Dive Team

Merriam Dolphins Swim and Dive Team

Be a part of Merriam’s summer swim and dive teams! Athletes can choose to swim only, dive only, or swim and dive for the same fee! Swim caps provided. Athletes will need a blue suit.  Information and schedules are available at Team Unify

Precompetitive Swim

This team is designed for young swimmers who are learning to swim and dive and working on increasing their skills and enduracne.  This isn't intended to be swim lessons.  A qualified simmer should be able to swim across the pool for 25 yards.  They don't need to know all four strokes.

Competitive Swim

This team is designed for high-level swimmers who are able to swim 50 yards without stopping and know all four strokes.

Mandatory Parents Meeting  ▶ May 3 at  7 p.m. ▶ Merriam Community Center

Meet the Coaches  ▶ May 17 at  7 p.m. ▶ Merriam Community Center

Your child can meet the Dolphins' coaches and learn expectations for the upcoming season.  

Register

Preschool Indoor Playground

Too cold to play in the park? Ride and slide with us during Preschool Indoor Playground! Drive, pull, or push your favorite Little Tykes vehicles. Parents must supervise their children during playground time.

Tuesdays   ▶   9:30–11:30 a.m.  
$2/child   ▶   Punch cards available: $10 for 10 visits

Swim Lessons

Swim lessons are all-inclusive and specific for each child’s skill set and include lifesaving and safety techniques. Register your child based on age. For preschool and youth lessons, class levels are used to ensure your child is successful. Children are evaluated at the beginning of each session and placed in the appropriate class level. Children should be able to work with an instructor and participate in swim lessons independently and willingly.

Parent/Child: 6 months–2 years

This lesson is designed as an introduction for parents and children alike. Learn safety tips while your child becomes familiar in the water and picks up basic water movement taught through songs, dances, and other fun forms of teaching. This class takes place in the indoor therapy pool. Parents must be in the water with their children.

Evening classes are held indoors, morning classes are held outdoors.  

Saturdays   June ▶   Register 

June classes ▶   Register 

July classes ▶   Register 

Preschool: 3–5 years old

Your child will learn basic water safety skills while also growing more comfortable in the water. Students will learn how to safely enter and exit the water, blow bubbles underwater, float, kick, and work on arm movements. 

Evening classes are held indoors, morning classes are held outdoors.  

Saturdays  June ▶   Register  

June classes  ▶   Register  

July classes ▶   Register 

Youth 1: 6–12 years old

Beginning swimmers are introduced to basic stroke movement and will learn how to be more comfortable in the water. More advanced swimmers are instructed in stroke technique, endurance, and safety skills. 

Evening classes are held indoors, morning classes are held outdoors.  

Saturdays  June ▶   Register  

June classes ▶   Register

July classes ▶   Register 

Adult: 13+ 

Adult lessons are designed to help each participant reach personal goals. Whether you want to be a proficient lap swimmer, learn to float, or acquire water safety skills, instructors will work to ensure your success!  

Monthly classes ▶   Register

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

Get four, 30-minute lessons tailored just for you. Available for ages 3+ . $90 for private lessons, $80 for semi-private. Call 913-322-5550 for more information. 

Workshops

Cardboard Boat Reggatta

Build a cardboard boat and race it across the pooll against other competitors! It's a challenging, fun, and wet adventure that combines cardboard, tape, creativityc and engineering. Two-person teams build the boat, but only one will race inside the boat. Donuts, drinks, and all materials to build the boats are provided! Regular pool admission fees apply if you wish to swim after the event.

Sunday, July 17  ▶  10-11:30 a.m. ▶  Register