Youth Programs and Activities

Youth Gymnastics

Sign up for Tumbling for Tots or Jump-Start Gymnastics

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Swim Lessons

Sign up for swim lessons! Classes are available for all skill levels.

Teacher assists three children learning to swim.

Cheer 4 Fun

Cheer 4 Fun cheerleading squads make awesome transitions with formations, great tumbling passes, and stunts with high-energy routines set to music.

Two girls with cheerleading pom poms
 

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 Time + Sensory Hour

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays  ▶  10:30 - Noon  
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.  Parents with children 4 years old and younger 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 Survival Swim – Non-Walkers

This 6-week program teaches infants 6-12 months to roll over from a face down or submerged position onto their backs to relax and breath. Lessons are one-on-one, four days a week, and 15 minutes long.

Mon.–Thurs.  ▶  September - October ▶ Register 

Mon.–Thurs.  ▶  November - December ▶ Register 

 

Infant Survival Swim – Walkers (2 - 4 years old)

This 6-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 one-on-one, four days a week, and 15 minutes long. 

Mon.–Thurs.  ▶  September - October ▶ Register 

Mon.–Thurs.  ▶  November - December ▶ Register 

Infant Survival Swim  - Advanced (2 - 4 years old)

This program is a continuation of the Infant Survival Swim Program and teaches the swim-float-swim sequence.  Lessons are 30 minutes long, twice a week (Monday - Thursday) or once a week on Saturdays.   Limit 5 per class.

Mon.–Thurs.  ▶  September - October ▶ Register 

Mon.–Thurs.  ▶  November - December ▶ Register 

 

SuperKids 

This class is for advanced swimmers ages 5–8 years old. Kids will learn correct freestyle breathing, streamlines, backstroke, and other swim techniques. They will spend 45 minutes on instruction and 15 minutes playing games. Choose two days per week Monday - Thursday or Saturday.

Mon.–Thurs. or Saturday ▶ September 11 - October 16  ▶ Register

Mon.–Thurs. or Saturday ▶ October 23 - December 4  ▶ Register 

 

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.

▶  Register 

Craft Workshop

Tween DIY – Craft Class

Bring your friends and make adorable mini yarn hat ornaments and hot cocoa mix gifts for Christmas.  All supplies included.  Instructor: Berg 
Ages 8 - 12

Saturday, November 20  ▶  10 - 11:30 a.m.  ▶   Register   

 

Dance Classes

Toddler & MeTippi Toes Logo

Toddlers will learn gross motor and fine motor skills through the art of dance.  Music, movement, balance and basic dance steps are introduced in a fun, friendly, and positive manner.  Teachers will keep the music and curriculum moving along while parents take an active role in encouraging, supporting and keeping the little dancer on track.  Instructor: Tippi Toes

Wednesdays  ▶  September 1 - December 22   ▶ 9 - 9:45 a.m.  ▶ 18 months - 3 years    ▶   Register   Contact

Baby BalletTippi Toes Logo

Music, movement, balance and basic dance steps are introduced in a fun, friendly and positive manner.  Instructors keep the music and curriculum moving along while encouraging, supporting and keeping all little dancers on track in a fun and exciting environment.  Instructor: Tippi Toes

 Wednesdays  ▶  September 1 - December 22   ▶ 10 - 10:45 a.m.  ▶ 2 - 3.5 years    ▶   Register   ▶ Contact

Preschool Ballet / Tap / JazzTippi Toes Logo

This dance class incorporates dance styles such as ballet, tap, and jazz techniques while also encouraging self-expression and creativity.  High-energy music is used throughout the class to get dancers moving, using their imagination and having fun!  Instructor: Tippie Toes

Wednesdays  ▶  September 1 - December 22   ▶ 11 - 11:45 a.m.  ▶ 3.5 - 6 years    ▶   Register   ▶ Contact

 

 

ESPORTS

Calling all gamers! Whether you're a noob or a pro, you can join leagues with friends and compete in your favorite games, including but not limited to Mario Kart, Rocket League, and Super Smash Brothers.  We'll crown one local esports champ and give away cool prizes!

Interested? Here are the details: 

  1. Download the free app and join Merriam Parks and Recreation to follow our esports program
  2. Register for open leagues in your favorite games, suggest new ones, and invite your friends!
  3. Chat and compete with league mates, view your schedule, and check standings each season
  4. Registration closes on August 29. 
  5. Leagues begin the first week of September.

$10 for each league

 After you download the app…

  • Create your profile
  • Join an organization (Search for Merriam Parks and Rec)
  • Register for a league(s) in a game you own and play!
  • Invite your friends!

 Each week, you should…

  • Check the app for your next matchup (“View Matchup!”)
  • Chat with your league members (League Lobby) or your opponent (“View Matchup!”)
  • Reschedule your game if necessary (“Postpone”)

On game day…

  • Go online/meet up for your game at your scheduled time
  • Play your game on your console or PC
  • Afterwards, submit your score in the app (“Add Score”)
  • Start practicing for your next game!

 

If you want us to create a specific league for you and your friends (min of 4 people).  

Contact Renee Nagle 913-322-5550

 

 

Fitness and Sports

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: Patchen (1st degree) 

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

 

Cheer 4 Fun

Cheer 4 Fun cheerleading squads make awesome transitions with formations, great tumbling passes, and stunts with high-energy routines set to music. These two-minute routines contain choreography, tumbling, stunting, and dance moves. Your kids will love it! Instructor: Wills, USASF Certified

Saturdays   ▶   September - December Classes  ▶ 11  a.m. - 12 :30 p.m.   ▶   Register 

 

Karate for Kids

Sensei Tyler Murphy leads kids through fun workouts to help build patience, discipline, coordination, and muscle memory. Add $20 if you want a karate uniform. Instructor: Murphy

Saturdays   ▶   12:30 - 1:30 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 will learn how to 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: Chambers (6th degree) / Durán (2nd degree)

Saturdays   ▶   11 a.m. - Noon.   ▶   Register 

 

Kids/Teen Swordsmanship & Weapons

Learn martial arts based on universal weapons, focusing on combat fighting using sticks, staffs, swords, etc. Students will also learn unarmed combat techniques. All weapons are padded, and protective gear is provided. Instructor: Miller

Mondays and Wednesdays   ▶   5 - 6:30 p.m.   ▶   Register 

 

Mommy & Me

Enjoy a special time with your child as you guide them through stretching, tumbling, balance, coordination circuits and so much more with Coach Wills.  You'll look forward to seeing new friends each week! Instructor: Wills, USASF certified

Thursdays   ▶   10 - 11 a.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. Classes aren’t geared for professional gymnastic competition but are a fun way to learn and improve basic tumbling skills. Instructor: Wills, USASF Certified

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

Saturdays   ▶  September - December Classes  ▶  9:30 - 10:15 a.m   Register 

Jump-Start Gymnastics

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. Classes aren’t geared for professional gymnastic competition but are a fun way to learn and improve basic tumbling skills. Instructor: Wills, USASF Certified 

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

Saturdays   ▶   10:15 - 11 a.m.    Register 

 

Jump-Start Gymnastics II

Athletes must be able to perform a backbend from standing position and return to a standing position independently to participate.  Instructor: Wills, USASF Certified

Tuesdays   ▶    7 - 7:45 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: Wood

Mondays & Wednesdays   ▶   4:30 - 5:20 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Saturdays   ▶   12:30 - 1:30 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Soccer Shots

Mini: 2 - 3 years oldSoccer Shots Logo

Soccer Shots Mini is a high-energy program introducing children to fundamental soccer principles such as using their feet, Dribbling and basic game rules.  Through fun games, songs, and positive reinforcement, children begin to experience the joy  of playing soccer and being active.  

Sundays   ▶   Oct. 3 - Nov. 21   ▶   10:30 - 11 a.m. ▶  Register   Contact

Wednesdays  ▶   Oct. 5 - Nov. 24   ▶  5:30 - 6 p.m. ▶  Register   ▶ Contact

Fridays   ▶   Oct. 8 - Nov. 26   ▶   5:30 - 6 p.m. ▶  Register   ▶ Contact

Classic: 3 - 5 years oldSoccer Shots Logo

Soccer Shots Classic utilizes creative and imaginative games to focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing, and shooting.  It also highlights a positive character trait each session such as respect, teamwork, and appreciation.  

Sundays   ▶   Oct. 3 - Nov. 21   ▶   11 - 11:45 a.m. ▶  Register   ▶ Contact

Wednesdays  ▶   Oct. 5 - Nov. 24   ▶   6:05 - 6:50 p.m. ▶  Register   ▶ Contact

Fridays   ▶   Oct. 8 - Nov. 26   ▶   6:05 - 6:50 p.m. ▶  Register   ▶ Contact

premier: 5 - 8 years oldSoccer Shots Logo

Soccer Shots Premier focuses on individual skill, fitness and sportsmanship, providing an opportunity for children to be challenged through fun games and team interaction.  Children are also introduced to competition in a developmentally appropriate manner.  

Sundays   ▶   Oct. 3 - Nov. 21   ▶   12 - 12:45 p.m. ▶  Register   ▶ Contact

Wednesdays  ▶   Oct. 5 - Nov. 24   ▶   7 - 7:45 p.m. ▶  Register   ▶ Contact

Fridays   ▶   Oct. 8 - Nov. 26   ▶   7 - 7:45 p.m. ▶  Register   ▶ Contact

Preschool Indoor Playground

Too warm to play in the park?  Come ride and slide with us! Drive, pull, or push your favorite Little Tykes® vehicles or make believe in the kitchen, with a carpenter bench, or work with all your favorite garden tools. Have fun, make new friends, run, and be loud. Parents must supervise their own 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.

September classes ▶   Register 

October classes ▶   Register 

November classes ▶   Register 

December 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. 

September classes ▶   Register 

October classes ▶   Register 

November classes ▶   Register

December classes ▶   Register 

 

Youth: 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.

September classes ▶   Register 

October classes ▶   Register 

November classes ▶   Register 

December 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! 

September classes ▶   Register 

October classes ▶   Register 

November classes ▶   Register 

December classes ▶   Register 

 

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

Get four, 30-minute lessons tailored just for you. Available for ages 3 . $85 for private lessons, $75 for semi-private. Call 913-322-5550 for more information. 

Junior Dolphins

This program is designed for students who want to be on the Dolphins swim team.  The ideal student has gone through several rounds of swim lessons and is looking for more of a challenge.  Students learn starts, flip turns, and swim team workouts.

Saturdays ▶ 12 - 1 p.m. ▶  Register