Youth Programs

Merriam Parks & Recreation Coloring Contest

  1. Download our coloring page
  2. Color you entry
  3. Post your creation on the City of Merriam Parks & Recreation Department Facebook page


Check out our Virtual Community Center for some fun, creative and educational ideas to stay connected. 

Aiki Kids Child-Parent Fundamentals
Tuesdays - 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Ages 6-12

Your child will learn basic stretching, rolling, ki-aikido self-defense techniques, and ki-meditation techniques. Parent participation is encouraged but not required. This class is designed to strengthen bodies and relationships through sweat, smiles and laughter.
Instructor: Patchen 

Kids Ceramic Camp
Saturdays, June 13 & 30
1:00-3:00 p.m.

Enjoy this two-day camp as we go over all aspects of hand-building with clay. Be prepared to come home with wonderful sculpture art! All supplies included. 
June 13 - Monsters and Fairy/Gnome House
Learn about pinch pots and scoring and slippin gclay together as we make cute little monsters and tiny garden houses to attract gnomes and fairies!
June 20 - Glazing our Masterpieces 
We'll paint and glaze our art pieces from last week. Kids will learn about the firing proces with the kiln and how glaze works. Stop by the community center on June 27 to pickup your masterpieces!
Instructors: Matt and Ashley

Martial Arts
Mondays  5 - 6 p.m.
Ages 6 - 12
Irene B. French Community Center
5701 Merriam Drive

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 Wood

Preschool Indoor Playground

Irene B. French Community Center
5701 Merriam Drive

Visit our magical indoor playground every Tuesday year-round, where it's never rainy, snowing or too hot. Little Tyke riding toys, a kitchen and more! Special activities included near the holidays. Parents must supervise their own children during playground time. 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; Ages 5 & under; 

$2 per child/per day or punch card available for 10 visits at $10.
For more information call 913-322-5550.