Family Activities

ERC Loyalty Cards: We appreciate you!  One punch for every activity $15 or more (excludes SummerScape, RecXtra, Adult Sports) Enrolled online? Show us your receipt for punch within 2 weeks of paid date. When your card is filled, you receive a $30 credit to be used in one transaction. We will not combine cards or back date. Loyalty cards never expire and you just need one per family.


Up, Down and Around                                               Obstacle course fun for kids!  Help children develop gross motor skills and have fun at the same time.  Hop scotch, balance beams, limbo, tunnels, stairs and squares, bean bag tosses, ring tosses, scooters and parachute play are all fun activities that get our kids up and moving and having fun.  This activity is great for multi-age groups but is designed for children ages 18 months to 5 years old.                                                     Fee:  FREE          Age:  18 months – 5 Years        Date:  Friday April 21                                              Time:  9:45 - 10:30 am                                        Location:  ERC Gymnasium     

Tae Kwon Do  Family Fun! Fitness! Flexibility!   Leap of Faith Martial Arts (affiliated with Ultimate Martial Arts of Newton, KS) invites you to join our Tae Kwon Do program. Learn self defense, poomsae and more from Black Belts Brad, Noah and Madelynne Douglas. Classes focus on the tenets of TKD: courtesy, integrity, self control, perseverance and indomitable spirit.   Tuesdays/Thursdays: 6:15pm (ages 6 and up) Tuesdays/Thursdays:  7:15  P.M.(adults should plan for the later class)              Fees: $40 per month first family member, $25 per month each additional

Home School Swim Days   Spend your P.E. time in the pool!  School-age participants are invited to use the pool for their exercise time while socializing with other home-schooled students.  This class is offered on the 2nd Thursday of every month.  Additional days may be offered with demand.  Fee:  $1/person with teacher                                            2nd Thursday of Month      Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Kids in the Kitchen     This fun interactive Parent/Child class will teach little ones some very “basic” recipes while also learning about kitchen etiquette and most importantly kitchen safety!  Watch out mom and dad because a new chef is in town!  Come learn how to make some yummy snacks to share with your family!                                                      Date: Saturday, February 25   Time: 10:30 – 11:30am        Fee: $10/child                    Ages: 5 to 9          Min/Max: 5/10                                                                                   Registration Deadline: February 17                  Location: ERC Kitchen

Snow us your Snowman!  This is your chance to show off your artistic snow skills this winter!  To enter your creation, simply take a photo of your snow sculpture and send it to ERC (313 W. 4th) or to Please include a list of all the participants that helped make your creation.  First place entries will receive a prize package from the Emporia Recreation Commission.     Fee: FREE     Age: Any            Date: First snow through March 31   Winners will be announced the first week of April.

Breakfast at the North Pole    Spend a morning with your family at the North Pole! Families will enjoy breakfast, craft time and a visit with Santa. Do not miss out on this memorable event. Fee includes a biscuit and gravy breakfast for one child and one adult, a craft for one child, and a visit with Santa. Additional person may attend for $2.00 each.  Date: Saturday, December 17     Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am                                                Fee: $5.00 per couple; $2.00 for additional person     Age: 10 and under with parent  Deadline: Monday, December 12     Minimum: 10 Couples                                        Location: ERC Social Hall

Easter Egg Pool Hunt   Easter Eggs in the Pool!!!  You have to see it to believe it.  Hundreds of bright, colorful, plastic eggs will be dropped in the pool for your youngsters to collect.  After gathering the eggs, children can exchange their eggs for a special Easter surprise.  Parents must be in the water with non-swimmers, children in floatation devices, or children under the age of 7.   Fee:  $2/child    Ages 3-6  1:00-1:30 pm                           Ages 7-10  1:30-2:00 pm

Mother’s Day Swim  Celebrate Mother’s Day in the Pool.  Moms swim free with a child’s admission to the pool. (Or even better, dads bring the kids to swim and let Mom take a nap!)     Date: Sunday, May 14      Time: 2:00-5:00 p.m.