Cabin Fever
Need some place for the kiddos to run and play?  Want to have a little chit chat time with other adults?  Bring your kiddos to a special time set aside just for them in our Gymnasium!  Children 5 and under can come run, jump, and play with toys in our gymnasium Monday – Friday during Cabin Fever.  Day cares are more than welcome to bring their gang to play too!

Monday – Friday  9:00-11:00am (Non School Days and Summer Break 8:00am-10:00am)
$1.00/adult     FREE/children   $20.00 Punchcard (22 punches)

Princess Tea Party   We would be delighted to have you as our royal guest at this princess tea party. Dress up like your favorite princess and enjoy some yummy treats and “tea”in our castle. We will use our best manners while hearing princess stories and making jewelry and tiaras.    Date: Saturday, January 28     Time: 10:30- 11:30am                    Fee: $10 per child     Age: 3-6 years      Registration Deadline: January 20  Location: ERC Community Room     Min/Max: 10/20

Fun Fridays    Join us for an evening of fun and creativity at the pool!  Once a month, let the parents have a date night while you have a blast making some cool art projects, eating pizza, playing games and swimming!  Bring a towel, wear your suit, and let the lifeguards entertain you!      Fee:  $8/day  Ages: 6-12 years   Min/Max: 4/12

Football Frenzy Friday, January 27 5:30-7:30 p.m.                                                       Valentine’s Day Friday, February 17 5:30-7:30 p.m.                                                                   St. Patrick’s Day Friday, March 10 5:30-7:30 p.m.                                                                   Easter Friday, April 7 5:30-7:30 p.m.                                                                                         Cinco de Mayo Friday, May 5 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Kids Couch to 5K        We will be starting our next session of the 9 week Couch to 5K program in the elementary after-school programs.  Kids will get the opportunity to participate in this 45 minute running program after school on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays.  They will finish with the Freedom Fest 5K on November 6.    Fee: None

Start Date: Week of March 1        Finish Date: April 28, 2017                                                            Ages: 1st – 5th grade                                                                                                      Registration Deadline:  February 27   

Little Ninja & Big Ninja Tae Kwon Do             Ninja Club is a once a week Children’s Tae Kwon Do class specializing in the development of eight key skills.  The program includes a variety of drills used to teach TKD skills at the same time making the child’s training fun and motivational.  The Ninja Club program runs September to May. New students are encouraged to start the first week of the month.                                              Little Ninja (3 & 4 yr old): Tuesdays or Thursdays at 5:00 -5:30 pm.                                Big Ninja (5 yr & up): Tuesdays or Thursdays at 5:35 – 6:05 pm.                                    Start Date: ongoing             Fee: $40 Monthly (program runs Sept to May)        Location:  ERC Community Room                                                                                Instructor:  Ida Kerbs, 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do

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: Monday, February 17                     Location: ERC Kitchen

Beginner Sewing for Kids     Sewing is a life-long skill that is easy for kids to learn. In this class, we will make a decorative pillowcase, and learn all the basic sewing skills as we go. From threading a needle to tying a knot, kids will learn how to create a quality product with their own two hands. Fabric and sewing machines will be provided, but you can bring a machine for your child if you prefer. Boys and girls are welcome.                                   Date: Monday, February 6     Time: 5:30-7:30pm     Fee: $18     Age: 8-12           Min/Max: 4/8           Registration Deadline: Tuesday, January 31                     Location: ERC Conference Room

All Sports Camp    March 20-24     This camp is Spring Break week and includes a variety of sports and activities including basketball, indoor soccer, kickball, bowling, swimming, disc golf, etc. This is a great opportunity for kids to try something new.  All sports will be suitable for beginners and competitors and we will work on basic skills in each with the focus on fun. Fee includes snacks and drinks.     Dates: March 20-24     Time: 12:30-5:30pm    Fee: $10/person per day     Age: 1st – 5th grade         Registration Deadline: Monday, March 13     Location: ERC Gymnasium

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 parachute play  are all fun activities that get our kids up and moving while have a great time. This activity is great for multi-age groups but is designed for children ages 18 months to 5 years
Date: April 21
Time: 9:45-10:30 am
Fee: Free
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

Letters from Santa    The Emporia Recreation Commission has teamed up with the BIG man at the North Pole to collet Wish Lists for Christmas this year. PARENTS stop by or call the ERC starting December 1st and add your kids to the list to receive this special letter from Santa. We will ask you questions about your kids, so be prepared! Kids can also drop off letters to Santa in our special North Pole Mailbox near the front office.            Date: December 1-16     Fee: FREE       Letters will be mailed on December 18

Show us your Snowman!     This is your chance to show off your artistic skills this winter! The ERC wants to see your snow sculpture. To enter you creation, simply take a photo of your snow sculpture and mail or drop it off at the ERC (313 West 14th) or e-mail it to Please include the following:

    • Contact person for creation and Mailing address
    • Phone number and Email address
    • A list of all the participants that helped make your creation

First place entries will receive a prize package from the Emporia Recreation Commission. Winners will be announced the first week of April. Date: First snow through March 31.           Fee: FREE   Age: Any