youthCabin 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, April 7 .   Time: 10:30- 11:30am                            Fee: $10 per child     Age: 3-6 years      Registration Closes: March 29                   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

Fridays,  5:30-7:30 p.m.   January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 4

Ninja Club 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.                                                                                                    Instructor: Ms. Ida Kerbs, 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do .                                    Fee: $40 monthly (Try a class for free) Uniform $15                                                        Location: ERC Community Room                                                                                            Little Ninja (3 & 4 yr old):  Tuesdays or Thursdays 5:00 -5:30 pm                                 Big Ninja (5 & up): Tuesdays or Thursdays 5:35 – 6:05 pm                                           Start Date: New students are encouraged to start the first week of the month.

Kids Healthy Snacks     This fun interactive class will teach little ones some very “basic” recipes while also learning about kitchen etiquette and most importantly kitchen safety!   We focus on the joy of cooking and make a few messes along the way.                               Date: Saturday, February 24     Time: 10:30-11:30am          Fee: $10/child                     Ages: 5 to 9         Min/Max: 5/10         Registration Closes: February 16           Location: ERC kitchen

DIY TIME     Okay kiddos, it is DIY time!  We are going to let you Do It  Yourself!  We will have instructors lead you through a decorative craft,  a delicious snack and some super fun games that we will find off of Pinterest!  What a great way to use your creativity and imagination as you gain a little DIY knowledge!        Date: Saturday, March 24    Time:10:30 to 11:30 am      Ages: 7 to 10         Fee: $10/child                              Registration closes: March 16                        Min/Max: 10/20

Up, Down and Around      You are invited to get INTO the story groove at the Emporia Recreation Center!  Stories, music and movement will be tangled with Up, Down and Around!  The first 20 minutes will include stories and movement to music, the  rest of the time children will explore and move at their own pace! Hop scotch, balance beams, limbo, tunnels, stairs and squares, bean bag toss, ring toss, scooters, and parachute play are all fun activities that gets our kids up and moving while having a great time.  This activity is great for multi-age groups but is designed for children ages 18 months to 5 years.          Fee: Free      Age: 18 months – 5 year olds        Date: January 19, February 16, March 16     Time: 9:30 – 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

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 1-15     Fee: FREE         Letters will be mailed on December 19