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)

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: September 6        Finish Date: November 4, 2016                                                             Ages: 1st – 5th grade                                                                                                      Registration Deadline:  August 31    

Mad Scientists     Get your gloves and lab coats and join us for some Halloween Mad Scientist fun! If you love to get dirty and make messes at home then you will want to try these different science experiments made with items found in and around your home. Science is fun! Each scientist will take home his or her very own pair of safety goggles!    Date: Saturday, October 22      Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am     Fee: $15 per child                       Age: 5-10 years     Minimum: 5                     Location: ERC                                    Registration Deadline: Friday, October 14

Grocery Store Bouquets     The flowers you buy at the grocery store never seem to look as good at home as you hoped. In this class, we will learn what it takes to make a beautiful bouquet for a friend or your home, including what to add for filler, and some tips on flower care. Bring a quart Mason jar or similar size vase. We will provide the flowers.             Date: Tuesday, October 18     Time: 5:30-7:00pm      Fee: $18     Age: 12 to adult     Min/Max: 4/8      Registration Deadline: Thurs. Oct. 13                                         Location: ERC Conference Room

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: September 6      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, November 12  Time: 9:00 – 10:30am    Fee: $10/child     Ages: 5 to 9          Min/Max: 5/10      Registration Deadline: Monday, November 7     Location: ERC kitchen

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: November 18
Time: 9:45-10:30 am
Fee: Free
Location: ERC Gymnasium

Tae Kwon Do:       Become Kukiwon-certified and learn traditional Tae Kwon Do from master instructor Don Chounard. Master Don is certified at the “Kukiwon” World TaeKwonDo Federation Seoul, Korea. Our beginner class consists of White, Orange, and Yellow belts. Students will learn various striking techniques with hands and feet, Forms, Korean terminology, and self defense. Tae Kwon Do aims to achieve courtesy, integrity, self control, perseverance, and indomitable spirit. Sign up at the beginning of each month. This is an ongoing program.   Mondays and Wednesdays                                           Time: 4:30-5:30pm (kids and beginners)   5;30-6:30pm (older kids and adults)          Fee: $40/month first family member, $25/month each additional                                Ages: 6-14 years old                  Location: ERC Community Room

Too Cute to Spook & Chili Nights Chili Competition   Is your little “princess” or “cowboy” too cute not to show off to the rest of the world? We have the perfect opportunity to have a goblin good time. Come to the Emporia Recreation Center for a costume contest and candy scramble on Sunday evening October 30. This year we will have our Chili Nights Chili Cook-off immediately following the candy scramble. Candy Scramble will begin AT 6:00pm. Don’t be late- the candy will be gone!  Tickets to eat chili are just $3, so stay for the fun competition!     Date: Sunday October 30         Time: 6:00pm                Fee: Free    Age: 5 & Under     Location: ERC Front Lawn

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