Little LeadersCabin 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 9th.    Fee: None

Start Date: September 8  2014         Finish Date: November 7                                                               Ages: 1st – 5th grade                                                                                                    Registration Deadline:  September 3           

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 14
Time: 9:45-10:30 am
Fee: Free
Location: ERC Gymnasium

Fencing – Tuesday/Thursday 6:30-8:00pm                                                           Looking for a new challenge? Fencing is a great way to develop agility, strength, speed and discipline.  These classes are for all skill levels and all classes will be held in the ERC Community Room.  Please wear comfortable gym clothes (no shorts) and sneakers.  All equipment is provided.

Age: 10 & Up          Fee: $45/Session       Time: 6:30- 8:00pm                                              Session 1: September 2- October 9         Register by: August 25                                            Session 2: October 14- November 20     Register by:  October 6

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

 Tiny Cheerleaders and Little Leaders     Come cheer with the ESU cheerleaders and learn basic motions, jumps, chants, and cheers!  The final day includes cheering at the ESU football game for the first half with the ESU cheerleaders.  All participants will receive a t-shirt and will cheer at an ESU game on October 4!                                       Dates: September 13, 20, 27, October 4                                                                           Time: Tiny: 8:30 – 9:00 am Little: 9:15-10:00am          Fee: $25                                   Age: Tiny: 3 – 6 years  Little: 7 – 10 years                                                          Minimum/Max: 10/30 in each age group                                                              Registration Deadline: Friday, September 5           Location: ERC Community Room

Archaeology Dig        Join us as we have teamed with the Lyon County Historical Society to provide a day of fun and more fun.  In the morning the kids will learn about the history of archaeology and how to set up a work site.  They will do surveyance, excavation and analysis of data collected from their work site at the Historic Howe House.  In the afternoon the kids will come to the Recreation Center for swimming and games.  Lunch and afternoon snack will be provided. Meet at the ERC and please bring a swimsuit and towel.        Date: Thursday, October 16 or Friday, October 17     (no school days)      Time: 8 am to 5 pm             Fee: $25 with lunch provided                                              Ages: 3rd – 6th grade                Minimum/Max: 8/20                                          Registration Deadline: Friday, October 10

Mad Scientists           Get your gloves and lab coats and join us for some 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 25            Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am                                                Fee: $15 per child                     Age: 5-10 year olds      Minimum: 5                    Registration Deadline:  Friday, October 17

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: Thursday, November 6               Time: 5:30-8:00pm                                              Fee: $17              Age: 8-12                     Min/Max: 4/8                                      Registration Deadline: Friday, October 31               Location: ERC Conference Room

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 Santa some cookies and a yummy snack for his reindeer!  Date: Saturday, November 15        Time: 1:00pm        Fee: $10/child                            Ages: 5 to 9          Min/Max: 5/10                                                                 Registration Deadline: Monday, November 10            Location: ERC kitchen

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