Get a strong start with early childhood recreation

Get a strong start with early childhood recreation
Posted on 10/20/2021
young kids playing soccer, dancing and moving to music

Early childhood development provides the foundation for educational success, lifelong health, responsible citizenship and community involvement. Lenexa Parks & Recreation supports this critical stage in life by providing various opportunities for growth.

Our recreation programs are designed to set children up for success. Classes incorporate gross- and fine-motor movement, speech and language development, self-help and independence, sharing and cooperation, problem-solving and more. We meet young children at their level through options like parent-involved classes and shortened classes for evolving attention spans. 

All our classes teach through active hands-on play and movement to engage multiple learning styles. Our positive and friendly instructors care about your child and want to help them become their best self. 

Check out these upcoming and recurring program options. From sports and dance to art, music and exploration, there’s something to appeal to your child’s interests.

Happy Feet Soccer

Ages 3–5 | Lenexa Rec Center

 Get your feet a kickin’! Soccer development is taught through stories, songs and games that promote social and gross motor skills, along with creative soccer techniques.

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Start Smart Basketball

Ages 3–6 | Lenexa Rec Center

In this developmentally appropriate introductory program, parents work together with their child to learn the fundamentals of basketball. 

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Start Smart Football

Ages 3–6 | Lenexa Community Center

Hut, hut, hike! Children will learn the fundamentals of throwing, catching and other football-related movements.

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Shining Stars Dance

Ages 3+ | Lenexa Community Center

Introduce your child to a variety of dance styles with Miss Tauna, including tap, ballet, tumbling, acrobatics, jazz, hip hop, and leaps and turns.

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Music & Movement

Ages 2–6 | Lenexa Rec Center

Children will learn through play with simple rhythmic instruments, vocal exercises, and musical games. Enhance your little one’s music literacy skills through listening, singing and playing, all while developing a sense of the body through movement activities including finger plays and dance.

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Young Explorers

Ages 3.5–6 | Lenexa Rec Center


Does your child love art? Art helps kids develop their sensory, fine and gross motor skills, as well as the ability to listen and follow directions. Let your preschooler come and create their own masterpiece. 


It's a fact that children love to move and groove. This class focuses on helping children develop musical skills through singing, listening, moving and playing instruments.

All About Arctic Animals

If your young explorer enjoys winter and animals, they’ll love learning all about the Arctic. It’s home to lots of wonderful wildlife, including polar bears, Arctic foxes, walruses, seals and whales. 

All Kinds of Pets

Pets are an important part of the family unit, and even preschoolers who don’t have pets at home are interested in dogs, cats, fish, and other animals.

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Preschool Pals

Ages 3.5–5 | Lenexa Rec Center

This program helps children reach developmental milestones for success in kindergarten through hands-on learning. Pick the days that work for you.

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Published Oct. 20, 2021