Youth & Families

FAMILY MATTERS

From serious playtime to serious training, explore Merritt’s programs for kids and parents here.

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PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH & FAMILIES

Programs are limited and may not currently be available at some locations due to COVID-19 protocols.

KIDS CLUB

Want your kids to love coming to the gym as much as you do? Bring them to Kids Club while you work out! Kids Club is a safe, interactive environment where children stay active and engaged under the supervision of our trained and CPR-certified staff. Some locations feature large play pieces with slides, sport courts, and more. Special activities and events happen throughout the year, and all are welcome.

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Kids Clubs are located in our Canton, Cranbrook, Eldersburg, Towson, and White Marsh locations. For a list of hours, please visit the location page for your club.

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MERRITT MINDS

After the recent school district announcements and a shift towards modified online offerings this fall, we know this school year will look very different from previous years. Online learning may cause disruption for families who are trying to balance work, home, busy schedules, and family. This is not an easy task and Merritt is here to help. We want to assist in solving the need for enrichment, socialization, and staying active through programming to provide our children with some sense of normalcy.

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PARTIES AND RENTALS

At Merritt birthday parties, you can relax and join the fun while we entertain your child and guests. Our party coordinators will work with you to customize your child’s party. While we’re more than happy to offer suggestions to make your party a success for all ages, it’s your celebration, your way.

We have several party themes or you can create your own. Our themes include:

  • Pool Party – Canton, White Marsh (seasonal), Eldersburg, and Towson locations only
  • Tumble Bees – Canton only
  • Dora the Explorer/Go Diego Go
  • Tea Party
  • Fairy Princess
  • Rock Star Party
  • Pirate Party
  • Carnival Theme
  • Doll Party
  • Superhero Party
  • Extreme Sports & More
  • Diva Party
  • My First Birthday

All parties include invitations, personal party coordinator, 2 hours of non-stop fun, games, space, set up and clean up, helium balloons, and MUCH more!

*Cost varies per location

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KIDS’ CLASSES

Born to Move (4–5 years)—30 minutes
These fun-fueled classes help four- and five-year-olds explore how their bodies work.

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Born to Move (6–7 years)—45 minutes
Focusing on fun rather than formal exercise routines, these classes are the ultimate way to introduce fundamental movement skills.

WHITE MARSH

Dance

Merritt dance programs offer something for everyone, from children taking to the dance floor for the first time to adults looking to improve their form. Dance programs are available in three club locations:

Eldersburg Dance Academy at Merritt

Eldersburg

Merritt Dance in Towson

Towson

Merritt Dance in White Marsh

White Marsh

Parents Night Out

Parents, want to enjoy a night out? Bring your children to the club. They’ll enjoy making a craft to take home and watching a G-rated movie. We’ll provide food and drinks for the kids to enjoy. Cost varies per club. This program is available at:

Canton—Last Friday of the month, 6:00-9:00pm

Canton

Cranbrook (temporarily unavailable)

Cranbrook

Eldersburg—1st and 3rd Friday of the month, 5:00-9:00pm

Eldersburg

Towson—2nd, 3rd & 4th Saturday of the month, 5:00–9:00pm

Towson

White Marsh—Last Saturday of the month, 6:00–9:00pm

White Marsh

Days Off

When school’s out, day camp is in at Merritt Clubs! We provide kids with an action-packed day full of games, sports challenges, dancing, crafts, and so much more. Learn more about our Days Off programs at Eldersburg and Towson.

Our Days Off Program is available at:

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JUNIOR FITNESS

This program helps kids aged 11–15 get ready for the fitness floor and cardio equipment. Through classroom sessions and hands-on training, they’ll learn basic aerobic and resistance training principles, exercise etiquette, safety, nutrition, proper equipment use, and many other topics. Upon completing the Junior Fitness Certification, participants will be certified to use all the equipment in the club (excluding free weights) and can work out without a parent present.

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PARISI SPEED SCHOOL

The Parisi Youth Training System has a history of success of more than 20 years because we see every youth as an athlete. Whether you are a serious athlete looking to improve, or you just want to get fit and have fun doing it, the Parisi Youth Training System has a program for you. Join over 600,000 athletes who have allowed Parisi to change their lives both on the field and off.

We are now enrolling athletes in our program at Eldersburg. For more information please complete the form and someone will get in touch with you.

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MARYLAND TANG SOO DO

Maryland Tang Soo Do Karate teaches a traditional Korean martial art. Through consistent training, students of all ages will see increased physical fitness in many areas such as flexibility, endurance, weight loss, and an increased ability to defend one’s self in life’s difficult situations. Importantly, karate creates a positive self-esteem, self-discipline, respect, concentration, focus, personal responsibility, leadership skills, and much more.

The first class is free for new participants. Pricing is monthly with no long-term contracts. Discounts are available for Merritt members and multi-month purchases. No experience necessary.

Contact Programs Director Sherri Lively at 410-549-8855 or slively@merrittclubs.com for more info.

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SUMMER CAMPS

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Merritt Clubs offers a wide variety of half-day and full-day interactive summer camps. Enjoy multiple camp settings, before & aftercare, extended hours, and more throughout the camp session. Your children will enjoy a variety of activities in a fun safe environment at Merritt Clubs, and make memories that will last a lifetime. All of our camps are Maryland State accredited.

Camps are offered at the following locations: Canton, Eldersburg, Towson, and White Marsh.

YOUTH AQUATICS

Merritt Clubs offers aquatics programs for children of all ages and skill levels, including swim classes, private and group lessons through the Michael Phelps Swim School, and competitive programs through Merritt Athletic Swimming.

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