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The original Mini-Kicker/HappyFeet program started in 1988 when Kansas City's La Petite preschools ran field trips to Andy Barney's indoor soccer facility. When Andy initially taught Mini-Kickers, he had no experience in early childhood education. Andy thought teaching soccer to 3,4 & 5 year olds would be easy. After 6 stressful back-to-back, one-hour lessons, Andy quickly realized that an educational curriculum sensitive to the needs of young children needed to be developed. It was then that stories such as "Hiawatha, the Dribbling Indian" and "Gus, the Banana Gobbling Gorilla" were created. Later nursery rhymes and songs such as "Roll, roll, roll the ball" to the tune of "Row, row, row your boat" were added.
Happy Feet classes are 30 minutes in length (National Association for Sports & Physical Education recommendation). Every child constantly has a ball. HappyFeet uses nursery rhymes, songs, stories and fun games with a soccer ball to maximize motor skill development. Two and three year olds love acting out nursery rhymes and songs. Four and five year olds have a blast with stories and fun games. The HappyFeet ball is called "Bob the Bobcat"! Kids love taming their "Bobcat"!
HappyFeet themes make your child a star in his/her own imaginary movie. He/she will love pretending to be one of our soccer playing movie characters! Our fun approach ensures your child an absolute blast while developing elite physical skills and self-concept. The HappyFeet curriculum is designed to gradually develop ever more advanced physical skills and self-belief. HappyFeet is age and skill level appropriate.
While pretending to be a "Star", your child will learn to skillfully perform some of the most difficult moves in soccer. You will be amazed when you see your 3 year old performing advanced dribbling skills after just a few weeks in the program! He/she will also work extensively on striking the ball to score goals.
To make sure very child has a positive experience, HappyFeet classes are non-competitive. We use fun techniques to train advanced motor skills, dynamic dribbling, shooting skills and fitness.
If your child wishes to further her/his soccer education she/he will be invited to play for a team coached by a HappyFeet Certified Coach. These teams play in HappyFeet recreational leagues where the focus is your child's creative skill development. All players are placed on teams with their friends. We make sure your child has a great time, develops quickly and looks forward to HappyFeet soccer more than anything else he/she does on a weekly basis!