50+ Programs



The Merriam Parks and Recreation Department has something for everyone. Explore this section and enroll in one of our Senior / 50+ programs or classes. All classes are held at the Merriam Community Center, 6040 Slater Street, unless noted otherwise.


Day Trips

Explore Truman Library and Hallmark Visitor Center

Join us for an adventure exploring Truman Library and the Hallmark Visitors Center. The day includes two guides at both events, lunch, snacks and drinks. Register by March 1 for a $5 discount. Lead by: Just one Day Tours  Deadline to Register is March 6Just One Day Tour Company Logo

Friday, March 24 ▶ 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.  ▶ $130  ▶ Register

Topeka State Capital and Mulvane Museum Tour

Take a guided tour of the Topeka State Capital, followed by a trio to the best-kept secret in Topeka, the Mulvane Art Museum. The art museum opened in 1924 and is the oldest accredited art museum west of the Mississippi River. The museum's collection highlights the works by artists from Kansas and the Midwest. Lunch, snacks, and water are included. Lead by Just one Day ToursJust One Day Tour Company Logo

Friday, April 28 ▶ 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  ▶ $125  ▶ Register

Fitness Classes

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP)

Keep moving with this low-impact physical activity program proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness.  This recreational, chair-based exercise class includes range of motion exercises that are suitable for every fitness level and ability.  $3 donation suggested.

Mondays & Wednesdays   ▶   10 - 10:45 a.m. 

Cardio Chair Drumming Fit Class Pass Logo

You become the music in this full body workout that leaves you smiling and ready for the day. Class is done seated in a chair while drumming on a big stability ball or floor. We provide everything you need. All abilities welcome, we do not go down to the floor.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays   ▶   8:00 - 8:50 p.m.   ▶   Register  

Personal Training, Evaluations, Orientations


Call the Merriam Community Center at 913-322-5550 to register.


Energetic, fun, and knowledgeable, Phyllis can help you with your fitness quest!  With more than 30 years of experience, she specializes in core, strength, cardio training, weight management, and senior fitness. 

Maryellen Potts, Ph.D.

With more than 20 years of experience and a background in dance and correct postural alignment, Maryellen specializes in yoga and strength training. She believes fitness should improve physical functioning while being fun and habit-forming.

Package Rate for 60-Minute Sessions*

 ▶ $45 per session   ▶  $160 for 4 sessions  ▶ $280 for 8 sessions  ▶ $360 for 12 sessions 

Small Group Rates*

▶ $35/person for two people  ▶ $30/person for three people  ▶ $25/person for four people

 *Non-members are also required to buy a day pass to participate in personal or small group training sessions.

General Fitness Center Orientation

If you are new to the gym or interested in learning more about how to use the fitness equipment, we can help!  Ask any fitness attendant on duty how to safely and effectively use the strength and cardio machines.  FREE for members.

Fitness Evaluation

Receive a personal evaluation of your current fitness level.  The evaluation includes testing your cardiovascular health and strength, mobility, and flexibility levels.  You'll receive an explanation of your results and have the option to talk about creating a plan to help you reach your goals.  Dress in comfortable athletic clothing and wear closed-toe shoes.  

 $20  ▶ Call 913-322-5550 to register


Fitness Program Consultation

Work with a fitness consultant to help establish a program based on your goals.  During this one-hour visit, a fitness professional will help you identify your fitness goals, formulate a plan, and walk you through the program to ensure you're comfortable with the routine.  Contact our fitness coordinator to schedule your session. 

$45  ▶ Preregister through  email



Part tennis, part badminton, part ping-pong, all fun! This easy-to-learn, eye-hand coordination game is growing rapidly in popularity.  With all equipment provided, the only thing you need is a partner and a positive attitude! Maximum of 24 participants in the gym.  Must have a Punch Pass or be a member to play!

Monday, Wednesday, Fridays  ▶ 8 - 11 a.m.▶ FREE for members ▶ $20 for 10 punch pass // $40 for 20 punch pass

Beginner Pickleball

Learn how to play this fun and addictive game!  Figure out game fundamentals, scoring, and strategy while playing alongside fellow beginners..  Equipment is provided.  Instructor: Slocum

Wednesday ▶ 11 - Noon  ▶ Register 

Social Activities


Let's all shout "BINGO!" Join us each month for a fun-filled afternoon!  Snacks are provided.  Prizes include gift cards and consumables. 

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. ▶ $3 collected day of event

April 13: Spring


Silver Screen Matinee

Bring a friend to a FREE movie in a relaxed environment. We provide a "joke of the day", requests for future flicks are welcomed. (Movies subject to change.) Schedules are available at the front office and highlighted in the bi-monthly "Boomer Buzz" newsletter.

Wednesdays   ▶ 1 p.m. ▶ FREE 

Current Movie List(PDF, 548KB)

Lunch and Learn: Balance

Join fellow MCC enthusiasts as you learn about balance exercises at this lunch and learn event. Enjoy games and make new friends! Register online or at the Welcome Desk. Bring a tasty dish to share. Wear green for St. Patrick's Day! Instructor: Kim

Friday, March 17  ▶  12-1:30 p.m. ▶ $5 ▶ Register

Board Game Bonanza

Join us for a morning of board games! Games are provided, but if you have a favorite, feel free to bring it and teach the group. Beverages and a light snack are provided. January 27, February 24, March 24 and April 28

Fourth Fridays  ▶  10-11:30 a.m. ▶ $3 ▶ Register

Johnson County Nutrition Program

This meal program is offered at 11:30 a.m. each weekday.  Home delivered meals are available for anyone who is unable to come to the community center.   Small donation requested.  The home delivered meal program is not possible without dedicated volunteers.  Please call 913-677-2048 for more information about the program, make a reservation or inquire about volunteering. 

Boomer Buzz

Bimonthly Newsletter providing listings of special events, programs and classes dedicated tot he 50+ age group.  To be placed on this mailing list, call 913-322-5550.

Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons

Adult lessons are designed to help each participant reach personal goals. Whether you want to be a proficient lap swimmer, learn to float, or acquire water safety skills, instructors will work to ensure your success! Participants must be 13+.

February ▶   Register

March ▶   Register

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

Get four, 30-minute lessons tailored just for you.

$90 for private lessons, $80 for semi-private.

Call 913-322-5550 for more information. 

Walking Program

Walking for Health

Walking has numerous health benefits and is an excellent way to begin or enhance your fitness routine.  This program allows you a simple, affordable way to exercise at a pace that fits your level.  This program isn't instructor-led, but if you need guidance on how to begin your walking program staff will gladly provide assistance!

Monday - Friday  ▶ 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.▶ $12.50 for 20 punch pass available at the Welcome Desk 

Water Fitness

Aqua Flow - a Taijifit experience Fit Class Pass Logo

Taijifit is a series of slow movements and stretches that flow into the next without pause staying in constant motion connecting mind, body and breath.  Water provides a gentle resistance and added balance. Instructor: Kim

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays  ▶ 9:50-10:40 a.m.   ▶   Register


Aqua Interval Fitness 

This class combines cardio and strength training intervals using noodles and dumbbells at varying intensities. Increase stamina, strength, flexibility, and joint range of motion. Appropriate for all fitness levels; ability to swim not necessary. Water shoes or sneakers are encouraged. Instructor:Maryellen

Tuesdays  & Thursdays ▶  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.Register 

Aqua Tae Kwon Do

Movements in this class are based on Tae Kwon Do and its philosophy to help with elasticity, focus, and energy. Students must be able to move in the pool without assistance. Instructor: Claudia

Tuesdays  & Thursdays ▶  12-12:40 p.m.▶  March 7-30  ▶ Register 

Tuesdays  & Thursdays ▶  12-12:40 p.m.▶  April 4-27 ▶ Register


Cardio Splash Fit Class Pass Logo

This class is full of fun, energy, music, and laughs. Regardless of your age, size, or fitness level, Aqua Zumba enhances your overall fitness your stability and balance in and out of the water. Instructor:Kim

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays ▶ 9-9:50 a.m.▶ Register 

Phyllis' Water Therapy

This 20-minute therapy session helps relieve pain and activate muscle groups to improve mobility and stability. Instructor: Phyllis

Mondays ▶ 1-1:20 p.m.▶ Register


Water Aerobics  Fit Class Pass Logo

A moderate to high-intensity class consisting of cardio and toning to improve cardiovascular endurance and muscle strength. Instructor: Phyllis

Saturdays ▶ 9-9:45 p.m.▶ Register


Warm Water Therapy

Improve balance, reduce joint stiffness, increase flexibility, and have better overall mobility. This class is held in the warm water pool. Instructor:Bennie

Wednesdays  ▶ 12 - 1 p.m.▶  Register

Water Walking/Therapy Fitness Fit Class Pass Logo

This class is designed to improve your mobility, stability, and flexibility. Instructor:Phyllis

Mondays▶  12 - 12:45 p.m.▶ Register  


Spring Planter DIY: Planting Party and Wine

Join us for a fun evening of crafting and wine as we make planters to prepare for spring! Using Decoupage, we'll decorate spring pots and end with a planting party. We'll also give tips about your plants. All supplies and wine are included. Instructor: Ingrid and Emily terracotta pots in decoupage

Friday, March 24 ▶ 6:30-8 p.m. ▶ $20 ▶ Register

Hanging Flower Basket Workshop

Merriam's lucky to have beautiful hanging flower baskets along its streets. Now, everyone has the opportunity to make their yard pretty by assembling a smaller version of the basket. All necessary supplies and instruction are provided. Results may vary depending on weather conditions and care. Register early - spots are limited. Event is held at Merriam Public Works 6901 Knox St. Instructor: Merriam Public Works EmployeesHanging flower baskets with petunias Downtown Merriam

Saturday, April 15 ▶ 8-9 a.m. ▶ $40 ▶ Register - Registration is full, future registrations are on a waitlist.

What's Cluckin' in the Hen House

Learn about chicken behavior traits, feeding guidelines, local ordinances, coop maintenance ad space, health issues for your girls, and more. We'll even taste test grocery store eggs versus homegrown. Those under age 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Event is held at Merriam Marketplace 5740 Merriam Drive Instructor: Minnie

Saturday, April 15 ▶ 9-11 a.m. ▶ $10 ▶ Register


Iyengar Chair Yoga

This is a gentler form of practicing yoga postures while sitting or standing, using a chair for support.  It's beneficial for anyone as it increases flexibility, improves strength, and reduces tension.  In addition to yoga poses and Iyengar principles, breathing techniques are also part of the practice.  All classes end with a short period of deep relaxation.  Instruction: Rafael, CIYT

Tuesdays & Thursdays  ▶   11 - 11:45 a.m.  ▶   Register

TaijiFit  Fit Class Pass Logo

Through a series of movements, TaijiFit is a graceful form of exercise to improve balance, enhance cognitive function and reduce stress.  This class is for any age or fitness level and can be completed seated or standing.  Instructor: Kim

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶   12 - 12:50 p.m.  ▶   Register

The Ki Society

You're invited to have a new experience learning the five disciplines of the Ki Society (ki-breathing, ki-meditation, aikido, kiatsu, and bell meditation). These practices are fundamental to an awareness of our natural state of being. Please wear pants and shirt that are suitable for mild exercise. Instructors: Vic (4th degree), Derrick (1st degree)

Tuesdays & Thursdays  ▶   5:30-8:30 p.m.  ▶   Register