Adult Programs



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

Fit Class Pass - Member Add-On  Fit Class Pass Logo

Take a different class every day!

For an additional $25 per month, members can attend select classes! Try all the classes, and go as many times as you like. Classes included in the pass are noted in the selections below.  Add the Fit Class Pass to your membership at the Welcome Desk.  ($25/individual member per month)


Dance Fitness

Line Dancing for Beginners

Line dancing is a choreographed dance with a repeated step sequence. You’ll learn basic patterns and dances.  If you have always wanted to learn or have not line danced in a long time, this is the class for you.  Line dancing does not require a partner, so bring your friends and be ready to have fun!  Wear shoes that will allow you to turn easily.  No cowboy boots.  Instructor: KCBootdancer

Wednesdays   ▶  5:30 – 6:30 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Line Dance Mania

This class is for intermediate to advanced line dancers.  We quickly review and dance to old favorites and learn new line dances.  The genre is mostly country music.  Bring your friends and be ready to have fun!  Wear shows that will allow you to turn easily.  No cowboy boots.   Instructor: KCBootdancer 

Wednesdays   ▶   6:30 – 8 p.m.   ▶   Register 

WERQ  Fit Class Pass Logo

WERQ (pronounced “work”) is the wildly addictive dance fitness class based on the hottest hip-hop music. Beyond being easy to follow for all levels, WERQ is an effective cardio class that feels more like a dance club experience. Instructor: Wanda & Piper

Mondays  ▶   6:30–7:30 p.m.   ▶   Register


Fitness Classes

Barbell Burn   Fit Class Pass Logo

This class takes barbell exercises traditionally done in the weight room and switches them up using music.  This style of training focuses on endurance while working all major muscle groups to achieve lean muscle mass with cardiovascular benefits.  Great for all skill levels, from beginners to athletes.  Instructor:Caitlin

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶   6 - 7 a.m.   ▶   Register   

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: Anna

Wednesdays  ▶   11 a.m. - 12 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Cardio & Strength   Fit Class Pass Logo

Shape up with this exciting blend of step-interval and strength training! Workouts include a variety of equipment, including steps, free weights, TRX, slam balls, and more! Instructor:Phyllis

Tuesdays & Thursdays   ▶   6:30 - 7:30 p.m.   ▶   Register

Cardio Chair Drumming Fit Class Pass Logo

In this class, you're seated in a chair while drumming on a big stability ball and floor. You become one with the music in this full-body workout that leave you smiling and ready for the day. All abilities welcome. Instructor: Kim

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays   ▶   8-8:50 a.m.   ▶   Register 

Fit Camp  Fit Class Pass Logo

This boot camp-inspired workout focuses on building strength and endurance through a combination of functional fitness movements.  Fit Camp can be adapted to all levels. Instructor: Wanda

Mondays  ▶   5:30–6:30 p.m.   ▶   Register

HIIT Fit Class Pass Logo

Get ready to exercise with high-intensity, short-interval movements! This class features cardio and resistance training to improve endurance, build strength, and increase energy. Instructor: Nargiz

Wednesdays & Fridays  ▶   10-11 a.m.   ▶   Register

Kettlebell AMPD  Fit Class Pass Logo

Kettlebell AMPD combines great music with simple, effective kettlebell movements for a calorie-torching workout that is fun, safe, and accessible to all fitness levels! The class focuses on building muscular endurance with high repetition and low weights.  Instructor:Piper

Saturdays  ▶   9–10 a.m.   ▶   Register

Morning Burn Bootcamp  Fit Class Pass Logo

Wake up and workout before your day and excuses start.  Boot camp workouts are designed to elevate your results and push your limits.  This class focuses on maximum calorie burn, combining cardiovascular and endurance training.  Each workout will be unique, challenging and fun with adaptations for all skill levels from beginner to advanced.  Instructor:Caitlin

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays  ▶   6–7 a.m.   ▶   Register

Martial Arts

Aikido Yoshinkan- Traditional Martial Arts   

The Yoshinkan style of aikido is a dynamic system of throwing, joint-locking, striking, and pinning techniques. At its core, aikido is a self-defense martial art used by many law enforcement agencies across the world as an effective way to safely neutralize aggression. Classes are structured so beginning and advanced students alike will all have a fun and challenging experience. Instructors: Mick (6th degree), Rafael (2nd degree) 

Thursdays & Saturdays  ▶   7 - 8:30 p.m. / 10 -11 a.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. New students will receive 8 weeks of basic preparation during the first hour and are welcome to stay for the remainder of each class. Instructor:Vic (4th degree), Derrick (1st degree)

Tuesdays & Thursdays   ▶   5:30-8:30 p.m. / 5-6:30 p.m.  ▶   Register

Personal Training, Evaluations, Orientations


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

Phyllis Peterson

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 Rates for 60-Minute Sessions*

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

 *Non-members are also required to buy a day pass to participate in personal training 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 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 | Registration #108201 ▶ 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 | Registration #108201 email



Part tennis, part badminton, part pingpong, 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:Anna

Wednesdays  ▶ 11 a.m. - Noon ▶ Register 

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! Designed for participants 13 and older.

September   ▶   Register 

October  ▶   Register 

November  ▶   Register 

December  ▶   Register 

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

Get four, 30-minute lessons tailored just for you. Available for ages 3+.

$90 for private lessons, $85 for semi-private.

Call 913-322-5550 for more information. 

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.  Nothing to learn, just follow along.  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 Zumba  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 improves your stability and balance in and out of the water. Instructor: Kim 

Monday, 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 a.m.  Register

Water Walking/Therapy Exercise  Fit Class Pass Logo

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

Mondays   ▶ 12 - 12:45 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 therapy pool. Instructor: Bennie

Wednesdays  ▶ 12-1 p.m.   ▶   Register



What's Cluckin' in the Hen House

Learn about chicken behavior traits, feeding guidelines, local ordinances, coop maintenance and 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. Instructor: Minnie

Saturday, September 17  ▶  1-3 p.m. ▶ $10/person ▶ Register

Yoga Therapy for Joint Pain and Stiffness - Powered by AdventHealth    

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A certified yoga therapist guides you through exercises designed to improve joint health and reduce discomfort. All levels are welcome. Register at or call 913-676-7777. 

Friday, September 20  ▶  10:30-11:30 a.m. ▶ FREE ▶ or call 913-676-7777

Women's Situational Awareness Workshop

Learn techniques about being aware of your surroundings. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably if they want to take part in self-defense applications. Instructor: Merriam Police Department

Wednesday, September 21  ▶  5-7 p.m. ▶ FREE ▶ Register

Adult DIY: Fall Decor + WineHello Fall with pumpkin and penant

Bring your friends and enjoy an evening of crafting and wine as you make a lovely "Hello Fall" Plaque. All supplies and wine are included.   Registration deadline Friday, September 16. Instructor: Ingrid

Friday, September 23  ▶  5:30-7:30 p.m. ▶ $35 ▶ Register

Spring Flowering Bulbs

Tulips, daffodils, and other flowering bulbs welcome the arrival of spring but only if you plant them in fall. Learn how to plant the bulbs now to enjoyKState Extension Logo the wash of color later. Instructor: Dennis Patton, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Agent.

Thursday, September 29  ▶  6:30-8 p.m. ▶ FREE ▶ Register

Family Pizza Bingo Night

Join us for a night of family fun, food, and great prizes! Pizza, beverages, dessert, and 10 games of bingo included! Deadline to register is Monday, September 26.  

Friday, September 30  ▶  6-7:30 p.m. ▶ $8/person ▶ Register

Murder Mystery Night

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Murder"  Enjoy adult beverages and a show! This interactive murder mystery night shouldn't be missed! When the cast and crew of a Broadway review discover murder most foul, suspicions and old grudges loom large in the footlights! Audience members play the suspects and share the stage with our professional team to guide them through the highs and lows of a hilarious Broadway-themed improve mystery performance. It's tragedy and comedy this night! Presented by KC Mystery Players. Suitable for people ages 16+

Friday, October 21  ▶  7-9 p.m. ▶ $25/person ▶ Register

Yoga Classes

Gentle Iyengar Yoga 

This slower-paced class aims to increase mobility and reduce discomfort. Poses are taught with additional modifications for those with ongoing or mild-to-chronic conditions and older students. A doctor’s permission is requested. Instructor:Rafael, CIYT  

Thursdays ▶   9:15-10:40 a.m.    ▶   Register 

Iyengar Yoga - Level 1

Developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, this class emphasizes detail, precision, and alignment for maximum balance and flexibility. This style often uses props such as mats, chairs, and blocks for deeper and more easily accessible postures. Instructor: Rafael, CIYT

Wednesdays ▶  6-7:30 p.m.  ▶   Register 

Iyengar Yoga - Level 2

For continuing students who have attended Iyengar Level 1 for two or more years or those who have previous Iyengar experience. Instructor’s permission is required for new students. Instructor: Rafael, CIYT

Tuesdays ▶  9:15-10:40 a.m.  ▶   Register 

Mondays ▶  6-7:25 p.m.  ▶   Register    

Pilates Barre Fusion  Fit Class Pass Logo

We'll combine high reps with light weights to tone and tighten the entire body, with extra emphasis on core strength.  With moves inspired by ballet, yoga, and Pilates, this workout can be adapted to all fitness levels.  Instructor: Nargiz

Mondays & Wednesdays ▶  8:30-9:30 a.m.  ▶   Register

TaijiFit Fit Class Pass Logo

Through a series of movements, TaijiFit is 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   ▶   12:00 - 12:50 p.m.  ▶   Register