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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.  

Fitness Classes

Building Strength 

This class is for all levels of participants and will develop muscular strength in the upper and lower body and in the core using a variety of methods, from free weights to stability balls and body weight exercises. Flexibility and range of motion will also be stressed. All activities will be low to no impact! Instructor: Potts

Wednesdays  ▶   6 - 6:45 a.m.     Register 

Cardio & Strength

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: Peterson

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

Core & More

Time to hit the floor with “Core & More”! Join us for a fun and peppy way to trim and tone. Instructor: Peterson

Tuesdays & Thursdays  ▶   6 – 6:30 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Beginner Line Dance Lessons

Line dancing is a choreographed dance with a repeated step sequence. You’ll learn basic patterns and dances so you can join the fun on the dance floor at night clubs, parties, and weddings. Please wear leather sole shoes. No cowboy boots. Instructor: KCBootdancer

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

Line Dance Mania (Intermediate to Advanced) 

We’ll learn a new dance or review dances from the Line Dance Mania playlist for one hour of nonstop line dancing. Bring your friends and get ready to have fun! Wear leather sole shoes. No cowboy boots. Instructor: KCBootdancer 

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

Mix Fit

Avoid falling into a workout rut with the same thing every day. This class is anything but routine! The class focuses on cardio and strength with max calorie burn using a variety of workout styles, including H.I.I.T, EMOM, AMRAP, and more. Every class will have modifications and easy-to-follow instructions to make sure you get the most out of every session. Instructor: Brisendine

Tuesdays / Thursdays & Fridays   ▶   6:30–7:15 a.m.   ▶   Register 


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: Jordan

Saturdays   ▶   8:30–9:30 a.m.   ▶   Register 


Take the “work” out of workout by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba fitness classes are often called “exercise in disguise.”  Instructor: Brisendine

Tuesdays & Thursdays   ▶  April  ▶  5 :15 – 6:05 p.m.   ▶  Register

Tuesdays  & Thursdays  ▶ May - August ▶  5:15 - 6:05 p.m.   ▶   Register 


Zumba® GOLD

Zumba Gold is a modified Zumba class for active, older adults that recreates the original Zumba moves in a joint-friendly, lower-intensity manner. The class introduces easy-to-follow choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion, and coordination. Instructor: Tobin

Tuesdays   ▶  April   ▶ 11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.   ▶   Register

Tuesdays   ▶ May - August ▶  11:15 a.m. - 12 p.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: Durán (2nd degree) 

Thursdays   ▶   7 - 8:30 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Saturdays   ▶   10 - 11:30  a.m.   ▶   Register 

Martial Arts

Wood martial arts synergizes the most effective techniques from karate, kickboxing, Tai Chi, jujitsu, and more to form a well-rounded and complete mixed martial art. Reduce stress, build muscle, lose weight, improve focus, cultivate self-discipline, and more all while learning how to defend yourself. Instructor: Wood

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


Instructed by a fourth degree black belt, this class focuses on basic self-defense techniques and public awareness. Instructor: Murphy

Mondays   ▶   3 - 4 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Simplified Tai Chi

Relieve stress and improve focus and balance while learning the simplified 24 Tai Chi set.  Instructor: Wood

Mondays & Wednesdays / Saturdays   ▶   7 - 8  p.m. / 10 - 11 a.m.   ▶   Register 

Tuesdays & Thursdays / Saturdays  ▶   8 - 9 a.m. / 10 - 11 a.m.   ▶   Register 

Saturdays  ▶   10 - 11 a.m.   ▶   Register 

Stage Combat

Learn how to perform convincing, dramatic, and safe theatrical fights! Physical and acting techniques are associated with eight different weapons and styles of combat. Weapons rotate every three months. All gear and props provided. Instructor: Miller

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

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

Swordsmanship & Weapons

Learn martial arts based on universal weapons, focusing on combat fighting using sticks, staffs, swords, etc. Students will also learn unarmed combat techniques. All weapons are padded, and protective gear is provided. Instructor: Miller

Tuesdays & Thursdays   ▶   April    ▶   7:30 - 9 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Tuesdays & Thursdays   ▶ May - August  ▶  7:30 - 9 p.m.   ▶   Register

Take Stage Combat and Swordsmanship & Weapons together for a discounted rate!

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: Montgomery (4th degree)

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

One-on-One Tai Chi Instruction

Get ready for fun, upbeat, and uplifting training while challenging yourself to instill a sense of accomplishment. Must be 16 or older.  By appointment only by calling 913-322-5550.  Instructor: Wood




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.▶ $20 for 10 punch pass // $40 for 20 punch pass


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.

Mondays & Wednesdays   ▶  April Classes   ▶   Register 

Mondays & Wednesdays   ▶   June Classes   ▶   Register 

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶   July Classes   ▶   Register 

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

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

$85 for private lessons, $75 for semi-private.

Call 913-322-5550 for more information. 


Water Fitness

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: Potts

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

Aqua Zumba

Make a splash with this low-impact, high-energy aquatics class with upbeat music. This class uses water to create natural resistance. Instructor: Tobin

Tuesdays   ▶   10 - 10:45 a.m.   ▶   Register 

Deep + Shallow Aerobics

Improve balance and strengthen muscles in this high-intensity, calorie-burning class that tones your body. This class utilizes both shallow and deep water as well as the lazy river. Instructor: Bolton

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


QiGong is a mind, body, and spirit practice that improves one’s mental, physical, and energy health. Students are recommended to bring a yoga mat as this class will be held on the outdoor pool deck. Instructor: Peterson

Sundays   ▶   10 - 10:30 a.m.   ▶   Register 

Warm Water Arthritis Classes

Powered by AdventHealth

This therapeutic class is designed for those experiencing limited joint movement, pain, or reduced strength from arthritis. You’ll be guided through exercises designed to improve joint health and reduce discomfort. All are welcome to attend this six-week class. Class size is limited to ensure physical distancing. Instructor: Stone - AdventHealth

Tuesdays   ▶  11:30 a.m. - 12:30  p.m.   ▶   Register 

Warm Water Therapy

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

Wednesdays   ▶   12:15 - 1 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Water Aerobics

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

Saturdays ▶   9:00 - 9:45 a.m.   ▶   Register 

Water Walking/Therapy Fitness

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

Mondays   ▶   12 - 12:45 p.m.   ▶   Register 



Paving Your Path to a Healthy Family

Jessica Persson, a certified health coach from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, will guide you in incremental, achievable steps toward improving your family’s wellness, focusing on Dr. Sears’ L.E.A.N. Start Program (Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition). Learn the basics of macronutrients, traffic light eating, nutrition label reading, and much more. This seven-week course includes six group sessions and one 30-minute, one-on-one strategizing session. Instructor: Persson

Saturdays ▶ May - June ▶ 1 - 2 p.m. ▶ Register 

Saturdays ▶ July - August ▶ 1 - 2 p.m.Register  

Brain Health Part 1

This is an interactive workshop where participants learn about aging and health, the normal aging brain, threats to brain health, and lifestyle choices to improve brain health. Instructor: Dr. Potts

Sunday, May 16 ▶ 11 a.m.–1 p.m. ▶ Register 

Pain Relief Workshop

Learn techniques and exercises to release pain and improve mobility, stability, and flexibility for the low back, hip, knee, ankle, and foot. Instructor: Peterson 

Tuesday, May 11 ▶ 7:30–8:15 p.m. ▶ Register 

Thursday, June 10 ▶ 7:30–8:15 p.m. ▶ Register 


AdventHealth Lunch & Learn

Presented by the Whole Health Institute at AdventHealth

Join the integrative and lifestyle medicine experts from the Whole Health Institute at AdventHealth for a deep dive into your daily wellness routine through these three interactive and educational programs. Explore new health topics from personalized nutrition to improving your gut health with simple strategies that will support your journey to feeling whole. A nutritious lunch will be provided for all participants.

Call 913-676-7777, option 2 to register.

Nutrition Foundations for Creating a Well-Balanced Plate

Presented by Lisa Markley, RDN, Culinary Medicine Director

This class will get you back to the basics of healthy eating and feeling more confident in your nutrition and food choices. We’ll explore the components of a well-balanced plate, and you’ll come away with several tangible ideas for making eating healthfully more achievable and enjoyable.

Friday, June 11 ▶ 12 - 1 p.m.Register 

Supplements 101

Presented by Megan Schlick, ND

Although diet optimization and lifestyle changes are higher on the list of importance, supplements can be a piece of the wellness puzzle. Join Dr. Megan Schlick as she discusses common uses for supplements, when supplements might be problematic, and quality and safety concerns.

Tuesday, July 13 ▶ 12 - 1 p.m. ▶ Register 

Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance in the 21st Century

Presented by Tereza Hubkova, MD, Integrative Medicine Physician and Medical Director

According to the CDC, nearly 50% of Americans are trying to lose weight at any given time. That’s not surprising given that 70% of us are overweight and carrying excess body fat. Our genetics have a big impact on our weight and can inform our lifestyle choices. Learn how to determine your optimal weight, how to maintain it, and what can make some people resistant to weight loss. We’ll discuss the role our lifestyle, microbiomes, and circadian rhythm have on our metabolism.

Friday, August 20  ▶ 12 - 1 p.m. ▶ Register 





Essential Oils Make and Take Workshops

Curious how essential oils can support your health at any age? Learn how the highest quality, pure, essential oils are a safe, effective, and inexpensive way to support the immune system, mood, the home, and so much more! Each session offers a different theme. Instructor: Page, RDN

Wednesday, April 14   ▶  7–8 p.m.   ▶   Register

Wednesday, May 12   ▶  7–8 p.m.    ▶   Register

Wednesday, June 9   ▶  7–8 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Wednesday, July 14   ▶  7–8 p.m.    ▶   Register 

Pinot's Palette

Join us for an unforgettable, fun night painting with friends, fun, wine at the Merriam Community Center! All supplies plus wine included. Must be 21+ to participate. Instructor: Pinot’s Palette 

Wednesday, April 14   ▶   6–7:30 p.m.   ▶   Dandelions in Mod   ▶   Register

Adult DIY –Porch Welcome Sign + Wine

Enjoy an evening of crafting and wine! Join us for this class as we make this super fun and easy porch welcome sign! Be sure to bring your friends! All supplies plus wine included. Must be 21+ to participate. Instructor: Berg

 Friday, May 21   ▶    5:30 -7 p.m.   ▶   Register  

Hanging Flower Basket Workshop 

Merriam Public Works, 6901 Knox St. 
"Flowers are like friends; they bring color to your world."
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. Date is subject to change based on flower availability. Results may vary depending on weather conditions and care. Registration required. Instructor: Merriam Public Works Employees

Saturday, April 17   ▶    8-9 a.m.   ▶   Register  

 What's Cluckin' in the Hen House

Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive

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. Registration required. Instructor: Fisher

Saturday, April 17   ▶    9 - 11 a.m.   ▶   Register

Women's Self Defense and Situational Awareness Workshop

The focus of the women’s self-defense class is awareness. However, participants are encouraged to dress comfortably if they want to ask specific questions or participate in self-defense applications. Instructor: Casteneda, Merriam Police Department

Wednesday, April 14   ▶    5:30-7:30 p.m.   ▶  Call 913-322-5550 to 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: Durán, CIYT 

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

Iyengar Yoga Express 

Exercise your body while freeing your mind from stress with a midday break. Props are used to assure proper form and body alignment. Focus on yourself and leave stress at the door. Instructor: Durán, CIYT

Tuesday & Thursdays ▶   12 - 12:45 p.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: Durán, 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: Durán, CIYT

Tuesdays ▶   9 - 10:25 a.m.   ▶   Register 

Restorative Yoga

This therapeutic class aims to achieve physical, mental, and emotional relaxation with the assistance of props. Tapping into our parasympathetic nervous systems can benefit our blood pressure, immune function, digestion, anxiety, sleep cycles, and more benefits. Each student should bring water and dress in loose, comfortable layers. Instructor: Persson, R.Y.S. 200 hr

Mondays ▶   6:15 - 7:15 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Vinyasa Flow

An energetic flow comprised of breathwork, sun salutations, standing, seated, and twisting poses aimed to increase strength, flexibility, mindfulness, and balance. Instructor: Persson, R.Y.S. 200 hr

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

Yoga Flow for Beginners

Flow through basic yoga poses, focusing on form and increasing strength and flexibility at your own pace. Learn mindful breathing and become more attuned to achieving balance in your body. Each class begins with gentle stretching followed by sun salutations and an easy-to-follow flow. Class ends with a moment of peaceful relaxation. Instructor: Persson, R.Y.S. 200 hr

Fridays ▶   11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.   ▶   Register