Senior / 50+ Programs


Improve strength and reduce tension!

Yoga Class

Wii Bowling builds friendships!

Eleven Wii participants seated for a group photo

Did you say BINGO?!

Bingo Wheel with colorful bingo balls

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.  

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. 

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

Fridays   ▶   6:30 - 7:30 p.m.   ▶   Register beginning August 2


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    May - August  11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.   ▶   Register 


Martial Arts

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

Mondays & Wednesdays ▶   7 - 8 p.m.   ▶   Register beginning August 2

Tuesdays & Thursdays  ▶   8 - 9 a.m.   ▶   Register beginning August 2



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.  


With 15 years of experience and a background in yoga, weightlifting, and functional fitness, Desiree can help you gain strength and improve flexibility and endurance.



 ▶ $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 | Registration #308201FE ▶ 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 #308201PC ▶ 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: Slocum

Wednesday ▶ 11 - Noon  ▶ Register beginning August 2

Social Activities


Let's all shout "BINGO!" Join us each month for a fun-filled afternoon!  Bring your own snacks and drinks.  Prizes include gift cards and consumables. 

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. ▶ $3 

August 12: Summertime

September 9 : Fall Harvest

October 14: Halloween

November 11: Thanksgiving

December 9: Holiday

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

July & August 2021 Movie List(PDF, 150KB)

Wii Bowling

If bowling is "right up your alley," this game is for you! Join us and try your hand at Wii bowling. No special shoes or ball required - just a game controller and big screen TV. Whether you're a semi-pro or a newbie, you're sure to have fun. Preregistration and face masks required.  

Fridays   ▶ 10 - 11:30 a.m. Register

Fridays   ▶ 10 - 11:30 a.m. ▶ Register beginning August 2


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+.

Mondays & Wednesdays    ▶  June Classes  ▶   Register 

Mondays & Wednesdays    ▶  July Classes  ▶   Register

September Classes   ▶   Register  beginning August 2

October Classes   ▶   Register beginning August 2

November Classes  ▶   Register beginning August 2

December Classes  ▶   Register beginning August 2


Private and Semi-Private Lessons

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

$85 for private lessons, $75 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 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

Tuesdays & Thursdays  ▶   5:30 - 6:30 p.m.   ▶   Register  beginning August 2


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

Tuesdays    ▶   10 - 10:45 a.m.   ▶   Register beginning August 2


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

Mondays & Wednesdays    ▶   11 a.m. - 12 p.m.   ▶   Register beginning August 2



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

Wednesdays    ▶   12:15  - 1 p.m.   ▶   Register beginning August 2


Water Aerobics

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

Saturdays   ▶   7:30 - 8:15 a.m.   ▶   Register

Saturdays   ▶   9 - 9:45 a.m.   ▶   Register beginning August 2


Water Walking/Therapy Fitness

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

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

Mondays   ▶   12 - 12:45 p.m.   ▶   Register beginning August 2



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 ▶ July - August ▶ 1 - 2 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.

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, September 15 - Back to School  ▶  7–8 p.m.    ▶   Register beginning August 2

Wednesday, October 13 - Immune Support   ▶  7–8 p.m.    ▶   Register beginning August 2

Wednesday, November 10 - Stress Less   ▶  7–8 p.m.    ▶   Register beginning August 2

Wednesday, December 8 - Digestive Health  ▶  7–8 p.m.    ▶   Register beginning August 2


Adult DIY – Holiday Decor + Wine

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

 Friday, November 19   ▶    5:30 -7 p.m.   ▶   Register  beginning August 2

Women's Self-Defense and Situational Awareness Workshop

The focus of the women's self-defense class is a discussion about awareness.  However, participants are encouraged to dress comfortably if they want to participate in self-defense applications.  Instructor: Sgt. Reynolds, Merriam Police Department

Wednesday, November 15   ▶    5:30 -7 p.m.   ▶   Register  beginning August 2

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.  Registration is required.  Instructor: Fisher

Saturday, September 18   ▶    1 - 3   ▶ Merriam Marketplace ▶   Register  beginning August 2

Friday Family Game Night

Family bonding time is important to maintain close relationships among family members.  One way to increase this time is through Euro board games.  This is a tabletop game that emphasizes strategy while downplaying luck and conflict.  It creates a positive environment for relationships to grow.  Come spend some time with friends and family while playing and enjoying pizza and drinks.  Instructor: Denise Dias, Extension Agent- Kansas State Research and Extension

Friday, September 24   ▶    6 - 8 p.m.   ▶   Register  beginning August 2

Friday, November 5    ▶   6 - 8 p.m.   ▶   Register  beginning August 2

Murder Mystery Night

Enjoy adult beverages and a show!  This interactive murder mystery night shouldn't be missed! Villainy meets variety when a murder interrupts a vaudeville show in La Cynge, Kansas in 1923.  Loosely based on a true story, this show puts you in the middle of the roaring 1920s in a small town shaken by the murder of a prominent citizen.  Feel free to dress in your favorite 20s garb to really get into the theme!  Instructor: KC Mystery Players

Friday, October 22   ▶    7 - 9 p.m.   ▶   Register  beginning August 2



Chair One

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

Tuesday & Thursdays   ▶   11 - 11:45 a.m.   ▶   Register ▶  Instructor recommends mask during class.

Chair Two

This more advance form of practicing yoga postures also uses a chair for support. All classes end with a short period of deep relaxation. At least six sessions of the Chair One class are required prior to joining this program. Instructor: Durán, CIYT

Tuesdays & Thursdays    ▶   11 - 11:45 a.m.   ▶   Register  ▶ Instructor recommends masks during class.


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: Durán, CIYT

 Tuesdays & Thursdays    ▶   11 - 11:45 a.m.   ▶   Register beginning August 2 ▶  Instructor recommends masks during class.