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. If you've always wanted to learn or haven't line danced in a long time, this is the class for you. Line dancing dosen't 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 

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

Wednesdays   ▶   5:30 - 6:30 p.m.   ▶   Register  Beginning December 6th 

Martial Arts

Simplified Tai Chi

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

Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturday ▶   7 - 8 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Tuesdays & Thursdays & Saturday  ▶   8 - 9 a.m.   ▶   Register

Mondays, Wednesdays & *Saturday ▶   7 - 8 p.m.   ▶   Register  Beginning December 6th

*Saturdays ▶   11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.   ▶   Register  Beginning December 6th

*All Saturday classes 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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 | Registration #308201FE ▶ Call 913-322-5550 to register

 ▶ $20 | Registration #108201FE ▶ Call 913-322-5550 to register Beginning December 6th


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

▶ $45 | Registration #108201FC ▶ email Beginning December 6th



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

Wednesday ▶ 11 - Noon  ▶ Register Beginning December 6th

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 

December 9: Holiday

January 13: Happy New Year

February 10: Valentine

March 10: St. Patty's Day

April 14: Spring Fling

Merriam Page Turners Book Club

Book clubs combine two things that are known to have proven health benefits: reading and socializing. Doing both together can improve your health and overall quality of life. Join us the last Friday of each month for snacks, beverages, and lively discussion. 

Fridays ▶ 10 - 11:30 a.m. ▶ $3 

January 28: Leave the World Behind, by Rumaan Alam

February 25: A Promised Land, by Brack Obama

March 25: Anxious People, Fredrik Backman

April 29: The Book of Lost Friends, by Lisa Wingate

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 

November & December 2021 Movie List(PDF, 702KB)

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+. 

November Classes  ▶   Register 

December Classes  ▶   Register

January Classes  ▶   Register  Beginning December 6th

February Classes  ▶   Register Beginning December 6th

March Classes  ▶   Register  Beginning December 6th

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

Fit Class Pass - Member Add-On - Begins January 2022!  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)

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

Tue & Thur ▶ September - December Classes ▶ 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  ▶   Register 

Tue & Thur ▶ Jan-April Classes▶ 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Register  Beginning Dec 6th

Cardio Splash Fit Class Pass Logo

This class is full of fun, energy, music, and laughs. Regardless of your age, size, or fitness level, Cardio Splash enhances your overall fitness as well as improve your stability and balance in and out of the water. Instructor: Adkins

Mon, Wed & Fri ▶ Jan-April Classes ▶ 9-9:50 a.m. ▶ Register Beginning Dec 6th  

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

Mon & Wed ▶  November - December Classes ▶ 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. ▶   Register

Mon & Wed ▶ Jan-April Classes ▶ 11a.m.-12 p.m.▶  Register Beginning Dec 6th  

Phyllis' Water Therapy

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

Mondays ▶ Jan-April Classes ▶1-1:20 p.m.▶  Register Beginning Dec 6th

Mondays ▶ Jan-April Classes ▶1:20-1:40 p.m.▶  Register Beginning Dec 6th

Mondays ▶ Jan-April Classes ▶1:40-2 p.m.▶  Register Beginning Dec 6th


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

Wed ▶ November - December Classes ▶ 12:15  - 1 p.m. ▶   Register

Wed ▶ Jan-April Classes ▶ 12:15  - 1 p.m. ▶  Register Beginning Dec 6th  

Warm Water Arthritis Class-Powered by Advent Health

This 6-week series is designed for people experiencing limited joint movement, pain, and/or reduced strength from arthritis. Classes take place in the heated therapy pool. All levels are welcome and encouraged! Class size is limited to ensure social distancing. Instructor: Stone-Advent Health

Fridays ▶ Jan-Feb Classes ▶ 10-11 a.m. ▶  Register  Beginning Dec 6th

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: Peterson

Sat ▶ Sept - Dec Classes ▶ 9 - 9:45 a.m. ▶   Register

Sat ▶ Jan - April Classes ▶ 9 - 9:45 a.m. ▶  Register Beginning Dec 6th 

Water Walking/Therapy Fitness Fit Class Pass Logo

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

Mondays ▶ Sep - Dec Classes ▶ 12 - 12:45 p.m.  ▶   Register

Mondays ▶ Jan-April Classes ▶ 12 - 12:45 p.m. ▶ Register  Beginning Dec 6th



A Succulent Time: Planting Party + Wine

In this class you will create a succulent planter for your home. Learn tips on designing, planting and caring for your new addition. Get your friends together and have a succulent time! All supplies + wine. 

Friday, February 18  ▶  6-7p.m. ▶ $30     Register  Beginning Dec 6th

Adult DIY: Royals/Chiefs Porch Sign + Wine

What better way to give a shout out to our home teams! Join us for this class and make this awesome reversible porch sign, plus enjoy wine while you create! Invite a friend and double the fun! All supplies and wine included. Instructor: Berg

 Friday, March 25    5:30 -7p.m.  ▶ $50  Register  Beginning Dec 6th

Hanging Flower Basket Workshop

"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. Results may vary depending on weather conditions and care. Registration required. Instructor: Merriam Public Works Employees

Saturday, April 16    8 -9 a.m.   $40   Register  Beginning Dec 6th

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. Registration is required.  Instructor: Fisher

Saturday, April 16  ▶  9 - 11 a.m. ▶ $10   Register  Beginning Dec 6th 

Yoga Arm Balancing Workshop

This fun and challenging workshop will teach you how to approach a variety of arm balances with greater confidence. We will warm up with a short but vigorous vinyasa flow designed to lay the foundation for balancing on the hands and then explore a variety of arm balances and how to transition in and out of them. Come with a playful attitude and no expectations! Instructor: Sarah Crawford 500+ RYT

Saturday, Feb 12   ▶  10-11 a.m.   ▶ $20   Register  Beginning Dec 6th


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 Dec 6th