Senior / 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.

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

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.

Wednesdays   ▶   8:00 - 8:50 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Line Dancing for Beginners

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 dose 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   

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  

*Saturdays ▶   11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.   ▶   Register  

*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


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



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 

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 collected day of event

June 9: Flag Day

July 14: Independence Day

August 11: Summertime

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 

May 27: The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abi Waxman  ▶ Register

June 24: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead  ▶ Register

July 29: The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller  ▶ Register

Aug 26: Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley  ▶ Register

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, 459KB)


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+.

June or July Classes  ▶   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, bocy and breath.  Nothing to learn, just follow along.  Water provides a gentle resistance and added balance.

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays  ▶ 10-10:50 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: Potts

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

Saturday ▶ 9-10 a.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, 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 ▶ 9-9:50 a.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

Wed  ▶ 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: Peterson

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


Food and Natural Solutions For Digestion

You don't have to live with uncomfortable digestive issues anymore. Learn how to improve your gut health with food, nutrition, supplements, and essential oils from Blakely Page, RDN. Blakely has worked with digestive issues in children and adults for over 15 years and brings her expertise to help you find solutions for your digestive health. This class provides effective and natural solutions for all ages.  Giveaways during the class!

ThursdayJuly 7 7-8 p.m.▶ $10 ▶ Register

ThursdayAugust 4 7-8 p.m. ▶ $10 ▶ Register


Adventures in Acrylic Painting: Weekend Workshop

This workshop covers the wonderful world of acrylic painting. We'll delve into all aspects, including materials, tools, techniques, styles, and special effects. Whether you're a novice or a pro, you'll want to try this adventure! Class will have a materials list.

Friday-Sunday, July 22-24  ▶  Fri 6-9 p.m. Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun 1-5 p.m.▶ $250   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: Durán, CIYT

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


A graceful form of exercise to improve balance, enhance cognitive function and reduce stress.  There is nothing to learn or get right, you just follow along as the instructor guides you through a series of movements.  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