50+ Programs

Keep your mind sharp and your body active at the Merriam Community Center! 

The MCC is committed to enriching the lives of individuals aged 50 and beyond. We offer many activities to meet your interests and well-being. Join us for a spirited game of bingo, a friendly pickleball match, or a Wednesday movie matinee.

For those looking to stay active, our invigorating water fitness classes offer a refreshing way to exercise and stay fit, all while being easy on the joints. And because learning is a lifelong journey, our educational workshops cover a wide spectrum of topics, providing you with opportunities to expand your knowledge. 

Explore the options below, find even more options on the Adult Programs page, and enroll today. 

Senior Fit Class Pass Scholarship

This scholarship is for patrons 60 and older who have a membership to the MCC and want to get a Fit Class PassLearn More

Classes and Programs 

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 Fit Class Pass Logo

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.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays   ▶   8:00 - 8:50 p.m.   ▶   Register

 

Tap Class  Fit Class Pass Logo

Enjoy a variety of music while you tap your troubles away! Class begins with simple technique exercises, working your body and your brain. Then, we'll learn rhythms and a combination of tap steps to favorite Broadway tunes and other music types. Must have tap shoes. Instructor: Treva

Tuesdays   ▶   10-10:50 a.m.   ▶   Register

 

Personal Training, Evaluations, Orientations

CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINERS

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.

CECILIA WALTHER, NASM-CPT

With a degree in exercise science and extensive coaching experience, Cecilia loves to help others reach their fitness goals. She believes physical activity should be enjoyable and become a lifestyle. 

 

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  ▶ 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  ▶ Preregister through  email

Pickleball

Pickleball

Part tennis, part badminton, part ping-pong, 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 a.m. - Noon  ▶ 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.  Indoor lessons are held at the Merriam Community Center. Outdoor lessons are held at Brown Park, 5040 Booker Drive. Instructor: Anna

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

Tuesdays Outdoor  ▶   5:30-6:30 p.m.   ▶   Register

 

Social Activities

Bingo

Let's all shout "BINGO!" Join us each month for a fun-filled afternoon!  Snacks are provided.  Prizes include gift cards and consumables. 

Second Thursday of Each Month  ▶  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  ▶ $5 collected day of event

January 11 // Snowflake

February 8 // Valentine

March 14 // St. Patrick's Day

April 11 // Springtime

 

Silver Screen Matinee

Enjoy a free showing of a recent movie in a relaxed environment. Snacks are provided weekly. Thanks to Merriam Gardens for providing snacks on the first and third Wednesdays. Movies are subject to change.

Wednesdays   ▶ 1 p.m. ▶ FREE 

Current Movie List(PDF, 560KB)

 

Lunch and Learn:St. Patrick's Day

Join fellow enthusiasts as you learn fun facts and test your wit about St. Patrick's Day at this lunch-and-learn event. Enjoy games and make new friends! Register online or at the Welcome Desk. Bring a tasty dish to share and be sure to dress in green! Instructor: Kim

Friday, March 15  ▶  12-1 p.m.  ▶  $5  ▶ Register

 

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! Designed for participants 13 and older.

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶   Jan 8-24  ▶ 7 - 7:45 p.m.   ▶   Register

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶   Feb. 5-21   ▶ 7 - 7:45 p.m.   ▶   Register

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶  March 4-20   ▶   7 - 7:45 p.m.   ▶   Register

 

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

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

$100 for private lessons, $90 for semi-private.

More information

 

KU Sensory Enhanced Aquatics

This class provides swimming and water safety lessons for adults who are on the autism spectrum. Traditional learn-to-swim methods are combines with sensory strategies matched to the unique needs of each swimmer. Individual and small-group lessons are available. Instructors: The University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Occupational Therapy Education Staff

Wednesdays  ▶   6:30-7:15 p.m.   ▶   Registration  opens December 8 at 6 p.m.

Wednesdays  ▶   7:20-8:05 p.m.   ▶   Registration  opens December 8 at 6 p.m.

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, body and breath.  Nothing to learn, just follow along.  Water provides a gentle resistance and added balance. Instructor: Kim

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays  ▶ 9:50-10:30 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  ▶ 6-7 p.m  ▶   Register

 

Cardio Splash   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

 

Warm Water Therapy 1

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

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

 

Warm Water Therapy 2

This program is for those who have been in this program before and are further along in their therapy journey. This class is held in the warm water therapy pool. Instructor Bennie

Wednesdays  ▶ 12:15 - 1 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

 

Workshops

Learn Basic Crochet with Tina

This four-week class takes you through crochet basics as you make a beautiful scarf. Increase your fun factor and have family and friends join you! All supplies included

Mondays  ▶ January ▶  6:30-7:30 p.m  ▶   Register

Galentine's Day: Charcuterie & WineCharcuterie Board

Grab your besties and celebrate Galentine's Day with a charcuterie and cookie workshop hosted by Berries + Honey Charcuterie and RC's Sweets and Treats. Instructor: Berries + Honey Charcuterie   

Tuesday  ▶ February 13 ▶  6:30-8:30 p.m.  ▶  Register

Adult DIY: "Hello" Door Decor & Winehello door hanger

Enjoy an evening of crafting and wine while making a beautiful spring door hanger! All supplies and wine are included. Instructor: Ingrid

Tuesday  ▶ March 26  ▶  6-7:30 p.m.  ▶  Register

Kitten YogaMelissa Second Chances Logo

Join us in partnership with Melissa's Second Chances Animal Rescue for a morning of gentle movement with playful kittens. Find a new family member to take home! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the rescue shelter. Instructor: Portia

Saturday  ▶   March 30  ▶  10-11 a.m.  ▶  Register

 

Hanging Flower Basket Workshop

Merriam's lucky to have beautiful hanging flower baskets along its streets. Now, everyone has the opportunity to make their yard pretty by Hanging flower baskets with petunias Downtown Merriam assembling a smaller version of the basket. All necessary supplies and instructor are provided. Results may vary depending on weather conditions and care. Register early-spots are limited.  Program is held at Merriam Public Works, 6901 Knox St. Instructors: Merriam Public Works Employees

Saturday  ▶ April 13 ▶  8-9 a.m  ▶   Register

 

What's Cluckin' in the Hen House

Learn about chicken behavior traits, feeding guidelines, local ordinance, coop maintenance and space, health issues for your girls, and more. We'll even taste test grocery store eggs versus homegrown. Children may attend if accompanied by an adult.  Instructor: Minnie

Saturday  ▶ April 8 ▶  1-2 p.m  ▶   Register

Yoga

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: Rafael, CIYT

Tuesdays & Thursdays  ▶   11 - 11:45 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. Please wear pants and shirt that are suitable for mild exercise. Instructors: Vic (4th degree), Derrick (1st degree)

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