Personal Development in Merriam

$60 for Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Village Music Academy ($120 Value)

Village Music Academy

formerly the Toon Shop

$120 $60

Local musical experts with backgrounds in jazz, classical, rock, & country lead students through 30-minute sessions on choice of instruments

$29.99 for an Online Home-IT Course from Excel With Business ($299 Value)

EwB Home IT Course

Online Deal

$299 $29.99

Lord over your home's computer and Internet with a course designed by the technology expert who wrote the first ...For Dummies book

$99 for a Business-Certification-Course Package from Management and Strategy Institute ($449.90 Value)

Management and Strategy Institute

Online Deal

$449.90 $99

Online certification courses for leadership and project management help professionals prove to employees they have valued skills

$59 for Napoleon Hill Mastery Course from Nightingale Conant ($357 Value)

Nightingale Conant

Online Deal

$357 $59

Self-improvement course teaches the secrets to success through 15 downloadable MP3 audio lessons and online manuals

One Month of Tumbling, Cheer, or Gymnastics Classes at All American Cheer & Stunt/MPG Gymnastics (50% Off)

All American Cheer & Stunt/MPG Gymnastics

Kansas City

$60 $30

Tumbling classes teach kids cartwheels and somersaults, while cheer and gymnastics classes focus on more advanced moves like tucks

$49.99 for an Online 150-Hour Master TEFL or TESOL Course from Global Language Training ($520 Value)

Global Language Training Kansas City

Online Deal

$520 $49.99

Online course equips students with the tools to guide non-English speakers toward fluency; certificate upon satisfactory course completion

$175 for $350 Worth of Photography Classes — Lauren Houston Photography

Lauren Houston Photography

On Location

$350 $175

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$59 for a One-Year Subscription to Skills-Assessment-Test Database from Brainbench with Certifications ($199 Value)

Brainbench

Online Deal

$199 $59

More than 600 tests, which are used by employers to assess job applicants, cover skills from C++ to French proficiency to typing

$99 for an IT Database Admin Online Training Bundle from Database Training Academy ($3,595 Value)

Database Training Academy

Online Deal

$3,595 $99

More than 150 hours of training in all areas of database technology ranging from SQL to Oracle

$99 for a Complete CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ IT-Certification Bundle from IT University Online ($2,695 Value)

IT University Online

Online Deal

$2,695 $99

Expert lectures, multimedia aids, and exam simulators aid in three courses, strengthening resumés and enhancing marketability

$69 for CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ IT Certification Training Bundle from Career Academy ($1,485 Value)

Career Academy

Online Deal

$1,485 $69

Online courses with video instructions help IT professionals attain certifications in networking and corporate security

Certification for One, Two, or Three Online Courses from Social Media Academy (Up to 93% Off)

Social Media Academy

Online Deal

$497 $59

Social media strategists impart the skills needed to succeed in Internet marketing, with online courses in Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter

$29 for One-Year Access to Online Yoga and Meditation Courses from Yoga Meditation Course ($99 value)

Yoga Meditation Course

On Location

$99 $29

Learn yoga and meditation at home to unwind and refocus your energies

Photography or Photo-Editing Workshop for One or Two at Gwen Morris Studio (Up to 60% Off)

Gwen Morris Studio

Central Industrial District

$120 $49

Veteran photographer demystifies various functions of cameras or photo-editing software such as Photoshop and Lightroom

$30 for $55 Groupon — Corporate Safety Solutions LLC

Corporate Safety Solutions Llc

Liberty

$55 $30

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

One, Two, or Three Years of Online Guitar or Bass Lessons from Dangerous Guitar (Up to 91% Off)

Dangerous Guitar

Online Deal

$134.55 $18

More than 650 high-definition videos give professional instruction in a wide range of playing styles

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Equipment: Insanity camp is all BW exercises. Fitness camp uses Resistance Bands

Students should bring: Water Bottle, Workout towel, Exercise Mat

Average class length: 60 minutes

Number of Staff: 1?5 people

Class location: Indoors only

Schedule: Insanity Boot Camp is on Mondays and Wednesdays, Warrior Cardio Workouts are on Saturdays

Established: 2010

Registration required: No

Good for beginners: Yes

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Pro Tip: In these workouts you are only competing against yourself. Your goal is to get better everyday.

11705 College Blvd
Overland Park,
KS
US

A student-run kitchen where culinary pupils can flex their skills, Broadmoor Bistro has welcomed guests to sample the epicurean stylings of these students since 2000. Working closely with their instructors, chefs-in-training collaborate to create rotating menus which exemplify creative fine dining. Past dishes have included lobster etoufee, a salad of edible flowers, and seared squab breast with a cranberry-sage brioche.

6701 W 83rd St
Overland Park,
KS
US

At TIKITUM, fun sits at the top of a pyramid of priorities, followed by art, science, nature, and sensory integration. Yet each of those priorities gets its due and then some inside the exploration space, which engages kids' five senses with different hands-on displays and activities. Kids ages 3 to 7 can come by for an open house, or attend an art class in the LAB. The classes might blend science and art with play, for instance by exploring the lights and colors of outer space. There are even classes for children with special needs such as autism and ADD.

10663 Widmer Road
Lenexa,
KS
US

Burgeoning artists in their junior and senior years of high school spend four days immersed in the topics of their choice, picking from disciplines such as interior design, game arts, and photography. Sketching, filming, and whisking meringue by day, the students work hard before shopping, dining, pool partying, or beret adjusting at night. Pupils who opt for lodging rest up for back-to-back, intensive courses in the local Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, in between a packed agenda designed to proffer a taste of art school life.

8208 Melrose Dr
Overland Park,
KS
US

A woman in a gown runs through a fountain. A little girl wearing Mickey Mouse ears watches an airplane as it rolls up to the gate. The footprints of newlyweds mark a red carpet. The images that photographer Jason Domingues captures aren't always expected. In fact, Domingues seeks out unpredictable angles and hones in on surprising details while snapping shots for weddings, family portraits, engagement sessions, and senior pictures. The memory preservation specialist has been featured in the New York Times for his innovative approach to photography and was named a Fear Less Photographer––1 of about 900 photographers nationwide who create artful, sometimes avant-garde wedding portraits.

Unlike many professional artists, Domingues loves to share his secrets, hosting classes for shutterbugs of all skill levels to learn how to effectively use cameras to generate awe-inspiring photos of landscapes and politicians checking their mail. His in-class lectures acquaint beginners to basic concepts, he also takes more advanced students to the city streets and provides ongoing critique and tips while watching them frame shots.

415 Delaware Street
Kansas City,
MO
US

Founded by a husband-and-wife duo made up of a WBFF Pro Fitness model and a ACE/AFAA/FPI-certified personal trainer, the Hitch Fit training regimen transforms students' physiques and overall well-being. The complete in-studio or online program runs 12–16 weeks and focuses not only on exercise but also helps patrons to draft custom diets and eliminate negative lifestyle influences, such as guzzling milkshakes with a band of rebellious teens at the soda shop.

The workout portion of each private visit involves 60 minutes split into aerobic routines and anaerobic weightlifting. Trainers customize each program to accommodate personal goals such as weight loss, muscle building, or shaping up following a pregnancy. Meal plans are customizable as well and account for dietary concerns such as food allergies and a crippling fear of pineapples.

4050 Pennsylvania Avenue
Kansas City,
MO
US