How do I register as a SPARK member?

It’s easy! Print off a registration form from our website, give us a call, or come into the office and pick up a copy of the current catalog.

What courses do you offer?

  • A wide range of high quality classes taught by knowledgeable and experienced instructors with a passion for teaching adult students.
  • Quarterly member events to preview upcoming classes and enjoy the company of other members.
  • Special Interest groups such as book groups and our Let’s Eat Out Group that meets weekly at Kansas City area restaurants.

Can I try out a class before I join?

We invite you to attend a single class, program, or outing of your choice – the sophistication of our offerings will surprise you!

What are the Costs? 

Annual dues: $40 ($20 for new members joining after July 1)

Classes: $25-30

Gems/Tours: costs vary

Where are classes held?

Unless otherwise noted, all classes are held at 4825 Troost Avenue in room 214D. Click here for a map.

Where do I park and how much does it cost?

University regulations require everyone coming on campus on an irregular basis (like SPARK) have a parking pass. This includes those with handicapped parking. The fee is $3 per day for SPARK members. The permit enables you to park in any lot on the UMKC campus.

The permit is a hang tag to be placed on the rearview mirror facing the front windshield. You will need one for each day you will be in class. There is also metered parking. You may pre-order your Parking Tags for the number of days you will need to use it.  Please refer to the SPARK Class Catalog for more information about parking for SPARK classes.

Another option for parking is to purchase a Pay and Display receipt from the Pay and Display machine next to the main (south) entrance into the building. This allows you to park for your desired amount of time. Display the receipt on your dashboard. Cost is $1.25 per hour. Change up to $20 is available from the machine.