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Park and Recreation

Phone: 913-438-7275

7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66219

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For more than 50 years, the Johnson County Park & Recreation District has provided high-quality parks, park services and recreational programs in more than 6,000 acres of parkland and open green space. Each year, the District records more than 7 million park visitors and nearly 1.5 million recreation participations in over 4,000 programs. The District's contributions to the personal lives of Johnson County's citizens have earned the District local appreciation and national acclaim.

Department News

50 Plus Bingo programs continue on July 19 & 27
June 22, 2017

"Baseball " and "Ice Cream Sundae" are the themes of bingo game sessions being offered in July by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

All bingo sessions begin at 1:30 p.m. and will feature a dozen games of bingo, as well as food, prizes, and fun. Bingo prizes include  gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses. The cost for each two-hour program  is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 for nonresidents. Advance registration is required.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under enrichment & special interests. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “games.”

"Baseball" is the theme for the first  July  bingo session on July 19 at the Sunset Building, 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Olathe (barcode 39149); while a session called "Ice Cream Sundae" will take place on July 27  at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park (barcode 39150)

The final 50 Plus Bingo program of the current season will be "Back to School" on Aug. 16  at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center,  11902 Lowell, Overland Park  (barcode 39151).

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for the five-digit codes listed  above.

While JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability.

Printed copies of the My JCPRD  Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

 

Movies in the Park continues on July 18 with “Pitch Perfect”
June 22, 2017

A 2012 comedy hit about an all-girl college a cappella group is the next film planned  for this summer’s  Movies in the Park program at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park.

Through this program, four films are shown on a 40-foot screen on the theatre stage on specified summer nights when musical productions are not scheduled. Films screen on specific Tuesday nights during the theatre’s regular season. Films will begin between 8:30 and 8:45 p.m., depending on sunset, and the cost is only $1 per person. Gates open on movie nights at 7:30 p.m.

Pitch Perfect” will be shown on July 18, while the  final Movies in the Park presentation this summer will be an Aug. 1 showing of Pixar Animation Studio’s “Finding Dory.” “Pitch Perfect” is Rated PG-13, and “Finding Dory” is Rated PG. For more about this year’s film lineup, including ratings information, go to www.theatreinthepark.org/movies.” This year’s Movies in the Park presentations are sponsored by Shawnee Mission Health.

Please note that the theatre’s usual rain-out policy does not apply to movie nights. Due to licensing restrictions, if a movie has to be cancelled due to inclement weather, no refunds will be issued and no tickets will be revalidated.

The Theatre in the Park is located north of the main entrance to Shawnee Mission Park with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road in Shawnee. 

"Turtle Tales" is subject of next museum storytelling program on July 19 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
June 22, 2017

Visit all six continents for multi-cultural tortoise tales in late July when the Johnson County Museum presents the next in a series of entertaining and educational stories involving nature, history, culture, and art.

Titled simply Jo Ho, Storyteller, this series of stand-alone programs is for ages three to five. These programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on one day each month at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located in the former King Louie Building at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for each one-hour program is $6 per person, including adults, and museum members are $3. Each ticket includes admission to the museum and the new and expanded KidScape experience. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “storytelling.”

The next program in the series is called "Turtle Tales " on Wednesday, July 19. Recognized by the hard, distinctive shell that protects its body, these ancient, long-lived reptiles are often associated with patience and wisdom.  Participants  will  discover the wit and wise words of these egg-laying creatures which have been around since before the dinosaurs. 

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district's website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 38813.

The final Jo Ho, Storyteller program this season is “My Big Purple Crayon,” (barcode 38814) on Aug. 16.

 

These programs are also eligible for credit in the Mindfulness dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement  Badges and Awards. To register for JCPRD U call Nathan at (913) 826-2950.

 

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

New Christmas in July event for youth is July 17 at Roeland Park Aquatic Center
June 22, 2017

Santa Claus is coming…to the pool for a new special event for youth being presented in mid-July by the Roeland Park Aquatic Center.

This new event is called Christmas in July, and is being presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. Participants ages four to 12 will enjoy music, and games, and should bring a white elephant gift for the gift exchange ($5 limit.)  So don't be a Grinch...come celebrate Christmas in July with us. To find this program in My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “summer fun.”

Christmas in July will take place beginning  at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 17, at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Please register one week in advance. The cost for this 90-minute event is $5 per person. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district's website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 39382.

Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Create a Route 66 Embossed Metal Encaustic during Art Workshop for adults planned on July 15
June 22, 2017

Adults 18 and older can join a practicing artist for art adventures through history’s lens during a new art workshop being presented by the Johnson County Museum in mid-July.

This program is called Museum Art Workshop - Route 66 Embossed Metal Encaustic and will take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located in the former King Louie Building at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

Participants will explore new techniques and improve existing skills while applying elements of art and design based on work from old masters through contemporary artists. As they learn about the art and history of each theme, students will be guided through the process to create their own hand-embossed metal and melted wax encaustic inspired by the museum’s temporary Route 66 exhibition and images of motels and diners along Route 66. All skill levels are welcome.

To find this workshop in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “art.”

Museum Art Workshop - Route 66 Embossed Metal Encaustic will  take place beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. The cost for one 90-minute program is  program is $15 per person, or $14 for museum members. This does not include viewing the museum, which is not part of this program and for which there is a separate admission cost. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district's website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 38774 . 

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

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