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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

Johnson County Museum to present free One-Room Schoolhouse Christmas at Lanesfield Historic Site in late November and throughout December
October 27, 2016

Drop in for an old-fashioned Christmas during a special event being presented 11 times this holiday season by the Johnson County Museum at the Lanesfield Historic Site.

The program is called A One-Room Schoolhouse Christmas! and is for all ages. Drop in for an old-fashioned Christmas! Participants can write a letter to Santa with pen and ink, and create their very own ornament. Participants will learn what oranges have to do with Christmas, what types of gifts were commonly given 10 years ago, and how Christmas was celebrated in 1904! Find old-fashioned stocking stuffers in our gift shop. All ages are welcome.

The session on Saturday, Dec. 3, will include a special Christmas concert in the schoolhouse, featuring the Edgerton Rainbow Connection Children’s Choir. The performance will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by a visit from Santa and free refreshments. These guests will only be present on the first Saturday in December.

A One-Room Schoolhouse Christmas! is offered as a drop-in program from Fridays and Saturdays on the following dates: Nov. 26, and Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31. With the exception of the Dec. 3 program, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m., all other programs run from 1 to 5 p.m. All ages are welcome. No reservations for this free program are required for individuals and family groups, but for groups larger than ten, please call the museum's reservation line at (913) 715-2570. The site is closed on Nov. 25 and Dec. 24.

Lanesfield Historic Site is located at  18745 S Dillie Road, Edgerton.

The Lanesfield site is a one-room limestone schoolhouse, the last remaining structure in the former town of Lanesfield. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988.

For more information about this program, contact the museum at  (913) 715-2575.

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

This year’s Mildale Farm Fall Fest set for Oct. 29
October 25, 2016

Bring the family and spend the day exploring the Mildale Farm property and enjoying a number of activities during the annual free Mildale Farm Fall Fest being planned by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District for Oct. 29.

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2  p.m. and will give interested parties access to the 158-acre site including the 22-acre rental property in southwest Johnson County as well as to about 136 acres which are actually part of the adjacent 578 acres of agricultural property, all of which was purchased by the district in 2005. Visitors will be directed to park near Mildale Farm’s main barn.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the, look for the keywords “family fun.”

A number of fall-related activities are being planned for the event, all of which will be free to the public. A large pumpkin patch will be situated in front of the main barn. Children 12 and under can pick out a pumpkin. Cider and hot cocoa will be provided in the barn, as will information on other district programs and activities. A tractor-drawn hayride will take visitors to a fire circle in the south-central portion of the Mildale site, where they can roast marshmallows and enjoy storytelling. A putting green with kid-sized clubs is also available. 

Catch-and-release fishing in any or all of seven ponds within the 158-acre area will also be offered during Fall Fest. While district fishing permits have been waived for this event, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license.

Visitors can also explore and picnic on the grounds. Restrooms will be available, but  the property’s two homes and other outbuildings will not be open during this event. The centerpiece of the Mildale Farm property is the high-quality equestrian-style barn, which features peg construction and a hand-laid brick floor. Though designed with an equestrian motif, the barn has never been used for keeping animals is available as a rental location for social functions, including weddings, family gatherings, and other social and business events. Inquiries regarding information or reservations for Mildale Farm should be directed to Sarah Vogelsberg at (913) 826-2957.

Rules for this event will be posted and will be the same as park rules in place on other district properties. Among them: no alcohol is allowed, pets must be on-leash, and vehicles must remain on roadways. Park police will be on hand to enforce these as well as the catch-and-release fishing provision.

Mildale Farm is located at 35250 W. 199th St. From the north, take Interstate 35 south to Exit 205, Homestead Lane. Turn right onto Homestead. Turn left on 199th and follow to Mildale Farm, which will be on your right. From the south, take Interstate 35 north to Exit 205, Homestead Lane. Turn left onto Homestead. Turn left on 199th and follow to Mildale Farm, which will be on your right.

Don’t miss one-of-a-kind free Healthy Halloween Spooktacular event for all ages on Oct. 29
October 25, 2016

Start your family’s Halloween off with a healthy morning that will keep your kids energized throughout the busy day during a special event being planned by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Healthy Halloween Spooktacular! is the name of this event, which is for all ages and which will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Participants are invited to come in person and visit the freaky photo booth, make creepy crafts, enjoy a healthy snack, enter the haunted classroom, and show off on the dance floor to your favorite Halloween beats.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “holiday event.”

This event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Roeland Park  Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. To reserve your family’s spot for this free event, call (913) 826-3160 or send an email to lisa.scharnak@jocogov.org.

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.


Tellabration 2016 Set for Nov. 19 At Ernie Miller Nature Center
October 19, 2016

Want to  hear a good story? Come celebrate the International Day of Storytelling at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe. This year's event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 19. The cost for this one-hour event is $3 per person, including adults.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., participants can hear stories with live animals. The stories will combine the themes of environmental awareness and ancient myths that will delight, entertain, and involve audiences of all ages. Live animals will be on hand as the stories are being told. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “storytelling.”

The cost is $3 per person, including adults. To reserve your spot, call the nature center at (913) 764-7759. The Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe.

This program is also eligible for credit in the Social 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 (913) 826-2950.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Advance reservations are preferred, but not required for this program. For more information, contact the Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.

Em Chamas is destination for Foodie Fridays lunch outing for 50 Plus on Nov. 18
October 19, 2016

Lunch at Em Chamas restaurant is the next destination for the Foodie Fridays program being presented this fall and early winter by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This program lets participants try a new restaurant with a fun and active group of friends for lunch or dinner on one Friday each month. Participants meet at Antioch Park. Transportation to and from the restaurant is provided, and participants are responsible for the cost of food and drinks on their own. Diners can come to one outing or as many as they’d like planned through December. Please call (913) 826-3160 for more information or to register.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under travel. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “social outing.”

Em Chamas offers traditional Churrascaria (Brazillian grill) from the pampas region of southern Brazil. This involves various cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and chicken all skewered and slow roasted over a wood-fired grill.

The outing to Em Chamas will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 18. The cost for one two-and-one-half-hour outing with transportation is $10 per person. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 35570.

The final restaurant destination of this season will be Cooper's Hawk for dinner on Dec. 16 (barcode 35571).

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 program are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability.

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



Upcoming Events

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October 29, 2016 | 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Mildale Farm Fall Fest

October 31, 2016 | 10:15 am to 10:45 am

Out-of-Library Storytime

November 3, 2016 | 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Dinner and Dixieland Band Musical Performance

November 4, 2016 | 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Owl Prowl

November 6, 2016 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Fall Public Hayride