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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

Johnson County Museum offers new escape room experience at Lanesfield Historic Site by appointment
December 12, 2018

Solve the mystery of the missing school marm during a new escape-room style adventure being offered by appointment at the Johnson County Museum's Lanesfield Historic Site near Edgerton

This program is called Scandal in the Schoolhouse - A Historic Escape Room Experience, and is recommended for ages ten and older, and is available for groups by appointment. Scandal in the Schoolhouse is available from Jan. 5 through March 30. For this one-hour program, the cost is $50 for two people, or $20 per person for three to eight people. Schedule your escape room experience at least a week in advance by calling the museum (913) 715-2570.

An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. 

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. 

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

Join the Side By Side Experience 50 Plus vocal performing group beginning Jan. 4
December 12, 2018

The Side By Side Experience, a 50 Plus vocal music and dance group presented by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, will be beginning a new 12-session program in early January, and all interested parties are invited to join in and have fun with this group of easygoing performers.

Founded in 1992, the group meets weekly and currently has more than 20 members, including several men. Pianists take turns accompanying the singers and dancers. Drawing on a catalog of 560 songs, the group changes themes monthly. Some themes are based on holidays or seasons, while others come from musical theater or various time periods. In all, the group conducts about 48 rehearsals and 60 shows each year at nursing homes, retirement homes, senior groups, churches, and other interested entities.

Anyone with vocal or dance interests, regardless of skill level, is welcome to join the Side By Side Experience. The next season of rehearsals will meet at 12:30 p.m. Fridays beginning Jan. 4 at Grace Methodist Church, 11485 Ridgeview Road, Olathe. The cost for 12 two-hour sessions is $13 for Johnson County residents or $14 for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com. 

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.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

 

 

Enjoy New Year's week performance by Rockin' Rob at Johnson County Museum on Jan. 4
December 12, 2018

Fun, music, and movement are in store when the Johnson County Museum presents a Kid-Friendly Musical Performance in early January.

The Rockin’ Rob show is a completely interactive and educational musical kids’ show that promotes fun and education through the benefits of music and movement! 

This program is designed for ages two through ten with an adult and will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, at the Johnson County Museum, located in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “music.”

The cost for this 60-minute program is $5 per person, or $4 for members, who must call (913) 831-3359 to register and claim their discount. Program registration does not include admission to KidScape and the museum. To register for this program by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com. 

Another Kid-Friendly Musical Performance is planned for March 8, when Dino O'Dell will perform at JCAHC. Use course ID 14850 to find that concert online.

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

Winter Solstice Celebration is Dec. 22 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
December 3, 2018

Take a break from the busy holiday festivities and preparations to celebrate an ancient rite at a fun special event for all ages called the Winter Solstice Celebration planned for Dec. 22 at the  Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center. 

In astronomical terms, the Winter Solstice occurs when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun. In terms of daylight hours, it marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Officially, this year's Winter Solstice actually occurs on Dec. 21.

During this year's celebration, participants will hike luminary-lit trails in Ernie Miller Park along Little Cedar Creek to witness the natural display of winter's quiet time. Then warm up by the fire and enjoy hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows while listening to ancient stories about the longest night of the year. Visit live owls and discover animal mysteries of survival during the long winter. Since parts of this program will take place outdoors, be sure to dress for the weather. 

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

The Winter Solstice Celebration will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway. Drop in any time after 4:30 p.m. for ongoing activities. If paid in advance, the cost is $6 per person for Johnson County residents, including adults, or $7 per person for nonresidents. If paid on-site, the cost is $8 per person, and availability of space is not guaranteed.  

For more information about this program, call (913) 826-2800. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or  register online at www.jcprd.com

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

Experience a retro Christmas celebration at the Johnson County Museum on Dec. 15
November 21, 2018

During a mid-December drop-in event at the Johnson County Museum, visitors can celebrate the holidays in the manner of  Christmases past.

This program is called Retro Holiday Fun and is for all ages. Participants can visit with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon in front of the museum's indoor 1950s All-Electric House, which will be decorated for the holidays. 

Retro Holiday Fun will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the museum, which is located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Admission to this program is the same as regular admission cost to the museum, which is $5 for adults, $4 for ages 60 plus, and $3 for children. Museum members get in free. 

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

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

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