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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

Mardi Gras Mah Jongg for 50 Plus planned for March 5 in Roeland Park
February 13, 2019

“Laissez les bon temps roulez!” Let the good times roll at a Mardi Gras marathon of Mah Jongg being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

This special event is called Mardi Gras Mah Jongg, and will take place on March 5 at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Bring your friends, favorite foursome, or meet new players and enter to win prizes. We’ll keep you energized this Fat Tuesday with coffee, snacks, lunch, and dessert. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under special events and then under 50 plus. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “games.”

The fun begins at 9:30 a.m. The cost for this six-hour program  is $14 per person for Johnson County residents or $15 per person for nonresidents. Please register for the Mardi Gras Mah Jongg Party before March 1. For more information or to sign up, 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.

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

 

 

New Petite Picassos art programs for kids set for Feb. 26
January 30, 2019

Pablo Picasso lends his name to a new single-session art class for young children being offered at two locations in late February by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Petite Picassos is the name of this program, which is for ages three to six. Participants will join a teaching artist in the art studio as they read a book, look at art work, and create a thematic work of art! Parents are welcome and encouraged to join this class.

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 catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “art.”

Petite Picassos is offered on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at two locations. One class will meet at 10 a.m. at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (JCAHC), 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, while the other will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Mill Creek Activity Center (MCAC), 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee.

The cost for one 45-minute class is $5 per child. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on location you are interested in -  JCAHC session, or the MCAC session. Additional Petite Picasso sessions are planned for March 26 at JCAHC and at MCAC and April 30 at JCAHC and MCAC.

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

Children can enjoy Parents’ Night Out at JCPRD Gymnastics Center on Feb. 23
January 30, 2019

Children ages six to 12 are invited to enjoy fun activities during a Parents' Night Out planned in late February at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Mill Creek Activity Center in Shawnee.

The idea behind this gymnastics event is that parents can have a fun night out while their little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite gymnastics coaches enjoying games, crafts, activities, snacks, and activities under the supervision of JCPRD staff. The February Parents' Night Out, is called Thing 1 & Thing 2, participants are invited to bring a friend and dress up as twins. At the end of the night, there will be prizes to win.

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

The February Parents' Night Out will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Mill Creek Activity Center, located at 6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee. The cost for one three-hour session is $18 for Johnson County residents or $22 for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

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

New Kid's Garage Sale set for Feb. 23 at Mill Creek Activity Center
January 30, 2019

Kids and parents of kids are hereby notified of a new Kid’s Garage Sale planned in late February at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Mill Creek Activity Center.

This event is the perfect opportunity to get rid of extra stuff or to make room for new toys or clothes. Items for sale must be predominately children’s items. Once registered, participants may list their items for sale on MCAC’s Facebook Kid’s Garage Sale event page. This recently-announced event is not in the January through April My JCPRD activities catalog.

This Kid’s Garage Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee. The cost is $10 for the first six-foot table and $8 for additional tables (up to three total). For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

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

Sunday Family Series continues during February at Ernie Miller Nature Center
January 10, 2019

Bring the family to the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in February for Sunday Nature Programs. Presentations begin at 2 p.m., last about 45 minutes, and are designed for all ages. A charge of $3 per person, payable at the site, helps cover the cost of the programs; children under two are free.

February presentations will include:

Feb. 3: Know Your Scat -  The poop emoji will guide you through identifying a variety of wildlife scat. See live animals, furs, and scat replicas. 

Feb. 10: Ferrets in Kansas  - Hear the story of recovery of the endangered black-footed ferret. Meet a live domestic ferret, and discover conservation efforts in Kansas.

Feb. 17: Furs and the Frontier Hear the story of French explorers as told through the eyes of a fur trader’s daughter, and see live animals.

Feb. 24: Wildlife Who's Who  - Meet an amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal. Discover their similarities and differences.

The Ernie Miller Nature Center is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District and is located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

To find these programs 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 “nature programs.” For more information on the Sunday Nature Programs, call (913) 826-2800.

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