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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

Janie Next Door concert on Feb. 28 is next Kid-Friendly Musical Performance at the Johnson County Museum
February 7, 2018

The next Kid-Friendly Musical Performance at the Johnson County Museum will be a concert by Janie Next Door on Feb. 28.

These programs are designed for ages two through ten with an adult and will all take place beginning at 10 a.m. at the Johnson County Museum,  located in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center , 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for this 30 to 60-minute program is $5 per person, and museum members save 20 percent, but must call (913) 831-3359 to register and claim their discount. Program registration does not include admission to KidScape and the museum.

Also known as musician, singer, and songwriter Jane Christison, Janie Next Door performs upbeat, entertaining, and interactive, live musical programs for children. To register for this program by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Activity Registration,” create or sign into an account, and complete a barcode search for 42018.

Individual walk-in participations are welcome, if space is available, but groups of ten or more must preregister.  Space at these performances is limited and tickets are  sold on a first-come, first-served basis.  Advance reservations are strongly recommended and can be obtained by calling (913) 715-2575.  A maximum of three children are allowed per adult.

Upcoming winter and early spring entries in the Kid-Friendly Musical Performance series include: Dino O'Dell on March 28 (barcode 42019), and Doo Dad Mike on April 18 (barcode 42020).

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

Take a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Johnson County Museum on Feb. 24
February 7, 2018

Join us for a behind the scenes tour of the Johnson County Museum’s collections storage facility at the new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (JCAHC) during a special event offered in late February.

This Behind-the-Scenes Museum Tour is for all ages and is offered on Saturday, Feb. 24. This will be the first of two public monthly tour dates offered through April. Visitors will learn why we collect, how we collect, and the importance of these efforts to our local community. Our collection features over 17,000 3D objects and over one million images. The JCAHC facility holds the museum’s two-dimensional collection, including manuscript collections, maps, photographs, and quilts. Scout groups are welcome!

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

These tours will take place at the JCAHC, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The February tour will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24. (barcode 42021). The cost for one 60-minute program is $10 per person for adults, $9 for seniors ages 60 and older, and $8 for children one to 18. Museum members receive a 20 percent discount, but must register by phone by calling (913) 826-ARTS. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Activity Registration,” create or sign into an account, and complete a search for any of the barcodes listed above.

Another Behind-the-Scenes-Tour is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18 (barcode 42022).

To schedule a separate time for your group of six to 12 people, or a tour for youth, please call (913) 826-ARTS.

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.

Sunday Family Series continues during February at Ernie Miller Nature Center
January 12, 2018

Bring the family to the Johnson County Park & 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. 4 : Animal Clues - Find out what clues to look for on your next walk through the park and meet an animal that leaves tracks in the snow.
  • Feb. 11: Laura's Memories  - Step back into time and celebrate the life and birthday (Feb. 7) of beloved author, Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Meet “Laura” herself as she tell the stories that inspired the classic “Little House” books. 
  • Feb. 18: I Heart Spiders - Discover the beauty and purpose of these quiet critters.  See live spiders up close.
  • Feb. 25: 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 & Recreation District and is located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

To find these programs 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 “nature programs.” For more information on the Sunday Nature Programs, call (913) 764-7759.

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