Facebook Social Icon Instagram Icon Twitter Social Icon You Tube Social Icon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Park and Recreation

Phone: 913-438-7275

7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66219

You are here

park and recreation

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

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on July 5 & 19 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
June 7, 2017

Animal Tales Storytime sessions will continue during July  at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe. Young children and their parents are invited to come listen and learn during sessions on July 5 and 19.

Animal Tales Storytime is for ages two to six. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This program will feature stories, songs, and surprises. Participants will also get to meet a special animal friend at each session. Animal Tales Storytime was one of the many programs cited when the Ernie Miller Nature Center won an Oracle Award for Organizational Service and Leadership in the South Central Region from the National Storytelling Network a few years ago. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “storytelling.”

July sessions include a program on July 5 when the theme is “Snake Surprise;" and a July 19 session called "Turtle Time." Each session takes place on a Wednesday and will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program.

Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe. For more information, contact the Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.

Tenth annual Great American Family Campout is July 1& 2 in Shawnee Mission Park
June 7, 2017

Come join us for the tenth annual Great American Family Campout and enjoy a rare opportunity to sleep under the stars in Shawnee Mission Park and take part in other outdoor activities.

This event is offered by the Children’s Services Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, and will run through about 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 2. This event ties into a national event called the Great American Backyard Campout, which encourages people to camp out in their backyards each summer. Previous events have drawn as many as 350 campers.

Whether you are an experienced camper or are looking for an activity to share with your family, this is your opportunity to camp in the safety of the largest park in Johnson County.  Children’s Services staff will be on hand throughout the night and JCPRD Park Police will also have a presence. The package includes passes for one pedal boat rental and tickets to The Theatre in the Park’s production of Disney’s “Camp Rock.”  As a special bonus you will receive early admittance to the show. Note that Shawnee Mission Park beach is not included this year, as the beach is closed during construction of a new beach house expected to open in in 2018. This will be the only public campout offered a Shawnee Mission Park this summer.

Camping will take place in a large open field directly to the south of The Theatre in the Park complex and north of Shelter 2 in the Small Lakes Area. The theatre entrance is located at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. Campers will need to bring their own camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, etc.  Saturday evening dinner is not provided.  Community grills are available at Shelter #2.  Bagels, fruit, juice, and milk will be provided Sunday morning.

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 “overnight.”

The cost for this 20-hour event is $30 for a family of up to four, $10 for individuals, and children under the age of three are free. For more information, contact Children’s Services Specialist Rob Knaussman at (913) 826-3023. 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 39393for a family, 39394 for individuals, or 39395 for campers under three.

This program is also eligible for credit in the Environmental 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 JCPRD’s Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Johnson County Museum plans Family Fun Day, Doo Dads Concert on July 1
June 7, 2017

Less than a month after reopening at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (JCAHC) in the former King Louie building, the Johnson County Museum is planning a Family Fun Day, preceded by a Saturday morning concert by the Doo Dads!

These events will take place on Saturday, July 1 at the JCAHC, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

The Doo Dads are a kid-cool rock ‘n’ roll band founded in 2002 by four friends and dads, all veterans of the Kansas City music scene. The band puts on a high-energy show that has every hallmark of a real rock concert - fun, excitement and…bubbles!

The concert will begin at 10:30 and last one hour. The cost, which includes museum admission and KidScape, is $10 per person for adults, $9 per person for ages60 plus, $8 per person for kids, or $4 for members. 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 the barcode 38808.

For the Family Fun Day, the museum invites area residents to bring the whole family and celebrate America’s Mother Road, Route 66! Explore the museum’s main exhibit featuring the 1950s All-Electric House and a 1955 Chevy inside! Play in the past and serve burgers in the diner of our kid-sized community, KidScape!  Interact with the photography in the temporary exhibit, “Mother Road Revisited: Route Sixty-Six Then and Now.”  Have hands-on fun with activities and crafts in the museum.

This event will run from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. No preregistration is required, and the cost for this three-hour event is the usual museum admission of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors ages 60 and older, $3 for children, and museum members are free.  

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. 

Art Expose event for 50 Plus is June 29 at The Atriums
June 7, 2017

Amazing local artists will show off their talents and creations during a special event being planned in late June by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.                                  

This Art Expose will feature demonstrations, discussions, and an interactive tour. This unique art gallery is set within the walls of the upscale, resort-style living at The Atriums. Special attendants will be available to guide participants through this walking art expose.  Refreshments will be provided.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “art.”

The Art Expose at The Atriums  begins at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 29. This two and one-half-hour event is free to attend, but advance reservations by June 22 are required. For more information  or to reserve your spot, call (913) 642-6410. To see this program 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 39163.

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. 

Next Neighbor’s Place Potluck set for June 27 at Roeland Park Community Center
June 1, 2017

The next Neighbor’s Place Potluck dinner at the Roeland Park Community Center is planned for late June.

During these events, which are presented by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District, the community gets together and enjoys a night to socialize and dine together. There is no cost for these gatherings, but participants are asked to bring an item to share. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “potluck.”

This two-hour event will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27. Call (913) 826-3160 to RSVP and to sign up for your dish. The Roeland Park Community Center is located at 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. To see this program online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 39067. Another Neighbor's Place Potluck is set for July 25 (barcode 39068).

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

Pages