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While people in Johnson County work hard, they like their downtime as well, and we offer many wonderful places for individuals and families to learn, play, relax, be active, and enjoy the outdoors. Johnson County’s dozens of parks, recreation facilities, lakes, and public gardens offer something for everyone. Checkout one of Johnson County’s 13 libraries, spend an afternoon at the Johnson County Museum, or when the weather is warm enjoy a movie or Broadway show at Theatre in The Park. Our recreational amenities play a huge role in Johnson County being a community of choice.

Recreation News

JCPRD presents Homeschool Art program for ages 5 to 15 beginning Jan. 10 and 11

Youth can join their friends and go on an adventure into art during a homeschool program being offered beginning in early January by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Homeschool Art is the name of this program, which is for ages five to 15. Participants will have collaborative experiences meant to encourage them to explore art through consideration, conversation, and creation.  This class has the theme "Art Adventures," and is designed to supplement homeschool curriculums.

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 “art.”

Two different sessions of the Art Adventures program are offered beginning in early January. One meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 10 at the Roeland Park Community Center (RPCC), 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, while the other meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 11 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (JCAHC), 8788 Metcalf, Overland Park. For either location, classes begin at 10 a.m., and the cost for nine two-hour sessions is $85 per person for Johnson County resident or $90 for nonresidents. 

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 41643 for the RPCC session or 41644 for the JCAHC session.

Additional Homeschool Art classes with the theme "Clay Creations,"  are offered beginning April 4 at RPCC (barcode 41645) and April 5 at JCAHC (barcode 41464).

These programs are also eligible for credit in the Intellectual 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 Ookpik Book” is subject of next museum Retro Story and Art Fun program on Jan. 3 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

If you can remember “The Poky Little Puppy,” you and your preschoolers will love the stories and illustrations from long ago, read by a special guest from the 1950s All-Electric House during a series of programs being offered monthly in early 2018 by the Johnson County Museum.

This program is called Retro Story and Art Fun! and is for ages three to five with an adult. After each session's story presentation, enjoy an art activity for little hands. Stories change monthly, connecting to KidScape community environments, and Kansas Early Learning Standards. An adult must attend program with child. These programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday early each month through April at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

The cost for each 45-minute program is $2 per child, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration for these programs does not include admission to the Johnson County Museum or to KidScape. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under enrichment &special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “early learning.”

The first program in the early 2018 series is called “The Ookpik Book,” and will take place on Jan. 3. Published in 1963, this Golden Shape Book introduces readers to meet Ookpik the Arctic Owl. Participants will learn about life in the arctic, then make a snowy owl to take home.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 41211.

Other upcoming Retro Story and Art Fun! programs this season will include: “Birds”  on Feb. 7 (barcode 41212), "The Fire Engine Book" on March 7 (barcode 41213), and “Baby Farm Animals" on April 4 (barcode 41214).

These programs are also eligible for credit in the Mindfulness 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 Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Sunday Family Series begins Jan. 7 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Bring the family to the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in January for the Sunday Family Series of 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.

January presentations will include:

Jan. 7: Snakes Alive - See Kansas snakes as we explore the facts and fallacies of these legless wonders of the natural world.

Jan. 14: Birds of Prey - Using live birds, participants will see up close examples of these magnificent raptors and their special adaptations.

Jan. 21: Biomimicry  - Nature has inspired humans to create technological advances. Come and learn how cockleburs and kingfishers have influenced scientists. See live animals that may inspire you create something new.

Jan. 28: Kansas Symbols  - Celebrate Kansas' Statehood Day, which this year falls on Jan. 29! See some of the natural symbols live and in person, including live animals.

The Sunday Family Series will continue in February with the following presentations: Feb. 4, Animal Clues; Feb. 11, Laura's Memories; Feb. 18, I Heart Spiders;  and Feb. 25, Wildlife Who's Who.

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 Family Series, call (913) 764-7759.

Johnson County Museum presents new season of Homeschool History Adventures beginning Jan. 4

Homeschoolers can unearth the treasure of our local history during a series of programs being presented this winter and early spring by the Johnson County Museum.

Homeschool History Adventures! is the name of this program, which is for ages seven to 13. Participants will examine artifacts from the museum's collection, explore the museum's main exhibit called "Becoming Johnson County," and put their brains and hands to work with interactive projects, games, and activities in the museum classroom. These monthly sessions serve as an engaging supplement to homeschool curriculums, and give students the opportunity to build both new friendships and a new appreciation for what came before us.

These programs take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for each two-hour program is $6 per person, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration includes admission to the Johnson County Museum and to KidScape. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a search for the barcodes listed below.

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under enrichment &special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “enrichment.”

The first program in the series is called All Aboard!, and will allow students to discover Johnson County’s railroads during this fun, hands-on program! Students can see how trains got our community on track with an interactive journey through our exhibit, imagine life in boom and bust towns, and compete to design and build their own bridge that will bring the railroad to your town!

This program is offered at two different dates and times. One program will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4 (barcode 41993), while the other will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 5 (barcode 41994).

Other upcoming Homeschool History Adventures! programs this season will include: Lamp of Freedom on Feb. 1 and 2 (barcodes 41995 and 41996), "Hold the Phone, History's Calling" on March 1 and 2 (barcodes 41997and 41998), and "What's Cookin' " on March 5 and 6 barcodes 42000 and 42001.

These programs are also eligible for credit in the Mindfulness 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 Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Give the Gift of Membership!

Give the gift that gives all year long!  Museum memberships offer a host of benefits including FREE admission to all three museum galleries all year long, discounts on programs and museum store items, invittations to exhibit openings and members only events, plus an e-newsletter to stay up to date on all that's happening at the museum. 

Memberships are valid from one year from the purchase date and there are two options:     

 Individual/Couple   $30

Family Memberships   $50

Purchase today by calling 913-715-2575. 

HO-HO-HOliday Bingo and Luncheon program for 50 Plus set for Dec. 22

Get into the holiday spirit with a catered lunch and a special musical performance during a late December special event being presented by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This program is called HO-HO-HOliday Bingo and Luncheon. Members of the Kansas City Women’s Chorus will give a performance which is sure to spread some holiday cheer! Six games of white elephant bingo are also planned, and winners can pick from the assortment of wrapped prizes or steal from a previous winner.

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 printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “special events.”

Ho-Ho-Holiday Bingo and Luncheon. will take place beginning  at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. The cost for this two-hour-and-one-half-hour event is $15 per person and includes lunch. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 40413.

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. 

Take a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Johnson County Museum on Dec. 16

The next behind the scenes tour of the Johnson County Museum’s collections storage facility at the new Arts & Heritage Center is planned for mid-December.

This Behind-the-Scenes Museum Tour is for all ages. Visitors will learn why and how the museum collects, and the importance of these efforts to our local community. The museum's collection features over 17,000 3D objects and over one million images. The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center 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.”

This tour will take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located in the former King Louie Building at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The Dec. 16 tour will take place beginning at 1 p.m. The cost for one 60-minute program is $10 per person for adults, $8 for children one to 18, $9 for seniors ages 60 and older, and $4 for museum members. Members should call (913) 831-3359 to receive their discount.  To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 40509.  Program cost includes admission to the museum and KidScape.

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. 

Winter Solstice Celebration is Dec. 16 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

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. 16 at the  Johnson County Park & 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 fun for all and then under special events. 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. 16, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway. The cost is $6 per person, including adults in advance, or $8 per person on the day of the event. Drop in any time after 4:30 p.m. for ongoing activities.

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.

For more information about this program, call (913) 764-7759. For more information or to register, call (913) (831-3355. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 39880. Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Letters From Santa offered through Dec. 15 by Overland Park 50 Plus program

Personalized letters from Santa are available through a program being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s 50 Plus Department.

To arrange a letter from Santa for that special person (all ages), call (913) 642-6410 by Dec. 15. A short form will be completed to help remind Santa of the recipient’s name, address, hoped-for gifts, and other particulars that can personalize the letter. From there, Santa types and signs each one himself. The cost is $5 per letter.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. Look for the keywords “holiday letter.” 

Holiday Sweater Party for 50 Plus planned on Dec. 14

Get in the holiday spirit while wearing an ugly or beautiful holiday sweater during a new special event being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Holiday Sweater Party is the name of this event. Participants will be treated to traditional favorite holiday songs presented by the Barbershop Harmonizers. You can also enjoy cookies and coffee or cocoa by the cozy fire in the Hearth Room.

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 keywords “special event.”

The Holiday Sweater Party will take place beginning at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14,  at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park. The cost for this one-hour event is $5 per person. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 40311.

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. 

Upcoming Events

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December 14, 2017 | 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

A Very Fifties Christmas at the Johnson County Museum

December 14, 2017 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Cancelled - 50 Plus Holiday Sweater Party

December 14, 2017 | 7:30 pm to 9:30 am

The Happy Elf at the Black Box Theatre

December 15, 2017 | 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

A Very Fifties Christmas at the Johnson County Museum

December 15, 2017 | 5:00 pm

Kid's Night Out (Ages 5-12)