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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

This holiday season is last chance to visit the 1950s All-Electric House at the current Shawnee location

Want to take a step back in time and experience a 1950s-style Christmas? Starting Saturday, November 28, “A Very Fifties Christmas” adorns the 1950s All-Electric House in the space age style of a 1950s holiday and will be open for tours. This is the public's last chance to tour the 1950s All-Electric House at its current home behind the Johnson County Museum in Shawnee. At the end of this year’s holiday season, the 1950s All-Electric House will close in preparation for the Museum’s 2017 move to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf in Overland Park. More information is available in our news release.

Dec. 4 is registration deadline for youth Winter 2 Basketball and Volleyball leagues

Registration materials are now available online for youth Winter 2 Basketball and Volleyball leagues being offered at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Okun Fieldhouse, located within the Mid-America West Sports Complex, 20200 Johnson Drive, Shawnee.

These winter programs include Winter Basketball Leagues for boys and girls in grades seven and eight, as well as Winter Volleyball Leagues for boys and girls in grades three through 12.

Registration materials for these programs can be found at www.kcusssasports.com. Both programs have an early bird registration deadline on Nov. 30, followed by a final deadline on Dec. 4, and both offer a $50 discount for teams which meet the early deadline.

While these basketball and volleyball programs are designed for team registrations, individuals seeking teams may complete an individual recruitment form. Attempts will be made to place individuals on a team, but placement is not guaranteed. Based on team numbers, leagues may be divided into recreational, intermediate, and competitive divisions.

Winter Volleyball 2 involves a ten-game season with games taking place on Saturdays. Play will begin Jan. 9 and conclude by March 5.

Winter Basketball 2 involves an  eight-game season. Boy's teams will play on Tuesday nights, while girl's teams will play on Thursday nights, and some overflow games will take place on Sundays.   The winter season will begin Jan. 3 and conclude by March 6.

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information, call (913) 826-2900. 

Pop 'n Play @ the JoCo Museum 11/25

HankTime: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Details: Join us for activities designed especially for your 9 month-3 year olds.

Fee: $1 per child, members FREE. Drop-in program, registration not required. Maximum of three children per adult. Children must be supervised at all times. 

Better Together Concert Benefits Local Food Pantries

Better Together Food Drive & Concert 

Better Together is a committee compiled of six churches of different denominations in the Shawnee Mission area that come together to perform services for those in need in our community.
Annually the collaborative effort produces the  "Better Together Concert" held each fall, in which musical ministries from the participating denominations gather to perform a musical benefit concert.  There is no admission charged for the concert, but a free-will offering of a small bag of groceries or hygiene products is requested to benefit one of the local food pantries in the area. Johnson County Multi-Services Centers are the beneficiaries of the concert. 

Enjoy an evening of music by a children's choir, a praise band, a bell choir, individual choirs, and a series of dramatic readings. 

WHEN: Friday November 6th, 2015 at 7:00 PM

WHERE: Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 13615 W. 92nd St, Lenexa, KS 66215

All community members are invited to attend. 

For more information about this event, please visit here.

For additional information about the Multi-Service Centers and how you can host a food drive to help the community, please contact Brandy Hodge, Community Relations Manager at 913.715.8866 or Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org 


Cars in the Park event Saturday to benefit Special Olympians

About 200 vehicles and 1,000 spectators are expected to attend the annual Cars in the Park car show on Saturday, Sept. 26, in the marina parking lot in Shawnee Mission Park at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee.

The event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is one of two major annual fundraisers for Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Special Olympics and Special Populations programs. Specifically, these funds are typically used to acquire uniforms and pay for transportation to events. For spectators, admission to the show is free and concessions will be available.

The show typically attracts an eclectic mix of cars, trucks, and motorcycles, from Model A’s to modern and customized vehicles. The show will conclude with a cruise through Shawnee Mission Park at 2 p.m. For more information, click here or call (913) 831-3359.

Johnson County Museum to close for one day on Sept. 22

The Johnson County Museum will be closed for one day on Tuesday, September 22 for routine exhibit maintenance. The interactive areas of the Museum, especially the popular KidScape exhibit, receive a lot of wear and tear during the summer months when attendance surges to record highs. The 1950s All-Electric House will be closed to the public as well.

“In July we set an all-time high monthly attendance record with 5,634 visitors. This one day of routine maintenance will ensure the exhibitions are in the best working order for our visitors to enjoy,” said Mindi Love, Johnson County Museum director.

The Museum and the 1950s All-Electric House will reopen on Wednesday, September 23. The Museum is located at 6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, Kansas, 66217.  For more information about the Johnson County Museum, click here or call 913-715-2550.

Free party in the park this Sunday

For six decades Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) has been bringing the community together with award-winning parks, recreation and educational programs. Celebrate this milestone with JCPRD this Sunday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at The Theatre in the Park (7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66217). 

The celebration will include an awesome display of giant kites by the Kansas City Kite Club; an assortment of family-friendly activites; and lively entertainment by popular Beatles tribute band Liverpool, Four Fried Chickens and a Coke, Travis Marvin, Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove, StoneLion Puppet Theatre and magic from Abracadabra Extravaganza.

Best of all, entry to this event is free for all ages. For performance schedules and additional details, go to jcprd.com

Happy birthday, 6 by 6!

Happy birthday! Our 6 by 6, Ready to Read program is turning 6 years old this month and we are ready to celebrate this Saturday! This program emphasizes the six skills that parents and caregivers can help children develop before they learn to read. Various celebratory activities are happening at several Johnson County Library locations between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Click here for details! 

Patriot Golf Days this weekend

Golfers who come to Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) golf courses on the weekend of Sept. 4 through 7 will be asked to consider giving a donation to help ensure the future of families of wounded or fallen soldiers.

This will be the ninth year the local courses join in the nationwide observation of Patriot Golf Days. All proceeds will go to The Folds of Honor Foundation, which awards scholarships to the children of military members who have been seriously disabled or have given their lives in combat in Afghanistan or Iraq. This event began in 2007 and was hugely successful, raising more than $1.1 million from 3,200 golf facilities nationwide. More than $2,000 has been collected during previous events at the local courses alone.

JCPRD courses include the Tomahawk Hills Golf Course at 17501 Midland Drive in Shawnee and the Heritage Park Golf Course at 16445 S. Lackman Road in Olathe.

The JCPRD's activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For updated program listings, visit the District's website at jcprd.com. Please note that county offices are closed Monday, Sept. 7 for the Labor Day holiday.

POPS in the PARK

The Kansas City Symphony will present its annual "POPS in the PARK" free concert on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, beginning at 7 p.m. at The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park. The concert will celebrate the holiday with familiar classics, from the “Star-Spangled Banner” and Carousel to Star Wars and Superman. The program will be led by Kansas City Symphony Associate Conductor Aram Demirjian. Here's the scoop:

  • The parking lot opens at 4:30 p.m.
  • Gates open at 5 p.m.
  • The symphony's instrument petting zoo, a pre-concert activity where trained musicians help youngsters try their hands at a variety of orchestral instruments, opens at 5:30 p.m.  
  • Entertainment by the Youth Symphony of Kansas City begins at 6 p.m.
  • The orchestra takes the stage at 7 p.m.

​Visit kcsymphony.org for more information.

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November 28, 2015 | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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December 5, 2015 | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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December 11, 2015 | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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