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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

The Educator is In

hand drawn image of a kiosk with words "Good Information the Educator is IN"Join Museum educators stationed in the Museum's exhibit ,  Seeking the Good Life, for hands-on fun for all ages! Call 913-715-2575 for exact times each day.

July activities:  Shawnee Indian words and games

Yoga and Yoga Fusion classes offered for adults at MCAC during August

Two different adult yoga programs have classes beginning in early August at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee.

 

One class called Yoga Fusion, while the other is titled simply Yoga. Both classes are for ages 14 and older, and both are considered low-intensity. For either program, the cost for six 50-minute sessions is $45 per person for Johnson County residents or $50 for nonresidents. To find these programs in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under fitness & health. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “yoga.”

 

Yoga Fusion combines yoga, resistance training, and Pilates and is meant to improve strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, and coordination. The class will utilize body weight, balls, hand weights, and breath work to both challenge and revitalize participants. Modifications can be made for varying fitness levels. Be sure to bring a mat and water to class. One Yoga Fusion class meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday beginning Aug. 6, while another meets at 9 a.m. Thursday beginning Aug. 7.

 

In Yoga class, participants will improve circulation, regulate their metabolism, increase flexibility and coordination, and lengthen their muscles while increasing both muscle and bone density. Yoga participants of all levels are welcome. One Yoga class meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday beginning Aug. 6, while another meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday beginning Aug. 18. This class will not meet on Sept. 1. For more information about this program, call (913) 826-2950.

 

The JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com.

JCPRD 50 Plus Bingo continues on Aug. 11, 20, and 29

Three themed bingo sessions at three locations are being planned during August by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

 

"Presidential Joke Day"  is the theme for a bingo session which will take place on Aug. 11 at the Sunset Building, 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Olathe; "Snow Cone" is the theme for a bingo session on Aug. 20 at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park; and "Trail Mix" is the theme of a bingo session planned on Aug. 29 at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee.

 

Each bingo session will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will feature about a dozen games of bingo, as well as food, prizes, and fun. Prizes range from gift certificates to local restaurants to gift packs. The cost for each two-hour program  is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 for nonresidents. Advance registration is required. Please RSVP by calling (913) 826-3359. Participants can pay in advance or at the door.

 

To find these programs in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under enrichment & special interests. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “bingo.”

 

While the 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 District’s Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

 

The JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information  or to register, call (913) 831-3359. For updated program listings, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com.

 

The Wizard of Oz is the first of eight August movies at The Theatre in the Park

An Aug. 5 screening of “The Wizard of Oz” is the first of eight movies being shown during August as part of The Theatre in the Park’s summer Movies in the Park program.

 

Through this program, a variety of films are being shown on a 40-foot screen on the theatre stage on specified nights when musical productions are not scheduled. Once the theatre’s regular season of Broadway-style musicals comes to a close on Aug. 9, family-friendly films move to Saturdays and some classic films of more adult interest will be shown on each Tuesday night through August.

 

All films will begin at 8:45 p.m. and the cost is $1 per person, paid on-site.

 

August movies will include an Aug. 5 showing of a special edition of “The Wizard of Oz;” an Aug. 12 showing of “When Harry Met Sally;” an Aug. 16 showing of “The Goonies;” an Aug. 19 showing of the “Easter Parade” starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland; an Aug. 23 double feature of “Peter Pan” and “Cinderella;” an Aug. 26 showing of “Some Like It Hot” with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon; and an Aug. 30 showing of “The Lego Movie.”

 

For more about this year’s film lineup, including ratings information, go to www.theatreinthepark.org/movies. Five evenings of this year’s Movies in the Park presentations are being sponsored by Capitol Federal.

 

The Theatre in the Park is located north of the main entrance to Shawnee Mission Park with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road in Shawnee. Please be aware Renner Boulevard will be closed from 87th Street Parkway to 84th Street this summer due to a road construction project.  During the construction, the Renner Boulevard entrances to Shawnee Mission Park and The Theatre in the Park will only be accessible from 79th Street or Midland Drive.

New event at Ernie Miller Nature Center lets 50 plus and their grandchildren "Go Enjoy" nature once again before summer ends

A new special event at the Ernie Miller Nature Center in early August gives grandparents one last time to spend some time with their grandkids enjoying nature-related activities.

 

The event is called Go Enjoy and is for ages 50 plus and their grandchildren, ages three and older. This event will take place beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the nature center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Planned activities include an animal presentation, lunch, and a bird-themed craft activity. There will also be a scavenger hunt around the nature center.

 

To find this program in the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “special event.”

 

The cost for one four-hour session, including lunch of hamburgers, chips, a cookie, and a drink, is $12 per person for Johnson County residents or $13 per person for nonresidents. Those planning to attend need to register by Aug. 1 by calling  (913) 831-3359.

 

While the 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 District's Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

 

The JCPRD's Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. For updated program listings, see the District's website at www.jcprd.com.

JCPRD beaches and marinas to end their summer season on Aug. 3

Time is quickly winding down to take advantage of the summer season for two beaches and two marinas operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. The facilities include: The Shawnee Mission Park Beach and Shawnee Mission Park Marina, both located in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; and Kill Creek Park Beach and Marina, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

 

All four facilities  will close for their regular summer seasons on Aug, 3. Until then, Shawnee Mission Park Beach will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from  noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Kill Creek Park Beach will be  open  only on weekends with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday hours of noon to 6 p.m., also through Aug. 3. Daily rates at either facility  for children 12 and under adults over 50 are $3 for Johnson County residents and $3.50 for nonresidents. Admission for adults is $5 for Johnson County residents and $5.50 for nonresidents. Both beaches accept cash only.

 

Even though the beaches are closing, special weekly opportunities for triathletes to practice open water swimming will continue through Sept. 1 at Kill Creek Park Beach. On every Monday through that date, the beach will be available for open water swimming  from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Until July 31, these opportunities are also offered at Shawnee Mission Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday at the same costs listed for Kill Creek Park. The cost at either location is $4 per person for Johnson County residents or $4.50 per person for nonresidents.

 

Also ending their summer operating hours on Aug. 3 are the marinas at  both parks. Until then, Shawnee Mission Park Marina will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and the Kill Creek Park Marina will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Remember, the last boat rental each day will be allowed 30 minutes before close. Both marinas offer boat rentals, including canoes, kayaks, pedal boats. In addition, Shawnee Mission Park offers paddleboards. Rental rates are listed in the May through August Activities catalog, and on the District's website at www.jcprd.com.  Fishing permits are also available at the marinas. Patrons should be aware that while the Shawnee Mission Park Marina now accepts credit cards, the Kill Creek Park Marina does not and neither facility accepts checks. Following the close of the summer season, the Shawnee Mission Park Marina will continue to be open on weekends on Aug. 9 and 10, Aug. 16 and 17, Aug. 23 and 24, and Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.

 

For more information during operating hours, call (913) 888-1990 for the Shawnee Mission Park Marina, (913) 492-2157 for Shawnee Mission Park Beach, or (913) 583-3661 for Kill Creek Park Beach and Marina. During non-operating hours, call (913) 432-1377. In case of inclement weather, call the beaches and marina 24-hour information line at (913) 312-8847.

Pirates and Princesses Geocaching event is July 29 at Santa Fe Commons Park

Participants can pretend to be a pirate seeking treasure or a princess surrounded by riches during a new geocaching special event being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in late July.

 

Pirates and Princesses Geocaching is the name of the program, which is for all ages, and will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29 at Santa Fe Commons Park, 8045 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to hide and seek containers called “geocaches,” which contain a logbook and a “treasure” - usually toys or trinkets. Participants will receive use of a GPS device, an introductory “how to” session, and a new prize for each cache. 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 “geocaching.”

 

The cost for one two-hour event is $10 per person for Johnson County residents or $11 per person for nonresidents. A family rate for up to four people is also offered at a cost of $27 for Johnson County residents or $30 for nonresidents.  Keep in mind that those registering as a family will receive one GPS unit per family. Preregistration is required for this program

 

The JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, see the District's website at www.jcprd.com.

Next JCPRD Activities catalog online and distribution will begin after July 28

The next issue of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Activities catalog will be available during the week of  July 28 online at jcprd.com and in hard copy form as well. The free publication covers JCPRD programs and events offered between September and December. This issue will also feature the JCPRD’s 2013 Annual Report.

The 84-page publication lists more than 500 programs offered by the district though December,  plus fall and early winter special events including, Fall Hayrides, Monarch & Wildflowers, the Olathe Medical Center Women’s Triathlon, Haunted Kansas, Whimsical Woods, Spook-N-Splash pool party, Senior Follies,  Tellebration 2014, the Mildale Farm Fall Fest, Fall Trout Stockings, Veteran’s Day Celebration, a 50 Plus Travel Show, Breakfast with Santa programs,  Holiday Marketplace, Kids’ Night Out Painting Party, Winter Solstice Celebration, and more. Program offerings range from arts and crafts to sports to nature activities and include leagues, classes, seminars, workshops, and trips. Included are programs for infants through senior adults. Registration for classes in the next catalog will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 28. The majority of programs start on or after Sept. 1.

Activities is mailed out to approximately 20,000 past participants who have taken part in a District program within the last year. Catalogs will also be available at Johnson County Library branches, community centers, various businesses, and at District locations.

Updated JCPRD program listings and 24-hour online registration are available on the District’s website at www.jcprd.com. Look for August through December program listings to be online the week of July 28 as well.

The next issue of Activities, available in late November, will cover programs and events for the months of  January through April 2015.

Sunset Walk for 50 plus takes participants to Lawrence on July 25

Head with us to Jayhawk country to walk the Kaw River Trail in late July during a program being offered in early April by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This program is called the Sunset Walk and will take place on Friday, July 25. The Kaw River Trail will give participants a chance to walk on a natural sandy trail with various length options from one to eight miles. Walkers should plan on walking at least one mile up the river to cross over and come back while enjoying a beautiful Kansas sunset.

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

The Sunset Walk will take place on July 25. This outing will depart at 4:30 p.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and is expected to require an easy level of exertion. The cost for this five-hour outing, including van transportation to the walk site, is $24 per person for Johnson County residents or $28 for nonresidents.

While the 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 District’s Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information  or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.

County Bike Route Map

Want to ride your bicycle to a county building?  Thanks to efforts from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, Johnson County’s Facilities Management and Johnson County’s Automated Information Mapping System, several bike racks have been installed and a map of bike racks and nearby bike trails has been created!  Please review this MAP for your next trip and remember to wear a helmet.

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July 23, 2014 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Pop 'n Play at the Johnson County Museum

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Animal Tales Storytime - Who’s at the Creek?

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Animal Tales Storytime - Who’s at the Creek?