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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

Seven Next Kids' Day Out sessions at Johnson County Museum set for March

Youth ages five to 12 are invited to come have fun at the Johnson County Museum during any or all of seven days in March when school is out early spring!

During these Kids' Day Out Programs, participants can choose from a variety of activities each day, including exploring the museum's KidScape area, as well as, art, dance, music, and down time. Be sure to bring your lunch and a water bottle. Snacks are provided. Pre-registration  is required.

In all, eight Kids' Day Out programs are remaining through April 2. Each day's program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 pm and is limited to 45 participants. 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 “museum.”

March Kids' Day Out programs are set for: Friday, March 9 (barcode 41222); Monday, March 12 (barcode 41223); Tuesday, March 13 (barcode 41224); Wednesday, March 14 (barcode 41225); Thursday, March 15 (barcode 41226); Friday, March 16 (barcode 41227); and Friday, March 30 (barcode 41228). The final Kids’ Day Out is set for Monday, April 2 (barcode 41229).

Kids' Day Out sessions take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for each 10-hour session is $30 per participant. 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 the barcodes listed above.

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

Spring Break Trout Stocking set for Friday, March 9

Bring the kids and start out spring break week by watching  as hundreds of pounds of rainbow trout are stocked in two Johnson County Park & Recreation District lakes.

These supplemental Spring Break Trout Stockings  will take place on Friday, March 9, at each respective lake's boat ramp. Stocking of about 600 pounds of trout at Kill Creek will begin at 2:30 p.m.; and stocking of about 1,400 pounds of trout at Shawnee Mission Park will begin at 3:45 p.m. Following the stockings, both lakes will be closed to fishing until the following day's park opening at 5 a.m.

This supplemental stocking follows an earlier stocking of about 5,400 pounds of trout in the two lakes on Feb. 21 and the official beginning of the 2018 trout season on Feb. 24.

JCPRD's rainbow trout program is totally funded by monies collected through JCPRD fishing and trout permits. Purchasing a permit allows anglers to collect a daily limit of four trout. Before fishing for trout in district waters, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license. Additionally, Johnson County residents ages 16 to 64 and non-county residents  age 16 and older must have a JCPRD fishing permit. All persons, regardless of age or residency must also possess a JCPRD trout permit if fishing for trout. Trout permits are required whether you plan to keep your catch or release the trout you catch. Permits are available at the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam;  the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road; and at numerous local retail outlets.

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 “fishing.”

For more information on this program, contact Visitor Services at Shawnee Mission Park at (913) 888-4713. The center is open seven days a week.

St. Patrick's Day Dance for 50 Plus is March 9 at Matt Ross Community Center

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day during a special event being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This St. Patrick's Day Dance will feature 40's and 50's tunes from local group, The Playboys. Be sure to wear your green for a chance at prizes for “Best Irish Garb.” Enjoy complimentary treats and lime green punch. Please bring your favorite sweet treat or dish 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 keywords “Irish event.”

This event will take place beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 9, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for this two-hour dance is $5 per person.  For more information or to register, 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 41807.

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 My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on March 7 and 21

iddles and snakes are the themes of  March Animal Tales Storytime sessions  being presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center. Young children and their parents are invited to come listen and learn during any or all of the four remaining sessions scheduled on select Wednesdays through April 18.

 

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.”

March Animal Tales presentations at the Ernie Miller Nature Center include: a March 7 session called "Animal Riddles;" and a March 21 session called  "S is for Snakes."

The cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program. Each session takes place on a Wednesday, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Other upcoming presentations at Ernie Miller Nature Center include: an April 4 session called, "Who's Under the Rocks?," and a session on April 18 called "Mother Nature."

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

Next Adventure Walk for 50 Plus takes participants to Flint Hills Nature Trail on March 7

Experience the beauty of the Flint Hills during the first of two Adventure Walks being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District through April.

A March 7 Adventure Walk is called the Flint Hills Nature Trail. Participants will explore the trail near Admire, Kan. Lunch will be at Marilynn’s Place in Osage City. This walk is expected to require an easy level of exertion. In all, the Flint Hills Nature Trail stretches for 117 miles across east-central Kansas, from Osawatomie in the east to Herington in the west, and passes through communities including Rantoul, Ottawa, Pomona, Vassar, Osage City, Miller, Admire, Allen, Bushong, and Council Grove. The trail passes through five counties: Miami, Franklin, Osage, Lyon, and Morris.

The Adventure Walks program is designed to help participants find their favorite trails all over the region. JCPRD provides transportation and a lunch reservation at a local restaurant close to our destination. Lunch costs on your own. Inclement weather date is the following week. Staff will determine if weather conditions are suitable for hiking. Please register at least one week prior to departure, and bring your own water bottle.

This Flint Hills Nature Trail outing will take place on Wednesday, March 7, and will depart at 8 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. The cost for this nine-hour outing, including van transportation to the walk site, is $27 per person for Johnson County residents or $30 for nonresidents. For more information or to register, 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 41737.

To find this program in the My JCPRD 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 “adventure walks.”

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.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Bingo sessions for 50 Plus set for March 6 & 22

"Oreo® Cookie Day" and "Baskets and Bunnies" are the themes of the two March Bingo programs being offered  by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

All of this season's bingo sessions begin at 1:30 p.m. and will feature a dozen games of bingo, as well as food, prizes, and fun. Bingo prizes include  gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses. The cost for each two-hour program  is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 for nonresidents. Advance registration is required.

The "Oreo® Cookie Day" bingo session will take place on March 6 at the  Tomahawk Ridge Community Center,  11902 Lowell, Overland Park  (barcode 41787);  while "Baskets and Bunnies" (barcode 41788) will take place on March 22 at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park.

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under enrichment & special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “games.” For more information or to register, 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 the barcodes listed below.

Other upcoming bingo sessions include "Garden Party" on April 9 at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park (barcode 41917); and "April Showers" on April 20 at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee (barcode 41789).

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.

 

JCPRD summer park hours begin March 1

Summer hours of  5 a.m. to 11 p.m. go into effect March 1 for many Johnson County Park &  Recreation District parks. These summer hours will stay in effect through Oct. 31.

District parks impacted by the change in hours are: Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe; Shawnee Mission Park, 7900  Renner Road, Shawnee;  Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, and Lexington Lake Park, 8850 Sunflower Road, De Soto. Summer hours for Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Other District parks with year-round dawn to dusk hours include: Ernie Miller Park, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe; Sunflower Nature Park, 103rd St. and Edgerton Road, rural De Soto; Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th Street, Overland Park; Camp Branch Glade, 175th & Mission Road in Aubry Township, Stilwell Community Park, 207th and Metcalf, Stilwell; and all of the Streamway Parks System access points. 

For more information, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com or call (913) 888-4713.

Mavericks hockey game is destination for 50 Plus Social Outing on March 2

Experience the excitement of a professional hockey game during a social outing being offered in early March by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This Mavericks Games Social Outing will take participants to the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, located near the intersection of Interstate 70 and Mo Highway 291 in Independence, Mo.  In a game which will begin at 7:05 p.m., the Kansas City Mavericks will play the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Komets. The Kansas City Mavericks are in their ninth season as a professional hockey franchise serving the greater Kansas City metro area.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “social outing.”

Participants will depart from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam,  at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2, and return at approximately 11 p.m. that day. The cost, including transportation and a ticket to the game, is $40 per person for Johnson County residents or $44 for nonresidents.  For more information or to register, 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 41755.

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.

Irish Celebration with Celtique for 50 Plus is March 2 at Matt Ross Community Center

Celebrate National Irish American Heritage Month during an annual special event being planned by the 50 Plus department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This event, called Irish Celebration with Celtique, involves a special performance by this local Irish band. Instruments used by the group include guitar, tenor banjo, bodhran, and keyboards. Participants will also enjoy Irish treats, as well as a chance to learn a basic Gaelic dance. To find this program in the M y 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 “Irish event.”

This Irish Celebration with Celtique will take place beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2, at the Matt Ross  Community Center, 8101 Marty Street, Overland Park. The cost for this 90-minute event is $10 per person. For more information or to register, 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 41806. Please register for this event by Feb. 23 by calling (913) 642-6410.

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.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

 

Hold the phone - History's Calling is next Homeschool History Adventures program on March 2

Learn how people communicated with each other before the age of cell phones during the next Homeschool History Adventures programs presented by the Johnson County Museum in early February.

During these programs, which are  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.

The next program in the series is called Hold the phone - History's Calling. Participants will find out how people kept in touch long ago, from the Pony Express to the switchboard, explore related artifacts in our collection, crack Morse code messages, and work on your communication skills like they did in days past. This program will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 2.

This program takes 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,” create or sign into an account, and complete a barcode search for 41998.

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.”

Other upcoming Homeschool History Adventures programs this season will include: "What's Cookin'" on March 6 (barcodes 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.

 

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Mon, 02/19/2018 - 7:30am

Kid's Day out (Ages 5-10)

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 9:00am

FREE DAY! at the Johnson County Museum!

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