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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

Sock hop murder mystery event is Oct. 3 at Mill Creek Activity Center

A 1950’s sock hop is the setting for a murder mystery event being planned by JCPRD’s 50 Plus department. The event, called Murder Mystery Sock Hop, promises a fun evening with dinner and interactive entertainment. Oct. 1 is the registration deadline for this event, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 3.

 

“Participants will enjoy playing a character from the 1950’s during a sock hop,” explained 50 Plus Recreation Coordinator Jenny Smith, who is planning this event and will also be playing a part in the story. “We want everyone to have the chance to play a part in the mystery, enjoy themselves being silly, and have a fun night with us.”

 

This year’s murder mystery event follows a successful Roaring 20’s Murder Mystery presented last December.

 

Participants will receive character descriptions and story history prior to the event. Everyone who solves the mystery will receive a Super Sleuth certificate.

 

The Murder Mystery event will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, in Studio I at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee. The cost for this four-hour event is $31 per person and includes dinner, which in keeping with this year’s story set in a diner, will consist of cheeseburgers, fries, and milkshakes.

 

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 activity are invited to call our 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.

Love in the Afternoon program for 50 Plus to feature great music and cuisine on Oct. 3

A lunch program featuring fine cuisine and exceptional music is being offered in early October by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's 50 Plus Department.

 

The event is called Love in the Afternoon. All programs begin at noon. The first program will take place on Friday, Oct. 3, at the Lenexa Baptist Church,  15320 W. 87th St. Parkway, Lenexa.

 

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 keywords "musical entertainment.”

 

The cost for this two-hour program, including lunch and a show, is $15 per ticket, and must be purchased in advance by calling Shawnee Heartland Assisted Living at (913) 248-6688. Another Love in the Afternoon program is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 11.

 

The JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For updated program listings, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com.

Parent & Child Twilight Hike offered on Oct. 3 at Ernie Miller Park

An intergenerational program being offered in early October in Ernie Miller Park allows children ages two to six with a parent or guardian to explore park trails as the sun sets.

 

The program is called Twilight Hike and is offered at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at the park, which is located at 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Participants will listen for nocturnal sounds such as the cricket's chorus and the barred owl's call and then gather around a cheery fire ring for stories, songs, and a tasty treat. Participants should bring a flashlight. An adult must register with each child.

 

To find this program in the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s 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 keywords “adventure walk.”

 

The cost for one 90-minute session is $6 per person, including adults,  for Johnson County residents or $7 per person for nonresidents. Preregistration is required. This program will be offered again on Oct. 24.

 

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.

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on Oct. 1 & 15 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

The fall/winter season of Animals Tales Storytime sessions will continue during October 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 on Oct. 1 & 15.

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 in 2011. To find this program in the JCPRD’s 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.”

October sessions  take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and include a program with the theme  "Possum & Pals" on Oct. 1, and  "Songs of Nature" on Oct. 15. Other upcoming fall /winter storytime sessions are scheduled for: Nov. 5 ("Animal Peek-a-boo");  Nov. 19 ("Turkeys are Terrific"), Dec. 3 ("Winter Weather"); and Dec. 17 ("A Visit With Santa").

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.

JCPRD 50 Plus Bingo continues on Oct. 1, 6, & 24

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

 

"Cooking Party" is the theme for a bingo session which will take place on  Oct. 1 at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center,  11902 Lowell, Overland Park. "Columbus Day" is the theme for a session planned on Oct. 6 at the Sunset Building, 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Olathe. "Spooky" is the theme for a session on Oct. 24 at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee.

 

Each bingo session will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will feature 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) 831-3359. Participants can pay in advance or at the door.

 

Other upcoming fall and winter 50 Plus Bingo programs being planned include: "America" on Nov. 4 at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner; "Kansas City" on Nov. 19  at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park; "Winter Bluster" on Dec. 1 at the Sunset Building; "Frosty & Friends" on Dec. 11 at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park; "White Elephant" on Dec. 17 at Tomahawk Ridge; and "Gift Wrapped" on Dec. 19 at Mill Creek.

 

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 “games.”

 

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. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com.

50 Plus plans free "Optimal Aging" event at Jewish Community Center on Sept. 30

Learn the secrets of "Optimal Aging" from Dr. Kevin O'Neil and enjoy a morning of fun during a free new special event being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in late September.

 

The event is called Optimal Aging 2014 and is being presented by Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, the Jewish Community Center, and JCPRD. Participants can enjoy breakfast, as well as well as a variety of fun and informational booths regarding aging, preventative health, senior services, and more.

 

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities, look  first under 50 plus and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword "health."

 

This event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park. The event is free, but those planning to participate are asked to RSVP by Sept. 26 by calling (913) 327-8046 or by emailing jeffs@jewishkc.org.

 

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

Bring the grandkids and have a “grand adventure” at the Kansas City Zoo during 50 Plus Day event on Sept. 29

A new social event in late September offers the opportunity for participants to take their grandchild(ren) to the Kansas City Zoo. This program is being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

 

Grand Adventure to the Kansas City Zoo is the name of this event. This trip will leave at 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 29, from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 5 p.m. Participants will have a chance to visit the penguins, otters, polar bears, and other animals at the zoo. The cost of $21 per person includes bus transportation and zoo admission. Participants can take a picnic lunch and keep it in a cooler on the bus or purchase food on their own at the zoo.

 

To find this event 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 keywords "social event."

 

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 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. For updated program listings, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com.

Public hayride offered on Sept. 28 at Oak Ridge Parklands at Shawnee Mission Park

In addition to hayrides for organized groups, the Johnson County Park & Recreation District also offers opportunities for individuals and small groups to enjoy the crisp autumn air from a tractor-drawn haywagon without having to worry about  reaching minimum numbers or placing a deposit.

 

The first of two Public Hayrides being offered this fall will take place on Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Oak Ridge Parklands at Shawnee Mission Park. This ride will begin at 2:30 p.m.  at Oak Ridge Parklands, 7460 Ogg Road, Shawnee. The cost is $6.50 per person for a one-hour ride followed by a one-hour campfire. Preregistration is required. To register, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com or call (913) 831-3359. A second public hayride of 2014 is planned for Nov. 2.

 

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 “hayrides.”

 

Registrations are also being taken for organized group hayrides, which can be scheduled for dates between Sept. 20 and Nov. 23. These hayrides take place seven days a week during the above timeframe at Oak Ridge and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only at Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the date of the hayride. Like the public hayrides, these are tractor-drawn, last approximately one hour, and are followed by a one-hour campfire. The cost is $6.50 per person or a minimum of $75 when there are 12 riders or less. There is a maximum of 25 people per wagon and one adult per 10 children is required. For scheduling and information, call (913) 831-3359.

New Frogs and Fairies Geocaching event is Sept. 27 at Santa Fe Commons Park

Participants can pretend to be surrounded by frogs becoming princes and fairies flitting around the park during a new geocaching special event being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in late September.

 

Frogs and Fairies Geocaching is the name of the program, which is for all ages, and will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, 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. Preregistrations for this program are due by Sept. 19.

 

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.

Cars in the Park on Sept. 27 benefits Special Olympians

Do you own a unique vehicle you’d like to show off? The Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s fifth annual Cars in the Park car show planned for Sept. 27  at the Marina Parking Lot in in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, could be your opportunity.

 

Vehicle owners are invited to shine their cars, trucks, or motorcycle and participate in this event, which is being planned by the JCPRD’s Children’s Services Department. Cars in the Park will take place  from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the show is free for spectators.  There will also be concessions and door prizes. Previous events have drawn upwards of 160 entries and more than 700 spectators and featured a variety of cars.

 

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 keywords “car show.”

 

For anyone interested in entering the show, vehicle registrations are being taken through the day of the event. The fee is $20 per vehicle until the day of the show when it increases to $25.  For participants, there will be door prizes and a 50/50 pot. To register by phone, call Kelly Reilly (913) 831-3355.  All proceeds will benefit the JCPRD’s Special Olympics / Special Populations department.

 

Judging of the cars will take place at noon with an award presentation at 1:30  p.m. and all participants must be registered and on-site by noon to be judged. At 2  p.m. , the show will conclude by taking a cruise through beautiful Shawnee Mission Park. This event will take place rain or shine.

 

For more information about this event, contact Kelly Reilly at (913) 831-3355 or (913) 826-3027.

Upcoming Events

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September 17, 2014 | 10:00 am

Story Teller JOHO at the Johnson County Museum

September 17, 2014 | 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Animal Tales Storytime - Johnny Appleseed

September 19, 2014 | 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Cancelled - Boogie-Woogie Hop” Senior Prom

September 20, 2014 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Scouts Wildlife Adventure

September 24, 2014 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Pop 'n Play at the Johnson County Museum