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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

Making a Difference program for pre- and young teens set for June 16

If you need a way to start a discussion of sexuality with your preteen or young teenager, a program being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in association with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment can help.

This free program is called Making a Difference - Teen Pregnancy & STD Prevention Class and is for 11- to 13-year-olds who live in Johnson County. This program covers topics such as puberty, healthy relationships, self esteem, peer pressure, abstinence, teen pregnancy, and STDs. The class will use games, worksheets, videos, and role-playing activities to make the sessions fun and engaging. Healthy snacks and dinner will be provided during the day-long sessions and participants will receive a $10 Target gift card for completing the program.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under fitness & health. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “wellness.”

Making a Difference consists of one eight-hour session and is free of charge. This program is offered beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment offices at 6000 Lamar Ave., Mission.

To register for this program or for more information, go to http://www.jocogov.org/webform/making-difference-class or contact Shannon Williams at (913) 477-8124 or at shannon.williams@jocogov.org.

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For  updated program listings, see the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.

50 Plus plans new social outing to Prairiefire on June 16

Participants can discover one of the area's newest shopping, dining, and entertainment districts during a new mid-June social outing being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Prairiefire Lunch and Chocolates or Gelato is the name of this program. Participants will have lunch at the Paradise Diner, and then get about 30 minutes to shop in the area, and then have their choice of two chocolates or a single scoop of gelato with a house coffee, tea, or Italian soda at Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolate Shop.

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 “social outing.”

This trip will leave at11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, from Antioch Park 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 2:30 p.m. that day. The cost is $18 per person and includes transportation and the chocolates or gelato, bunch lunch costs are on your own. 

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) 826-3030. To register for this program online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 28493.

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.

Family Kayak lessons offered on June 13 at Shawnee Mission Park

Learn the basics of flatwater kayaking through an introductory workshop being offered twice in mid June in Shawnee Mission Park by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Family Kayak Lessons are for ages 10 and up and are designed for beginners. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The program will feature a combination of lecture and hands-on experience. Topics to be covered include safety, equipment, and stroke techniques. Both parent and child will have individual kayaks and life jackets. Basic swimming skills are required. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then by nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “boating.”

This program is offered at two different times on  Saturday, June 13. One class will begin at 9 a.m., and another starts at 11 a.m.  Both programs will take place at the boat ramp at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee. The cost  for one one-and-one-half-hour session is $16 per person for Johnson County residents or $17 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To see this program online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 28126 for the 9 a.m. program, or 28127 for the 11 a.m. program. Printed copies of JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

This program is also eligible for credit in the Physical 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, contact Sarah Shaw at (913) 826-2953 or at sarah.shaw@jocogov.org.

2015 season of Movies in the Park begins on June 9 with sing-a-long version of “Frozen”

On June 9, a “Sing-A-Long” version of a recent animated Disney  favorite kicks off a schedule of family-friendly films planned for the Movies in the Park program this summer at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s The Theatre in the Park.

Through this program, a total of eight films will be shown on a 40-foot screen on the theatre stage on specified summer nights when musical productions are not scheduled. Beginning June 9, films will screen every other Tuesday during the theatre’s regular season, and then move to Saturday nights once the theatre’s summer season ends on Aug. 8. Films will begin between 8:30 and 8:45 p.m., depending on sunset, and the cost is only $1 per person. Gates open on movie nights at 7:30 p.m.

To kick off this year’s program, a sing-along version of  “Frozen,” with on-screen lyrics with a magical bouncing snowflake to follow along, will be shown on June 9, and “An American Tale” will be shown on June 23.

Other movie nights in the series include: a July 7 showing of “Into the Woods;” a July 21 showing of the 2014 version of “Annie;” an Aug. 4 showing of “The Box Trolls;” and Aug. 15 showing of “Paddington;” and Aug. 22 showing of the 2015 live-action version of “Cinderella;” and an Aug. 29 showing of the animated “Strange Magic” from earlier this year.

With the sole exception of “An American Tale,” which is Rated G, all of this year’s films are rated PG. For more about this year’s film lineup, including ratings information, go to www.theatreinthepark.org/movies.” This year’s Movies in the Park presentations are sponsored by Capitol Federal.

Please note that the theatre’s usual rain-out policy does not apply to movie nights. Due to licensing restrictions, if a movie has to be cancelled due to inclement weather, no refunds will be issued and no tickets will be revalidated.

 

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.

Learn about upcoming travel destinations when JCPRD presents a 50 Plus Travel Show on June 9

Learn about domestic and international destinations for upcoming trips being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the  Johnson County Park & Recreation District during a Travel Show in early June. 

During this free three-hour event, participants will learn about the exciting trips, including day trips, regional trips, and  extended travel opportunities, which JCPRD has to offer. Meet tour professionals who will answer questions and explain the advantages of traveling with 50 Plus. Presentations with stunning photos, trip overviews, and interesting facts about future tours will be presented.  This free event will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell, Overland Park. Call (913) 826-3030 to RSVP. 

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 program, including travel opportunities, are invited to call the District’s Registration Department at (913) 831-3359. 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 updated program listings, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.

 

First Overnight Fishing Opportunity of 2015 at Heritage Park is June 6

The first of two overnight fishing opportunities planned at Heritage Park Lake during 2015 will take place on June 6.

Other June overnight fishing opportunities are being planned for June 13 at Kill Creek Park and June 27 at Shawnee Mission Park.

After 11 p.m. on these dates, the specific park will be open strictly for fishing only and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. 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 "fishing."

Fishing will be allowed from the bank or from watercraft. Park safety officials noted state law requires a white light be on at all times on boats on the water after sunset. Before fishing in district waters, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. Additionally, Johnson County residents ages 16 to 64 and non-county residents age 16 and older must have a JCPRD fishing permit.   Permits are available at the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam; the John Barkley Visitor Center  at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road; and at numerous local retail outlets.

This year’s other overnight fishing opportunity at Heritage Park will take place on July 18. Other overnight fishing opportunities at Shawnee Mission Park are planned for July 25, and Aug. 22 and at Kill Creek Park on Aug. 15.

Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe, Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, and Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road.

For more information about the overnight fishing program, call Shawnee Mission Park's John Barkley Visitor Center at (913) 888-4713.

"A Day in the Park" special event returns to JCPRD parks on June 6

A day-long celebration of our community's trails, parks, and recreational spaces first introduced in 2010 is returning in early June.

On June 6, the Johnson County Park & Recreation District will present A Day in the Park by offering free admission to park beaches, free pedal boat and canoe rentals at Shawnee Mission and Kill Creek park marinas, and by waiving JCPRD fishing permits at Shawnee Mission, Kill Creek, and other parks where fishing is allowed. A number of other free activities are also planned at Shawnee Mission Park.

The June 6 date ties into both the JCPRD’s annual free fishing weekend when both Kansas and District fishing and boating permits are waived, as well as National Trails Day. It should be noted that JCPRD trout permits are still required on this day for those fishing for trout.

Marina hours on June 6 are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Shawnee Mission Park and noon to 6 p.m. at Kill Creek Park. Because of the volume of visitors expected, free rentals are limited to 30 minutes per boat. Beach hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Shawnee Mission Park and noon to 6 p.m. at Kill Creek Park.

Several other activities are planned at Shawnee Mission Park. A JCPRD booth adjacent to the marina parking lot will be the source of information on activities planned at Shawnee Mission Park throughout the day. Paws at Day in the Park is a free three-hour opportunity for pet owners to enjoy a morning at Shawnee Mission Park Beach with their dog, including organized water activities and an opportunity to swim with their dog. Paws at the Park will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Families will have an opportunity to go geocaching with GPS units available for free checkout. Staff from the Ernie Miller Nature Center will display and give presentations about some of the nature center's animals, and a Johnson County Park Police car will be available to explore and an officer will be on hand to visit with the public. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Johnson County Sailing Society will be giving free sailboat rides and demonstrations on Shawnee Mission Park Lake.

Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on June 3 & 17 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

The spring/summer season of Animals Tales Storytime sessions will continue during June 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 June 3 and 17.

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.”

June sessions take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and include a program with the theme "Flower Power" on June 3 and "Animal Signs" on June 17. The final two spring/summer storytime sessions are scheduled for: July 8 (“Cricket in the Grass”); and July 22 (“Creek Discovery”).

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.

Next Out-Of-Library Storytime program begins June 1 at Mill Creek Activity Center

The first in a series of free Monday storytime session for young children has been set for early June as part of a program being presented by the Johnson County Library at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Mill Creek Activity Center.

Out-of-Library Storytime is the name of this program, which is for all ages and will feature storytellers offering books, stories, songs, and puppets. This program is an extension of the library's Early Literacy 6 by 6 Ready to Read initiative, which encourages parents and caregivers to help their children develop the six skills needed by age six to learn to read. While selected especially for preschoolers, these programs can be enjoyed by all.

This program will begin on June 1, and continue for nine weeks. Each program will begin at 10:15 a.m. on a Monday at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee. Out-of-Library Storytime will last about 30 minutes. Registration is not required, so feel free to drop in and enjoy any or all of the programs.

The next session will take place on June 1 and has the theme "Bugs & Caterpillars." Other June sessions include: "Picnics" on June 8, "Zoos" on June 15, "Monkeys" on June 22, and "Independence Day" on June 29. Other summer sessions include: "Birthdays" on July 6, "Circus" on July 13, "Frogs and Turtles" on July 20, and "Dogs and Cats" on July 27.

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

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information about this program, call (913) 826-2950. For updated program listings, see the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.

Youth soccer camps for ages 5 and 6 and 7 to 12 begin in late May

Separate soccer camps for two different youth age groups are set to begin in late May at Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th St., Overland Park.

The camps, which are offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in conjunction with Challenger Sports, include: Challenger Mini Soccer Camp for ages five and six, and Challenger Half Day Soccer Camp for ages seven through 12. Both camps begin May 26 and meet Tuesday through Friday for a total of four sessions. To find these programs in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under sports. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword "soccer."

Challenger Mini Soccer Camp offers a fun introduction to the game of soccer. This camp involves small groups, lots of kicking, laughing, and making new friends. The aim is to introduce young children to the concepts of fun and interaction within a relaxed environment. Parents and Guardians are invited not only to stay and watch, but even to join in! Participants will learn from the best professional coaches in the business. This program meets at 10 a.m. on Field B. The cost for four 90-minute sessions is $95 per person. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the "Register for Activities" link and complete a barcode search for 28151.

Challenger Half Day Soccer Camp is designed to keep children active. This program features professional coaches form the United Kingdom and incorporates Challenger Sports' 1,000- touch curriculum, which will cover individual foot skills, fakes, moves and turns, freestyle soccer, dribbling, passing and receiving, shooting, heading, tackling, defending, and the camp world cup. Each camper should bring a soccer ball. This program meets at 8 a.m., also on Field B. The cost for four three-hour sessions is $120 per person. 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 28147.

For more information about either of these youth Challenger camps, call (913) 826-2850. To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359.

Both of these programs are also eligible for credit in the Physical 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, contact Sarah Shaw at (913) 826-2953 or at sarah.shaw@jocogov.org.

Printed copies of JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

 

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