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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

50 Plus Bingo programs continue on July 19 & 27

"Baseball " and "Ice Cream Sundae" are the themes of bingo game sessions being offered in July by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

All 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.

To find this program in the My JCPRD 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.”

"Baseball" is the theme for the first  July  bingo session on July 19 at the Sunset Building, 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Olathe (barcode 39149); while a session called "Ice Cream Sundae" will take place on July 27  at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park (barcode 39150)

The final 50 Plus Bingo program of the current season will be "Back to School" on Aug. 16  at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center,  11902 Lowell, Overland Park  (barcode 39151).

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for the five-digit codes listed  above.

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.

 

Movies in the Park continues on July 18 with “Pitch Perfect”

A 2012 comedy hit about an all-girl college a cappella group is the next film planned  for this summer’s  Movies in the Park program at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park.

Through this program, four films are shown on a 40-foot screen on the theatre stage on specified summer nights when musical productions are not scheduled. Films screen on specific Tuesday nights during the theatre’s regular season. 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.

Pitch Perfect” will be shown on July 18, while the  final Movies in the Park presentation this summer will be an Aug. 1 showing of Pixar Animation Studio’s “Finding Dory.” “Pitch Perfect” is Rated PG-13, and “Finding Dory” is 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 Shawnee Mission Health.

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. 

"Turtle Tales" is subject of next museum storytelling program on July 19 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

Visit all six continents for multi-cultural tortoise tales in late July when the Johnson County Museum presents the next in a series of entertaining and educational stories involving nature, history, culture, and art.

Titled simply Jo Ho, Storyteller, this series of stand-alone programs is for ages three to five. These programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on one day each month at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located in the former King Louie Building at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for each one-hour program is $6 per person, including adults, and museum members are $3. Each ticket includes admission to the museum and the new and expanded KidScape experience. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “storytelling.”

The next program in the series is called "Turtle Tales " on Wednesday, July 19. Recognized by the hard, distinctive shell that protects its body, these ancient, long-lived reptiles are often associated with patience and wisdom.  Participants  will  discover the wit and wise words of these egg-laying creatures which have been around since before the dinosaurs. 

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district's website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 38813.

The final Jo Ho, Storyteller program this season is “My Big Purple Crayon,” (barcode 38814) on Aug. 16.

 

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.

New Christmas in July event for youth is July 17 at Roeland Park Aquatic Center

Santa Claus is coming…to the pool for a new special event for youth being presented in mid-July by the Roeland Park Aquatic Center.

This new event is called Christmas in July, and is being presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. Participants ages four to 12 will enjoy music, and games, and should bring a white elephant gift for the gift exchange ($5 limit.)  So don't be a Grinch...come celebrate Christmas in July with us. To find this program in My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “summer fun.”

Christmas in July will take place beginning  at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 17, at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Please register one week in advance. The cost for this 90-minute event is $5 per person. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district's website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 39382.

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

Create a Route 66 Embossed Metal Encaustic during Art Workshop for adults planned on July 15

Adults 18 and older can join a practicing artist for art adventures through history’s lens during a new art workshop being presented by the Johnson County Museum in mid-July.

This program is called Museum Art Workshop - Route 66 Embossed Metal Encaustic and will take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located in the former King Louie Building at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

Participants will explore new techniques and improve existing skills while applying elements of art and design based on work from old masters through contemporary artists. As they learn about the art and history of each theme, students will be guided through the process to create their own hand-embossed metal and melted wax encaustic inspired by the museum’s temporary Route 66 exhibition and images of motels and diners along Route 66. All skill levels are welcome.

To find this workshop in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “art.”

Museum Art Workshop - Route 66 Embossed Metal Encaustic will  take place beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. The cost for one 90-minute program is  program is $15 per person, or $14 for museum members. This does not include viewing the museum, which is not part of this program and for which there is a separate admission cost. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district's website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 38774 . 

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. 

Overnight fishing opportunities set for July 15 and 22 at JCPRD lakes

The second of two Overnight Fishing Saturdays planned this summer at Heritage Park, and the third of four at Shawnee Mission Park are planned in July. This year's Overnight Fishing Saturdays began in mid-May and involve nine dates at four Johnson County Park & Recreation District parks.

The next Heritage Park overnight fishing opportunity is July 15, while the opportunity at Shawnee Mission Park is July 22. After 11 p.m. on these respective dates, the specific park will be open strictly for fishing only and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. 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.

To find the overnight fishing events in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog the keyword for this program is “fishing.”

Before fishing, area anglers ages 16 to 64 will need to have a valid Kansas fishing license, a Johnson County Park & Recreation District fishing permit, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. District fishing permits are available at: the JCPRD Registration Office, Building C, 6501 Antioch Road, at the Visitor’s Service Counter at the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; and at local sporting goods outlets.

This year’s remaining Overnight Fishing Saturdays at are planned for Aug. 19 at Shawnee Mission Park, Aug. 12 at Kill Creek Park, and Sept. 16 at the new Lexington Lake Park, which will open this summer.

Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. Lexington Lake Park is located north of Kansas 10 Highway near the Lexington Avenue exit in De Soto. Specific directions will be publicized once the park opens.

For more information about the overnight fishing program, call Visitor Services at (913) 888-4713.

Museum Art Adventures for ages six to 12 continue on July 12 & 15

Join  a practicing artist for art adventures as seen through history’s lens during this series of programs being presented this summer by the Johnson County Museum.

This series is called Museum Art Adventures and is for ages six to 12. Each session will focus on experimenting with new art techniques and materials. Participants are guided through the process as they learn about the art and history of each theme. Projects change monthly and are connected to the museum’s permanent, temporary, or KidScape exhibitions. This is a drop-off class, but parents are welcome to stay.

July Museum Art Adventures have the theme Cadillac Ranch Inspired Sculpture. Cadillac Ranch is not a ranch but a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas, which was created in 1974. It consists of used or junk Cadillac automobiles. This museum program is being presented twice: once on Wednesday, July 12 (barcode 38821), and again on Saturday, July 15 (barcode 38822).

These programs all take place beginning at 1 p.m. at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located in the former King Louie Building at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for each one-hour program is $13 per person, and museum members are $9. This cost includes admission to the museum and the new and expanded KidScape experience. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth  and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “storytelling.” To register for these programs by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and complete a barcode search for the barcodes listed above.

In August, the theme is Before and After Drawing. Working with reproduced photos from the museum’s collection, young artists will experiment with exhibiting artist Natalie Slater’s idea of creating interactive photography illustrating Route 66’s changes over time with transparencies, markers, and paint! This program will be presented on Aug. 9 (barcode 38823), and Aug. 12 (barcode 38824).

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. 

Topeka's Ted Ensley Gardens are next destination for 50 Plus Summer Strolling program on July 12

Enjoy the rock gardens, rose gardens and much more inside the Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee during the next in a series of Wednesday Walks being presented  by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Also called Summer Strolling, this program lets participants make friends while exploring the great outdoors.  JCPRD does the driving while you can relax, listen to the wind and experience new destinations! Each outing takes place on a Wednesday and will depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. The cost for each six-hour outing, including van transportation to the walk site, is $19 per person for Johnson County residents or $21 for nonresidents. Participants should bring a sack lunch for a picnic after the walk, as well as a few dollars in case the group decides to stop for ice cream. Walkers should register at least one week prior to departure, and bring their own water bottle. The inclement weather date for each walk  is the following week.

Lake Shawnee:  Ted Ensley Gardens is  both the name and the destination for this walk on  July 12. This garden  located on the west side of scenic Lake Shawnee with a panoramic view of the lake. They provide a beautiful setting with a wealth of design ideas and spectacular plantings. The gardens span an area of nearly 20 acres and include a meditation garden, rock gardens, many annual and perennial beds, rose gardens, and water gardens. This walk is expected to require an easy level of exertion.

To find these programs 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 "Wednesday Walks.” For more information  or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register for the Lake Shawnee: Ted Ensley Gardens walk at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 39017.

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 final  summer strolling outing will be the annual Walker's Choice walk on Aug. 16  (barcode 39018) to a destination that participants will choose.

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

 

Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater programs continue on July 7, 14, & 21

Bring the family to the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater on Friday evenings during July for educational and entertaining programs. The programs last about 45 minutes and are designed for all ages. Programs begin at 7 p.m. A charge of $3 per person paid on-site helps cover the cost of the programs; children two and under are free.  Preregistration is not required for these programs.

To find this program in the My 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 “nature & outdoors.”

July presentations are:

July 7Animal Exploration - Join one of our park police officers as they tell stories of their animal encounters in our Johnson County parks.   A few critters have been spotted close to where you will be sitting!  Discover how park police safely search for critters while protecting the animals.  See cool items found in the parks and view live animals up close.

July 14: Wildlife Who's Who - Meet an amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal. Learn about these animals and discover their similarities and differences.

July 21: Kansas Symbols - Celebrate the birthday of Kansas with the American bison, tiger salamander, and sunflower, just a few of the natural symbols of our great state! With hands-on items and live animals, participants will compare the basic needs of nature, plants, and animals and learn how different organisms use special adaptations and senses to survive in their respective environments.   

For more information on amphitheater programs, call (913) 764-7759.

Jim Cosgrove and the Hiccups concert on June 28 is next Kid-Friendly Musical Performance at the Johnson County Museum

A group that has been rockin' Kansas City for nearly two decades is the next in a series of Kid Friendly Musical Performances at the Johnson County Museum, which is located in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in the former King Louie Building, 8788 Metcalf, Overland Park.

Jim Cosgrove and the Hiccups will perform on  Wednesday, June 28. Cosgrove, who is also known as "Mr. Stinky Feet," is a local favorite known for high energy, interactive concerts. Cosgrove’s philosophy is that children are the stars of his shows, not him. Come prepared to sing, dance, and have fun! This program includes interactive songs, dancing, and, of course, drumming! The cost for this 45-minute program is $5 per person, or $4 for museum members.

Kid Friendly Musical Performances  are designed for ages two through ten with an adult, and will all take place beginning at 10 a.m.  To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “music.”

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 38817.

The final Kid Friendly Musical Performance in the current season include the Drum  Safari Show (barcode 38816) on July 26, and Rockin' Rob on Aug. 23 (barcode 38818).

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. 

Upcoming Events

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June 28, 2017 | 10:00 am

Jim Cosgrove and the Hiccups

June 29, 2017 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

50 Plus Art Expose