Facebook Social Icon Facebook Social Icon You Tube Social Icon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

You are here

johnson county recreation
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 presents a Mexican Fiesta on Nov. 17 at Cedar Lake Village

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in November during a new special event being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The event is called Mexican Fiesta and will involve a taco bar and sombrero scavenger hunt. Cedar Lake Village senior living community of Olathe is opening their doors for a special dinner in their beautiful dining room. But don't just eat and run, as we have fun activities planned both during and after dinner. 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 event."

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. The cost for this two-and-one-half -hour event is $6 per person.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) 826-2859. To register online or for updated program listings, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.

 

Enjoy interacting with other scrapbookers during new Scrapbook Crop session set on Nov. 15

Do you enjoy scrapbooking, but feel you could benefit from spending time enjoying your hobby with others who enjoy your hobby? A new program being presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District can help.

The program is called Scrapbook Crop and is the modern-day equivalent of quilting bees of the past. Participants ages 16 and older are invited to gather their scrapbooking tools to join other scrappers for a day of uninterrupted social interaction, artistic inspiration, and friendly collaboration. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under enrichment & special interests. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword "crafts."

This class will take place starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park. The cost for one eight-hour session is $11 for Johnson County residents or $12 for nonresidents. Another Scrapbook Crop session is set for Dec. 20.

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, see the district's website at www.jcprd.com.

Hear "Stories of the Past" during Nature Explorers home school program on Nov. 13

Ancestors and those who came before us are the topic of an intergenerational nature program designed to supplement and support home school efforts which is being offered in mid-November at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe.

The program is called Nature Explorers is for youth ages six to 12 with a parent. This program lets participants explore nature and animals around the Ernie Miller Nature Center. Park naturalists present these stand-alone educational programs, which take place on a Thursday. If the weather permits, these sessions will be held outdoors and participants should dress for outdoor exploration. Parents will also receive tips on how to weave outdoor exploration into their lessons.

To find this programs in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword "home school."

The next Nature Explorers session is called "Stories of the Past" and will take place on Nov. 13. Fall is a time of year we remember our ancestors. Participants will hear stories about travelers of the past. Play pilgrim and pioneer games, help with chores, and taste Johnny Cake. This program will begin at 3 p.m. The cost for one 75-minute program is $3.50 per person for Johnson County residents and $4 per person for nonresidents. Preregistration is required. For more information, call (913) 764-7759.

Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. A parent must register with each child.

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.

Second Public hayride offered on Nov. 2 at Oak Ridge Parklands at Shawnee Mission Park

The second of two public hayrides being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District this fall will take place in early November.

In addition to hayrides for organized groups, the JCPRD 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 second and last Public Hayride of 2014 will take place on Sunday, Nov. 2, 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. 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.

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. 14 and Nov. 24. These hayrides take place seven days a week 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 60 minutes, and are followed by a 60-minute campfire. The cost is $6.50 per person or a minimum of $75 when there are 10 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.

JCPRD winter park hours begin Nov. 1

Winter hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. go into effect Nov. 1 for many Johnson County Park & Recreation District parks. These winter hours will stay in effect through Feb. 28.

District parks impacted by the new hours are: Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe; Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe; and Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam. Winter hours for Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Other JCPRD 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; and  Streamway Parks System access points.

Park hours are reduced each winter to reduce costs and to allow for the reallocation of a staff time to other activities at a time when fewer people typically visit the parks because of colder weather and earlier nightfall.

As of Oct. 15, outdoor restrooms and water fountains in JCPRD parks have been turned off and weatherized to avoid damage from freezing. A notable exception is the "off-the-grid" restroom at the Heritage Park Off-Leash Dog Area, which first opened in early 2010. This restroom uses solar panels on the roof to heat water in a tubing system, which provides radiant heat to the building.

For more information, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com or call (913) 438-7275.

50 Plus, Overland Park, Plan Veterans Day Event on Nov. 10

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District's 50 Plus Department is again teaming with the city of Overland Park to offer Veteran's Day activities on Monday, Nov. 10, at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty, Overland Park.

Participants can join members of the color guard at 8:30 a.m. as they raise the flag and honor veterans. Next up is a line-up of patriotic musical presentations. Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast  from Chris Cakes and veterans eat free. For family members and members of the public, there will be a $5 charge for breakfast. 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 keyword “celebration.”

With the exception of breakfast for non-veterans, there is no charge for this two-hour program, but reservations are required and can be made by calling (913) 642-6410 by Nov. 3. Interpretive services and other accommodations for those with special needs are available and should be requested at time of registration.

 

Ernie Miller Park Owl Prowl offered on Nov. 8 & 9

Great horned, barred, and screech owls make their homes in Ernie Miller Park. Come learn more about these fascinating birds during the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Park Owl Prowl offered on Nov. 8 and 9. Another session on Nov. 7 has already filled.

The district's Outdoor Education Staff will lead an informative talk featuring live owls. This will be followed by a hike into the night environment. You never know whooo you might spot! Come dressed for the weather. A cup of hot cider will conclude the hike. The program is for ages five and up when accompanied by an adult.

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 “birding.”

This one-session program is offered at Ernie Miller Park, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. The program begins at 7 p.m. and is offered on Saturday, Nov. 8; and Sunday, Nov. 9. The cost  for one 90-minute session is $8 per person for Johnson County residents or $9 for nonresidents. Preregistration is required.

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 Nov. 5 & 19 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

The fall/winter season of Animals Tales Storytime sessions will continue during November 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  Nov. 5 & 19.

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.”

November sessions  take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and include a program with the theme "Animal Peek-a-boo" on Nov. 5 and "Turkeys are Terrific" on Nov. 19. The final two fall /winter storytime sessions are scheduled for:  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 Nov. 4 & 19

Two themed bingo sessions at two locations are being planned during November by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

"America" is the theme for a bingo session which will take place on  Nov. 4 at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner. "Kansas City" is the theme for a session which will take place on Nov. 19  at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park.

Each 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.

December 50 Plus Bingo programs being planned include: "Winter Bluster" on Dec. 1 at the Sunset Building, 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Olathe; "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 the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee.

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 Day Trip promises participants a Ghost Tour in Excelsior Springs

Embark on a Halloween adventure to Excelsior Springs, Mo., and the historic Elms Resort during an Oct. 31day trip being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The trip is called Ghost Tour and will include eerie tales and stories about the famous people who have stayed at - and perhaps never fully left - this famous hotel located north of Kansas City. Participants will enjoy lunch and a Halloween treat at the Ventana Gourmet Grill in downtown Excelsior Springs, before visiting the city's Hall of Waters and the Excelsior Springs Museum for more spooky fun. This trip will involve some walking and stairs.

To find this trip in the JCPRD’s 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 “day trip.”

This trip will leave at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 5 p.m. The cost is $79 per person and includes lunch. Organizers anticipate this tour will fill, so register early!

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.

Upcoming Events

| View All
October 22, 2014 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Pop 'n Play at the Johnson County Museum

October 23, 2014 | 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Senior Fest

October 25, 2014 | 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Mildale Farm Fall Fest

October 25, 2014 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Trick-or-Cache

October 25, 2014 | 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Etiquette for Girls & Boys