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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

Elves' Day Off pool party for all ages planned on Dec. 23 at RPAC

Elves'  Day Off Pool Party for all ages is being planned for Dec. 23 at the dome-covered Roeland Park Aquatic Center, 4843 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park, by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Participants will build graham cracker houses beginning at 10 a.m., eat lunch at 11 a.m., and then hit the warm waters of the dome-covered pool. Lunch will be provided, but participants are asked to bring one bag of treats to share as they decorate their gingerbread houses. 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 “pool party.”

This program will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23. The cost for one three-hour event, including graham cracker houses and lunch, is $7 for adults and children over three and free for children under three. RSVP for this event by Dec. 16 by calling (913) 826-3160.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3355. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 23883. Printed copies of JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Winter Solstice Celebration is Dec. 20 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Take a break from the busy holiday festivities and preparations to celebrate an ancient rite at a fun special event for all ages called the Winter Solstice Celebration planned for Dec. 20 at the  Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center.

In astronomical terms, the Winter Solstice occurs when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun. In terms of daylight hours, it marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Officially, this year's Winter Solstice actually occurs on Dec. 21.

During this year's celebration, participants will hike through the woods in Ernie Miller Park along Little Cedar Creek to witness the natural display of winter's quiet time. Then warm up by the fire and enjoy hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows while listening to ancient stories about the longest night of the year. Visit live owls and discover animal mysteries of survival during the long winter. Since parts of this program will take place outdoors, be sure to dress for the weather.

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 “seasonal event.”

The Winter Solstice Celebration will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway. The cost is $6 per person, including adults.

For more information about this program, call (913) 764-7759. For more information or to register, call (913) 8831-3355. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 23723. Printed copies of JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

 

Letters From Santa offered through Dec. 18 by Overland Park 50 Plus program

Personalized letters from Santa are available through a program being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s 50 Plus Department.

To arrange a letter from Santa for that special person (all ages), call the Overland Park 50 Plus office at (913) 642-6410 by Dec. 18. A short form will be completed to help remind Santa of the recipient’s name, address, hoped-for gifts, and other particulars that can personalize the letter. From there, Santa types and signs each one himself. The cost is $5 per letter.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. Look for the keywords “holiday letter.”

 

 

New Kids Night Out Painting Party planned at Roeland Park Community Center on Dec. 13

Parents are invited to drop their kids off for a night of fun during a new special event being planned  by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.  The idea is that with the kids occupied, parents can enjoy some time to themselves.

This event is called Kids Night Out - Painting Party and is for ages eight to 12. Kids will enjoy dinner, painting their own work of art, and games in a fun and safe environment. The completed paintings will make perfect holiday gifts and all supplies and step-by-step instructions are included.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s 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 “special event.”

This program will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. The cost for this three-hour event is $16 per child for Johnson County residents or $18 for nonresidents.

For more information or to register, call (913) 8831-3355. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 24213. Printed copies of JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

A Very Fifties Christmas at the All-Electric House -- Starts Saturday, November 29

picture of aluminum tree with presents under it and a young womanAluminum Christmas tree. Color wheel. Christmas cards. Atomic Christmas wreaths. Smells of gingerbread. Check, check, check!

The 1950s All-Electric house is decked out for a Rockin' Modern Christmas. Join us for tours of the house Saturday, November 28, 2014 - Saturday, January 3, 2015.

Guided tours offered Monday-Friday, every half hour from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Extended Saturday hours each week from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fee: Adults $5, seniors $4, children 12-5 are $3.  Under 5 and Museum Members are free.

 

A Country School Christmas at the Lanesfield Historic Site -- Saturday, December 6

A great family Christmas Tradition! Join us for a performance by the Edgerton Rainbow Connection Choir, holiday storytelling with Joyce Slater, making hand-made ornaments, writing letters to Santa, and a special visit from Santa himself! Don't forget your camera!

Saturday, December 6 from 1:00 -3:00 a.m.  Free!

Also join us all month-long at the Lanesfield Historic Site. Make ornaments, learn about an ealry 20th century rural holiday, and write your letters to Santa with pen and ink!

Check out full details on the Museum's calendar.

Breakfast With Santa for ages 3-5 offered at Ernie Miller Nature Center on Dec. 13

Children three to five can bring a parent and enjoy a morning meal followed by a visit with Santa during a program called Breakfast With Santa being presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Breakfast will take place beginning at 9 a.m. at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. After a breakfast of pancakes and juice, Santa will explain the winter habits of his animal friends. He will also help participants construct a gift for wildlife. Of course, Santa will have a gift for each child and listen to their Christmas lists. 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 “preschool.”

Breakfast With Santa is offered on Saturday, Dec. 13. The cost for one 90-minute session, including breakfast, is $7 per person, including adults, or $8 per person for nonresidents.

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) 8831-3355. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 23628.

Kids can do their shopping at Holiday Marketplace at RPCC on Dec. 13

A festive holiday morning is planned at the Roeland Park Community Center on Dec. 13 when kids can do their Christmas shopping during a special event being planned by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Now in its second year, Holiday Marketplace is the name of this event, which will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13.  While this event is for all ages, it is meant primarily to provide a special holiday shopping experience for youngsters ages two to about nine years old. Participants will find an array of craft items priced at $10 or less, meant as potential gifts for family and friends. Participants can also meet Santa, and complete a holiday craft project.  As part of the shopping experience, volunteers will be on hand to help young shoppers make smart decisions with the money that mom or dad has provided for them, and then they’ll be wrapping the presents as well.

This event is free to attend and there will be doughnuts and cocoa for participants. The Roeland Park Community Center is located at 4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park.

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 “holiday event.”

For those interested in selling at the event, booth space is still available. The cost for vendors is $25 for a booth space for the two-hour event, including a chair and two tables.  To register for booth space, click on the “Register for Activities” link at www.jcprd.com and search for barcode 23466. For more information, contact 50 Plus Center Specialist Libby Scarborough at (913) 826-3160.

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

Sock hop murder mystery event is Dec. 12 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. Tuesday, Dec. 9, is the registration deadline for this event, which will take place on Friday, Dec. 12.

“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. This year’s event was originally planned in early October, but was postponed for scheduling reasons.

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, Dec. 12, 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.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3355. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 22959. Printed copies of JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

 

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.

Pickleball Tournament is Dec. 12 at Jewish Community Center

Friday, Dec. 5, is the registration  deadline for a Pickleball Tournament being presented in early December by the 50 Plus Department of  the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This event will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, at the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park. This second annual tournament will present awards for divisions in men's doubles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles. Players are responsible for refereeing their own games.

Pickleball  is a cross between tennis, badminton, and table tennis played on a court with two players per side who use a wiffleball and paddles. To enter, players must be 50 by the registration deadline. Divisional awards will be presented for men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.  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 printed  catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “pickleball.”

The cost for this eight-hour event is $20 per person. Event T-shirts are available for $6, and lunch is available for $7. For more information or to register, call (913) 642-6410. To see this program online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 24135.

Upcoming Events

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November 29, 2014 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

A Very Fifties Christmas at the Johnson County Museum

November 29, 2014 | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Christmas at Lanesfield

December 1, 2014 | 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Letters from Santa

December 2, 2014 | 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Letters from Santa

December 2, 2014 | 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

50 Plus Love in the Afternoon