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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

Next Storybook Club session for ages two through five with a parent set for March 3 at RPCC

The next session of a monthly storytime program which will allow parents to share special times with their little one is being offered in early March by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This drop-in program is called Storybook Club and is for ages two through five with an adult. Each meeting will include a theme for the stories, as well as songs, arts and crafts, toy time, and a morning snack. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under enrichment and special interests. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “storytime.”

This group will meet at 9:30 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. The next program will take place on March 3. The cost for each one-hour program is $3 per child. Preregistration is not required.

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

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on March 2 and 23 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

The winter / spring season of Animals Tales Storytime sessions will continue during March 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 March 2 and 23.

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 a few years back. 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.”

March sessions take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and include a program with the theme “Animal Peek-a-Boo” on March 2, and “Spring is Green” on March 23. Other storytime sessions are scheduled for: April 6 (“Reptiles Rock”); and April 20 (“Bugs Alive”).

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.

New Leap Day Karaoke event is Feb. 29 at Roeland Park Community Center

Leap into the spotlight during a new musical event being planned by the  by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Leap Day Karaoke is the name of this special event, which will give participants a chance to sing individually or with a group to favorite songs and an understanding audience. Leap Day only happens once every four years, so don’t miss out on this special event! Dinner is included and music will be provided. 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 “holiday event.”

Leap Day Karaoke will take place beginning  at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 29, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. The cost for this three-hour event is $15 per person.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 31965.

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

New Dolly & Me Afternoon Tea event is Feb. 17 at RPCC

Girls ages three to five are invited to put on a party dress, bring their favorite dolly and a grown-up, and join new friends for a special tea party during a new event being offered in mid-February by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This event is called Dolly and Me Afternoon Tea and will take place beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Participants will decorate tea cups, make jewelry for themselves and their dolly, and play with new friends. Mini sandwiches, sweet treats, and tea will be served. To find this program in JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “special event.”

This program will take place at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood, Roeland Park. The cost for one 90-minute session is $12 per person for Johnson County residents or $15 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 31900.

This program is also eligible for credit in the Social 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 (913) 826-2950.

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

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

The winter / spring season of Animals Tales Storytime sessions will continue during February 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 Feb. 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 a few years back. 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.”

February sessions take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and include a program with the theme "Bring Your Teddy Bear" on Feb. 3 and another called "Feathered Friends" on Feb. 17. Other upcoming storytime sessions are scheduled for: March 2  (“Animal Peek-a-Boo”); March 23 (“Spring is Green”); April 6 (“Reptiles Rock”); and April 20 (“Bugs Alive”).

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.

Put a critter on your gift giving list

During this season of gift-giving, the staff at the Ernie Miller Nature Center would appreciate being added to your list.They have a variety of needs in order to care for a wide variety of creatures. There are several ways you can help them care for the animals at the nature center. From monetary donations, to gift cards or purchasing items they need.

Mammals

  • Peanuts in shell, no salt
  • Corner wood shelf for chipmunk shelf
  • Large rodent ball – for exercise
  • Sweet potato & whole carrots
  • Rodent Chow for mice

Snakes, Turtles and Toads

  • Reptile water bowls that look like rocks (from pet store)
  • Distilled Vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Frozen berries, frozen kernel corn and broccoli
  • Clear critter keepers

Birds of Prey

  • One-quarter inch &/or three-quarter inch rope for perches
  • Masking tape and brown duct tape

Outside critters and general animal care

  • Nitrile disposable gloves
  • Sandwich and quart size zip baggies
  • Disinfecting wipes for cleaning
  • Bird seed: black oil sunflower, safflower seed, suet cakes

Donations may be dropped off at 909 N. Highway 7, Olathe, KS, Monday – Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, you may contact the center’s staff at (913) 764-7759 or @JCPRDemncnature

 

Cars in the Park event Saturday to benefit Special Olympians

About 200 vehicles and 1,000 spectators are expected to attend the annual Cars in the Park car show on Saturday, Sept. 26, in the marina parking lot in Shawnee Mission Park at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee.

The event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is one of two major annual fundraisers for Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Special Olympics and Special Populations programs. Specifically, these funds are typically used to acquire uniforms and pay for transportation to events. For spectators, admission to the show is free and concessions will be available.

The show typically attracts an eclectic mix of cars, trucks, and motorcycles, from Model A’s to modern and customized vehicles. The show will conclude with a cruise through Shawnee Mission Park at 2 p.m. For more information, click here or call (913) 831-3359.

Johnson County Museum to close for one day on Sept. 22

The Johnson County Museum will be closed for one day on Tuesday, September 22 for routine exhibit maintenance. The interactive areas of the Museum, especially the popular KidScape exhibit, receive a lot of wear and tear during the summer months when attendance surges to record highs. The 1950s All-Electric House will be closed to the public as well.

“In July we set an all-time high monthly attendance record with 5,634 visitors. This one day of routine maintenance will ensure the exhibitions are in the best working order for our visitors to enjoy,” said Mindi Love, Johnson County Museum director.

The Museum and the 1950s All-Electric House will reopen on Wednesday, September 23. The Museum is located at 6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, Kansas, 66217.  For more information about the Johnson County Museum, click here or call 913-715-2550.

Free party in the park this Sunday

For six decades Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) has been bringing the community together with award-winning parks, recreation and educational programs. Celebrate this milestone with JCPRD this Sunday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at The Theatre in the Park (7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66217). 

The celebration will include an awesome display of giant kites by the Kansas City Kite Club; an assortment of family-friendly activites; and lively entertainment by popular Beatles tribute band Liverpool, Four Fried Chickens and a Coke, Travis Marvin, Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove, StoneLion Puppet Theatre and magic from Abracadabra Extravaganza.

Best of all, entry to this event is free for all ages. For performance schedules and additional details, go to jcprd.com

Happy birthday, 6 by 6!

Happy birthday! Our 6 by 6, Ready to Read program is turning 6 years old this month and we are ready to celebrate this Saturday! This program emphasizes the six skills that parents and caregivers can help children develop before they learn to read. Various celebratory activities are happening at several Johnson County Library locations between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Click here for details! 

Upcoming Events

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February 17, 2016 | 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Animal Tales Storytime - Feathered Friends

February 17, 2016 | 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Dolly and Me, Afternoon Tea

February 21, 2016 | 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm

Sunday Family Nature Series - Wildlife Webs

February 24, 2016 | 10:00 am

Janie Next Door at the Johnson County Museum