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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

"Incredible Inventions" is subject of next museum storytelling program on Sept. 13 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

A new season of entertaining and educational stories involving nature, history, culture, and art being presented by local Storyteller Jo Ho as part of a storytelling series being offered by the Johnson County Museum is set to begin in mid-September.

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, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for each one-hour program is $2 per person, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration for these programs does not include admission to the Johnson County Museum or to KidScape.

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 “storytelling.”

The first program in the series is called "Incredible Inventions" on Wednesday, Sept. 13. “Inventor Jo” will share stories of wild and wacky and true inventions that have made life easier, yummier, and more stupendousier! This is a perfect storytime for inquisitive little minds and the science buff in all of us.  Nerdy is cool in these delightful invention tales!

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 40521.

Other upcoming Jo Ho Storyteller programs this season will include: “Country Hoedown” (barcode 40522) on Oct. 18,  "Fowl Play" (barcode 40523) on Nov. 15, and "Woodland Christmas" (barcode 40524) on Dec. 20.

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.

First of two Yoga Adventures offered for adults at TimberRidge Adventure Center on Sept. 10

Come spend a few hours outdoors with kindred souls and refresh your inner being during a program being offered for adults at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's TimberRidge Adventure Center.

This program is called Yoga Adventures at TimberRidge and is for ages 16 and older. Participants will spend time outdoors exploring yoga on the lawn combined with another outdoor activities, to include hiking, journaling, kayaking, and archery.  Prior experience is not necessary and participants will choose their own level of activity. Be sure to dress for the outdoor weather. The first of two Yoga Adventures at TimberRidge will take place on Sept. 10,  and will emphasize hiking and journaling. A session on Oct. 8 will follow with an emphasis on kayaking.

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “yoga.”

Each program will begin at 2 p.m. on a Sunday at the TimberRidge Adventure Center, which is located at 12300 South Homestead Lane, Olathe. The cost for each two-hour program is $12 for Johnson County residents or $13 for nonresidents.

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 40018 for the Sept. 9 program or 40019 for the Oct. 8 program.

The TimberRidge Adventure Center is a 200-plus acre facility adjacent to Kill Creek Park, which JCPRD also owns and operates. TimberRidge, which was dedicated in 2002, features a professionally-certified challenge and ropes course featuring 28 low elements, a 300-foot zip line and a climbing tower with three other high elements. In addition to the Challenge Course, TimberRidge offers other outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, archery, canoes, and pedal boats. The center is accessible via an entrance which is separate from and south of the main entrance to Kill Creek Park, and is available only by reservation or as part of programming.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pick-up at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information about this program, call Outdoor Adventure Specialist Lysa Holladay at (913) 856-8849 or lysa.holladay@jocogov.org.

Intergenerational Arts program offered on Sept. 9 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

Bond, teach, and encourage a child in creativity, during a class being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in early September.

Intergenerational Arts is the name of this program, which is for ages zero to six with an adult. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or friends are invited to bring a child and work collaboratively with your young, creative maker as they dive into visual arts in a TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) environment. Adult supervision is required for the duration of the program.

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

Intergenerational Arts is offered at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. The cost for a one-hour sessions is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 per person for nonresidents. Please call (913) 826-3163 or email devin.rumley@jocogov.org for more detailed information. 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 40563.

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 Nathan at (913) 826-2950.

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

Strolling Strings event for 50 Plus set at Roeland Park Community Center on Sept. 8

Celebrate the changing of the seasons during a special event being planned in early September by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This event is called Strolling Strings and will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, at the Roeland Park  Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. During the meal , the talented Shawnee Mission North Strolling Strings will amaze the audience with their talent of making music as they stroll around the room.

To find this program in the My JCPRD 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 “celebrate fall.”

The cost for this two-and-one-half-hour event, including dinner, is $10 per person. 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 40415.

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 My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

 

Moths in the Moonlight event is Sept. 8 in Ernie Miller Park

Like a moth to a flame, you can be drawn into the secret lives of moths during a special event set for Friday, Sept. 8, at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

Now is its fourth year, this event, called Moths in the Moonlight, is for children ages seven and up accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants will learn about these fascinating insects, including their lifecycle, and the differences between butterflies and moths.  Black lights will be used to attract moths and other nocturnal insects, and there will also be interactive games to play.

To find this program in the 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 keyword “nature.”

This event will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost for the one-and-one-half-hour event is $3.50 per person, including adults, and can be paid on-site. Reservations are required and can be obtained by calling (913) 764-7759 or by registering on line at jcprd.com by clicking  on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and performing a barcode search for 39972.

This program is also eligible for credit in the Environmental 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.

Both moths and butterflies are members of the order Lepidoptera, which means “scale winged,” a reference to the powdery scales that come off their wings when you touch them.  A celebration of moths' more colorful relatives, the butterflies, is also scheduled at the nature center on Sept. 23 when an event called Flight of the Monarch will be presented. For more about this event, complete a barcode search for 39971 or call (913) 764-7759.

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Johnson County Park & Recreation District employment opportunities available now!

Are you looking for a part-time job with no evenings or weekends? Johnson County Park & Recreation District is seeking high-energy, fun, professional, confident, and caring Recreation Associates and Assistants to be excellent role models to participants in our Out of School Time and Pre-K programs in elementary schools throughout the Shawnee Mission, De Soto and Gardner school districts. Positions available are Monday - Friday from 7 - 9 a.m. or 3 - 6 p.m.  Current openings include:

  • Recreation Associate (Lead Teacher): Minimum age 18, must be a high school graduate and 1 year experience working with children. $10.00/hr.  
  • Morning Leads: Minimum age 18,  7 - 9 a.m.,  $12.00/hr.
  • Assistant Teacher: Minimum age 16, will train, $8.00/hr.

Positions start immediately. See all of our job opportunities and fill out an application at  www.jcprd.com.

Smithville Lake is next destination for 50 Plus Fall Strolling program on Sept. 6

A Sept. 6 outing to the Smithville Lake is the first in a series of Wednesday Walks being presented  by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District this fall.

Also called Fall 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 till 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.

For the Smithville Lake walk, participants will choose as a group from miles of paved trails that hug the banks of Smithville Lake and wind through the woods.  This walk is expected to requires 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 online at jcprd.com for the Smithville Lake walk, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 40346.

Other upcoming Wednesday Walks this fall include an outing to Weston Bend State Park on Oct. 25 (barcode 40347) and Cedar Crest trails in Topeka on Nov. 20 (barcode 40348).

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

Johnson County Museum presents new Homeschool History Adventures! series beginning Sept. 6

Homeschoolers can unearth the treasure of our local history during a new series of programs being presented this fall by the Johnson County Museum.

Homeschool History Adventures! is the name of this program, which is for ages eight to 12. Participants will examine artifacts from the museum's collection, explore the museum's main exhibit called "Becoming Johnson County," and put their brains and hands to work with interactive projects, games, and activities in the museum classroom. These monthly sessions serve as an engaging supplement to homeschool curriculums, and give students the opportunity to build both new friendships and a new appreciation for what came before us.

These programs take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for each two-hour program is $6 per person, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration includes admission to the Johnson County Museum and to KidScape. 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 search for the barcodes listed below.

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

The first program in the series is called Westward Ho, and will allow students to chart their course, pack their wagon, and set off on a life-changing adventure down the Oregon-California and Santa Fe trails. Along the way, they'll discover the story of these historical highways in our new exhibit, polish their map skills, work together with their traveling companions to make decisions about their journey, and chronicle their adventures using old-fashioned pen and ink!

This program is offered at two different dates and times. One program will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept., 6 (barcode 40611), while the other will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7 (barcode 40612).

Other upcoming Homeschool History Adventures! programs this season will include: What to Wear on Oct. 4 and 5 (barcodes 40613 and 40614), "The Original Kansans on Nov. 1 and 2 (barcodes 40616 and 40617), and Life on the Homefront on Dec. 6 and 7 barcodes 40618 and 40619.

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 season of Animal Tales Storytime sessions begins Sept. 6 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

A new season of Animal Tales Storytime sessions is beginning 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 during any or all of the eight sessions scheduled on Wednesdays between Sept. 6 and Dec. 20.

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 ago. To find this program in the My JCPRD 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.”

The first program of this new season will be offered on Sept. 6 when the theme is “Butterfly Delight.” Other upcoming storytime sessions are scheduled for: Sept. 20, "Johnny Appleseed;" Oct. 4, "Spider Surprise;" Oct. 18, "Bats & Night Flight;" Nov. 1, "Fall Sights & Sounds;" Nov. 15, "Turkey Time;" Dec. 6, "Mrs. Claus Reads;" and Dec. 20, "A Visit with Santa." Each session takes place on a Wednesday and will begin at 10:30 a.m.

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.

“The Little Red Hen,” is subject of next museum Retro Story and Art Fun program on Sept. 6 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

If you can remember “The Poky Little Puppy,” you and your preschoolers will love the stories and illustrations from long ago, read by a special guest from the 1950s All-Electric House during a series of programs being offered this fall by the Johnson County Museum.

This program is called Retro Story and Art Fun! and is for ages three to five with an adult. After each session's story presentation, enjoy an art activity for little hands. Stories change monthly, connecting to KidScape community environments, and Kansas Early Learning Standards. An adult must attend program with child. These programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month through December at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

The cost for each 45-minute program is $2 per child, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration for these programs does not include admission to the Johnson County Museum or to KidScape. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under enrichment &special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “early learning.”

The first program in the series is called “The Little Red Hen,” and will take place on Sept. 6. Published in 1953, this story is a long-time favorite about a hen, hard work, and the benefits of collaborating with friends. Act out the steps the hen took to bake bread, then create a red hen of your own to take home.

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 40511.

Other upcoming Retro Story and Art Fun! programs this season will include: “The Happy Man and His Dump Truck” (barcode 40512) on Oct. 4, "The Poky Little Puppy" on Nov. 1 (barcode 40513), and “Frosty the Snow man,” (barcode 40514) on Dec. 6. These programs can be booked as field trips for other groups too.

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.

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