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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

Dive in Movie and Splash for Cash planned on July 16 at Roeland Park Aquatic Center

The popular recent animated film "Minions" will be shown as a Dive-In Movie at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center during a mid-July family-friendly event which will also include an opportunity to Splash for Cash.

The movie will be shown at the main pool. Participants are invited to spend some time with the family watching this film from the water. The concession stand will be open late. For the Splash For Cash portion of the event, which will take place prior to the movie, an amount of change will be placed in various areas of the center's main pool and different  age groups  will have an opportunity to dive in and collect as many coins as they can. Contact between participants is strictly prohibited.

This event will take place beginning at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, at the Roland Park Aquatic Center, located at 4350 Rosewood, Roeland Park. The cost for this event is $3 per person for Johnson County residents or $4 per person for nonresidents.  To register by phone, 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 32810. 

The Roeland Park Aquatic Center is owned by the City of Roeland Park and operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. For more information about this event, call (913) 432-1377.

Ernie Miller Park Friday Night Amphitheater programs continue on July 8, 15, & 22

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 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 8:  Animal 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 15:  Animal Outhouse - Everybody poops, even the animals!  Some animals have interesting ways of getting rid of their waste. We will meet live animals and discover how their nesting and shelters affect their pooping habits.

July 22:  Bats - Explore the dark and mysterious world of Kansas bats. Enjoy a summer evening learning about these amazing and misunderstood flying mammals. Discover how we benefit from them and how we can help protect them.

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

“Minions” and “Inside Out,” to be shown at The Theatre in the Park during July

Those pill-shaped gibberish-speaking yellow guys and a bevy of emotions inside the head of a young girl are the subjects of two recent animated movies which will be shown during July as The Theatre in the Park’s Movies in the Park program continues.

July movies will include a July 5 showing of “Minions;” and a July 19 showing of “Inside Out.” Through this program, a total of eight films are being shown on a 40-foot screen on the stage at The Theatre in the Park on specified summer nights when musical productions are not scheduled.

Movies in the Park includes films on every other Tuesday during the theatre’s summer season, and then move to Saturday nights once the theatre’s season of musicals concludes on Aug. 8. 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.

Other movie nights in the series include: an Aug. 2 showing of “ET;” an Aug. 13 showing of “Up;” an Aug. 20 showing of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off;” and an Aug. 27 showing of “Tangled.” 

With the sole exception of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off;” which is Rated PG-13, all of this year’s films are rated PG. For more about this year’s film lineup, including rating information, go to www.theatreinthepark.org/movies.” This year’s Movies in the Park presentations are sponsored by Capitol Federal.

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 a program of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.  The theatre is located north of the main entrance to Shawnee Mission Park with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road in Shawnee. 

Pop 'n Play @ the JoCo Museum - 6/29

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Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Details: Join us for activities designed especially for your 9 month-3 year olds to explore music, art, tactile activities and soft play areas.

Fee: $1 per child, members FREE. Drop-in program, registration not required. Maximum of three children per adult. Children must be supervised at all times.

All-Electric House has new home

Around 12:30 Wednesday morning, the Johnson County Museum's 1950s All-Electric House was pulled into the future Arts & Heritage Center. The arrival time was about four hours earlier than expected. The early arrival time was due in part to good teamwork, fewer technical issues than anticipated and being able to reach a maximum speed of 11 miles per hour rather than the planned 3-5 mph.

Several media outlets covered the move and we've provided links to their coverage. You can also search #JoCoHouseMove on Twitter to see what others had to say about the move throughout the night.

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WHAT’S GOING ON AT KING LOUIE? Find out at the Johnson County Museum’s latest exhibition

The Johnson County Museum, 6305 Lackman Road, has opened a new exhibition, What’s Going on at King Louie? The exhibit’s focus is one of the most iconic buildings in Johnson County, the old King Louie West bowling alley and ice skating rink at 87th and Metcalf in Overland Park.

Almost two generations of Johnson Countians knew King Louie as a place to meet up with friends and family, and have a good time.  When the complex closed its doors in 2009, it marked the end of an era for the local landmark.

In 2017, a new chapter in the building history will begin when it reopens as the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.  The center will be the new home for the Johnson County Museum, as well as an indoor home for The Theatre in the Park.  The facility will include administrative and program space for the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s fine and performing arts department, a large event and rental space, and sufficient space to allow the building to serve as one of the county’s advanced-voting locations.

In preparation for the building’s transformation, the Johnson County Museum’s new temporary exhibit, What’s Going on at King Louie?, will share the history of this local landmark, as well as some of the new and exciting changes that will be a part of the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.  During the exhibit, visitors are encouraged to leave their memories of their favorite experiences at King Louie, and vote for which new feature they are most excited to see in the new space.

What’s Going on at King Louie? Opened in late February and will be on exhibit at the Johnson County Museum through Sept. 5.  The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Admission is free.

JCPRD summer park hours begin March 1

Summer hours of 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. go into effect Tuesday, March 1 for many Johnson County Park & Recreation District parks. These summer hours will stay in effect through Oct. 31.

District parks impacted by the new hours are: Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe; Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee; and Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. Summer hours for Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Other District 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; Camp Branch Glade, 175th & Mission Road in Aubry Township; Stilwell Community Park, 207th & Metcalf, Stilwell; and all of the Streamway Parks System access points.

For more information, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com or call 913-888-4713.

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.


  • 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.