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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

Kids can do their shopping at sixth annual Holiday Marketplace on Dec. 8

A festive morning is planned at the Roeland Park Community Center on Dec. 8 when kids can do their Christmas shopping during a special event being planned by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Now in its sixth year, Holiday Marketplace is the name of this event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.  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 items priced at $15 or less, meant as potential gifts for family and friends. 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 there will be a free gift wrapping station. Children will also enjoy a visit from Santa, and ornament decorating. 

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

This event is free to attend and lunch and gingerbread house making will be available for purchase. The Roeland Park Community Center is located at 4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park.

For those interested in selling at the event, booth space is still available. The cost for vendors is $30 for a booth space, including two chairs and a table.  Items being sold must be handmade and be priced under $15, including tax. For more information, call Lisa at (913) 826-3161 or email lisa.scharnak@jocogov.org. Vendors can register for booth space online at jcprd.com

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

New Caroling with Celtique event for 50 Plus is Dec. 7 at Matt Ross Community Center

A local Irish band which has helped celebrate National Irish American Heritage Month for many years is now helping to ring in the winter holidays as well.

Caroling with Celtique is a new event being planned by the 50 Plus department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. Participants can sing along with their favorite tunes and enjoy seasonal refreshments. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under special events and then under  50 Plus. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “holiday event.” 

Caroling with Celtique will take place beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Matt Ross  Community Center, 8101 Marty Street, Overland Park. The cost for this 90-minute event is $10 per person for Johnson County residents or $11 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com. Please register for this event by Nov. 30.

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. 

Step back to 1941 during next Homeschool History Adventures session on Dec. 7

Get a hands-on view of how Americans paved the way to victory during World War II during the next Homeschool History Adventures programs presented by the Johnson County Museum in early December.

During these programs, which are  for ages seven to 13, 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. 

The next program in the series is called "Life on the Homefront," and recalls the days when posters proclaimed "Uncle Sam Wants You!" To find this program 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 keywords “museum program.” 

"Life on the Homefront," will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for one 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 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Breakfast with Santa for ages 3-5 offered at Ernie Miller Nature Center on Dec. 8

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 and 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 My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under special events and then under preschool. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “preschool.”

Breakfast with Santa is offered on Saturday, Dec. 8. The cost for one 90-minute session, including breakfast, is $7 per person, including adults for Johnson County residents, or $8 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com. 

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

18th Annual KC WildLands Native Christmas Tree Event planned on Dec. 1 at Mildale Farm

Kansas City WildLands, in partnership with Johnson County Park and Recreation District, is again offering the public an opportunity to remove invasive red cedars and take them home to decorate for the holidays! 

This year's event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at JCPRD's Mildale Farm, 35250 W. 199th St., Edgerton. A minimum donation of $15 is being suggested for the trees, which have a range of shapes and sizes from “Charlie Brown Specials” to behemoths suitable for a mayor’s Christmas tree. Proceeds from this event will be used to benefit future conservation efforts throughout the Greater Kansas City Region. When you take home a native cedar tree, you’ll not only make your house smell great, you’ll be helping restore wild places to their original health.

This will  be the  fifth consecutive year KC WildLands has presented this event at Mildale Farm. In past years, other JCPRD properties have intermittently been sites for previous events. 

As part of this event, haywagons will take participants to the tree site and back to their cars. Those who would like to participate should bring hand saws, rope to tie your tree to your vehicle, sturdy boots, and work gloves. Chainsaws and axes are not permitted. KC WildLands volunteers will be on hand to assist with loading trees. For those who would like to cut their own tree, volunteers will point out trees which can be cut. A bonfire, hot cider, and cookies to help warm up participants will also be available.

Removal of eastern red cedar trees is part of a prairie restoration project at the site. The workday effort is designed to remove a native species considered invasive in prairies and old fields. In time, the cedars’ sheer numbers and effects of their shading eliminate sun-loving prairie flora. In the past, naturally-occurring prairie wildfires kept this species in check, but modern fire suppression practices have allowed cedars to spread.

While eastern red cedars were used commonly by early pioneers as Christmas trees, those interested in participating  should be aware this variety does not have the typical needle of the Scotch and white pines now predominantly used as Christmas trees. This gives the eastern red cedar a “leafier” appearance. 

For more information on this event, Kansas City WildLands, or to volunteer at this event, contact Linda Lehrbaum at (816)  561-1061 ext. 116 or linda@bridgingthegap.org, or visit the group’s website at www.kcwildlands.org.

Mildale Farm is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, which is a charter member of Kansas City WildLands, a conservation coalition initiated in 2001. The Mildale site, which is usually only accessible by reservation, is one of the region’s premier venues for weddings, reunions, retreats, and other special occasions. 

Mildale Farm is located at 35250 W. 199th St. From the north, take Interstate 35 south to Exit 205, Homestead Lane. Turn right onto Homestead Lane. Turn left on 199th and follow to Mildale Farm, which will be on your right. From the south, take Interstate 35 north to Exit 205, Homestead Lane. Turn left onto Homestead Lane. Turn left on 199th and follow to Mildale Farm, which will be on your right.

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on Dec. 5, 12, and 19

Visits with Santa and Mrs. Clause, as well as a session about our feathered friends are the themes of  December Animal Tales Storytime sessions being presented at two locations by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Outdoor Education Department.

December Animal Tales presentations include: a Dec. 5 session called  "Mrs. Claus Reads;" and a Dec. 19 session called, "A Visit with Santa," both at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, and a Dec. 12 program called "Feathered Friends" at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in Overland Park.

At either location, the cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program. All three sessions take place on a Wednesday. Sessions at EMNC begin at 10:30 a.m., while the JCAHC session begins at 10 a.m.

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 Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe. The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. For more information about this program, contact the nature center at (913) 826-2800.

JCPRD January through April Catalog available after Nov. 19

The next issue of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s My JCPRD Activities catalog will be online at www.jcprd.com on Nov. 16 and available in print form the week of Nov. 19. Registration for classes in the catalog begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19. The free publication covers JCPRD programs and events offered between January and April.

The 60-page publication lists more than 500 programs, and includes winter special events such as: Christmas Tree Recycling, The Great Backyard Bird Count, two trout stockings at two district lakes, Kansas City Passport to Adventure, Mildale Farm Spring Community Day, Trucks and Big Rigs for Kids, a seasonal 50 Plus Travel Show, Superhero Saturday, an Irish Celebration with Celtique, Spring Fling Fun, the annual TimberRidge Adventure Center Open House, and many more. 

Program offerings range from arts and crafts to sports to nature activities and include leagues, classes, seminars, workshops, and trips. Included are programs for infants through senior adults. The majority of programs start on or after Jan. 1. 

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is mailed out to more than 25,000 past participants who have taken part in a district program within the last year. Catalogs will also be available at Johnson County Library branches, community centers, various businesses, and at district locations.

Updated JCPRD program listings and 24-hour online registration are available on the district’s website at www.jcprd.com. 

JCPRD’s 2019 Summer Camp Guide, will be available online after Jan. 21, and in print after Jan. 28.  The next issue of the My JCPRD Activities, available in late March, will cover programs and events for the months of May through August, and will hit mailboxes the week of March 25.

Enjoy Thanksgiving week performance by Mr. Stinky Feet at Johnson County Museum on Nov. 20

Fun, music, and movement are in store when the Johnson County Museum presents a Kid-Friendly Musical Performance in late November.

Kansas City's own Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove has delighted audiences throughout North America and Europe for about two decades.  Jim’s philosophy is that children are the stars of his shows, not him. His approachable style and ability to immediately connect with audiences has made him a cool favorite on the concert tour circuit. Come prepared to sing, dance, and have fun as a family.

This program is designed for ages two through ten with an adult and will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20,  at the Johnson County Museum, located in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “music.”

The cost for this 60-minute program is $5 per person, and museum members save 20 percent, but must call (913) 831-3359 to register and claim their discount. Program registration does not include admission to KidScape and the museum. To register for this program by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register onlineat www.jcprd.com.

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

 

Johnson County Museum offers Free Day on Nov. 21

Visit the Johnson County Museum for free on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

If you haven't experienced the museum in its Metcalf location - or even if you have - come enjoy the museum, including the 1950s All-Electric House, and the 2,500 square-foot main exhibit titled "Becoming Johnson County," featuring more than 400 objects, and more than 500 photographs. The KidScape experience is a 3,500-square foot area of the museum which lets kids learn about the past  through three unique communities. There’s an 1870s  farmstead, a 1900s city, and a 1950s diner. A special temporary exhibit called ""The Turbulent Twenties," which shows that the 1920s were much more complicated and tumultuous than popular ideas would indicate. The exhibit coordinates with the 2018 centennial of the ending of World War I, and will run through May 11.

The Free Day at the Johnson County Museum is a seven-and-one-half-hour drop-in event which will take place from 9 am to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The Johnson County Museum is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Regular museum admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 60 and older, $3 for children one through 18, and free for children under one year old.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under Special Events and then under Fun For All. Look for the keywords “family fun.” 

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.  

Johnson County Museum to present free Lanesfield School Country Christmas event

Drop in for an old-fashioned Christmas during a special event being presented 11 times this holiday season by the Johnson County Museum at the Lanesfield Historic Site.

The program is called Lanesfield School Country Christmas and is for all ages. Experience a traditional 1904 old-fashioned Christmas! Participants can write a letter to Santa with pen and ink, and find old-fashioned stocking stuffers in our gift shop.

Lanesfield School Country Christmas is offered as a free drop-in program from 1 to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays on the following dates: Nov. 24 and 30, and Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29.  The session on Saturday, Dec. 8, will include a special Christmas concert in the schoolhouse, featuring the Edgerton Rainbow Connection Children’s Choir. The performance will begin at 1:30 pm, followed by a visit from Santa, crafts, and free refreshments. Be sure to bring your camera!

Lanesfield Historic Site is located at 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton. The Lanesfield site is a one-room limestone schoolhouse, the last remaining structure in the former town of Lanesfield. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988. 

For more information about this program, or to register a group of ten or more, contact the museum at  (913) 715-2570. 

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Upcoming Events

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Tue, 11/27/2018 - 4:30pm

50 Plus Friendsgiving

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 1:30pm

50 Plus Caroling with Celtique

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 9:00am

Breakfast with Santa

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 10:00am

Holiday Marketplace

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Mon, 11/19/2018 - 8:30am
Tue, 11/20/2018 - 11:30am
Thu, 11/22/2018 - 9:30am
Mon, 11/26/2018 - 5:30pm
Tue, 11/27/2018 - 5:30pm
Tue, 11/27/2018 - 5:45pm
Wed, 11/28/2018 - 6:00pm
Thu, 11/29/2018 - 9:30am
Tue, 12/04/2018 - 5:30pm
Wed, 12/05/2018 - 9:00am

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