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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

It's time to audition for The Theatre in the Park

This weekend is your chance to be part of the 2015 season at The Theatre in the Park! General auditions take place this Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 at Blue Valley High School. To learn more about the audition process and see the shows that make up the 2015 season, please visit The Theatre in the Park web site. Break a leg!

New women's Rediscovery Retreat planned at Matt Ross Community Center on April 17

Connect with other women over 50 and celebrate this stage of your life during a new special event being presented in mid-April by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This event is called the ReDiscovery Retreat For Women and will take place on Friday, April 17. This retreat is intended to help participants become anchored and centered, provide an opportunity to experience inspiration and enthusiasm, and to connect and build relationships with other women. Dr. Julie Connor is a popular motivational speaker, a goals and planning strategist, and author of the goal setting book, "Dreams to Action Trailblazer’s Guide." Join her and start building your path to become anchored, connected and supported. Refreshments are included.

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 "social event."

This program will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty, Overland Park. The cost for this four -hour event is $45 per person. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the "Register for Activities" link and complete a barcode search for 27016.

While the 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 District's 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.

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

New Indoor Turf Camping event planned on April 18 at New Century Fieldhouse

It may be too cold to camp outside in April, but come camp inside during a new special event planned in mid-April by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This new special event for all ages is called Indoor Turf Camping and will let participants have camping experience on McDonald's Field, the state-of-the-art multipurpose Sprinturf field at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway near Gardner.

There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, and even s’mores. Participants can sit around the ‘campfire,’ tell stories, and sing songs. There will be games like flashlight tag and hide and seek! The whole family will enjoy this outing without going outside. This will be a  comfortable way to sleep on the ground and the best part is no bugs!

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 “camping.”

This program  will run from  6 p.m., on Saturday, April 18, to approximately 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 19. Dinner and breakfast are included. Campers will need to bring their own camping equipment including self-supporting tents (no stakes), and sleeping bags, etc. The cost per individual for this 16-hour event is $10 for Johnson County residents or $11 for nonresidents or a family rate for up to four people is $35 for Johnson County residents or $40 for nonresidents. The registration deadline for this program is Wednesday, April 15.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 26511.

This program are 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, contact Sarah Shaw at (913) 826-2953 or at sarah.shaw@jocogov.org

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

New Kids’ Night Out - Carnival Fun for ages 3-6 and 7-12 is April 17 at RPCC

Children ages three to six and seven to 12 are invited to a Kids’ Night Out Carnival Fun event on the evening of Friday, April 17. This new event is being planned by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Kids are invited to leave the grownups behind and enjoy a night planned just for you. Step right up and try your hand at carnival games, winning tickets you'll cash in for prizes. Let your imagination run wild in our crazy craft closet. Dinner and freshly popped popcorn are included in our evening of fun. Children must be fully potty trained.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool or 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 run from 6 to 9 p.m., on Friday, April 17, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. The cost for one three-hour event, including dinner, is $16 per child for Johnson County residents or $18 per child for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the "Register for Activities" link and complete a barcode search for 26535 for ages three through 6 or 26297 for ages seven to 12.

This program are 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, contact Sarah Shaw at (913) 826-2953 or at sarah.shaw@jocogov.org.

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

Free Book Party for 50 plus planned at Antioch Library on April 16

A free book party is being planned for April 16 at the Antioch Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam. This program is being presented by the Johnson County Library and the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's 50 Plus Department.                                    

Participants are invited to read what they'd like and then come and discuss their new favorite book. Each person will have time to talk about a book, and there will also be time at the end for general discussion. Refreshments will be served.

The book party will take place beginning at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 16. This one-hour program is free and preregistration is not required. Another Book Party is scheduled for July 16.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under enrichment & special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword "reading."

While the 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 district's 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.

The JCPRD Activities catalog, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information, call (913) 831-3359. For updated program listings, visit the district's website at www.jcprd.com.

Plans for King Louie Move Forward

Artist rendering of museum space at King Louie facilityOn Thursday, March 12, 2015, the Johnson County Commission approved a capital project and approved bonds to fund the Arts and Heritage Center at the former King Louie facility at 8788 Metcalf in Overland Park. Click here to learn more about the project and to see architectural renderings.

Love in the Afternoon programs for 50 Plus to feature great music and cuisine on April 3 & 7

A lunch program featuring fine cuisine and exceptional music is being offered twice in early April by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's 50 Plus Department.

The event is called Love in the Afternoon. Both programs begin at noon. The first program will take place on Friday, April 3, at Lenexa Baptist Church, 15320 W. 87th St. Parkway, Lenexa, and the other will take place on Tuesday, April  7, at Colonial Presbyterian Church, 9500 Wornall, Kansas City, Mo.

To find these 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 "musical entertainment."

The cost for each two-hour program, including lunch and a show, is $15 per ticket, and must be purchased in advance by calling Shawnee Heartland Assisted Living at (913) 248-6688.

While the 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 District's 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.

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

Celebrate Arbor Day during Nature Explorers home school program on April 2

Arbor Day and trees are the topics of an intergenerational nature program designed to supplement and support home school efforts being offered in early April at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe.

The program is called Nature Explorers is for youth ages six to 12 with a parent. This program lets participants explore nature and animals around the Ernie Miller Nature Center. Park naturalists present these stand-alone educational programs, which take place on a Thursday. If the weather permits, these sessions will be held outdoors and participants should dress for outdoor exploration. Parents will also receive tips on how to weave outdoor exploration into their lessons.

During the April 2 program called "In the Green Forest," participants will celebrate Arbor Day and learn about trees. Participants will also take a hike in the forest, complete with a stop at "the wishing tree," and discover how trees help people and animals. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword "home school."

This program will begin at 3 p.m. The cost for one 90-minute program is $3.50 per person for Johnson County residents and $4 per person for nonresidents. Preregistration is required. A parent must register with each child.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the "Register for Activities" link and complete a barcode search for 26527.

This program is also eligible for credit in the Environmental dimension for the new 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, contact Sarah Shaw at (913) 826-2953 or at sarah.shaw@jocogov.org.

Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Printed copies of JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on April 1 & 15 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Animal Tales Storytime sessions will continue during April 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  April 1 and 15.

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 keywords “storytelling.”

April sessions take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and include a program with the theme “Snake Surprise” on April 1, and “Wiggly Worms” on April 15.

The cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program.

This program is also eligible for credit in the Environmental dimension for the new JCPRD U holistic wellness program for 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, contact Sarah Shaw at (913) 826-2953 or at sarah.shaw@jocogov.org.

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 Easter Egg Hunt event is April 2 at Antioch Park

Grab your basket and head to Antioch Park for a new twist on the traditional Easter Egg Hunt during a new special event for all ages being presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in early April.

For this Easter Egg Hunt, Antioch Park will be divided into two different scavenger hunts. One area will be designated for egg hunting for ages four to seven. Ages eight and up will walk along the park's one-mile trail to different egg drop areas where each hunter will be responsible for finding specific eggs. Each hunter will be guaranteed at least a dozen eggs. All participants must have a guardian in attendance.

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 printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “holiday event.”

This event will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 2 at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch. Merriam. The cost for one two-hour event is $8 per child for Johnson County residents or $9 per child for nonresidents. March 31 is the registration deadline for this event. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 26461.

This program is also eligible for credit in the Social dimension for the new 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, contact Sarah Shaw at (913) 826-2953 or at sarah.shaw@jocogov.org.

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

Upcoming Events

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March 28, 2015 | 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

2015 Auditions for The Theatre in the Park

March 30, 2015 | 12:00 pm

Strong People

April 1, 2015 | 12:00 pm

Strong People