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Park and Recreation

Phone: 913-438-7275

7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66219

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For more than 50 years, the Johnson County Park & Recreation District has provided high-quality parks, park services and recreational programs in more than 6,000 acres of parkland and open green space. Each year, the District records more than 7 million park visitors and nearly 1.5 million recreation participations in over 4,000 programs. The District's contributions to the personal lives of Johnson County's citizens have earned the District local appreciation and national acclaim.

Department News

Savages and Princesses - The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes exhibit ends March 14
February 19, 2020

A temporary exhibit featuring artwork by nationally-recognized indigenous artists meant to bring attention to  the topic of Native American will be coming to an end in mid-March at the Johnson County Museum.

Savages and Princesses - The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes, is the name of this exhibit, which opened Nov. 20, and will close on March 14. First curated by America Meredith, a Native American artist in Oklahoma, this exhibit consists of more than thirty contemporary artworks by 13 nationally-recognized Native American artists, and includes small art objects, framed pieces, and a giant installation.

This exhibit was made possible by Mid-America Arts Alliance and Exhibits USA, as well as through funding from Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) and the National Endowment for the Arts. The November start of the exhibit tied into National Native American Heritage Month.

Savages and Princesses is on display at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Exhibit admission is included with regular museum admission rates of $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and is closed on Sunday. 

Enjoy Dino O'Dell concert at Johnson County Museum on March 13
February 19, 2020

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

Dino O’Dell will perform  beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 13,  at the Johnson County Museum, located in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Enjoy Dino’s unique blend of folk-rock and reggae!  Whether he is counting monsters, fixing spaceships, or swimming in peanut butter, Dino’s interactive songs and tall tales stir the imagination, inspire curiosity, and engage the whole child. 

The cost for this 45-minute program is $5 per person, and museum members save 20 percent, but must call (913) 831-3359 to register and their claim discount. Program registration does not include admission to KidScape and the museum. To register for this program by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 27524. 

Kid Friendly Musical Performances  are designed for ages two through ten with an adult. 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 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. 

Next Kids' Day Out programs at Johnson County Museum set for March 13, & 16-20
February 19, 2020

Youth ages five to 10 are invited to come have fun at the Johnson County Museum during six days in March when school is not in session. Those dates include Friday, March 13, and all five of the individual days of this year’s Spring Break, Monday through Friday, March 16 through 20.

During these Kids’ Day Out programs, participants can choose from a variety of activities each day, including exploring history though crafts and projects, visiting the museum’s  KidScape area and the history exhibits, playing games, and enjoying down time. The museum provides one snack, but be sure to bring a lunch and a water bottle, and dress for the weather -we will go outside if we can. Pre-registration  is required. 

On each of the March dates, the day’s program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and parents can drop off and pick up their children at any time within that timeframe. To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under heritage & history. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “museum.”

Kids’ Day Out takes place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for each ten-hour session is $35 per participant. For more information, call (913) 715-2570. To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 26689 for the Friday, March 13, session; 26687 for Monday, March 16; 26688 for Tuesday, March 17; 26691 for Wednesday, March 18; 26690 for Thursday, March 19; and 26692 for Friday, March 20. 

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

Start spring break with Family Fun Bingo Night on March 13 at Roeland Park Community Center
February 19, 2020

Kick off this year’s spring break with an intergenerational special event being planned by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in mid-March. 

This event, which is now is its fifth year, is called Family Fun Bingo Night. This event  for all ages and will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 13, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Twists and special treats have been added to make the game more active and silly. Prizes will include gift bags and gift certificates. Dinner is included, and the meal will be served at 6 p.m., followed by bingo. 

The cost per individual for this two-hour event is $10 for Johnson County residents or $11 for nonresidents. Two different family rates are being offered, depending on the number of participants. For up to seven people, the rate is $40  for Johnson County residents or $44 for nonresidents. For up to four people, the rate is $30 for residents or $33 for nonresidents. Cost of admission covers food (or snacks) and staff time to administer the bingo program. No additional charge for bingo.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 27791.

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

Take part in an evening of socializing, discovery, and learning at the next Culture After Dark
February 19, 2020

The third monthly installment of the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center’s Culture After Dark is scheduled for Thursday, March 12. 

This program is presented by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Culture Division, and gives participants and their friends an opportunity to enjoy music and mingling for free on the second Thursday of each month. Food, beverages, and special programs are also available for a small fee. 

March’s program begins at 5:30 p.m. when participants can get a bite from the Sancho Street Side food truck, get a glass of wine or beer, and grab a table in the JCAHC’s Creative Commons area  before the live music starts performance starts at 6 pm. In the Creative Commons participants will also be able to explore JCAHC’s Home School Art Class exhibit celebrating National Youth in Art Month.  

Also free in the Creative Commons is a digital temporary Johnson County Museum exhibit called Women and the Vote which features items from the League of Women Voters of Johnson County collection, which the museum maintains, as well as electoral information from the Johnson County Election Office. 

There’s plenty more culture to experience throughout the evening as well: The Johnson County Museum, including KidScape and the Savages and Princesses temporary exhibit (which ends on March 14), will be open until 8:30 p.m. (adults $6, seniors $5); an Adult Open Art Studio will provide would-be artists with paint, canvasses, paper, clay, and anything needed to create all the art your heart desires in our relaxing, safe, and encouraging studio environment ($10 per participant);  or try your feet at a Square Dancing Class from 7 to 8 p.m. ($5 per participant). No advance registration is required for any of these programs.

The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park. Culture After Dark will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

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