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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

New Board Game Bonanza special event for all ages is Sept. 13 at Meadowbrook Park
August 21, 2019

Join the family fun to compete as a team  during a new special event at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse being presented by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

This program is called Board Game Bonanza.  Play some of your favorite board games provided by the Kansas State University Extension Office. Enjoy tricky trivia, and enter to win great door prizes and more! To find this program in the My JCPRD 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 keyword “games.”

Board Game Bonanza will take place beginning  at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13,  at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. The cost for this two-and-one-half-hour event is $9 per person for Johnson County residents or $11 per person for nonresidents. Two different family rates are also offered for this event: for up to four people, the cost is $29 for Johnson County residents or $32 for nonresidents, while for up to seven people, the cost is $38 for Johnson County residents or $42 for nonresidents. Please register for this program by Sept. 6.

For more information or 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 23298.  

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

Next Kids' Day Out program at Johnson County Museum set for Sept. 13
August 21, 2019

Youth ages five to 10 are invited to come have fun at the Johnson County Museum during one day in mid-September when school is not in session. 

During 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. 

Each  Kids' Day Out 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 this program 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 one 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  21922.

A total of 13 additional Kids' Day Out sessions are planned over the next four months and into early January.  Each session has the same time, duration, and cost as listed above. These upcoming sessions are set for: Oct. 11 (course ID 21923), Oct. 25 (25147), Nov. 25 (21924), Nov. 26 (21925), Nov. 27 (21926), Dec. 23 (21930), Dec. 24 (21932), Dec. 26 (21933), Dec. 27 (21934), Dec. 30 (21935), Dec. 31 (21936), Jan. 2 (21938), and Jan. 3 (21939). 

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. 

 

 

“The Jolly Barnyard” is next Retro Storytime program on Sept. 11 at the Johnson County Museum
August 14, 2019

Parents and their preschoolers will love stories and illustrations from long ago, read by a special guest from the 1950s All-Electric House during a series of programs being offered monthly from September through December at the Johnson County Museum.

This program is called Retro Storytime and is for ages three to five with an adult. After each session's story presentation, enjoy a craft activity for little hands. Stories change monthly. An adult must attend program with child. These programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday early 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 heritage & history. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “museum.” 

The first program in the new season is called “The Jolly Barnyard,” and will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 11. In this classic Little Golden Book from 1950, it’s Farmer Brown’s birthday, and the animals are deciding what they’ll do for him on his special day.

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 22219.

Other upcoming Retro Storytime programs this season will include: “I Like to Live in the City”  on Oct. 9 (course ID 22220), "Four Puppies" on Nov. 13 (course ID 22221), and “Frosty the Snow Man" on Dec. 11 (course ID 22222).

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

Step into Wellness event for 50 Plus is Sept. 10 in Meadowbrook Park
August 14, 2019

A new name and a new location are planned for an early fall special event which has provided 50 Plus participants with an opportunity to get outside, enjoy local trails, and stay active for 24 years now.  

This event is called Step Into Wellness (previously In Step and In Shape), and will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in  Meadowbrook Park, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. This year’s event will begin at 9 a.m. In addition to an organized walk with one mile, and 5K (3.1 miles) options, there will be opportunities to explore the world of wellness, enjoy demonstrations and activities, visit with representatives from local businesses, and enjoy a catered lunch.  

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 “special events.”

The cost for this four-hour event is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 per person for nonresidents, and includes lunch. Preregistration is required. 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 23799.

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) 826-2975 for space availability.

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

Reserve your 2019 Fall Group Hayride early for best choice of dates
August 14, 2019

Enjoy the crisp autumn air by taking a hayride through  Oak Ridge Parklands at Shawnee Mission Park or in Heritage Park. Organized hayrides for groups are available through the Johnson County Park and Recreation District and conclude with a warm campfire where apple cider and marshmallows await!

JCPRD hayrides are tractor-drawn, last approximately one hour, and are followed by a one-hour campfire. The cost is $8 per person or a minimum of $90 when there are 12 riders or less. There is a maximum of 25 people per wagon and one adult per ten children is required.

Hayrides are now being scheduled for dates between Sept. 21 and Nov. 24. Hayrides take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only during the above timeframe at Oak Ridge Parklands on the north side of  Shawnee Mission Park, 7460 Ogg Road, Shawnee; and at Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the date of the hayride. Hayrides fill quickly, so please call early to assure your choice of dates. For scheduling and information, call (913) 831-3359.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all, and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “hayrides.”

For individuals or families wishing to participate in a hayride without having to worry about reaching minimum numbers or placing a deposit, two Public Hayrides are also being offered this fall. One will take place on Sept. 29, while the other will take place on Nov. 3. Both take place on Sundays and begin at 2:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Parklands. The cost is also $8 per person for a one-hour ride followed by a one-hour campfire. Preregistration is required. 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 Register for Activities, and perform a course ID search for 23804 for the Sept. 29 ride or 23805 for the Nov. 3 ride. 

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

 

 

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