JCPRD weekly program highlights: July 10-16

Participants in a race running and biking

Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community, Johnson County Park and Recreation District offers year-round program, activities, and special events for all ages!

For more information or to register online for the programs listed here, visit and complete a search for any of the activity numbers listed below. To register by phone, call 913-831-3359. For all in-person programs, physical distancing and COVID-19 safe practices will be encouraged.

A reminder that 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.

Here's a sampling of programs JCPRD has coming up for the week of July 10-16:

July 10 - Shawnee Mission Triathlon & Duathlon (All Ages) 

  • Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee & Lenexa, Ages 11 and Older, 6:30 a.m. to Noon fees vary. NOTE: As a result of this event, Shawnee Mission Park will not open for public use until noon on this date - The Shawnee Mission Triathlon and Duathlon occurs in Shawnee Mission Park and takes athletes throughout the most visited park in the state and the course also joins the Mill Creek Streamway Trail offering asphalt pathways snaking along the stream and through hillside forests. There is something for every athlete ranging in experience from first-timers to the seasoned veterans: Super Sprint Triathlon, Short Course Triathlon, Long Course Triathlon, Olympic Triathlon, Duathlon and Mixed Team Relay. The 2022 Shawnee Mission Triathlon and Duathlon is a USA Triathlon sanctioned and Paratriathlon Friendly event. For more information, call 913-826-2964.

July 10 - Family Fun: Shooting Sports Family Fun Time (Ages 8 & Older)

  • TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, 2 to 4 p.m., $12 per person, $13 nonresidents - Get outdoors!! Archery and BB guns will be offered from 2 to 4 pm. Participants may come and go or stay for entire event. Families will rotate through the activities at their own pace. Advanced registration required. Activity number 21577. For more information call Outdoor Adventure Specialist Lysa Holladay Dvorak: 913-856-8849.

July 11 - Youth Group Swim Lessons (Ages 6 months to 12 years)

  • Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center, 17251 W. 87th St., Lenexa, 8 morning and 8 evening classes in five levels, beginning times, class durations, and costs vary - Lesson levels include: Preschool A, Preschool B, Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. Most levels are assigned based on skill level rather than age. Find descriptions of swim levels, or use our Swim Level Assessment Form

July 11 (three separate classes) - Dance: 50 Plus Tap - Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced (Ages 50 & Older)

  • Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, Mondays, times vary (see below), 6 sessions, $47 per person, $52 nonresidents - Learn basic tap fundamentals such as the Waltz, Clog, and Rhythm Time Steps in Beginner Tap. Stomp, shuffle, and stamp your way to the next level with Intermediate. Test out of Intermediate for Advanced. Hard-soled or tap dance shoes required. No previous tap dance necessary for Beginner. Beginning class meets 1-2 p.m., activity number 21592. Intermediate class meetings 2-3 p.m., activity number 21593. Advanced class meet 3-4 p.m., activity number 21594. 

July 11 - Museum: Sensory Friendly Monday (All Ages)

  • Johnson County Museum at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, 9 a.m. to Noon, $4 per person for ages up to 18, $6 per person for ages 18 to 59, and $5 per person for ages 60 and older - Come enjoy the Johnson County Museum and KidScape in a comfortable, low-sensory environment. This limited-occupancy monthly session is designed specifically for children with sensory processing differences and Autism Spectrum Disorders, and their families. We welcome visitors of all abilities and museum experience. We also welcome hand fidgets, comfort items, weighted blankets and vests, and mobility devices.  Activity number 21634. For questions about this program, please call 913-715-2570.

July 12 - Gardening: Virtual Coffee and Gardening (Ages 18 & Older)

  • Virtual Program, 2 to 3 p.m., FREE - What is that? How do I grow this? What should I put in my garden? What type of garden do I like? So many questions and no one to ask until now. Join the K-State Extension Office and be free to discuss your gardening questions with a Master Gardener. Activity number 21745.

July 12 - Special Interest: Virtual Armchair Travel to San Antonio, Texas (Ages 50 & Older) 

  • Virtual Program, 10 to 11 a.m., FREE - Remember the Alamo! Visit San Antonio, Texas without leaving the comfort of your armchair. Join the San Antonio Visitors Bureau and hear about popular tourist activities, food, and attractions to enjoy in this fun-packed and historical city. Activity number 21670.

July 12 - Art: Acrylic Painting - Intermediate Level (Ages 16 & Older)

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Tuesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., 6 sessions, $120 per person, $132 nonresidents - Learn nuances and more advanced techniques in this intermediate acrylic painting class. This class is intended for those who have taken basic acrylic class or have prior experience in acrylic and are looking to learn a bit more. All supplies included. Learn tips and techniques to paint with acrylic paints. Students will explore acrylic painting with mini technical studies and one larger painting in this class. No experience needed. Activity number 21545.

July 12 - Boating: Sailing II (Ages 18 & Older)

  • Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, July 12, 14, 16, 23, and 30, times vary, 2 - 2 hr. indoor sessions & 3 - 3 hr. outdoor sessions, $78 per person, $86 nonresidents - Experience the excitement of learning to sail a Sweet 16 sailboat. Class will cover weather observation, two-sail rigging, twin-hull nomenclature, safety, trailering, and trailer maintenance. Class will be divided into two indoor lecture sessions and three water sessions. The indoor sessions will be held on July 12 and 14 at the Shawnee Mission Park Admin Building, Sunflower Room. The outdoor sessions will begin on Saturday, July 16 at Shawnee Mission Park Marina. Participants must have successfully completed either an American Red Cross or JCPRD Sailing I class prior to enrollment. If you have your own boat and wish to use it, please call Ofc. Seth Salmans at 913-826-3491. Basic swimming skills are required. Activity number 21530.

July 13 - Museum: When Freedom Changed America (Ages 21 & Older)

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, 6 to 7 p.m., $8 per person, $6.40 museum members - This program from Dr. Edgar Tidwell of the University of Kansas compares and contrasts ideas of freedom and civil rights in 1863 and 1963. Program includes snacks and beer. This program complements the REDLINED: Cities, Suburbs, and Segregation exhibition, now on display. Activity number 21636.

July 13 - Early Learning: Silly Sensory Walk (Ages 1 - 4 with an Adult)

  • Meadowbrook Park - Shelter #1, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., $3 per person, $4 nonresidents - Explore the park with a group and find fun and tactile ways to interact along the way! Limit of two children per adult. Activity number 21931.

July 13 - Museum: Retro Storytime - “The Telephone” (All Ages)

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, 10 to 10:45 a.m., $2 per person, $1.60 museum members - Preschoolers love stories from long ago, read by a special guest from the 1950s All-Electric House! A craft activity is included after the story ends. Published in 1974, this book shows children what common items like a telephone and camera looked like in the past. Participants can number and color a phone of their own, and try dialing a rotary phone in the All-Electric House after the program ends! Activity number 21623. To see all upcoming Retro Storytime sessions for the current season, click here. This program is also available as a field trip for groups - call for more information at 913-715-2570.

July 13 - Alzheimer's - Healthy Living for the Brain and Body (All Ages)

  • Virtual Program, 2 to 3 p.m., FREE - Learn how to recognize common signs of Alzheimer's and dementia; how to approach someone about memory concerns; importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis. Presentations by the Alzheimer's Association. Activity number 21838.

July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22 & 23 - “Zombie Prom” Rated PG 

  • Theatre in the Park, 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee (Note that the Renner Road Bridge over I-435 is not usable this summer), 8:30 pm, Tickets are $10 (plus tax) for general admission, $6 (plus tax) for youth (Ages 4-10) Children 3 & under are FREE (but require a ticket) - This girl-loves-ghoul rock 'n' roll Off Broadway musical is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. Pretty senior Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee's heart. He still wants to graduate, but most of all he wants to take Toffee to the prom. The principal orders him to drop dead while a scandal reporter seizes on him as the freak du jour. History comes to his rescue while a tuneful selection of original songs in the style of 50s hits keeps the action rocking across the stage. The box office opens at 7 pm, gates open at 7:30 pm, show begins at 8:30 pm. Buy tickets on site or online.

July 15 - Adventure Walk: Lakeside Nature Center and Trail (Ages 50 & Older) 

  • Departs from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., $31 per person, $33 nonresidents - Walk along the two-mile Fox Hollow Nature Trail in Swope Park. This trail runs along the limestone bluffs and has the feel of a primitive wetland setting. Lunch at Waldo Pizza. Activity number 21653.

July 15 - Art: Hanging Planter (Ages 16 & Older)

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Fridays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., 2 sessions, $50 per person, $55 nonresidents - Learn a bit of ceramics and a bit of fiber arts! During this class you will make your own ceramic pot for a plant on the potter's wheel, glaze it and then braid your own a macramé hanger for it. Plants included. Activity number 22669.

July 16 (offered 2 times) - Family Kayak Lessons (Ages 10 & Older with an Adult)

  • Shawnee Mission Park Lake, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, 9 to 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $21 per person, $23 nonresidents - Learn the basics of flatwater kayaking in this introductory class featuring a combination of lecture and hands-on experience. The class is designed for beginners. Course topics include safety, equipment, and stroke techniques. Both parent and child must register and will have individual kayaks and life jackets. Basic swimming skills required. Advanced registration required. Instructor: Park Police Officer Josiah Gould. For 9 a.m. session, activity number is 21555; 11 a.m. session is 21556.

July 16 - Fishing: Overnight Saturdays after 11 pm (All Ages)

  • Heritage Park, 16050 S. Pflumm Road, Olathe, 11 p.m. - 5 a.m., permit fees vary - After 11 p.m., the park will be open for fishing only and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. Before fishing, area anglers will need to have a valid Kansas fishing license, a Johnson County Park and Recreation District fishing permit, trout permit if fishing for trout and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. For more information or to purchase a JCPRD fishing permit, visit This is the sixth of ten Overnight Saturdays for 2022. For all dates, see activity number 21558. 
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