JCPRD weekly program highlights: Oct. 2-8

A young child makes art with clay

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 Oct. 2-8:

Oct. 3 - Martial Arts: Mixed Martial Arts (Ages 6-12)

  • Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:20 p.m., 6 sessions, $66 per person, $72 nonresidents - Traditional martial arts techniques taught with an emphasis on awareness based self-defense and anti-bullying. Improve discipline, focus and self-confidence while strengthening the body and mind. Activity number 23163.

Oct. 3 - 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 23493. For questions about this program, please call 913-715-2570.

Oct. 3 - Concert: New Horizons Band Concert Series (All Ages)

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, 7 to 8 p.m., FREE - Clear your calendars and don’t miss these performances by members of the New Horizons Band as they make beautiful music together. This top-notch entertainment is free of charge. Interested in watching online? Contact Lisa for the livestream link 913-826-3160. Activity number 23072.

Oct. 3, 5 - Buddy Pegs: Learn to Pedal (Ages 3-5 and 5-10)

  • Meadowbrook Park, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, times, prices, and locations within the park vary (see below), 4 sessions - NEW!  Buddy Pegs-certified coaches weave our unique Learn to Pedal curriculum into play-based challenges and games. Students learn the fundamentals of riding a bike without pedals (no training wheels) thanks to our no-pedal glide method of teaching. This helps develop the muscle memory and confidence needed to pedal independently. Once the class is pedaling and braking safely on their own, it’s time to roll out and learn how to ride safely in a group, alongside other trail users. Each participant will expand his/her cycling knowledge, skills and distance. The class culminates with a destination ride (parents welcome). Balance bike or training wheel riders are welcome! Participants may bring their own bike or rent a bike. Monday session for ages 5-10 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 3 at Shelter #3, $120 per person, $132 nonresidents, activity number 23678. Wednesday session for ages 3-5 from 10-10:45 a.m. beginning Oct. 5 at the Grand Pavilion, $90 per person, $99 nonresidents, activity number 23679.

Oct. 3 - Buddy Pegs: Adventure Bike Club (Ages 5-10)

  • Meadowbrook Park Grand Pavilion, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Mondays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 4 sessions, $90 per person, $99 nonresidents - NEW!  Our Adventure Bike Programs are perfect for kids who are rolling along on two wheels, without training wheels. Your young rider will instantly gain more confidence while learning/improving their riding skills, while more advanced riders will develop critical skills that provide them with the confidence they need to excel and be safe riders. Buddy Pegs coaches will form small, multi-age groups, based on Buddy Pegs ability levels (PAW) so each rider is appropriately and safely challenged. There are no training wheels in this class, and participants may bring their own bike or rent a bike. This class is offered for PAW levels 2, 3, 4. Activity number 23680.

Oct. 3  - Code Ninjas: Code a Robot in Minecraft® (Ages 7-10)

  • Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, 5:30 to 7 p.m., 6 sessions, $150 per person, $165 nonresidents - Attention Minecraft® masters! Learn how to use code to control a virtual robot in Minecraft®. You can even program it to complete all of the boring tasks in Minecraft® for you…that’s right! Teach your robots to dig, farm, build and more. Activity number 23668.

Oct. 3 - Code Ninjas: Intro to Roblox® Development (Ages 9-14)

  • Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., 6 sessions, $150 per person, $165 nonresidents - If you love Roblox® and want to get started with building your own games, this camp is for you! You will learn the basics of game building in your own 3D Roblox® worlds. No experience required. Activity number 23669.

Oct. 4 - Gardening: Winterize Your Garden (Ages 50 & Older)

  • Virtual Program, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., FREE - Your garden looks amazing and here comes Mr. ugly winter to ruin your view. Join a K-State Extension Office Master Gardener to learn all the winter tricks to get those beautiful plants back next year! Activity number 23079.

Oct. 4 - Art: Beginning Drawing (Ages 16 & Older)

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Tuesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., 3 sessions, $60 per person, $66 nonresidents - Want to learn the basics of drawing or just work on sharpening your current skills? Whether you want to upgrade your journaling, improve the foundational drawings for your paintings, or just sketch for fun, this class will walk you through the basic aspects of drawing. Activity number 23008.

Oct. 5 - Dance: Ballroom Dancing (Ages 16 & Older)

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Wednesdays, 7 to 8 p.m., 5 sessions, $88 per person, $96 nonresidents - Grab a partner or a friend or come by yourself to dance the night away and learn beginner-friendly classical style ballroom dance! Activity number 22644.

Oct. 5 - Games: Bingo - Monster Mash (Ages 50 & Older)

  • Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, 1:30 to 3 p.m., $5 per person, $6 nonresidents - BINGO! Delight in food, prizes, fun, and 12 games of bingo. Variety of prizes awarded including gift certificates. Space is limited, register early by calling 913-831-3359. Cost of admission covers food and staff time to administer the bingo program. No additional charge for bingo. Activity number 23247.

Oct. 5, 19 - Preschool Storytime: Animal Tales (Ages 2-6 with an Adult)

  • Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, 10:30 to 11 a.m., $3 per person - Join a park naturalist for animal stories and surprises geared for preschool age children. Come listen, learn and meet a special animal friend every time. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Program held indoors. Oct. 5, Fall Colors, activity number 23452; and Oct. 19, Creepy Critters, activity number 23453.

Oct. 5 - Yoga: Rise and Shine Yoga (Ages 16 & Older)

  • Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, Wednesdays, 6 to 7 a.m., 4 sessions, $32 per person, $35 nonresidents - Start your day with an invigorating yoga practice at Ernie Miller Nature Center. This is yoga for anybody. All are welcome, no experience necessary! This class will focus on gentle stretching, serenity, and rejuvenation, and will be tailored to individual abilities. Please bring your mat to class. Meet at the parking lot flagpole to walk into the building together at 6 am. Instructor is Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher Robin Olson. Activity number 23376.

Oct. 5 - Meadowbrook Walkers (Ages 50 & Older)

  • Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Wednesdays, 9 to 9:50 a.m., 4 sessions, $3 per person, $4 nonresidents - Meet new people, catch up with old friends and feel great being active at the same time! Meet at Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse for coffee and end with a 30-minute walk! Activity number 23122.

Oct. 5 - 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 23168.

Oct. 6 - Dance: Belly Dancing (Ages 16 & Older)

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Thursdays, 7 to 8 p.m., 6 sessions, $88 per person, $96 nonresidents - Join us for this low-impact, body-positivity-style dance class! Learn the fundamentals of this eastern style of dance all while getting low to moderate exercise in. Activity number 22645.

Oct. 6 - Games: Special Event Chili Bingo (Ages 50 & Older)

  • Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., $17 per person, $19 nonresidents - Celebrate the changing of the seasons meeting new friends over a mild chili, salad, and cinnamon roll dinner - It’s a Kansas thing! Twelve games of bingo included. Prizes can range from gift cards to gift baskets. Cost of admission covers snacks and staff time to administer the bingo program. No additional charge for bingo. Please register by Sept. 23. Activity number 23151.

Oct. 7 - Gary L. Haller Memorial Golf Tournament (Ages 18 & Older)

  • Tomahawk Hills Golf Course, 17501 Midland Dr., Shawnee, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., $100 for individuals and $400 for teams of four - This memorial golf tournament celebrates the life and accomplishments of JCPRD’s former director and raises funds for the foundation that continues to support his vision. Haller served as JCPRD’s director from August 1974 until he retired in March 2001. He passed away in December 2020. Check-in for the tournament will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Registration includes breakfast pastries, juice and coffee at check-in, green fees, cart, on-course refreshments, swag bag, catered lunch, range balls and prizes. To register or for more information, go to Net proceeds from the tournament will benefit The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County, which promotes the development and sustainability of parks, trails, green space, recreation and the arts through advocacy and financial support. Activity number 23558.

Oct. 7 - Art: Clay Creations (Ages 3-7 with an Adult)

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, 10 to 10:45 a.m., $12 per child - Come get creative and explore clay. Students will get the opportunity to hand-build with clay and make one ceramics piece to be fired. Students will need an adult to attend class with them. Activity number 22790.

Oct. 7 Deadline for Vendors for Oct. 28 JamBOOree event

  • Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe, 5 to 8 p.m., FREE 12x12 booths available - Be a part of the most BOO-tastic family event in the county! This event will spotlight your company, business, or organization to families enjoying trick-or-treating, photo opportunities, animals from Ernie Miller Nature Center, and so much more. The event received rave reviews last year, hosting over 1,200 participants in just three hours! This year, for even more fun, we have added a movie for everyone at sunset. This is a free event that encourages participants to make a donation to The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County (TPRFJC) to support the Access + Equity for All Scholarship Fund. Vendors are encouraged to decorate their space, dress in costume, and provide candy or kid-friendly giveaways for participants. The JCPRD JamBOOree is a safe, family-friendly event for all ages. For more information or to sign up for a booth, call Event Director Katy Renner at 913-826-2964, or register online.

Oct. 7 deadline - games begin week of Oct. 30 - Volleyball: New Century Fieldhouse Fall II (Grades 3 - 8)

  • New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner, 6 Sunday games, $111 per individual or $670 per team - Teams will play doubleheaders over six Sundays with no games on Nov. 27. Individual registration includes a game day T-shirt, and a weekly 60-minute practice session. Team registration does not. Teams can rent court space from JCPRD at a discounted rate for practices and can also purchase shirts through the league if they prefer. Parents who volunteer to coach and are selected as a head coach will receive 50% off their child’s registration fees. 

Oct. 8 - Art: Drawing Animals - LIVE! (Ages 8-15)

  • Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe, 10 a.m. to Noon., $25 per person, $27.50 nonresidents - 3rd of 4 - Learn to draw animals with the help of our teaching artists and our animal ambassadors from Ernie Miller Nature Center. Each drawing class will feature one of our animal friends acting as a live model. Our teaching artist will be there to guide you through the process of sketching and drawing an animal who shifts and moves. No experience needed, all supplies included. This drawing series features four different classes with four different animals, sign up for one or all four! This session will feature a snake.  Activity number 23475.

Oct. 8 - Boating: Intermediate Evening Kayak Excursion (Ages 18 & Older)

  • Shawnee Mission Park Lake, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $24 per person, $26 nonresidents - Enjoy the evening on the water as we kayak around Shawnee Mission Park Lake. Hear the croaks and splash of frogs, the hooting of owls and view the park from a different perspective. Space is limited. Registration required. Kayaks and life jackets provided. Intermediate Excursion requires kayaking skills. Basic swimming skills required. Meet at Shawnee Mission Park Marina boat ramp. Dress for the weather. Activity number 23368. For more information, call 913-826-2800.
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