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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

What's happening the week of July 4?

Notes: For more information or to register online for the programs listed here, visit JCPRD.com/Register 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. 

Here's a sampling of programs JCPRD has coming up for the week of July 4-10: 

July 5-9 -  Soccer: Tiny Tykes (Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, Shelter Field A, 12500 W. 119th St, Overland Park, Ages 3 to 5, Monday through Friday, 5 sessions, 8 to 9 a.m., $100 per person) - A fun introduction to soccer influenced by the very popular year-round Tiny Tykes curriculum. Includes games, activities, and adventures to introduce and develop coordination, balance, running, stopping, turning, kicking, dribbling, throwing, and catching. No refunds after program has started. Activity number 10192. For questions, call (913) 826-2850.

July 6-9 -  ArtVentures: Color Club (Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, Ages 6-10, Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to4 p.m., 4 sessions, $175 per person, $192 nonresidents.) - Did you know that there are over 10 million shades of color?! But they all stem from our main man, ROY G BIV and his pals Brown, Gray, Black, and White! Learn how to mix, match, and create colors in fabulous pairings! Young artists will build, engineer, and discover the ways art intersects with science, math, and much more through painting, sculpture and mixed media. Let your imagination soar in these wonderous adventures! Before and after care is available in this program at no additional cost. Supervision is available from 8 am to 5:30 pm. Activity number 8673.

July 6 - Technology: Helpful Apps for Older Adults (Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Ages 50 Plus, 1 to 3 p.m., $20 per person, $22 nonresidents) - Tour the main social media outlets, learn how to use them, and what each are used for. Learn about hashtags, memes, and how younger audiences use social media. Find out social media can work for you in your personal and professional life. Activity number 9888.

July 6 - Special Interest: John Wayne -The Man and the Myth (Virtual program, Ages 50 Plus, 10 to 11 a.m., FREE) - Join Instructor Larry Brown as we look at how John Wayne defined the Western hero and solidified the myth of the rugged individual and the self-made man. We will examine the costs and the benefits of the iconic Western hero he left us. Activity number 9775. This is the third of four monthly programs through August in the series How Hollywood Conquered the West. To see all upcoming sessions, visit JCPRD.com/Register and search for “special interest.” 

July 7 - Special Interest: Lunch & Learn A Collector’s Guide (Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Ages 50 Plus, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $20 per person, $22 nonresidents) - Jane Albright, president of the International Wizard of Oz Club, shares favorite memories and objects from a lifetime pursuit of Oz. In addition to speaking frequently about Oz, Jane has loaned Oz material to more than three dozen public exhibitions. Activity number 13763. This program is a companion to the Follow the Yellow Brick Road daytrip (now full).

July 9 - Friday Night Amphitheater Programs: “Wildlife Webs” (Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, 7 -to 7:45 p.m., All Ages, $3.50 per person.) - Bring the family to the new outdoor amphitheater at Ernie Miller Park on Friday evenings this summer for entertainment and educational experiences. In case of inclement weather, including extreme heat, program will be held indoors. During “Wildlife Webs,” participants will learn how every animal plays an important role in the food chain. Help construct three food chains and see a live animal from each one. Find out who eats who. July 9 session activity number 9643; July 16 “The Good, The Bad, and The Smelly,” 9644;  July 23, “Snakes Alive,” 9645; and July 30, “Down by the Pond,” 9646. Advance registration required. For more information, call (913) 826-2800.

July 9 - Geocaching: S'mores Family Geocaching (Shawnee Mission Park, Shelter #2, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, All Ages, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $13 per person, $14 nonresidents; $33 family up to 4 people, $36 nonresidents; and $43 family up to 7 people, $47 nonresidents) - This modern day scavenger hunt is a great way to spend time with the family out in your local park. Each group is loaned a GPS device and given instructions on how to find the caches hidden around Shawnee Mission Park. Receive a prize after finding the caches, then enjoy dinner and S'mores. Those registering as individuals will each receive a GPS unit to use; participants registering as a group of four or less will be loaned one GPS unit; registering as a group of seven or less will be loaned two GPS units. Activity number 9649.

July 10 - Art: Potter's Wheel Mini Series (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Ages 10 to 15, Saturdays 1 to 3 p.m., 2 sessions, $40 per person, $45 nonresidents.) - Bring those muscles and expand your ceramics knowledge with an introduction to the Potter’s Wheel. Students will complete a minimum of one project, with opportunity to create more. Hand-building will also take place in this mini series. Activity number 9667. 

 

 

What's coming up for the week of June 27 - July 3?

Notes: For more information or to register online for the programs listed here, visit JCPRD.com/Register 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. 

Here's a sampling of programs JCPRD has coming up for the week of June 27 - July 3:

June 27 - Family Fun: Shooting Sports Family Fun Time (TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, Ages 8 & Older, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., $12 per person, $13 nonresidents) - Archery and BB guns will be offered at their respective ranges from 2:30 - 4:30 pm. Participants (including adults) must pre-register for this event online - no drop-ins accepted, and may come and go or stay for the entire event. Families will rotate through the activities at their own pace. In case of inclement weather, program may be cancelled. Activity number 9608.

June 30 - Games: Anniversary Special - Totally 80s Music Bingo (Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Ages 50 Plus, 2-4 p.m., $10 per person, $11 nonresidents) - Here we go again with a totally tubular afternoon of music bingo. Score some radical prizes and enjoy refreshments as you walk like an Egyptian to your favorite tunes of the 80s. Please pre-register at least one week in advance, no walk up registration is available. For the enjoyment of all participants, children are not permitted to attend 50 Plus Bingos. Cost of admission covers snacks and staff time to administer the bingo program. No additional charge for bingo. Activity number 9817.

July 1 - Parking Lot Concert and Dinner (Roeland Park Community Center grounds, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, Ages 50 Plus, 5:30-7 p.m., $18 per person, $20 nonresidents) - Performing a mix of country, pop, and blues, Michelle Hawkins takes her performance outdoors for this special summer concert. Bring a chair or enjoy music from the comfort of your car. Dinner included. Register at least one week in advance. Activity number 9628.

July 1, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29 - Open Water Swim Training (Shawnee Mission Park Beach, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee & Lenexa, Ages 18 & Older, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., $7 per person, $7.50 nonresidents) - Looking to train for an upcoming triathlon or to change up your swim workout? JCPRD offers open water swim training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Shawnee Mission Park Beach. All swimmers should be able to swim 500 meters freestyle and have endurance to swim in open water conditions. Lifeguard will be on duty. All participants must be pre-registered by 10 a.m. on the day of the training. A minimum number of participants must be registered or the practice will be canceled. If a participant is registered for a canceled practice date, a full refund will be given.

July 2 - Dance: Tea Dance - Fourth of July (Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Ages 50 Plus, 2-4 p.m., $5 per person) - Celebrate Independence Day and dance to The Playboys. Individuals and couples welcome. Some refreshments provided. Pay at the door. Activity number 9707.

 

Public feedback wanted for Helen S. Cuddy rose garden renovation project

The Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) has developed a preferred concept for the Helen S. Cuddy Rose Garden Renovation Project in Antioch Park. See the park map and address below. Community members are encouraged to participate in an online survey about the proposed improvements through June 22 at surveymonkey.com/r/HelenCuddyRoseGarden. Your feedback will help JCPRD and the consultant team ensure the Helen S. Cuddy Rose Garden provides an equitable and engaging experience for all visitors to Antioch Park. 

The Helen S. Cuddy Rose Garden is located just inside the north entrance to Antioch Park. It consists of approximately 500 different roses, beautiful trees and landscaping, a fountain, a gazebo, and more. The planning process for the Helen S. Cuddy Rose Garden Renovation Project began during winter 2020 and will conclude this summer with the renovation work anticipated to take place in fall 2021. Community feedback will help us identify additional improvements and recommendations to include in the final design. The effort will advance our commitment to enhancing the quality of life in Johnson County by providing high-quality parks, services, and recreation programs.

For more information about the Helen S. Cuddy Rose Garden Renovation Project, contact Richard Smalley, JCPRD Marketing and Communications Manager, at (913) 826-3442 and [email protected]

Check out some of the programs JCPRD has coming up for the week of June 20

Notes: For more information or to register online for the programs listed here, visit JCPRD.com/Register 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. 

Here's a sampling of programs JCPRD has coming up for the week of June 20-26: 

June 21 - Youth Group Swim Lessons (Prairie Village Pool, 7710 Delmar, Prairie Village, 6 classes in six levels beginning; Ages 6 months to 12 years; times, class durations, and costs vary) - Lesson levels include: Preschool A, Preschool B, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4. Most levels are assigned based on skill level rather than age. See descriptions of swim levels, or use our Swim Level Assessment FormSearch and register for Group Swim Lessons

June 21 - Yoga: Yoga (Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Ages 14 & older, Mondays, 6-6:50 p.m., 5 sessions, $40 per person, $44 nonresidents) - This low-intensity program can improve circulation; regulate your metabolism, increase flexibility, and coordination. Lengthen your muscles while increasing both bone and muscle density. Activity number 9725.

June 21-25  - Art Labs: eARTh (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Ages 10-15, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., 5 sessions, $175 per person, $192 nonresidents) - Drawing, mixed media, painting, and sculpture are mediums you can explore through observation and creation. Join teaching artists as you navigate the world of art, after all earth is not earth without ART! Students will draw, paint, and build sculpture based on the classic RRR's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This Art Lab will incorporate natural elements as students consider the impact of their very own carbon footprint. This program includes all art supplies. Participants must bring a sack lunch, water bottle, and snacks each day. Activity number 8660.

June 22 - Games: Virtual Scattergories (Virtual Program, Ages 50 Plus, 10 to 11 a.m., FREE) - Think fast and write quicker in this fun and fast-paced game of alliterative words and categories! Activity number 9917.

June 23 - Fitness: Mommy & Me Yoga (Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Wednesdays 9:30 to 10:20 a.m., Ages 18 & older, 6 sessions, $40 per person, $44 nonresidents) - This yoga class is an opportunity for moms to connect with their little ones through song, movement, breath and foundational exercises. The class is informal, relaxed, and focused on the bond between mom and baby. No prior yoga experience is required. Activity number 9722.

June 23 - Fitness: Preschool Yoga (Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Ages 3-5, Wednesdays 10:30 to 11 a.m., 6 sessions, $24 per person, $26 nonresidents) - This dynamic class will positively engage children's bodies and minds. Basic yoga poses and beginning breath work will be taught. Class themes are tailored to students' interests, whether that be an imaginary trip to the circus or world travel! Music, games, and movement are incorporated to exercise physical abilities, foster coordination, build confidence and encourage teamwork. Activity number 9743.

June 25 - Performing Group Vocal: The Side By Side Experience (Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Fridays, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Ages 50 Plus, 12 sessions, $14 per person, $15 nonresidents) - Looking for a way to sing and enjoy music with other performance lovers? This group of easy-going singers and piano players welcomes you to have fun with music regardless of your skill level. We offer weekly rehearsals with performances throughout the community during the month. Activity number 9598.

Test your JoCo knowledge at Old Settlers

How much do you know about Johnson County? Come test your trivia skills with our Spin-to-Win wheel at Johnson County Old Settlers in downtown Olathe! We will have a booth at this event today, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. In addition to learning about the county, you’ll find experts on the upcoming 2020 Census who can answer your questions about what to expect next year, why participation is so important and how you can become a census worker.

Our booth is located just to the north of the Johnson County Administration Building (111 S. Cherry St., Olathe). Other county entities represented at this event include the Johnson County Election Office, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management and Communications department. For more information on this event, please visit the Old Settlers website.