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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

See what's coming up for the week of Dec. 12-18

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.

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.

The new January through April season of JCPRD program information is now online!

Here's a sampling of programs JCPRD has coming up for the week of Dec. 12-18: 

Dec. 14 - Art: Clay Creations (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Ages 6 to 12, 10 a.m. to noon., $20 per person, $22 nonresidents) - Come get creative and explore clay. Students will get the opportunity to hand-build with clay and make one ceramics piece to be fired. Activity number 14746. 

Dec. 14 - Special Interest: Virtual Armchair Travel to Frankenmuth, MI (Virtual Program, Ages 50 Plus, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., FREE) - Named one of the Best Christmas Towns in America by Country Living Magazine, Frankenmuth, Mich., is a quaint little town located 90 miles north of Detroit, that is all about family traditions....and Christmas! From the World's Largest Christmas Store to a one-of-a-kind 40-foot spectacular Christmas tree in the heart of downtown, Frankenmuth turns into something extra magical at Christmas time. Join Lydia Wilder with the Frankenmuth Visitors Center for a virtual presentation on the history of this charming town and all that it offers during the holidays. Activity number 14905.

Dec. 14 - Art: Holiday Printmaking (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Ages 16 & Older, 6 to 8:30 p.m., $25 per person, $28 nonresidents) - Explore color, line, and shape while learning the basics of printmaking and creating holiday themed prints and cards. Activity number 14748.

Dec. 15 - Early Learning: Curiosity Corner (Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Ages 3 to 6, 10 to 11:30 a.m., $7 per person, $8 nonresidents) - Let their minds run wild with their friends. Children will engage in a fun book, craft, snack, and active play. Activity number 14650.

Dec. 15 - 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 14478.

Dec. 15 - Animal Tales: Visit from Santa (Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, Ages 2-6 with adult, 10:30 to 11 a.m., $2 per person [including adults], Children under 1 year old must register, but will not be charged) - 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. Activity number 14414. 

Dec 16 - Exercise: Restorative Yoga (Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Ages 50 Plus, 6 to 7 p.m., $10 per person, $11 nonresidents) - Slow, still style of yoga that involves long, passive holds in a series of 4-6 restful poses. Yogis are often supported by props to enhance or deepen their experience and achieve a state of total relaxation and release. Activity number 14583.

Dec. 16 - Museum: Behind-the-Scenes Johnson County Museum Tour (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, All Ages, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $11 adults, $10 seniors (60+), $9 children, museum members receive a 20% discount) - Interact with museum staff as you learn why we collect, how we collect, and the importance to our local community. Our collection features over 19,300 3D objects and over one million images. Activity number 14123. To claim discount, members must call 913-831-3359. To schedule a separate time for your group of six to 12 people, or a tour for youth or scout groups, please call 913-715-2570. 

Dec. 17 - Preschool: Snow Fun (Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Ages 2-5 with an Adult, 10 to 11 a.m., $7 per person, $8 nonresidents) - We are bringing the fun inside and welcoming all things warm. Story around the fireplace, s’mores, snowflake cocoa, and a winter craft. Activity number 14682.

 

Santa's coming to town! Check out these holiday-themed programs for the week of Dec. 5-11

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.

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.

The September through December season of JCPRD program information is now online!

Here's a sampling of programs JCPRD has coming up for the week of Dec. 5-11: 

Dec. 6 - Museum: Sensory Friendly Monday (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, All Ages, 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 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 14120. For questions about this program, please call 913-715-2570.

Dec. 7 - Art: Clay Creations (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Ages 3 to 6, 10 to 10:50 a.m., $12 per person) - 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 14739. Same-date session from 11 to 11:50 a.m., activity number 14742.

Dec. 7 - Museum: The Retro Housewife’s Guide to Vintage Christmas (Johnson County Museum at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, All Ages, 6 to 7 p.m., $6 per person, museum members $4.80) - The Retro Housewife’s Guide series takes you inside the Johnson County Museum’s 1950s All-Electric House like you’ve never seen it before. For this installment of the Retro Housewife’s Guide, Miss Yvonne will cover all things Vintage Christmas - from décor to traditions, and those holiday classics that still hold a place in our hearts and homes today. After the program check out the All-Electric House decked out in its holiday best. Activity number 15834. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Dec. 8 - Holiday Event: Jingle Mingle (Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, Ages 50 Plus, 1:30 to 3 p.m., $12 per person, $14 nonresidents) - Let’s have a little fun this holiday season! Enjoy an afternoon of fun holiday games, spirited tunes, and festive treats.  Activity number 14367.

Dec. 8 - Special Interest: Everyday Mindfulness (Virtual Program, Ages 50 Plus, 2 to 3 p.m., FREE) - Mindfulness is described as an awareness of the present moment, new research says it can help to calm you down, relieve stress, improve physical and mental health. It can also help you to be less judgmental. Simple mindfulness exercises will be introduced that can be incorporated into everyday living. Activity number 15122.

Dec. 8 - Nature Time Yoga (Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, 10:30 - 11 a.m., Ages 2-6 with an adult, $2 per person, including adults) - Music, movement, and imagination!!! Join the nature center staff as we act out stories with animal and yoga moves. These parent and child experiences are held indoors and designed to encourage creativity, coordination, and enhance awareness of the natural world. All children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Activity number 14402.

Dec. 9 - Cooking: Food After 50 (Virtual Program, Ages 50 Plus, 10 to 11 a.m., FREE) - As we age, things change - and so should our eating habits. Tweaking your diet to match energy needs and activity levels is a smart way to maintain a good body weight and stay healthy. This class is presented over Zoom by Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Department. Activity number 14471.

Dec. 10 - Art: Open Studio (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, All Ages, 10 a.m. to Noon, $5 per person) - Come to the Art Studio and let your creativity shine! Various arts and crafts supplies will be set out for you to make art with during our Open Studio. No formal instruction will happen during this time. Art materials are limited to what has been set out by the Teaching Artist and will not include ceramics. Children under 16 must have an adult with them, only those making arts and crafts need to pay the fee. Because Open Studio has a maximum number of participants, pre-registration is recommended, but if this program has not filled, drop-in participants can pay at the front desk. If no participants are in attendance by 11 a.m. the studio will close. Activity number 15210. Winter-themed Dec. 18 session, activity number 14749.

Dec. 10 - Special Event: Candy Cane Hunt (Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee, Ages 5 and under with parent of guardian, 10:30 a.m. to noon., $12 per person, $13 nonresidents) - Create a festive craft then go on the hunt for candy canes hidden around the facility. Take part in Open Playground too! This program is for children ages 5 and under. Activity number 14038. Dec. 15 session, Activity number 14039. Pre-registration is required. For additional information call 913-826-2950.

Dec. 11 - Seasonal Event: Santa’s Workshop (Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ages 11 and under with a parent or guardian, $8 per person, $9 nonresidents) - Welcome to the North Pole of Ernie Miller Nature Center! Santa needs more elves! Rotate through stations to earn your elf ears, and be sure to wear your festive green, red, and white colors. You’ll eat and drink Santa’s favorite snack, make a craft, play games, and compare Kansas animals to Arctic ones! See live animals and meet the jolly guy himself! Advanced registration required. Activity number 14341. A 10 a.m. session (14340) has already filled. For more information call 913-826-2800.

Dec. 11 - Lanesfield Country Christmas (Lanesfield Historic Site, 18745 S. Dillie Rd., Edgerton, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., All Ages, FREE) - Experience a traditional 1904 old-fashioned Christmas! Write to Santa with pen and ink and visit the gift shop for stocking stuffers. The Edgerton Rainbow Connection Children’s Choir will perform at 1:30 p.m. Santa visits from 1:45 to 3:30 p.m. Crafts and free refreshments available. 

 

Holiday fun is just beginning! Check out program highlights for Nov. 28 - Dec. 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.

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.

The September through December season of JCPRD program information is now online!

Here's a sampling of programs JCPRD has coming up for the week of Nov. 28 through Dec. 4: 

Nov. 30 - Day Trip: Hiawatha - Once Upon a Time in Hiawatha (departs from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, Ages 50 Plus,  9 a.m. to 6 p.m., $73 per person) - Step back in time at the Brown County Museum and take a guided tour of the military room, bridal gown hall, auditorium, and medical room. After lunch, enjoy a step-on guided tour of the famous Davis Memorial at Mount Hope Cemetery. Along the way, enjoy the Jesse James Antique Mall in St. Joseph, Mo. Activity number 14135.

Nov. 30 - Art: Petite Picassos (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Ages 3 to 6 with an adult, 10 to 10:50 a.m., $8 per person) - Bring your budding artists into the Art Studio for a mini art project made just for them. We’ll explore different media and techniques of art while building on early learning skills during this mini class. Students will need an adult to attend class with them. Activity number 14732. Same date, 11 to 11:50 a.m. session, activity number 14743.

Nov. 30 - Cooking: Copy-Cat Restaurant Meals Demo - Mexican (Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Ages 50 Plus, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., $37 per person, $41 nonresidents) - Watch our instructor demonstrate the ease of copying the popular restaurant recipe, Chili's enchilada soup. Enjoy samples and take home the recipes. Activity number 14470.

Dec. 1 - Early Learning: Kulinary Kids (Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Ages 2 to 6 with an adult, 11 a.m. to Noon, $10 per person, $11 nonresidents) - Get hands on with food in a fun way. Families will prepare three kid-friendly snacks together. Receive a cookbook to take home to continue the fun. Activity number 14653.

Dec. 1 - Animal Tales: Mrs. Claus (Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, Ages 2-6 with adult, 10:30 - 11 a.m., $2 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. Dec. 1  session, activity number 14413, Dec. 15 session - Visit From Santa, 14414. 

Dec. 1 - Yoga: Rise and Shine Yoga (Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, Ages 14 & Older, Wednesdays, 6 to 7 a.m., 3 sessions, $24 per person, $26 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. Instructor is Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher Robin Olson. Activity number 15382. 

Dec. 2 - Little Critter’s Day Out: Winter Wonderland (Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, Ages 3 to 5, 9 a.m. to noon, $19 per person, $21 nonresidents) - Your Little Critter will enjoy three hours of fun and education once a month as you enjoy some personal time! Activities will vary but we will have an adventure, eat a snack, make a craft, play games, and see an animal visitor each day. Dress for the weather. Children must be potty trained. For more information call Park Naturalist Diana Bliss at 913-826-2807. Registration fee is non-refundable. Advanced registration required. Activity number 14391.

Dec. 2 - Special Interest: Making a Holiday Wreath (Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, Ages 50 Plus, 10 to 11 a.m., FREE) - Creating your own holiday wreath for the season maybe just as easy as stepping out the door. In this class you will view a demonstration on how common landscape plants can be used to create and decorate a wreath for your door. It is easier than you think and is a source of pride and joy knowing you created with your own hands. You don’t need to be crafty to be successful. Program presented by K-State Extension. Activity number 14394.

Dec. 2 - Museum: Mid-Century Holiday Party Fashion (Johnson County Museum at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Ages 21 & Older, 6 to 7 p.m., $6 per person, museum members $4.80) - Join members of Johnson County Community College’s Fashion Merchandising and Design Program as they discuss the incredible examples of Mid-Century cocktail dresses and winter coats from their Historical Fashion Collection on display in the All-Electric House. Includes beer and snacks. Activity number 14430. The Fashion Lights Up the All-Electric House - Holiday Style Display ends Jan. 8.

Dec. 2 - Art: Homeschool Winter Art Adventures (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Ages 6 to 17, Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m., 3 sessions, $60 per person, $66 nonresidents) - Come explore and create art during this special winter themed homeschool art class series. Activity number 14729.

Dec. 3 - Family Fun: Family Movie Trivia Night! (Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., 6 to 8 p.m., All Ages, $12 per person, $13 nonresidents, 20% discount after 3rd family member) - Can you name all of Snow White’s seven dwarfs? Come to family movie trivia night to test your knowledge against other families, sing-along to movie theme songs, and laugh the night away! Dinner served at 6 p.m., trivia to follow. JCPRD gift card awarded to the winning family. Cost of admission covers food and staff time to administer the program. No additional charge for trivia. Activity number 14639.

Dec. 3 - Yoga: Rise and Shine Yoga (Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, Ages 14 & Older, Fridays, 8 to 9 a.m., 3 sessions, $24 per person, $26 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. Instructor is Certified Yoga Teacher Elizabeth Morris. Activity number 15327.

Dec. 4 - Art: Printmaking (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Ages 8 to 11, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to Noon, 2 sessions, $40 per person, $44 nonresidents) - Explore color, line, and shape while learning the basics of printmaking and creating unique artworks. Activity number 14735.

Dec. 4 - Seasonal Event: Family Yule Log Hunt (TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, All Ages, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., $25 per family of up to two adults and three children, $27 per family for nonresidents) - Come start a new family tradition. Create a family yule log and then go on a hunt to find it! Enjoy a fire and hotdog lunch while we hide your family yule log. Once the logs are all hidden, go on a hike to find your family log followed by a campfire with toasted marshmallows and hot cocoa. Please note: this program will be outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Activity number 14342.  For more information call 913-826-2800.

 

 

Johnson County Museum wins national award of excellence

Congratulations to The Johnson County Museum for receiving the American Association of State and Local History’s 2021 Award of Excellence for its response to COVID-19. The museum’s pandemic response included a collecting initiative and temporary exhibition, a partner-supported community art exhibition and public programming, and educational programming with curriculum guides. 

The AASLH awards program was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. This year, AASLH gave out 40 national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, and publications. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history. More information is available in this news release.
 

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.