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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

Check out some of the programs JCPRD has coming up for the week of Oct. 3-9

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 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 Sept. Oct. 3 through 9: 

Oct. 4 -  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 ages 18 to 60, $5 per person for ages 60 and above) - 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 14118. For questions about this program, please call (913)715-2570.

Oct. 4 - Art: Exploring Art Workshops- Art of Play (Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, Ages 50 Plus, 9:30 to Noon, $15 per person, $17 nonresidents) - Use the mediums and techniques from our childhood to “play” and learn to open-up to create art for the sheer joy of the experience. Activity number 14290. This is the third in a series of four half-day workshops, each with a different way of looking at or creating art. The remaining session is Who Am I? on Oct. 18, activity number 14291.

Oct. 5 - 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 14657. Same-date session from 11 to 11:50 a.m., activity number 14669.

Oct. 5 - Cooking: Making Macarons Demo (Virtual Program, Ages 50 Plus, 1:30 to 2:30  p.m., $15 per person, $17 nonresidents; materials pickup is from 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 5 at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park) - Delicate and delightful, macarons are becoming a popular dessert for the home baker to attempt. Our experienced macaron maker will walk you through the steps while giving tips and tricks for making a successful macaron. The best part, a sample of these delicious treats, is included for you to enjoy at home while watching the program! Activity number 14474. 

Oct. 6 - Games: Bingo - Disco Fever (New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway near Gardner, Ages 50 Plus, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., $5 per person, $6 nonresidents) - BINGO! Delight in food, prizes, fun and 12 games of bingo. A variety of prizes will be awarded including gift certificates. Please pre-register at least one week in advance. Payment is required at time of registration. 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 14484.

Oct. 6 - Special Interest: Prehistoric Past & Modern Discoveries (Virtual Program, Ages 50 Plus, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., FREE) - The 21st century has brought a revolution in the study of dinosaurs. A series of spectacular new discoveries, as well as advancement in scientific techniques has resulted in new insight into how dinosaurs moved, what they ate, and what they looked like. Hear from Dr. Alison Olcott, a paleontologist and KU Geology Professor as she takes you through a tour of these new discoveries. Activity number 14144.

Oct. 6 - Animal Tales Storytime: Fall Signs  (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. Oct. 6 session activity number 14408, Oct. 20 session - Poopendous!, 14409. 

Oct. 7 - Museum: Latinos on the Santa Fe Trail (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Ages 21 and older, 6 to 7 p.m., $6 per person for ages 21 to 60, $5 for ages 60 and older, 20% discount for museum members) - We know stories of folks traveling west on the Santa Fe Trail, but what about those traveling east? Join Dr. Gene Chavez as he reveals the hidden history of Latinos on the Santa Fe Trail. 2021 is the SFT Bicentennial. Includes beer and snacks. Activity number 14428.

Oct. 7 - Little Critter’s Day Out: Slimy & Scaly (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. Activity number 14388.

Oct. 9 - Halloween: Whimsical Woods (Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, Ages 11 & Under, 1 to 2:45 p.m. with eight start times at 15 minute intervals, $7 per person - including adults, $8 nonresidents, $8 on-site on day of event if space if available) - There’s nothing scary about this enchanted forest. Costumed characters will delight and entertain audiences of all ages. Meet with the Good Fairy and Forest Friends. Live animals, stories, and surprises will highlight childhood favorites. Reservations are required. Group sessions begin every 15 minutes with program length approximately 1½ hours. In case of inclement weather, program will be held indoors. Advance registration required. Minimum one paid adult per five paid children. Program fee is nonrefundable. For more information call (913) 826-2800. Start times: 1 p.m., activity number 14323; 1:15 p.m., 14324; 1:30 p.m., 14325; 1:45 p.m., 14326; 2 p.m., 14327 FULL; 2:15 p.m., 14328; 2:30 p.m., 14329; and 2:45 p.m., 14330 FULL.

Oct. 9 -  Boating: Intermediate Evening Kayak Excursion (Shawnee Mission Park Lake, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, Ages 18 & Older, 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 14460. For more information, call (913) 826-2800.

Oct. 9 - Special Event: 11th Annual Cars in the Park Car Show (Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park with separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., free for public to attend, $25 for vehicle entry) - This fun event benefits the JCPRD Special Olympics program and allows over 380 Special Olympics athletes an opportunity to compete in local, regional, state, and national competitions. Money raised from this event will provide scholarships to our athletes helping to reduce the registration fees and tournament costs. Activity number 14146. 

 

Check out some of the programs JCPRD has coming up for the week of Sept. 19-25

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. 

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 Sept. 19-25: 

Sept. 20 - Art: Exploring Art Workshops- Elements of Art  (Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, Ages 50 Plus, 9:30 a.m. to Noon, $15 per person, $17 nonresidents) - This is the first in a series of four one-day workshops, each with a different way of looking at or creating art.  Take one workshop or take them all! Color, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value are all elements which will be explored in a related art exercise or project during this session. Activity number 14287. To see all upcoming sessions, visit JCPRD.com/Register and search for “exploring art.”

Sept. 21 - Special Interest: Medicare Basics (New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner, Ages 50 Plus, 10 to 11 a.m., FREE) - Get your Medicare questions answered and learn about plans and the enrollment process. Program presented by Denise Dias from Kansas State Extension. Preregistration required. Activity number 14395.

Sept. 22 - Nature Time Yoga (Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, 10:30 - 11 a.m., Ages 2-6 with Adult, $2 per person, including adults) - Music, movement, and imagination!!! Join the nature center staff for the first of five Nature Time Yoga sessions this season 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 14398.

Sept. 23 - Special Interest: Aging Mastery Program (Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Ages 50 Plus, Thursdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m., 10 sessions, $55 per person, $61 nonresidents) - This ten-session program combines goal setting, daily practices, and peer support to help participants make meaningful changes in their lives. Central to the AMP philosophy is the belief that modest lifestyle changes can produce big results and that people can be empowered to cultivate health and longevity. Each session is led by a trained facilitator who guides participants through activities and discussions. The National Council on Aging provides researched content presented by subject matter experts. Time for questions and answers in every session provides further opportunity for participants to gain new insights. Activity number 14548.

Sept. 23 - Excelsior Springs- Textile to Mercantile (departs from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Rd., Merriam, Ages 50 Plus,  8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., $74 per person) - Travel to Excelsior Springs, Mo. to learn how this woolen mill from the 1800s operated and processed wool, spun yarn, and wove cloth. Enjoy a walking tour of the Watkins family home, mill, and museum. After lunch, tour the Hall of Waters. Please note there will be substantial walking on gravel pathways for this tour. Activity number 14131.

Sept. 23 - Games: Bingo - Best Times (Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Ages 50 Plus, 1:30 to 3:30 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. Please pre-register at least one week in advance. Payment is required at time of registration. 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 14483.

Sept. 24 - Health: Laughter Yoga (Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., All Ages, 5 to 5:30 p.m., $15 per person, $16 nonresidents) - Don’t let the name fool you! This class is for anyone; no complicated yoga moves involved. The certified instructor will guide the class through a blended use of laughter and breath work to help increase oxygen, elevate mood, and reconnect with your fun, youthful side. A perfect way to end a stressful week and an activity the entire family can enjoy together.  Activity number 14613.

Sept. 24 - Mommy / Daddy and Me Dance class (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Ages 6 months to 2 years with a parent, Fridays, 10 to 11 a.m., 8 sessions, $110 per child, $120 nonresidents) - Bond with your little one through the vehicle of music and creative movement. This is a low impact class geared for either parent. Cost covers both the child and the parent. Activity number 13343.

 

See what's coming up for the week of Sept. 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. 

The new 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 Sept. 12-18: 

Sept. 12 - Fishing: Get Fired Up About Fishing! (TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, Ages 5 & Older, 1  to 4 p.m., $12 per person, $13 nonresidents) - This introduction to fishing course for families promises an afternoon of learning and fishing. Learn how to tie fishing knots, about different bait you can use, how to cast, and what to do if you catch a fish. We will provide an hour of instruction and then two hours of time for you to fish from the bank in the afternoon. Bring your own pole and tackle or we will provide fishing poles and bait for those without one. A Kansas fishing license is not required while participating in this class. Program fee is per person and nonrefundable. Parents need to be able to assist their children with fishing. Preregistration required. Activity number 14436.

Sept. 12 - Fishing: Sunday Fishing Fun (TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, Ages 5 & Older, 1  to 4 p.m., $10 per person, $11 nonresidents) - Get outdoors!! Fishing from the bank will be offered from 1 pm - 4 pm. Participants must check in with TimberRidge staff before fishing. Participants age 16 and older are required to have a Kansas fishing license. Licenses will not be sold on site. The JCPRD fishing permit is not required at the TimberRidge site, but fishing is catch and release only. For more information call Outdoor Adventure Specialist Lysa Holladay Dvorak (913) 856-8849. Advanced registration required. Activity number 14437.

Sept. 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 14611.

Sept. 14 - Birding: Fall Bird Walk (Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, Ages 18 & Older, 7:30 - 9 a.m., $8 per person, $9 nonresidents) - Join us for a morning walk in the woods to look for fall migrants and resident birds. Get help spotting and identifying different species. Bring binoculars if possible, as limited loaner binoculars will be available. Activity number 14416.

Sept. 14 - Multi-Sport: Amazing Athletes (Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Ages 3-5, Tuesdays, 1 to 1:45 p.m., 5 sessions, $98 per child, $108 nonresidents) - Amazing Athletes uses a multi-sport program to introduces the fundamentals of ten different sports in a non-competitive environment. Participants routinely gain greater confidence, learn to combine fitness with fun, and develop six key motor skills. Activity number 14668.

Sept. 15 - Zumba: Zumba Gold (Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, Ages 14 & Older, Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:20 p.m., 5 sessions,  $39 per person, $43 nonresidents) - Perfect for active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba class. Easy-to-follow choreography focuses on balance, range of motion, coordination and fun! Activity number 14538. Saturday sessions beginning Sept. 25, #14541.

Sept. 16 - Special Interest: The Skeleton Speaks- Solving a Crime (Virtual Program, Ages 50 Plus, 10 to 11 a.m., FREE) - Hear from Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Alexandra Klales, as she presents an interactive discussion on how the human skeleton helps identify unknown persons and how they interpret skeletal trauma to aid in the determination of the cause and manner of death. Participants can try their hand at applying some methods used in forensic anthropology to try and identify characteristics of the remains. This presentation contains photos and remains and may be considered graphic. Activity number 14145.

Sept. 17 - Fishing: Family Fishing Night (TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, All Ages, 5 to 8 p.m., $12 per person, $13 nonresidents) - Join us for a family fun night of fishing. A dinner of hotdogs, chips, and apples will be provided from 5 to 5:30 pm. Fishing at Catfish Pond will take place from 5:30 to 7 pm with boats available. End the evening roasting marshmallows at a campfire from 7 to 7:30 pm. Staff will assist with boats and can help with basic fishing questions (life vests must be worn). Bring your own pole and tackle or we can provide a fishing pole. We will also provide bait and marshmallows. Participants ages 16 and older and required to have a current Kansas fishing license, which will not be sold on-site. Parents need to be able to assist their children with fishing. Activity number 14425. 

Sept. 17 - Family Fun: Camping Event (TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, Ages 4 & Older, 4 p.m. Friday to 8:30 a.m. Saturday, $25 per family of up to two adults and three children, $28 nonresidents, $5 each for additional participants) - Come enjoy a night of family camping at TimberRidge Adventure Center. Staff will check you in between 4 and 6 pm. Families need to bring their own equipment and food. No staff will be onsite overnight. Families need to be packed up and offsite by 8:30 am. Alcohol of any kind and pets are prohibited during this event. Activity number 14426. For the Sept. 18 Family Fun: Camping Event, the activity number is 14427.

Sept. 17 - Teen: Becoming a Babysitter (Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, Ages 12 to 16, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., $72 per person, $79 nonresidents) - Babysitting requires a lot of responsibility and preparation. Attend this session to learn how to become a babysitter. The class covers: personal safety, job expectations, easy cooking, appropriate activities for different ages, and how to diaper and feed babies. Participants will practice what to do in emergency situations and become First Aid and CPR certified. A babysitting manual is provided. Bring a sack lunch. Activity number 14678.

Sept. 17 - Crafts: CR-afternoon (Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, Ages 5 to 12 with an adult, 1 to 4 p.m., $31 per adult and child, $43 nonresidents, $8 / $9 per additional child) - Love to create trendy DIY crafts? We’ll have a variety of craft projects for your group to choose from. Staff will be available to assist with instruction and material distribution. Stop in anytime between 1 and 4 pm. Activity number 14779.

Sept. 18 - TimberRidge Adventure Race (TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, and will include activities at Kill Creek Park, Kill Creek Streamway Park, and on portions of the adventure course at TimberRidge Adventure Center, 9 a.m., All Ages, fees vary) - This new event offers both two- and six-hour options, both for singles and teams of up to four, which may involve navigation, trekking (running or hiking), mountain biking, paddling, and use of some elements of the TimberRidge Adventure Center. There may also be surprise challenges for all courses. Athletes will have access only to the gear, food, and drink that they carry on their bike or in their pack. Topographic maps will be issued at check-in. The team that completes all the checkpoints (or more than other teams) with the fastest time will win the race. Register for this event at https://runsignup.com/Race/KS/Olathe/TimberRidgeAdventureRace. Registration for this event ends Sept. 10.

Sept. 18 - Nature & Outdoors: Monarch Migration Workshop (Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, Ages 8 & Older - children must be accompanied by Parent/Guardian or one adult chaperone per group of 5, 10 a.m. to Noon, $7 per person, $8 nonresidents, $9 per person onsite day of event, if space available) - Celebrate the Monarch butterfly’s amazing annual migration. Join us in capturing, tagging, and releasing them to continue their journey to Mexico. Learn about these amazing insects and other native butterflies. Wear long pants to protect your legs as you run through the prairie and remember closed toed shoes to protect your feet. Due to a limited amount of insect nets, you are welcome to bring your own. Registration for this event closes on Sept. 9. Activity number 14458.

 

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.

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Sat, 09/18/2021 - 9:00am

TimberRidge Adventure Race

Tue, 09/28/2021 - 9:00am

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Thu, 09/30/2021 - 11:00am

50 Plus Chili Bingo