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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

Fall Trout Stockings planned at two JCPRD lakes on Oct. 23

Come watch as 3,000 pounds of rainbow trout are stocked in two Johnson County Park and Recreation District lakes in late October.

The fall stockings  will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at each lake’s boat ramp. Stocking of about 1,000 pounds of trout at Kill Creek Park will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m., and stocking of about 2,000 pounds of trout at Shawnee Mission Park will begin at approximately 3:45 p.m. Following the stockings, both lakes will be closed to fishing until 5 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.

The district’s rainbow trout program is totally funded by fees collected through JCPRD fishing and trout permits. Purchasing a permit allows anglers to collect a daily limit of four trout. 

Before fishing for trout in district waters, anglers age 16 and older will need to have a valid Kansas fishing license, a Johnson County Park and Recreation District fishing permit, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. All persons, regardless of age or residency, must also possess a JCPRD trout permit. Trout permits are required whether you plan to keep your catch (up to a daily limit of  four) or release the trout you catch. District fishing permits are available at: the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, at the Visitor Services counter in the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; and at local sporting goods outlets.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “fishing.” 

Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe; and Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. For more information on this program, please contact Visitor Services in the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park at (913) 888-4713. 

Additional trout stockings in both lakes will take place in late February and mid-March, 2020. 

 

JCPRD gymnastics offers Fall Floor Clinic for girls on Oct. 11

Helping young gymnasts improve their tumbling skills is the goal of a gymnastics special event for girls being offered in early October by the gymnastics department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Called the Fall Floor Clinic, this single-session program is intended for female gymnasts of all skill levels. Instruction will range from introduction of basic rolls, handstands, and cartwheels, to more advanced tumbling skills such as limbers, bridge kick-overs, and front and back handsprings.

This Fall Floor Clinic will take place beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, at the JCPRD Gymnastics Center, located inside the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee.  To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth then under gymnastics. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “gymnastics special event.” 

The cost for one one-hour session is $15 per person for Johnson County residents or $17 per person for nonresidents. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 21962.

Additional Gymnastics Special events for ages six to 12 at the Mill Creek Activity Center are scheduled over the next five months and beyond. Planned are: themed Parents' Night Out programs for boys and girls on Oct. 26 (course ID 21965), and Nov. 16 (21966); as well as skill-based programs for girls including a Halloween Handspring Clinic on Oct. 30 (21963), and Ultimate Uneven Bar Clinic on Nov. 8 (21967), and a Winter Camp on Jan. 2 and 3 (22357).

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Next Kids' Day Out programs at Johnson County Museum set for Oct. 11 & 25

Youth ages five to 10 are invited to come have fun at the Johnson County Museum during two days in October when school is not in session. 

During these Kids' Day Out programs, participants can choose from a variety of activities each day, including exploring history though crafts and projects, visiting the museum's  KidScape area and the history exhibits, playing games, and enjoying down time. The museum provides one snack, but be sure to bring a lunch and a water bottle, and dress for the weather - we will go outside if we can. Preregistration  is required. 

October Kids' Day Out programs are set for Oct. 11and 25, and run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. Parents can drop off and pick up their children at any time within that timeframe. To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under heritage & history. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “museum.”

Kids’ Day Out takes place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for each ten-hour session is $35 per participant. For more information, call (913) 715-2570. To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for  21923 for the Oct. 11 session or 25417 for the Oct. 25 session.

Other upcoming Kids’ Day Out Session this season are set for: Nov. 25 (21924); Nov. 26 (21925); Nov. 27 (21926); Dec. 23 (21930); Dec. 24 (21923); Dec. 26 (21933); Dec. 27 (21934); Dec. 30 (21935); Dec. 31 (21936); Jan. 2 (21938); and Jan. 3 (21939); and Jan. 6.

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

 

Whimsical Woods program returns to Ernie Miller Park on Oct. 5

There's nothing scary about a Halloween special event being offered at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Ernie Miller Park in early October. The program is called Whimsical Woods and is for ages 11 and younger accompanied by a parent or guardian.  

Participants will enjoy a walk on the park's trail with the award-winning staff of the Ernie Miller Nature Center. Costumed storybook characters will delight and entertain audiences of all ages. This program consists of a short trail walk with stations featuring interpreters who interact with participants. Participants will meet the Good Fairy and Forest Friends.  In addition, there will be live animals, stories, songs, and surprises. Group sessions will begin every 15 minutes between 1 and 3:15 p.m. For participants, the program length will be about one and one-half hours. In case of inclement weather, this event will be moved indoors.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “Halloween.”

Whimsical Woods is offered on Saturday, Oct. 5, beginning at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway. When paid in advance, the cost is $5 per person, including adults, for Johnson County residents or $6 per person for nonresidents. Onsite on the day of the event, the cost will be $8 per person, if space is available. 

Register by calling (913) 831-3359 or online at www.jcprd.com by clicking on “Register for Activities,” and then completing a course ID search for any of the codes listed below.

For the 1 p.m. session, search for 23670. Codes for the other sessions are as follows: 1:15 p.m., 23674; 1:30 p.m., 23675; 1:45 p.m., 23676; 2 p.m., 23677; 2:15 p.m., 23679; 2:30 p.m., 23680; 2:45 p.m., 23681; 3 p.m., 23682; and 3:15 p.m., 23684. For more information about this program call (913) 826-2800.

Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Take your partner on a different kind of date night on Oct. 4

If you are looking for a different date night, consider a Ceramics Date Night program being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in early October. 

This program is for all couples ages 16 and older. Enjoy a special evening with your special someone as you do a one-time workshop exploring clay together. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under fine & performing arts. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “art.” 

Ceramics Date Night will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4,  at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for one two-and-one-half-hour session  is  $40 per couple. 

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com, click on "Register for Activities," and perform a course ID search for 21547. 

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on Oct. 2 and 16

“Fabulous Fall” and “Creepy Critters” are the themes of October Animal Tales Storytime sessions being presented by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Outdoor Education Department.

October Animal Tales presentations include: “Fabulous Fall” on Oct. 2, and “Creepy Critters” on Oct. 16," both at the Ernie Miller Nature Center.

The cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program. All sessions take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. on a Wednesday.

Animal Tales Storytime is for ages two to six. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This program will feature stories, songs, and surprises. Participants will also get to meet a special animal friend at each session. Animal Tales Storytime was one of the many programs cited when the Ernie Miller Nature Center won an Oracle Award for Organizational Service and Leadership in the South Central Region from the National Storytelling Network a few years back. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “storytime.”

Other upcoming Animal Tales presentations include: Bedtime Burrows” on Nov. 6, “Let's Talk Turkey" on Nov. 20, "Mrs. Claus" on Dec. 4, and "Visit from Santa” on Dec. 18.

The Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe. For more information about this program, contact the nature center at (913) 826-2800.

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.

Join us for an Evening in the Park on Sept. 28!

Bring your blankets of  lawn chairs and enjoy a  laid back party in the park, including a free outdoor concert and movie showing, when the Johnson County Park and Recreation District presents a special event in Shawnee Mission Park in late September.

This event is called Evening in the Park, and will include a one-and-one-half hour concert by  popular 1980’s tribute band the M80s beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a showing of the iconic 80’s movie, “Back to the Future.” The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Theatre in the Park, which has a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee. The Renner Road entrance will open at 5 p.m., and gates into the bowl will open at 5:30 p.m.

“The goal of this event is to thank our community for their engagement and support of JCPRD,” said Superintendent of Culture Susan Mong. “The weather will be cool, and we want everyone to enjoy a great Evening in the Park!”

Food will also be available for purchase during the event. Seven food trucks offering sweet and savory options, as well as  family-friendly concession items in the theater bowl will be available. An alcohol vendor will also be offerings beer and wine, as well as a signature fall drink.”

Through an online poll conducted earlier this year, the local community was involved in selecting the movie for this event.

September is National Deaf Awareness Month, and an interpreter will be on hand for staff remarks and closed captioning for the movie will be provided.  KC 102 Radio will also be onsite promoting the event.

The presentation of Evening in the Park this year follows a similar event called Park Palooza, which took place in September of 2017 and 2018.

“Park Palooza was a great event that provided informative booths to educate our public about various county services available to the public, and various entertainment offerings through the day,” Mong explained. “We decided to simplify the concept of the event with great music, a great movie, and great food and libation, and then Evening in the Park was born.”  

Visit JCPRD.com/EveninginthePark for the latest details about this year’s event.

 

 

First of two Public Hayrides offered on Sept. 29 in Shawnee Mission Park

The first of two public hayrides being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District this fall at the Oak Ridge Parklands in Shawnee Mission Park will take place on Sept. 29.

In addition to fall hayrides for organized groups, each year JCPRD also offers opportunities for individuals and family members to enjoy the crisp autumn air from a tractor-drawn hayride without having to worry about reaching minimum numbers or placing a deposit. 

This hayride will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, at Oak Ridge Parklands in Shawnee Mission Park, 7460 Ogg Road, Shawnee. The cost is $8  per person and advance registration is required. Like the group program, this hayride will last approximately 60 minutes, and will be followed by a 60-minute campfire with apple cider and marshmallows. The second public hayride of the 2019 season is scheduled for Nov. 3. 

To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities”  and perform a barcode search for 23804 for the Sept. 29 ride, or 23805 for the Nov. 3 ride. 

For anyone interested in group hayrides, spaces are available for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday rides through Nov. 24 at both Shawnee Mission Park and at Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Organized group hayrides also cost $8 per person but require a minimum of $90.  Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the date of the hayride. For scheduling and information, call (913) 831-3359.

To find these program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “hayrides.”

Hear about a Fulbright Scholar's time in Egypt during Sept. 27 Lunch and Learn for 50 Plus

Hear the experience of a Fulbright Scholar’s time in Egypt spent teaching, exploring art and history, and traveling during the next Lunch & Learn program being presented by the 50 Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Lunch & Learn - Experience in Egypt is the name of this program. This program will be presented by JCPRD Park Planner Rick Findley, who before coming to the district fulfilled a US Core Fulbright grant by teaching part time at Ain Shams University Department of Urban Planning & Design in Cairo, Egypt, from Sept. 2011 to June 2012, just a few months after Egypt's "Arab Spring." Through his program, which will involve a slide presentation, Findley hopes to convey "an awareness of how significant living and working in a Middle Eastern country can be, regarding both the rewards and challenges."

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under enrichment & special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “special interest.” 

Lunch & Learn - Experience in Egypt will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. The cost for one two-hour  program, including lunch, is $18 per person for  Johnson County residents or $20 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 23262. 

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 My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

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Thu, 09/19/2019 - 10:00am

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Sat, 09/21/2019 - 3:00pm

Senior Follies - 1 pm

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