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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

Tea Dance - Monster Mash for 50 Plus is Oct. 26 at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

Join us for a spooktacular tea dance event with Roland and the Playboys being presented by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in late October.

This Tea Dance - Monster Mash will take place on Friday, Oct. 26, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.  Wear a costume for a chance at prizes. Bring your favorite sweet treat or potluck dish to share. Refreshments will be  provided. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under special events and then under 50 plus. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “dance.”

This event will begin at 2 p.m. The cost for this two-hour event is $5 per person. Pay at the door, or register in advance by calling (913) 831-3359 or online at www.jcprd.com.

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) 826-3030 for space availability.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Explore "Spooky Spas" in Excelsior Springs during Oct. 25 day trip for 50 Plus

Learn the story of The Elms Hotel & Spa and how the area was “America’s Haven of Health.” during a late October day trip being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. Spooky Spas is the name of this day trip, which will take place about a week before Halloween. 

Drawn by the alleged healing properties of the area's mineral water, guests have been coming to Excelsior Springs since the late 1800s. Two devastating fires destroyed The Elms hotel in 1898 and 1910, and the current  Elms opened in 1912. During the 1920s and 30s, The Elms prospered as a speakeasy, and Al Capone was a frequent visitor. The hotel has also been the site of some notable activities, including serving as a training camp for boxer Jack Dempsey, as the summer camp for the 1948 New York Giants football team, and as Harry S. Truman's election night hangout, also in 1948. The Elms has long been said to be haunted and was featured in a July 2013 episode of SyFy’s "Ghost Hunters.” Some ghost legends purport that the lap pool area entertains the spirit of a gambler involved with illegal activities during Prohibition, and another story says the housekeeping staff has a spiritual adviser in the form of a ghost wearing a 1920s-style uniform.

Participants in the Spooky Spas trip will enjoy lunch and stories of the hotel’s hauntings. The group will also tour the Hall of Waters, one of the most complete health resorts in the US in 1937, and learn about the “miraculous” waters from the springs. The trip will conclude with a step-on-guided tour. Be advised that many steps are involved in this outing.

To find this trip in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “day trip.” 

This trip will depart at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam,. The cost for this seven and one half hour day trip is $86 per person and includes transportation, tours, and lunch. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

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) 826-3030 for space availability.

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

Be a part of an 1850s Kansas Town Hall Meeting on Oct. 27 the Johnson County Museum!

A regional historical reenactors group will give participants a taste of what local government was like 150+ years ago during a new special event being presented by the Johnson County Museum in late October.

This Interactive 1850s Kansas Town Hall Meeting will take participants back to Territorial Kansas, where pro-slavery and free staters lived side-by-side. Join the Lecompton Reenactors for the town hall meeting, then stay to meet a reenactor portraying James Lane, a partisan during the Bleeding Kansas period that immediately preceded the American Civil War, a United States Senator, and as a general for the Union during the war.

The Lecompton Reenactors is a group dedicated to research, and study of the Territorial Kansas era of 1854-1861, as well as to education about that time through living history interpretation.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under special events and then under fun for all. In the printed catalog, look for the keywords “family fun.”

This Interactive 1850s Kansas Town Hall Meeting will take at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. The cost for one 60-minute program is regular museum admission: $5 per person for adults, $4 for seniors ages 60 and older, $3 for children one to 18, and museum members are free. No advance registration is necessary for this drop-in program.

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.

Fall Trout Stockings planned at two JCPRD lakes on Oct. 24

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. 24, at each respective 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. 27.

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 Visitors 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 special events and then under fun for all. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “fish stocking.”

2019 trout stockings will take place in late February, mid-March and late October.

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.

New Haunted History Hayride set for Oct. 25 in Shawnee Mission Park

Hear ghost stories from the past to learn about the history of this region during a new Haunted History Hayride  being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in late October at the Oak Ridge Parklands in Shawnee Mission Park.

This special event is recommended for ages eight and older and is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25.  A storyteller will entertain the hayride participants with spirited tales of long ago. Then as dark shadows gather around, riders will enjoy the fire with cider and marshmallows. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. 

This Haunted History Hayride will take place beginning at 6  p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Oak Ridge Parklands in Shawnee Mission Park, 7460 Ogg Road, Shawnee. The cost for one two-hour program is $9  per person, including adults,  for Johnson County residents or $10 per person for nonresidents, and advance registration is required. The hayride portion will last approximately 60 minutes, and will be followed by a 60-minute campfire with apple cider and marshmallows. 

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

To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

For anyone interested in JCPRD's regular fall group hayrides, spaces are available through Nov. 18 at both Shawnee Mission Park and at Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Organized group hayrides cost $7 per person but require a minimum of $80. Hayrides take place seven days a week during the above timeframe at Oak Ridge; and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only at Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. 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 special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “hayrides.”

Cars in the Park event on Oct. 20 benefits Special Olympians

About 200 vehicles and 1,000 spectators are expected to attend the annual Cars in the Park car show on Saturday, Oct. 20, at The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park.

The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is a major annual fundraiser for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Special Olympics and Special Populations programs. For spectators, admission to the show is free and concessions will be available for purchase.

The show typically attracts an eclectic mix of cars, trucks, and motorcycles, from Model A’s to modern and customized vehicles. Part of the fun is seeing what area residents dust off and retrieve from their garages to display. Participant choice judging will be used for awards. There will also be food vendors, 50/50 Pot, a silent auction of sports memorabilia, a DJ, and more!

All proceeds from Cars in the Park benefit the JCPRD’s Special Olympics / Special Populations department. Specifically, these funds are typically used to help athletes afford to participate in activities.

For anyone interested in entering the show, vehicle registrations are being taken through the day of the event. All participants must be registered and on-site by noon to be judged. Special Olympian athletes will be voting on their favorite entry for the Athletes Choice Award. For those exhibiting vehicles, the fee is $20 per vehicle until the day of the show when it increases to $25. For participants, there will be a 50/50 pot. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities” button and complete a course ID search for 40292.

For businesses, Cars in the Park also offers booth space during the event for $50. To learn more, call Special Populations Coordinator Jodie McMahon at (913) 831-3355 or (913) 826-3027, or visit www.jcprd.com/carsinthepark.

 

The Theatre in the Park is located in Shawnee Mission Park and is accessible via a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee.

Haunted Kansas program returns to Ernie Miller Park on Oct. 20

As darkness falls, walk through the trails of Ernie Miller Park and listen to the stories of long ago during a special event being offered in late October by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Now in its tenth year, the program is called Haunted Kansas and is for ages eight and older, and all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Characters from the past will share legends around the campfire. Expect a shiver down the spine and a mild case of goose bumps for those who dare enter the forest on this autumn evening. Group sessions begin every 15 minutes and the program lasts about an hour and a half. This is an outdoor event, so be sure to dress appropriately.

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

Haunted Kansas sessions will begin from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 in Ernie Miller Park, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway. The cost per person, including adults, is $5 for Johnson County residents or $6 per person for nonresidents, in advance, or $8 per person on the day of the event, if space is available. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the time listed below.

Register for the 6:30 p.m. session, 6:45 p.m.; 7 p.m.7:15 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.; and 7:45 p.m. For more information about this program call (913) 826-2800.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Take part in International Observe the Moon Night on Oct. 20 at Lexington Lake Park

Join us for a lunar astronomy program and observe the moon in this internationally-coordinated event during a special event planned in late October at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Lexington Lake Park.

The event is called International Observe the Moon Night and is for all ages, but is recommended for ages five and older with a parent or guardian. Observe the moon through a telescope, learn about lunar phases, make impact craters, your very own moon journal, and more! Check out the International Observe the Moon Night website at: www.observethemoonnight.org.

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

International Observe the Moon Night will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, in Lexington Lake Park, 8850 Sunflower Road, De Soto. The cost is $7 per person for Johnson County residents, or $8 for nonresidents. Feel free to bring your own binoculars, blanket, or chairs.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com. Registration for this program closes on Oct. 18.

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

Trick-or-Cache offered three times on Oct. 19 in Antioch Park

Experience Trick-or-Cache this Halloween through a program being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in late October.

 

Trick-or-Cache is the name of the Halloween-themed program, which is for all ages. Participants will search for caches hidden around Antioch Park using Global Positioning Systems (GPS). GPS units, a tutorial, and meal, are included during this modern-day scavenger hunt. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Participants registering as a family will be loaned one GPS unit per family. Those registering as individuals will each be loaned a GPS unit. Costumes are encouraged, and those registering for the evening session should bring a flashlight. Join us after your haunted hunt for hotdogs, s’mores, and spooky stories around the fire circle.

 

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

 

Trick-or-Cache is being offered three times on Friday, Oct. 19. All three sessions will begin at Shelter #2 in Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam. One session will begin at 4:30 p.m., another will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the third will begin at 6:30 p.m. The cost for one two-hour outing is $13 per person for Johnson County residents or $14 per person for nonresidents. Two different family packages rates are also offered, including one for $33 for Johnson County residents or $36 for nonresidents for up to four people, and another for $42 for Johnson County residents or $46 for nonresidents for up to seven people. The preregistration deadline for this program is Oct. 17.

 

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online by clicking the time frames above. 

 

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

Free New Horizons Band Concert set for Oct. 16 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

A free concert by the New Horizons Band is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

 

For this event, the entire 60+ member ensemble is expected to play for about an hour. This top-notch entertainment is free of charge.

 

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under 50 Plus and then under fine & performing arts. Look for the keywords “performing group music.” To see this program online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 11470. Another New Horizons Band Concert at JCAHC is set for Dec. 15. The course ID for that program is 11471.

 

The New Horizons Band is a program of the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in conjunction with the University of Missouri - Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance and Meyer Music. The band is a group of music-loving adults age 50 and older who meet about once a week to practice. The group includes brass, woodwind, and percussion. New Horizons has been in existence for about 16 years and currently has about 60 band members, including members who come from as far as Blue Springs to participate. UMKC music majors assist the band director.

 

For anyone interested in joining the group, the band meets for practices weekly on Tuesday nights beginning at 6 p.m. at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Beginning band lessons are also available. For more information about the band or the concerts, call (913) 826-3160. 

 

Upcoming Events

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Wed, 10/17/2018 - 7:00pm

Park & Recreation Commission

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 4:30pm

Trick-or-Cache - Three Sessions!

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 10:00am

Cars in the Park

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 6:30pm

Haunted Kansas

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 7:30pm

International Observe the Moon Night

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Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:30am
Wed, 10/17/2018 - 7:00pm
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 9:30am
Fri, 10/19/2018 - 7:30am
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Tue, 10/23/2018 - 5:30pm
Tue, 10/23/2018 - 5:45pm
Wed, 10/24/2018 - 9:00am
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