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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

Family Bingo Night at Roeland Park Community Center is final monthly Family Fun offering on Aug. 2

An intergenerational special event being planned by the Johnson County Park and  Recreation District in early August will provide a great opportunity for families to unplug and have fun together. 

The event, which is called Family Bingo Night, is for all ages and also is the last of four monthly programs in this summer's  Family Fun Series, which involve monthly events where kiddos and their grown-ups can play, explore, and make memories together. For Bingo Night, we’ve added twists and special treats to make the game more active, silly, and a family night to remember! Dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Prizes include gift bags and gift certificates. Cost of admission covers food and staff time to administer the bingo program. No additional charge for bingo. 

Family Bingo Night will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. 

For each two-hour event in the Family Fun Series, the cost for individual admission is $10 per person for Johnson County residents or $11 per person for nonresidents. Two different family rates are also offered. For a family of up to four people, the cost is $30 for residents or $33 for nonresidents. For a family of up to seven people, the cost is $40 for residents or $44 for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online for Family Bingo Night at www.jcprd.com.

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

Kids' Night Out event set for Aug. 2 at Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse

Children ages six to 12 are invited to enjoy fun activities during a Kids' Night Out event planned in August at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse in Prairie Village.

Participants will create a night to remember! Kids can build a catapult, make a tie dye shirt, and play giant versions of their favorite games. Dinner is included.

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

Kids' Night Out will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, located at 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. The cost for one three-hour session is  $13 for Johnson County residents or $15 for nonresidents.  For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 18919.  

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

"Smarty Pants-Nerd Gear" is theme of Parents’ Night Out session on Aug. 3

Children ages six to 12 are invited to enjoy fun activities during a Parents' Night Out planned in early August at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Mill Creek Activity Center in Shawnee.

The idea behind this gymnastics event is that parents can have a fun night out while their little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite gymnastics coaches enjoying  games, crafts, activities, and snacks under the supervision of JCPRD staff. 

This Aug. 3 Parents' Night Out is called Smarty Pants-Nerd Gear. Participants are invited to grab their pocket protectors and enter our costume contest in their best suspenders, high socks, and loafers! For this event, school supply donations will also be collected.

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 August Parents' Night Out will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Mill Creek Activity Center, located at 6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee. The cost for one three-hour session is  $27 for Johnson County residents or $30 for nonresidents.  For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.  

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

 

 

New 50 Plus Step-by-Step Canvas Painting for Beginners class set for July 29

A fun class of step-by-step canvas painting techniques for the true beginner is being offered in late July by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

The program is called Step-by-Step Canvas Painting for Beginners.  Brushes and all other art supplies are included, and coffee beans will be brewed to enhance friendly conversation! Take home your work of art and feel proud of your new-found talent.

This program was not included in the May through August My JCPRD Activities catalog, but you can find it online at JCPRD.com by browsing first under 50 Plus and then under  art. 

Step-by-Step Canvas Painting for Beginners will take place beginning  at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 29, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. The cost for this two-hour program is $37 per person for Johnson County residents or $41 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com. 

While the 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.

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

 

Johnson County Sailing Society to conduct next Come Sail With Us event on July 27

All sailors and sailing enthusiasts ages 18 and older are invited to join the Johnson County Sailing Society for a free program on Saturday, July 27, at Shawnee Mission Park Lake, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.

This  free program is called Come Sail With Us and will take place beginning at noon at the Shawnee Mission Park Marina on the north side of the lake. During this one-hour program, participants will be able to take rides in the personal vessels of society members while they take part in water activities such as mock races or a sailing scavenger hunt. While this is listed as a one-hour event, organizers said it will continue until everyone who has shown an interest has an opportunity to take a ride. This event  begins at noon, and is dependent upon favorable weather.  

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under adult and then under nature and outdoors. Look for the keyword “boating.” 

For more information, or to participate in Johnson County Sailing Society races, please contact Nick Hockman at (913) 268-5683.

 

S'More Family Geocaching in Shawnee Mission Park is next monthly Family Fun offering on July 19

Search for hidden caches in Shawnee Mission Park using our GPS devices during the next monthly Family Fun Series special event being planned by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in late July. 

S'More Family Geocaching  is the name of this event, which will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 19, at Shawnee Mission Park's Shelter #2 on the north side of the Small Lakes area. 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 hot dogs 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 be loaned two GPS units. Pre-registration required. 

Family Fun Series events are designed to be monthly events where kiddos and their grown-ups can play, explore, and make memories together. To help JCPRD staff plan, participants are asked to register one week in advance of each event, which would be July 12 for this event. To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “games.” 

For each two-hour event in the Family Fun Series, the cost for individual admission is $10 per person for Johnson County residents or $11 per person for nonresidents. Two different family rates are also offered. For a family of up to four people, the cost is $30 for residents or $33 for nonresidents. For a family of up to seven people, the cost is $40 for residents or $44 for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online for S'More Family Geocaching at www.jcprd.com.

The final event in the Family Fun Series will be Family Bingo Night on Aug. 2 at the Roeland Park Community Center. 

Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, and the Roeland Park Community Center is located at 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. 

Learn about "Collecting Oz" during Lunch and Learn session at Johnson County Museum on July 19

Meet a local collector of all things Oz during the next Lunch & Learn program, which will be presented at the Johnson County Museum in mid-July.

This Lunch and Learn is titled Collecting Oz. During this hour-long session, collector Jane Albright, who inspired the museum's current temporary exhibit, “Expanding Oz,” will share her journey and passion collecting all things Oz. Admission to the Oz exhibit is included in the ticket price, for viewing before or after the program. Bring a lunch. For this program, the museum will provide bottled water and dessert, but participants should bring a sack lunch. 

This Lunch and Learn ties into the museum's special exhibit called Expanding Oz, which traces the growth of “The Wizard of Oz” phenomenon, explore its global appeal, and illustrate its influence on popular culture. The exhibit will run through Nov. 2, and ties into the 100th anniversary of Author L. Frank Baum’s death, the 80th anniversary of the 1939 MGM movie, and the Theatre in the Park’s production of the play on Aug. 2-10 as part of its 50th outdoor season.

To find the lunch and learn  in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under enrichment & special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “museum .” 

This Lunch & Learn will take place beginning at noon on Friday, July 19, at the Johnson County Museum, located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for one one-hour program is $5 per person for adults, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount, but must register by phone by calling (913) 831-3359 to receive their discount.  The program fee also includes museum admission. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com. 

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.

Roeland Park Aquatic Center reopens May 25, for summer season of open swims and lessons

The Roeland Park Aquatic Center will open on Saturday, May 25, for its summer season and will operate daily through Aug. 11. RPAC hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Exceptions to these hours are anticipated on June 13 and 27, when the RPAC will close at 3 p.m., and on July 4 and Aug. 11, when the facility will close at 4 p.m.

Open swim admission rates for ages three through 59 are $6 for Roeland Park residents, and $8 for nonresidents. For ages 60 and older, the rates are $5.50 for Roeland Park residents, and $7.50 for nonresidents. Admission for ages two and under is free, regardless of residency. 

Also available are seasonal membership passes to RPAC, and a “Super Pass,” which lets residents of Roeland Park, Fairway, Leawood, Merriam, Mission, or Prairie Village who purchase a resident pass to their respective city’s pool also purchase the Super Pass, which permits entry to pools in the other five cities. 

In addition to the main pool, other RPAC facilities which will operate during the summer months include: a new 16-foot aquatic climbing wall which participants can climb and then drop from into the pool, as well as a 1-meter diving board, a 120-foot water slide, an eight-foot wide group slide, a separate youth pool, “lemon drop” sprayers, and a vortex pool with a volcano water feature.

Preschool and youth swim lessons offered by JCPRD get under way in early June at both JCPRD and at the  Prairie Village Pool. Lessons offer a progression of instructional courses which can take a swimmer from basic level skills to pre-swim team skills. Preschool offerings include a Parent & Tot class for ages six months to two-and-one-half-years with a parent, and an Aqua Tot Class for ages two-and one-half to five. Youth classes for ages five and older are generally skill-based and are not age specific. Levels include Novice, Advance Novice, and Intermediate. All of these programs have classes beginning June 3, 8, and 17.  Swim lessons for preschool and youth involve eight 30-minute lessons for $60 for Johnson County residents or $66 for nonresidents.

The Roeland Park Aquatic Center is located at 4843 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, and the Prairie Village Pool is located at 7710 Delmar, Prairie Village. 

The Johnson County Museum ’20s Exhibit

The Johnson County Museum is a fascinating look at the history of our community.  But the recent biggest draw for it has been “The Turbulent Twenties” exhibit and there is a good reason for it. 

Want to see it? Well, the exhibit (and actually the entire museum) is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. There is still plenty of time to visit it. The exhibit opened toward the end of August of last year and will remain at the museum until May 11. This exhibit is celebrating a belated 100-year anniversary. It is also included in admission. If you want to see this part of the museum than you are in luck. 

Not only that but there are several museum tours in February and there is even an event called Lunch and Learn. In this event you get to learn about 1920s fashions. Also, as the title suggests you get to bring your own lunch with you. If you want to know more information, check out the museum website

https://www.jcprd.com/330/Museum

This video will give you a preview of what you may see in it. Here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAdzs4ZkOUM&t=1s

Isaac Rankin

County Managers Office

Johnson County booths participate in Old Settlers activities

Johnson County Government will again have an informational booth with its spin-to-win prize wheel during the Johnson County Old Settlers celebration in downtown Olathe this week. The booth will be located in front of the administration building from Sept. 6-8. The department of Emergency Management and Communications, Sheriff’s Office and Election Office will also have booths during the three-day festival, featuring the “Kansas largest parade” starting at 10 a.m. Saturday with a theme of “Love and Peace: A look back to the 1960s.”

This marks the 120th anniversary of Old Settlers, which started in 1898 with a downtown community picnic with a band, bubble gum blowing contests, watermelon seed spitting contests and sack races. Along with traditional horseshoe-pitching contests and an ice cream social, annual activities now include craft and food booths, carnival rides and bands as part of nightly live music.

Several streets around the county square will be closed during the event to accommodate activities, booths, the carnival and crowds of people. The downtown Olathe parking garage will be accessible to the general public.With rain in the forecast for the next several days, you may want to monitor the Old Settlers Facebook page for weather-related updates.

 

 

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