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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

50 Plus Plans Nature Walk to visit Baker Wetlands in Lawrence on April 19

The Baker Wetlands in Lawrence, Kan., is the destination for a nature walk being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Located just south of Lawrence, the Baker Wetlands provides a unique place to learn about natural and cultural history. The wetlands encompass 927 acres of rich, natural wildlife, and is considered one of the most diverse habitats in the state. Participants will take a guided walk through the wetlands with Education Coordinator Dr. Roger Boyd,   where they will explore the restoration of this important area. Lunch will be at 715 restaurant in Lawrence following the hike.

This outing is considered an easy walk. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “nature walk.”

This program will leave from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, at  9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, and return about 5 p.m. that day. The cost  for one nine-hour outing, including transportation, is $27 per person for Johnson County residents or $30 for nonresidents. Lunch costs are on your own.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 36929.

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.

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

50 Plus Plans Adventure Walk to visit Nebraska's Indian Cave State Park on April 15

Indian Cave State Park in southeastern Nebraska is the next Adventure Walk destination being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Winding along the Missouri River, and tucked into the rolling hills of south eastern Nebraska is Indian Cave State Park. Explore the limestone cave, accessible by boardwalk, and maybe spot a few petroglyphs! Hike the rugged dirt trails and enjoy the beautiful overlooks. Afterwards, lunch will be at Nemaha Country Market in Nemaha, Neb.  Lunch costs on your own.

This outing is considered a difficult walk featuring a natural trail with potentially steep elevation changes and a variety of terrain. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “adventure walk.”

This program will leave from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, at  8 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, and return about 5 p.m. that day. The cost  for one nine-hour outing, including transportation, is $30 per person for Johnson County residents or $33 for nonresidents. Lunch costs are on your own.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 36924.

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.

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

Pool Instead of School event planned for April 14 at Roeland Park Aquatic Center

A themed pool party is the perfect antidote for bored kids on a teacher in-service day, and that's the goal of a mid-April special event being planned at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center.

This event is called Pool Instead of School and is meant to get kids moving instead of staring at electronic devices. "Spring Fling" is the theme for this event. Participants will be led in 30 minutes of pool games, have 90 minutes of free play in the pool, and leave with a special treat. Participants will have to pass a swim test to be allowed in the deep end.  Please register by April 5 for this event. This session was not listed in the January through April Activities catalog.

Pool Instead of School will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 14, at the Roland Park Aquatic Center, located at 4350 Rosewood, Roeland Park. The cost for this event is $8 per person for Johnson County residents or $10 per person for nonresidents.  To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 37099. 

This event is also eligible for credit in the Physical dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement  Badges and Awards. To register for JCPRD U, search for barcode 37017 or call (913) 826-2950.

The Roeland Park Aquatic Center is owned by the City of Roeland Park and operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. For more information about this event, call (913) 432-1377.

Soup, Salad, and the Strolling Strings event set at Matt Ross Community Center on April 13

Come enjoy a delicious lunch of soup, salad, bread, and dessert during a special event being planned in mid-April by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Now in its third year, this event is called Soup, Salad, and the Strolling Strings and will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 13, at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park. During the meal , the talented Shawnee Mission North Strolling Strings will play delightful melodies on a variety of stringed instruments including the violin, cello, bass, and viola.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “social event.”

The cost for this one-hour event, including lunch, is $13 per person. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the Register for Activities link and do a barcode search for 37005.

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

Visit Ernie Miller Nature Center to participate in Passport to Adventure 2017 beginning April 8

Gather your family and pick up your Passport to Adventure for the Interpretive Site Coalition of Kansas City’s annual event at the Ernie Miller Nature Center or at any of 19 other sites in the metro area beginning April 8.

Passport to Adventure is a great way for area residents to experience nature, science, and history in their own backyard. The event is meant to encourage the public to visit area nature centers, museums and historic sites between April 8 and Oct. 31.

This year’s event will kickoff from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, at the Olathe Bass Pro Shop, 2051 Bass Pro Drive, Olathe.  Participants can pick up their 2017 passport, visit booths from participating facilities, see live animals, and participate in hands-on activities. To find this program in the JCPRD’s 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 keywords “nature & outdoors.”

The Passport to Adventure program is free, although some sites charge regular admission to their facilities. Participants can also obtain a passport at any of the sites below. Passport holders have until Oct. 31 to get their passport stamped at participating sites in order to be eligible for prizes.

Sites participating in the 2017 Passport to Adventure are:

Anita B. Gorman  Discovery Center - 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 759-7300

Beanstalk Children’s Garden, KCCG - 6917 Kensington, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 931-3877

Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center  - 1401 NW Park Road, Blue Springs, Mo. (816) 228-3766

Ernie Miller Nature Center - 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe, Kan.,  (913) 764-7759

F.L. Schlagle Library -  4051 West Dr,Wyandotte County Lake Park, Kansas City, Kan., (913) 299-2384

Fort Osage National Historic Landmark - 107 Osage St., Sibley, Mo., (816) 650-3278

Kemper Outdoor Education Center - 8201 Jasper Bell Road, Blue Springs, Mo., (816) 229-8980

Lakeside Nature Center -  4701 E. Gregory, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 513-8960

Legler Barn Museum - 14907 W. 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, Kan., (913) 492-0038

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site - 1200 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe, Kan., (913) 971-5111

Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary - 407 N. LaFrenz Road, Liberty, Mo., (816) 781-8598

Missouri Town 1855 - 8010 E. Park Road, Lee’s Summit, Mo., (816) 503-4860

Oxford School House - 147th & Mission Road, Leawood, Kan., (913) 339-6700 ext. 157

Powell Gardens - 1609 NW, U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, Mo., (816) 697-2600

Prairie Oak Nature Center - 14701 Mission Road, Leawood, Kan., (913) 696-7770

Prairie Park Nature Center, Lawrence - 2730 SW Harper, Lawrence, Kan., (785) 832-7980

Shawnee Indian Mission - 3403 W. 53rd St, Fairway, Kan., (913) 262-0867

Shawnee Town 1929 Museum - 11600 Johnson Dr., Shawnee Kan., (913) 248-2360

Thomas Hart Benton Home Historic Site - 3616 Belleview, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 931-5722

Trailside Center - 9901 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 942-3581

The Interpretive Site Coalition of Kansas City is a nonprofit organization made up of historical, natural, and cultural interpretive sites throughout the Kansas City area. The Ernie Miller Nature Center is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

For more information about the Kickoff  Event or the Passport to Adventure Hunt, visit http://kcpassport.com or call the Ernie Miller Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.

Trucks and Big Rigs for Kids event returns to The Theatre in the Park on April 8

A popular special event which lets kids get an up-close look at big rigs, tractors, and all types of equipment will be returning to the Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park on April 8.

The event is called Trucks and Big Rigs for Kids and will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, in the parking lot at The Theatre in the Park, 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee. Participants can see what the insides of these vehicles look like. This event is for all ages, but parents are encouraged to bring their little ones out to meet and greet trucks, tractors, construction, and city vehicles up close. They’ll have the opportunity to crawl, climb, and sit in the driver’s seat while visiting with the real-life operators of these vehicles. The first 50 children will get a free construction worker hat.

Admission to this three-hour event is free, but a donation of $10 per participant vehicle is suggested. Proceeds benefit the district's Special Olympics and Special Populations programs.

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information, call (913) 831-3359.

Join the Easter Bunny’s Extreme Egg Hunt in Shawnee Mission Park on April 8!

The Easter Bunny has taken the traditional egg hunt to the extreme for a third annual special event for all ages being planned eight days before Easter by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. Preregistration for this event is required by April 3.

The event is called Easter Bunny’s Extreme Egg Hunt, and will be presented at two different times on Saturday, April 8. This event is for all ages, and  the only way to find prize-filled eggs is with a GPS (Global Positioning Systems) unit! The event begins at Shawnee Mission Park's Shelter #4. Each family will receive a GPS unit to use for the event, as well as instructions on how to use the device to find hidden eggs scattered throughout the park. After finding all the eggs, participants will return back to the shelter for lunch and pictures with the Easter Bunny! In case of inclement weather, the reschedule date is Sunday, April 9.

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

One hunt will begin at 10 a.m. (barcode 36958), while another will begin at 11:30 a.m. (barcode 36960)  on Sunday, April 8, in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. The cost for this two-hour event which includes lunch, is $13 per person for Johnson County residents or $15 per person for nonresidents. A family rate for up to four people is $31 for Johnson County residents or $34 for nonresidents. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the Register for Activities link and do a barcode search for the barcodes listed above.

The 2016 event was very popular and this year's Extreme Egg Hunt is expected to fill quickly!

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

50 Plus plans Catalog Release Party on April 7 at Mill Creek Activity Center

Celebrate the arrival of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's May through August MY JCPRD Activities catalog and get the scoop on the programs it contains during a new special event being offered by the 50 Plus Department in early April.

This Catalog Release Party will take place on April 7. Come meet the recreation coordinators who plan the catalog programs and discuss future activities. Enjoy refreshments, try out some of our classes for free, and enter to win a JCPRD gift card! To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under special events.” In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “free events.”

The Catalog Release Party will take place beginning  at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7, at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee. This two-hour event is free, but please reserve  your spot by calling (913) 826-3160.

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

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.

JCPRD's Roeland Park Early Childhood Development Center and Natureplay Preschool to conduct annual open houses on April 6

Open houses for the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Early Childhood Development Center at the Roeland Park Community Center and the Natureplay preschool at the Mill Creek Activity Center will take place  on Thursday, April 6.

These open houses will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. During the open houses, parents will have an opportunity to visit with teachers and tour the centers. Enrollment materials will be available and enrollment at this time is encouraged as space is limited. This is the only open house for fall registration. A $40 nonrefundable fee will reserve a space for a child in the 2017-18 program, which begins in September.

The Roeland Park Community Center is located at 4850 Rosewood  Dr., Roeland Park, (913) 826-3170; while the Mill Creek Activity Center and Natureplay is located at 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee, (913) 826-2958.

Natureplay Preschool is a discovery-based learning program for ages three through five. The program offers half-day preschool with one-, to five-days-a-week options, as well as occasional stand-alone programs meant to supplement other learning opportunities and provide children with extended opportunities for outdoor exploration.  Natureplay Director Rosanna Munoz holds degrees in biology and early childhood education has been leading JCPRD early childhood programs since 2002.

 

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park is next destination for 50 Plus Spring Strolling program on April 5

A portion of the Prairie Spirit Trail State Park is the next destination for  the Wednesday Walks program being presented  by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District on Wednesday, April 5.

Also called Spring Strolling, this program lets participants make friends while exploring the great outdoors.  JCPRD does the driving while you can relax, listen to the wind and experience new destinations! Each outing takes place on a Wednesday and will depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. The cost for each six-hour outing, including van transportation to the walk site, is $19 per person for Johnson County residents or $21 for nonresidents. Participants should bring a sack lunch for a picnic after the walk, as well as a few dollars in case the group decides to stop for ice cream.  

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park is a 50-mile trail built on the former right of way of the Leavenworth, Lawrence, and Galveston Railroad from Ottawa south to Humboldt. The trail runs 50 miles from its northern terminus at Ottawa, Kansas to its southern terminus at Humboldt, Kansas. Built in the 1860's, this was the first north-south rail line in Kansas. This walk, which requires an easy level of exertion, will let participants escape the hustle and bustle of big city life and explore a portion of the Spirit Trail near Garnett, Kan.  True to its name, we will refresh our spirits with the great outdoors beckoning.

To find these programs in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords "Wednesday Walks.” For more information  or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register for the Spirit Trail State Park walk at www.jcprd.com, complete a barcode search for 36927.

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

 

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March 25, 2017 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

*Cancelled - Daring American Women

April 5, 2017 | 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Animal Tales Storytime - Turtle Time

April 7, 2017 | 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

*Cancelled - 50 Plus Catalog Release Party

April 8, 2017 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Easter Bunny’s Extreme Egg Hunt

April 8, 2017 | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Trucks and Big Rigs for Kids