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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

Two Mad Science® programs for youth planned at New Century Fieldhouse in late December

Two different Mad Science® programs for youth are being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District at the New Century Fieldhouse near Gardner over the winter break.

The programs are for ages six through 12 and are called Mad Science® School's Out Science Fun. Specific camps include Eureka! The Inventor's Camp on Dec. 19-23, and Clues, Codes, and Chemical Counting  on Dec. 27-30. Participants should bring a sack lunch and a water bottle daily.

To find these programs in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under enrichment & special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “discovery.”

Eureka! The Inventor's Camp (barcode 35515) is designed by participants, who will be given a series of challenges each day which must be overcome using basic materials, simple machines, tips from world-famous inventors, and the most important thing of all - campers' minds. With a little bit of ingenuity you’ll construct catapults and forts and then lay siege, fabricate a winning egg drop design, construct a dancing robot and assemble a working light saber to take home. While Thomas Edison said invention is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration, this camp is 100 percent fun! This camp will meet daily beginning Dec. 19 at 9 a.m. The cost for five seven-hour sessions is $275 per person for Johnson County residents or $300 per person for nonresidents.

Clues, Codes, and Chemical Counting (barcode 35516) will let participants explore the “awesomeness” that is science! Campers will discover how to send secret messages to their friends using special codes. We'll learn about the surrounding environment and how science will help protect our planet. Explore how Newton’s laws are at work in your favorite sport. Become a young astronaut for a day while exploring the mysteries of the solar system. This camp will meet daily beginning Dec. 27 at 9 a.m. The cost for four seven-hour sessions is $245 per person for Johnson County reisdents or $270 per person for nonresidents.

Both camps are also eligible for credit in the Intellectual dimension for the  JCPRD U holistic wellness program for 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, look for barcode 37017 or call (913) 826-2950.

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

All ages invited for new Gingerbread Fun event on Dec. 23 at Roeland Park Community Center

Take a morning break just two days before Christmas for a new special event which is sure to get the whole family into the holiday spirit being presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Gingerbread Fun is the name of this program, which will take place on the morning on Friday, Dec. 23, at the Roeland Park Roeland Park  Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr. Participants will make graham cracker gingerbread houses, sip on hot chocolate, and sing along to holiday favorites!  Please bring one bag of candy to help decorate the graham cracker houses.

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 “holiday event.”

Gingerbread Fun will take place beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 23. The cost for this two-hour event is $5 per child. 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 35455.

This program is also eligible for credit in the Social 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 JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

All-Electric House has new home

Around 12:30 Wednesday morning, the Johnson County Museum's 1950s All-Electric House was pulled into the future Arts & Heritage Center. The arrival time was about four hours earlier than expected. The early arrival time was due in part to good teamwork, fewer technical issues than anticipated and being able to reach a maximum speed of 11 miles per hour rather than the planned 3-5 mph.

Several media outlets covered the move and we've provided links to their coverage. You can also search #JoCoHouseMove on Twitter to see what others had to say about the move throughout the night.

Kansas City Star

KMBC

Fox 4

KCTV

KSHB
 

 

JCPRD summer park hours begin March 1

Summer hours of 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. go into effect Tuesday, March 1 for many Johnson County Park & Recreation District parks. These summer hours will stay in effect through Oct. 31.

District parks impacted by the new hours are: Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe; Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee; and Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. Summer hours for Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Other District parks with year-round dawn to dusk hours include: Ernie Miller Park, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe; Sunflower Nature Park, 103rd St. and Edgerton Road, rural De Soto; Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th Street, Overland Park; Camp Branch Glade, 175th & Mission Road in Aubry Township; Stilwell Community Park, 207th & Metcalf, Stilwell; and all of the Streamway Parks System access points.

For more information, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com or call 913-888-4713.

Put a critter on your gift giving list

During this season of gift-giving, the staff at the Ernie Miller Nature Center would appreciate being added to your list.They have a variety of needs in order to care for a wide variety of creatures. There are several ways you can help them care for the animals at the nature center. From monetary donations, to gift cards or purchasing items they need.

Mammals

  • Peanuts in shell, no salt
  • Corner wood shelf for chipmunk shelf
  • Large rodent ball – for exercise
  • Sweet potato & whole carrots
  • Rodent Chow for mice

Snakes, Turtles and Toads

  • Reptile water bowls that look like rocks (from pet store)
  • Distilled Vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Frozen berries, frozen kernel corn and broccoli
  • Clear critter keepers

Birds of Prey

  • One-quarter inch &/or three-quarter inch rope for perches
  • Masking tape and brown duct tape

Outside critters and general animal care

  • Nitrile disposable gloves
  • Sandwich and quart size zip baggies
  • Disinfecting wipes for cleaning
  • Bird seed: black oil sunflower, safflower seed, suet cakes

Donations may be dropped off at 909 N. Highway 7, Olathe, KS, Monday – Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, you may contact the center’s staff at (913) 764-7759 or @JCPRDemncnature

 

Cars in the Park event Saturday to benefit Special Olympians

About 200 vehicles and 1,000 spectators are expected to attend the annual Cars in the Park car show on Saturday, Sept. 26, in the marina parking lot in Shawnee Mission Park at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee.

The event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is one of two major annual fundraisers for Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Special Olympics and Special Populations programs. Specifically, these funds are typically used to acquire uniforms and pay for transportation to events. For spectators, admission to the show is free and concessions will be available.

The show typically attracts an eclectic mix of cars, trucks, and motorcycles, from Model A’s to modern and customized vehicles. The show will conclude with a cruise through Shawnee Mission Park at 2 p.m. For more information, click here or call (913) 831-3359.

Johnson County Museum to close for one day on Sept. 22

The Johnson County Museum will be closed for one day on Tuesday, September 22 for routine exhibit maintenance. The interactive areas of the Museum, especially the popular KidScape exhibit, receive a lot of wear and tear during the summer months when attendance surges to record highs. The 1950s All-Electric House will be closed to the public as well.

“In July we set an all-time high monthly attendance record with 5,634 visitors. This one day of routine maintenance will ensure the exhibitions are in the best working order for our visitors to enjoy,” said Mindi Love, Johnson County Museum director.

The Museum and the 1950s All-Electric House will reopen on Wednesday, September 23. The Museum is located at 6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, Kansas, 66217.  For more information about the Johnson County Museum, click here or call 913-715-2550.

Free party in the park this Sunday

For six decades Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) has been bringing the community together with award-winning parks, recreation and educational programs. Celebrate this milestone with JCPRD this Sunday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at The Theatre in the Park (7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66217). 

The celebration will include an awesome display of giant kites by the Kansas City Kite Club; an assortment of family-friendly activites; and lively entertainment by popular Beatles tribute band Liverpool, Four Fried Chickens and a Coke, Travis Marvin, Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove, StoneLion Puppet Theatre and magic from Abracadabra Extravaganza.

Best of all, entry to this event is free for all ages. For performance schedules and additional details, go to jcprd.com

Happy birthday, 6 by 6!

Happy birthday! Our 6 by 6, Ready to Read program is turning 6 years old this month and we are ready to celebrate this Saturday! This program emphasizes the six skills that parents and caregivers can help children develop before they learn to read. Various celebratory activities are happening at several Johnson County Library locations between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Click here for details! 

Patriot Golf Days this weekend

Golfers who come to Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) golf courses on the weekend of Sept. 4 through 7 will be asked to consider giving a donation to help ensure the future of families of wounded or fallen soldiers.

This will be the ninth year the local courses join in the nationwide observation of Patriot Golf Days. All proceeds will go to The Folds of Honor Foundation, which awards scholarships to the children of military members who have been seriously disabled or have given their lives in combat in Afghanistan or Iraq. This event began in 2007 and was hugely successful, raising more than $1.1 million from 3,200 golf facilities nationwide. More than $2,000 has been collected during previous events at the local courses alone.

JCPRD courses include the Tomahawk Hills Golf Course at 17501 Midland Drive in Shawnee and the Heritage Park Golf Course at 16445 S. Lackman Road in Olathe.

The JCPRD's activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For updated program listings, visit the District's website at jcprd.com. Please note that county offices are closed Monday, Sept. 7 for the Labor Day holiday.

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