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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

New Celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder program for 50 Plus is Feb. 13.

Reminisce about a childhood favorite and celebrate the Feb. 7 birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder during a new special event for 50 Plus being offered in mid-February by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder is the name of this event, which will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Participants will enjoy coffee and pastries as an interpreter portraying Laura tells favorite stories from her childhood. This will be a first-person history interpretation, followed by a question/answer session. This program is in addition to the Laura's Legacy special event for ages five and older on Feb. 9, also at the nature center.

To find Celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder 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 keywords “special event.”

Admission for this 90-minute event, which includes breakfast, is $12 per person for Johnson County residents, or $14 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

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

Learn about the community at 18th and Vine during History on Tap session on Feb. 12

The 18th & Vine District was the cradle of Kansas City’s jazz scene, as well as African American culture and business. This area is also the topic of the next History on Tap program being presented by the Johnson County Museum.

History on Tap - The Community at 18th and Vine is the name of this one-hour program, which is for ages 18 and older. Join Geri Sanders from the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City, Missouri, as she delves into the importance of this historic district. With racial segregation, the District developed as a second downtown for African Americans. The area flourished and incubated Kansas City’s jazz culture. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

History on Tap - The Community at 18th and Vine also ties into the museum's special exhibit called The Turbulent Twenties. Coordinating with the centennial of the ending of World War I, the exhibit runs through May 11 and notes that despite often being presented as a triumphant decade for the country, the 1920s were also a decade of tumult and fractured American society.

To find this program 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 keywords “museum program.”

History on Tap - The Community at 18th and Vine will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for this one-hour program is $7 for adults, and museum members get a 20 percent discount, but must register by phone at (913) 831-3359 to claim their discount. Program admission also includes admission to the museum, which will have its hours extended beyond the usual 4:30 p.m. closing time just for this program. Walk-ins are welcome, but preregistration is encouraged. For more information about this program or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

The museum's next History on Tap program is set for March 19 when the topic is The KKK in Johnson County, 1921-1930

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.

Observe Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday with Laura’s Legacy program at The Ernie Miller Nature Center

Observing the birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder, early Kansas Pioneer and author of the beloved “Little House on the Prairie” books, is the purpose of a special event planned at the Ernie Miller Nature Center in early February.

Laura’s Legacy is the name of this event, which is primarily for ages five and older, and will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Participants are invited to dress like Laura and wear pioneer clothing. There will be a variety of activities for participants to take part in including making rag dolls, experiencing lessons from an 1800s school, and listening to music from the time period. Refreshments will be served as an interpreter tells Laura’s favorite stories of her childhood.

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 “history.”

Admission for this two-hour event is $7 per person for Johnson County residents, including adults, or $8 per person for nonresidents. Past events have drawn more than 100 participants, so make your reservations early! For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a course ID search for 15561. Children must be accompanied by one adult chaperone per group of five.

Printed copies of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Public Input Open House Notice: ADA Transition Plan Update Project to be presented on Feb. 11

The Johnson County Park and Recreation District will hold a public input open house to review the update to the agency’s ADA Transition Plan. The meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The open house will be held in the Sunflower Room at the JCPRD Administration Building at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee. Disability Access Consultants, LLC (DAC) staff will provide a presentation about the project. JCPRD staff will also be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions.

JCPRD retained DAC to conduct a district-wide ADA accessibility evaluation of JCPRD’s public facilities, programs, and services. The public open house is being held to present the findings of DAC. JCPRD is seeking feedback from members of the community with disabilities, area organizations that serve persons with disabilities, and other interested parties. The feedback will be used to assist JCPRD in the prioritization of accessibility improvements.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or family status. Anyone requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or persons that require an accommodation for participation in the meeting should contact the JCPRD ADA Coordinator Jo Ann Courtney at (913) 826-3405, by Kansas Relay at 711, or by email to joann.courtney@jocogov.org. Because providing a reasonable accommodation may require outside assistance, organizations, or resources, JCPRD asks that any request be made with as much notice as possible, at least two business days prior to the event.

Information about the ADA Transition Plan may be obtained by contacting JCPRD’s ADA Coordinator, Jo Ann Courtney.

Take part in Jazz Storytelling during new special event on Feb. 2

Jazz up a Saturday morning in early February by taking part in a new special event being presented at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center.

Jazz Storytelling at the Johnson County Museum is the name of this program, which is for all ages. This interactive musical program will introduce kids and families to the sounds and styles of jazz, America’s art form. This event is being presented in collaboration with the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. Jazz Storytelling also ties into the museum's special exhibit called The Turbulent Twenties. Coordinating with the centennial of the ending of World War I, the exhibit runs through May 11 and notes that despite often being presented as a triumphant decade for the country, the 1920s were also a decade of tumult and fractured American society.

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 keywords “family fun.”

Jazz Storytelling will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the JCAHC, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for this 45-minute drop-in program is the same as 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.

The Hands to Hearts Bookmobile will also be making a special appearance from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will be distributing free books to kids.

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.

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on Feb. 6, 19, & 20

Beavers, sparrows, and owls are the themes of February Animal Tales Storytime sessions being presented at two locations by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Outdoor Education Department.

February Animal Tales presentations include: “B is for Beavers” on Feb. 6, “Sparrows in the Trees” on Feb. 20," both at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, and “I Heart Owls” on Feb. 19 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in Overland Park.

At either location, the cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program. With the sole exception of the Feb. 19 program at JCAHC, which takes place on a Tuesday, all other sessions take place on a Wednesday. Sessions at EMNC begin at 10:30 a.m., while JCAHC sessions begin at 10 a.m.

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 presentations at Ernie Miller Nature Center include: “Animal Babies” on March 6, “S is for Salamander” on March 20, “Busy Bugs” on April 3, and “Hello, Mother Nature” on April 17. No more sessions are planned this season at JCAHC.

The Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe. The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. For more information about this program, contact the nature center at (913) 826-2800.

Ages 18 and older can Learn to Row in class beginning Feb. 2

Adults can row, row, row their way to fitness and health with an exercise class being offered beginning in early February at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Mill Creek Activity Center.

Titled Fitness Learn to Row, this moderate intensity class is for ages 18 and older. Participants will earn the basics of indoor rowing with the Kansas City Rowing Club. Rowing is a full-body, low-impact, high-intensity workout. It uses 84 percent of your muscle groups, with an emphasis on legs. Rowing is an excellent way to improve your general fitness and conditioning and can be used as a low-impact leg recovery. Our coaches will teach the proper use of the equipment and proper technique. We’ll introduce you to ways to measure your progress, teach rowing drills to improve strength and endurance, and offer strategies to add rowing to your fitness plan.

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

This class will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday beginning Feb. 2 at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee. The cost for four 50-minute sessions is $100 per person for Johnson County residents or $110 for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities.

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

 

Sunday Family Series continues during February at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Bring the family to the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in February for Sunday Nature Programs. Presentations begin at 2 p.m., last about 45 minutes, and are designed for all ages. A charge of $3 per person, payable at the site, helps cover the cost of the programs; children under two are free.

February presentations will include:

Feb. 3: Know Your Scat -  The poop emoji will guide you through identifying a variety of wildlife scat. See live animals, furs, and scat replicas. 

Feb. 10: Ferrets in Kansas  - Hear the story of recovery of the endangered black-footed ferret. Meet a live domestic ferret, and discover conservation efforts in Kansas.

Feb. 17: Furs and the Frontier Hear the story of French explorers as told through the eyes of a fur trader’s daughter, and see live animals.

Feb. 24: Wildlife Who's Who  - Meet an amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal. Discover their similarities and differences.

The Ernie Miller Nature Center is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District and is located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

To find these programs 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 “nature programs.” For more information on the Sunday Nature Programs, call (913) 826-2800.

Celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day during new special event on Jan. 31

Young children and a parent are invited to celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day in late January during a new special event being presented by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

The event is called Yummy Hot Chocolate & Marshmallow Molding and is for ages up to five years old with an adult. Participants will make their own marshmallow snowmen while enjoying hot chocolate and time with a loved one, and take home a keepsake.

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

Yummy Hot Chocolate & Marshmallow Molding will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. If purchased in advance, the cost for this one-hour event is $3 per child for Johnson County residents or $4 per child for nonresidents, or $5 per child 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.

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

JCPRD Summer Camp Guide available online Jan. 21 and registration begins Jan. 28

Summer may seem a long way off, but it will be here before you know it and now is the time to start planning for summer camp!

Before the end of the day on Monday, Jan. 21, you’ll be able to find a digital version of our 2019 Summer Camp Guide and everything you need to know to plan a picture perfect summer at www.jcprd.com. Printed copies of the guide will also be available the week of Jan. 28 at all JCPRD facilities and Johnson County libraries. 

Registrations for camps will begin on Monday, Jan. 28. Online registration begins at 6 a.m., and in-person registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the JCPRD registration office located in Building D in Antioch Park at 6501 Antioch Road in Merriam. 

Camp registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Many camps fill quickly, so don’t delay or you may find your first choices unavailable. 

In all, more than 75  camp programs are referenced in this year’s guide, including camps for ages three through 18. Camps range from full-day programs to partial-day programs serving a variety of interests. Most full-day camps offer weekly sessions with start dates from June 3 through July 29, while other camps begin throughout the summer. This year’s camps take place at locations throughout Johnson County. For the convenience of working parents, most full-day programs provide supervision and self-directed activities from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

For kids, JCPRD camps offer an opportunity to learn about topics they’re interested in without tests or boring lectures. Areas of emphasis include: recreation, arts and crafts, nature and environment, computers, sports, leadership development, science, field trips, theater, and dance. New camp offerings this year include: Paw Patrol™ Academy, Go Dog Go! Pre-K Performance Camp, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Creative Drama Camp, Magic of Wizards using LEGO®, : Ninjaneering using LEGO®, Robotics using the LEGO® WeDo® System, Application Design Camp, Cartoon Creators Camp, Entrepreneurial Game Development Camp, Gaming and Coding Camp, Graphic Design Camp, iMobile Game Design Camp,  Studio-Programming and Game Development Camp, Young Engineers Camp, Hogwarts™ Academy, Scene Study Studio Camp, Theatre in the Park Summer Academy - Madagascar JR Summer Academy, Theatre in the Park Summer Academy - Once on This Island JR, Theatre in the Park Summer Academy - Thoroughly Modern Millie JR, Fortnite™ Dance Academy, Broadway Belters Camp, Theater for Young Audiences Playwriting Development Lab, History Geek Camp, Junior Curator Camp, and Adulting 101 for Young Ladies Camp.

Several additional summer sports camps will be listed in our May through August My JCPRD Activities Catalog, due out the week of March 25. 

JCPRD camps offer parents the comfort of knowing their kids are in a safe, well-supervised, and fun-filled environment. There’s also an emphasis on encouraging healthy, active lifestyles. 

All district camp programs fully comply with Kansas Department of Health & Environment requirements. Camp directors possess extensive experience with children and in their specialized areas of expertise. 

For specific information on JCPRD summer camps, including schedules, costs, and locations, please consult the district’s website at www.jcprd.com or the JCPRD Summer Camp Guide. Keep in mind that camp fees are nonrefundable and most camps do not accept registrations by phone. For more information, call (913) 831-3359.

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