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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 Pumpkin Party for ages 3-5 with a parent planned for Oct. 31

Young children with a parent can get into the Halloween spirit during a new special event being planned by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District on Halloween Day.

Pumpkin Party is the name of this event, which is for ages three to five with a parent. Participants will spend the morning playing games, enjoying spooky snacks, and trick-or-treating in the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse. Be sure to come in costume and enter our contest for a special prize. 

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

The Pumpkin Party will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, located at 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. The cost for this one-and-one-half-hour program is $6 per child for Johnson County residents or $7 per child for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 22856.

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

JCPRD gymnastics offers Halloween Handspring Clinic for girls on Oct. 30

Helping young gymnasts improve or master back and front handsprings is the goal of a gymnastics special event for girls being offered in late October by the Gymnastics Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Called the Halloween Handspring Clinic, this single-session program is intended for female gymnasts ages six to 12. Participants should already have Level 2 or 3 gymnastics skills. For an optimal learning experience, it is encouraged for participants to have a round off, front limber, and back bend kick over.

This Halloween Handspring Clinic will take place beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the JCPRD Gymnastics Center, located inside the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee.  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 cost for one one-hour session is $15 per person for Johnson County residents or $17 per person for nonresidents. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 21963.

Additional Gymnastics Special events for ages six to 12 at the Mill Creek Activity Center are scheduled over the next five months and beyond. Planned are: a themed Parents' Night Out program for boys and girls on Nov. 16 (21966); as well as skill-based programs for girls including an Ultimate Uneven Bar Clinic on Nov. 8 (21967), and a Winter Camp on Jan. 2 and 3(22357).

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

 

Explore Meadowbrook Park trails on Oct. 30 with 50 Plus Social Walk

Hit the trails at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s newest park when the 50 Plus Department presents a social walk in late October.

This program is called Social Walk: Meadowbrook Park, and will take place at this new 80-acre facility which opened in June at 9101 Nall Ave, Prairie Village. Participants can chat with old friends and new on about four miles of beautiful trails in the park, followed by a delicious lunch in the park’s clubhouse and a facility tour. 

This outing is considered an easy walk. To find this program in the My JCPRD 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 “social walk.” 

This outing will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 30, beginning at 9 a.m. in the park. The cost for this three-hour program, including walking, a tour, and lunch, is $10 per person for Johnson County residents or $11 for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 22853.

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) 826-2975 for space availability.

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

Game Night for 50 Plus is Oct. 30 at Cedar Lake Village

Laugh the night away during a special event being presented at Cedar Lake Village in conjunction with the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Game Night is the name of this event. Participants will enjoy a fun-filled evening of games from the past, dinner, and six games of bingo! To find this program in the My JCPRD 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 keyword “games.” 

This event will take place beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Cedar Lake Village, 15325 S. Lone Elm Road, Olathe. The cost for one two-hour program is $11 per person for Johnson County residents or $12 per person for nonresidents until Oct. 23. After that date, the cost is $14 per person for Johnson County residents or $15 per person for nonresidents. Cost of admission covers food and staff time to administer the bingo program. No additional charge for bingo. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and perform a course ID search for 24213.

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) 826-2975 for space availability.

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

Orienteering workshop for ages 16 and older offered on Oct. 26

Do you enjoy hiking cross-country, but fear losing your way? If so, join the Johnson County Park and Recreation District for a Map and Compass Orientation Workshop beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

This beginner's workshop is taught by members of the Possum Trot Orienteering Club and is for ages 16 and older and children accompanied by a parent or guardian. This program will introduce participants to orienteering, a fun way of learning the basic skills for using a topographic map and a magnetic compass. The program includes a practice orienteering hike in the park. Workbook and the loan of a compass are provided.  Remember to dress for the weather. 

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

The cost for this three-hour workshop is $15 per person for Johnson County residents or $17 for nonresidents. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a barcode search for 23622. 

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

Don’t miss Healthy Halloween Spooktacular event for all ages on Oct. 26

Start your family’s Halloween off with a healthy morning that will keep your kids energized throughout the busy day during a special event being planned by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. 

Healthy Halloween Spooktacular! is the name of this event, which is for all ages. Participants are invited to come in costume visit the freaky photo booth, play games, make creepy crafts, and show off on the dance floor to your favorite Halloween beats!  

To find this 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 “Halloween.”

This free event will take place from 9 to noon on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, and no registration is required. Sponsors for this event are also being sought. For more information, contact Lisa at (913) 826-3161 or email lisa.scharnak@jocogov.org

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

Mildale Farm and Lanesfield School both plan free fall events on Oct. 26

There are two reasons for venture out to southeastern Johnson County on Oct. 26 for some fall fun.

The day's activities include the annual Mildale Farm Fall Fest as well as the Lanesfield School Fall Open House at the Lanesfield Historic Site, which is also celebrating 150 years of existence. Both events are being presented by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District and are free. 

The Mildale Farm Fall Fest is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will give interested parties access to the 158-acre site including the 22-acre rental property in southwest Johnson County as well as to about 136 acres which are actually part of the adjacent 578 acres of the northernmost portion of Big Bull Creek Park. Visitors will be directed to park near Mildale Farm’s main barn. 

A number of fall-related activities are being planned for the event, all of which are free to the public. A pumpkin patch will be situated in front of the main barn, and children 12 and under can pick out a pumpkin. Cider and hot cocoa will be provided in the barn, as will information on other JCPRD programs and activities. A tractor-drawn hayride will take visitors to a fire circle in the south-central portion of the Mildale site, where they can roast marshmallows and enjoy storytelling and nature walks. Other activities include a petting zoo, and a putting green with kid-sized clubs is available. Chris Cakes pancakes will be serving pancakes while supplies last. 

Catch-and-release fishing in any or all of seven ponds within the 158-acre area will also be offered during Fall Fest. While district fishing permits have been waived for this event, anglers 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license. 

Visitors can also explore and picnic on the grounds. Restrooms will be available, but the property’s two homes and other outbuildings will not be open during this event. The centerpiece of the Mildale Farm property is the high-quality equestrian-style barn, which features peg construction and a hand-laid brick floor. Though designed with an equestrian motif, the barn has never been used for keeping animals. The barn is available as a rental location for social functions, including weddings, family gatherings, and other social and business events. Inquiries regarding information or reservations for Mildale Farm should be directed to Sarah Vogelsberg at (913) 826-2957.

Rules for this event will be posted and will be the same as park rules in place on other district properties. Among them: no alcohol is allowed, pets must be on-leash, and vehicles must remain on roadways. Park police will be on hand to enforce these as well as the catch-and-release fishing provision.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, 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 “family fun.”

Mildale Farm is located at 35250 W. 199th St., Edgerton. From the north, take Interstate 35 south to Homestead Lane. Proceed north on Homestead Lane. Turn left onto 199th Street and proceed west 1.6 miles. Mildale Farm will be on the right.  From the south, take Interstate 35 north to Sunflower Road and proceed north of Sunflower Road 0.7 miles. Turn left onto to 207th St., and proceed west for 0.1 miles. Turn right onto 8th St. (Edgerton Road) and proceed north 1 mile. Turn right onto 56 Highway and proceed east 1 mile. Turn right onto 199th St. Mildale Farm will be on the left. 

For more information about this event, call Sarah Vogelsberg at (913) 826-2957.

During the Lanesfield School Fall Open House event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., participants of all ages can celebrate autumn in a one-room schoolhouse built in 1869 and restored to its appearance of 1904. Visitors can dance to the Missouri Town Band, play stickball, and visit with reenactors. Refreshments will be available. 

Lanesfield Historic Site is located at 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton, which is about three miles from Mildale Farm via Us Highway 56 to 191st St. to Dillie Road. The Lanesfield site is a one-room limestone schoolhouse, the last remaining structure in the former town of Lanesfield. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under fun for all and then under heritage & history. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “museum.” 

 

 

First ever Trunk or Treat at the Creek event is Oct. 25 at Mill Creek Activity Center

Enjoy a night of Halloween-themed family fun during a new special event at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Mill Creek Activity Center in late October. 

This event is called Trunk or Treat at the Creek and is for all ages. Participants are invited to put on their costumes, and enjoy gymnastics open play along with face painting, crafts, candy, and more. To find this 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 keywords “Special Event.”

Trunk or Treat at the Creek will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, at the facility, which is located at 6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee. The cost is $2 per person, and preregistration is required.  For more information, call (913) 826-2950. To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a barcode search for 23229.

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

Learn about upcoming travel destinations when JCPRD presents 50 Plus Travel Show on Oct. 24

Join fellow travelers in search of new destinations to explore and trips to take when the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District presents a Travel Show on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse.

During this free three-hour event, participants will spend an afternoon meeting 50 Plus travel professionals while previewing our scheduled destinations and beautiful vacation spots.  Learn about the benefits of choosing to travel with us and see photos of our past travel experiences.  Brochures and itineraries are available to help you choose where you want to go on your first trip, your tenth trip, or your 50th trip!  Attendees are eligible for door prizes and Travel Show booking incentives.

The June 25  Travel Show will take place beginning at 1 p.m., at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. Call (913) 826-2975 to RSVP. 

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) 826-2975 for space availability.

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

 

Next Animal Storytime for ages 5 and under is Oct. 23 at Mill Creek Activity Center

Staff from the Ernie Miller Nature Center will present the second of two free Animal Storytime programs on Oct. 23 at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Mill Creek Activity Center in Shawnee.

Animal Storytime is for ages five and under with a parent or guardian, and promises an animal adventure and stories for all age groups. This will be the second and last Animal Storytime presentation this season at MCAC, and will have the theme "Night Sounds."

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

Animal Storytime will take place beginning at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Mill Creek Activity Center located at 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee. Admission to this 30-minute program is free, and no preregistration is required.  For more information about this program, contact the activity center at (913) 826-2950.

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

 

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