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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

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

Unplug for Family Fun Bingo Night event on March 8 at Roeland Park Community Center

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

This event, which is now is its fourth year, is called Family Fun Bingo Night. This event for all ages and will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 8, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Twists and special treats have been added to make the game more active and silly. Prizes will include gift cards and gift certificates. Dinner is included, and the meal will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by bingo.

The cost per individual for this two-hour event is $10 for Johnson County residents or $11 for nonresidents. Two different family rates are being offered, depending on the number of participants. For up to seven people, the rate is $40 for Johnson County residents or $44 for nonresidents. For up to four people, the rate is $30 for residents or $33 for nonresidents. Cost of admission covers food (or snacks) and staff time to administer the bingo program. No additional charge for bingo.

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.

 

Spring Break Trout Stocking set for Friday, March 8

Bring the kids and start out spring break week by watching  as hundreds of pounds of rainbow trout are stocked in two Johnson County Park and Recreation District lakes.

These supplemental Spring Break Trout Stockings will take place on Friday, March 8, at each respective lake's boat ramp. Stocking of about 600 pounds of trout at Kill Creek Park will begin at 2:30 p.m.; and stocking of about 1,400 pounds of trout at Shawnee Mission Park will begin at 3:45 p.m. Following the stockings, both lakes will be closed to fishing until the following day's park opening at 5 a.m.

This supplemental stocking follows an earlier stocking of about 5,400 pounds of trout in the two lakes on Feb. 20 and the official beginning of the 2018 trout season on Feb. 23.

JCPRD's rainbow trout program is totally funded by monies collected through JCPRD fishing and trout permits. Purchasing a permit allows anglers to collect a daily limit of four trout. 

Before fishing for trout in district waters, anglers age 16 and older will need to have a valid Kansas fishing license, a Johnson County Park and Recreation District fishing permit, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. All persons, regardless of age or residency, must also possess a JCPRD trout permit. Trout permits are required whether you plan to keep your catch (up to a daily limit of  four) or release the trout you catch. District fishing permits are available at: the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, at the Visitors Services counter in the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; and at local sporting goods outlets.

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 keywords “fishing.” 

For more information on this program, contact Visitor Services at Shawnee Mission Park at (913) 888-4713. The center is open seven days a week.

Experience Lanesfield School during next Homeschool History Adventures session on March 8

Eyes forward! Backs straight! Step back in time and experience what schooldays were like more than 100 years ago in Johnson County during the next Homeschool History Adventures program presented by the Johnson County Museum in early March.

During Homeschool Day at Lanesfield School, participants will join the teacher of this historic schoolhouse to complete lessons in arithmetic, spelling, penmanship, and more just as in the year 1904. Located near Gardner, Lanesfield Historic Site provides a perfect setting for these lessons, but be sure to mind your Ps and Qs. There will be time for Q and A after the lessons, and period dress is encouraged!

Monthly Homeschool History Adventures serve as an engaging supplement to homeschool curriculums, and give students the opportunity to build both new friendships and a new appreciation for what came before us. To find these programs in the My JCPRD 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 keywords “museum program.”

Homeschool Day at Lanesfield School will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 8, at Lanesfield Historic Site, 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton. The cost for this two-hour program is $6 per person, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

The final Homeschool History Adventures program this season will return to the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, for "Playing in the Past” on April 12.

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Enjoy Dino O'Dell concert at Johnson County Museum on March 8

Fun, music, and movement are in store when the Johnson County Museum presents a Kid-Friendly Musical Performance in early March.

Dino O'Dell will perform beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 8, at the Johnson County Museum, located in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Enjoy Dino’s unique blend of folk-rock and reggae! Whether he is counting monsters, fixing spaceships, or swimming in peanut butter, Dino's interactive songs and tall tales stir the imagination, inspire curiosity, and engage the whole child.

The cost for this 60-minute program is $5 per person, and museum members save 20 percent, but must call (913) 831-3359 to register and their claim discount. Program registration does not include admission to KidScape and the museum. To register for this program by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register onlineat www.jcprd.com.

Kid-Friendly Musical Performances are designed for ages two through ten with an adult. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “music.”

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Aging Mastery class offered for 50 Plus in Antioch Park beginning March 5

A comprehensive and fun approach to living that celebrates the gift of longevity is what participants will find in a program being offered beginning in early March by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

The Aging Mastery Program (AMP) focuses on positivity and simple changes that can make a big difference in creating healthy habits. The program combines goal-setting, daily practices, and peer support to help participants make meaningful changes in their lives. It covers a broad range of topics, and local experts will help teach the curriculum.  

Sessions will include: “Navigating Longer Lives,” “Exercise and You,” “Sleep, Healthy Eating,” “Financial Fitness,” “Advance Planning,” “Healthy Relationships,” “Medication Management,” “Falls Prevention,” and “Community Engagement”. Participants will receive a book and incentives throughout the ten-week program. 

But this program is more than classroom learning, as organizers hope to build a community which will help participants find others who are having similar experiences, and connect participants to services and organizations that can be great resources to keep people active, engaged, and independent. 

To find this program at JCPRD.com, browse first under 50 Plus and then under enrichment & special interests. The session beginning in March is not in the January through April issue of the My JCPRD Activities catalog

The Aging Mastery Program will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays beginning March 5 in Building A, Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch . The cost for ten 90-minute sessions is $45 per person for Johnson County residents or $50 per person for nonresidents. Call (913) 826-3054 for more information. To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com. A January offering of this program filled to capacity, so be sure to register early to secure your spot!

The local AMP class came about with the assistance of the Mid-America Regional Council’s KC Communities for All Ages, K-State Research and Extension of Johnson County, and Bridge Quest Wealth Strategies. 

Mardi Gras Mah Jongg for 50 Plus planned for March 5 in Roeland Park

“Laissez les bon temps roulez!” Let the good times roll at a Mardi Gras marathon of Mah Jongg being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

This special event is called Mardi Gras Mah Jongg, and will take place on March 5 at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Bring your friends, favorite foursome, or meet new players and enter to win prizes. We’ll keep you energized this Fat Tuesday with coffee, snacks, lunch, and dessert. To find this program 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 keyword “games.”

The fun begins at 9:30 a.m. The cost for this six-hour program  is $14 per person for Johnson County residents or $15 per person for nonresidents. Please register for the Mardi Gras Mah Jongg Party before March 1. For more information or to sign up, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com. 

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

 

 

New Petite Picassos art programs for kids set for Feb. 26

Pablo Picasso lends his name to a new single-session art class for young children being offered at two locations in late February by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Petite Picassos is the name of this program, which is for ages three to six. Participants will join a teaching artist in the art studio as they read a book, look at art work, and create a thematic work of art! Parents are welcome and encouraged to join this class.

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

Petite Picassos is offered on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at two locations. One class will meet at 10 a.m. at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (JCAHC), 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, while the other will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Mill Creek Activity Center (MCAC), 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee.

The cost for one 45-minute class is $5 per child. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on location you are interested in -  JCAHC session, or the MCAC session. Additional Petite Picasso sessions are planned for March 26 at JCAHC and at MCAC and April 30 at JCAHC and MCAC.

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

Children can enjoy Parents’ Night Out at JCPRD Gymnastics Center on Feb. 23

Children ages six to 12 are invited to enjoy fun activities during a Parents' Night Out planned in late February 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, snacks, and activities under the supervision of JCPRD staff. The February Parents' Night Out, is called Thing 1 & Thing 2, participants are invited to bring a friend and dress up as twins. At the end of the night, there will be prizes to win.

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 February Parents' Night Out will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Mill Creek Activity Center, located at 6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee. The cost for one three-hour session is $18 for Johnson County residents or $22 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 Kid's Garage Sale set for Feb. 23 at Mill Creek Activity Center

Kids and parents of kids are hereby notified of a new Kid’s Garage Sale planned in late February at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Mill Creek Activity Center.

This event is the perfect opportunity to get rid of extra stuff or to make room for new toys or clothes. Items for sale must be predominately children’s items. Once registered, participants may list their items for sale on MCAC’s Facebook Kid’s Garage Sale event page. This recently-announced event is not in the January through April My JCPRD activities catalog.

This Kid’s Garage Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee. The cost is $10 for the first six-foot table and $8 for additional tables (up to three total). 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.

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