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Jun 30

Enjoy geocaching, a tropical luau, archery and BB-gun shooting, or Family Bingo

Posted on June 30, 2020 at 3:02 PM by Becky Burnside

Enjoy an outdoor adventure in a park, a tropical celebration without ever leaving Johnson County, or some game time with family during four special events being planned by JCPRD for July.

July events include S’mores Family Geocaching on July 10, Tropical Luau on July 16, Shooting Sports Family Fun Time on July 26, and Family Fun Bingo Night on July 31. All of these programs require advance registration, and will encourage physical distancing and other COVID-19 safe practices.

S'mores Family Geocaching is a modern-day scavenger hunt, and a great way to spend time with family outdoors. This event is for all ages, and will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 10, at Shawnee Mission Park’s Shelter #2 on the north side of the Small Lakes area. Each group will be loaned a GPS device and given instructions on how to find the caches hidden around the park. Receive a prize after finding the caches, then enjoy hot dogs and S’mores. Those registering as individuals will each receive a GPS unit to use; participants registering as a group of four or less will be loaned one GPS unit; while those registering as a group of seven or less be loaned two GPS units. Pre-registration is required. 

For this one-and-one-half-hour event, the cost for individual admission is $10 per person for Johnson County residents or $11 per person for nonresidents. Two different family rates are also offered. For a family of up to four people, the cost is $30 for residents or $33 for nonresidents. For a family of up to seven people, the cost is $40 for residents or $44 for nonresidents. 

Tropical Luau is a new special event in which participants ages two to five with an adult will enjoy a morning of flowers and fun including a snack and a take-home craft. This event will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 16, at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village The cost for this one-hour event is $6 per child for Johnson County residents or $7 per person for nonresidents. 

During Shooting Sports Family Fun Time, families can safely try their hands at some shooting fun on the archery and BB-gun ranges at JCPRD’s TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe. This program is for ages eight and older, and will allow participants to rotate through the activities at their own pace. All equipment will be provided for use.

This program will take place beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 26. The cost for two one two-hour session is $12 per person for Johnson County residents or $14 per person for nonresidents. Preregistration is required and no drop-ins will be accepted. 

The TimberRidge Adventure Center is a 200-plus acre facility including a challenge course, climbing tower, and three ponds, and is adjacent to Kill Creek Park, which JCPRD also owns and operates. TimberRidge, which was dedicated in 2002, is accessible via an entrance which is separate from and south of the main entrance to Kill Creek Park. With the exception of an open house in the early spring, the facility is normally accessible only by reservation or as part of programming.

Family Fun Bingo Night is for all ages. JCPRD staff have added twists and special treats to make the game more active, silly, and a family night to remember! Prizes will include gift bags and gift certificates. Dinner is included, and the meal will be served at 6 p.m., followed by bingo. 

This event will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 31, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. 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.