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Nov 22

Don’t let winter’s short daylight hours and cold and get you down. Keep busy with us!

Posted on November 22, 2023 at 1:20 PM by Becky Burnside

By David Markham

We’ve been planning a great season of activities to keep you and your family busy, healthy, and engaged during the upcoming January through April program season. Program offerings range from arts and crafts to sports to nature activities, and include leagues, classes, homeschool offerings, special events, seminars, workshops, trips, and Spring Break camps. Included are programs for infants through senior adults. 

Registrations began Monday, Nov. 20, so there’s plenty of time to sign up for programs in JCPRD’s upcoming January through April season.

The new season includes more than 500 offerings being presented by JCPRD through the first four months of 2024 and beyond.

These programs can be found online right now at, so browse and register today for your best choice of programs

Highlights include a number of special events and activities such as: 



  • Museum Exhibit: Inside the Box – A 1951 Time Capsule (All Ages) Feb. 3 through March 30 at Johnson County Museum
  • Year of the Dragon Mah Jongg Party (Ages 50 & Older) on Feb. 9 at Roeland Park Community Center
  • NEW! Be My Owlentine (Ages 2-5 with Adult) on Feb. 14 at Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse
  • Valentine’s Day Lunch & Bingo (Ages 50 & Older) on Feb. 14 at Roeland Park Community Center 
  • Family Candy Bar Bingo (All Ages) on Feb. 23 at Roeland Park Community Center
  • Trout Season opens (All Ages) on Feb. 24 at Kill Creek and Shawnee Mission parks



While they don’t happen during the January-April season, online listings give the opportunity to plan for and sign up for a number of races happening later in the year. These include: the Heritage Park 5K, 10K, & 15K race on May 11 in Heritage Park; the Shawnee Mission Park Adventure Race on May 19; the Shawnee Mission Triathlon and Duathlon on July 14; the Kill Creek Park Triathlon & Duathlon on Aug. 10; and the JCPRD Kids Triathlon in Kill Creek Park on Aug. 17.

50 Plus Travel programs continue to be very popular. Trips in the upcoming season include Extended Travel with upcoming trips to: Scotland, Scandinavia, India, Hawaii, and Australia and New Zealand; as well as Day Travel to Bonner Springs; the Sea Life Aquarium at Crown Center; the Thomas Hart Benton House; New Theatre & Restaurant; Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kan.; St. Joseph, Mo.; Weston, Mo.; Fulton, Mo;, Omaha; and more!

JCPRD continues to offer virtual programs, with an emphasis on 50 Plus offerings ranging from gardening and other special interests to games to exercise. A number of virtual computer classes for youth are also offered.

With cooler temperatures, fall and winter are also a great time to get out and explore JCPRD’s trails and parks.  

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