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Posted on: November 17, 2021

Santa's coming to town! Check out these holiday-themed programs for the week of Dec. 5-11

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Notes: For more information or to register online for the programs listed here, visit and complete a search for any of the activity numbers listed below. To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. For all in-person programs, physical distancing and COVID-19 safe practices will be encouraged.

A reminder that 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 September through December season of JCPRD program information is now online!

Here's a sampling of programs JCPRD has coming up for the week of Dec. 5-11: 

Dec. 6 - Museum: Sensory Friendly Monday (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, All Ages, 9 a.m. to Noon, $4 per person for ages up to 18, $6 per person for ages 18 to 59, and $5 per person for ages 60 and older) - Come enjoy the Johnson County Museum and KidScape in a comfortable, low-sensory environment. This limited-occupancy session is designed specifically for children with sensory processing differences and Autism Spectrum Disorders, and their families. We welcome visitors of all abilities and museum experience. We also welcome hand fidgets, comfort items, weighted blankets and vests, and mobility devices.  Activity number 14120. For questions about this program, please call 913-715-2570.

Dec. 7 - Art: Clay Creations (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Ages 3 to 6, 10 to 10:50 a.m., $12 per person) - Come get creative and explore clay. Students will get the opportunity to hand-build with clay and make one ceramics piece to be fired. Students will need an adult to attend class with them. Activity number 14739. Same-date session from 11 to 11:50 a.m., activity number 14742.

Dec. 7 - Museum: The Retro Housewife’s Guide to Vintage Christmas (Johnson County Museum at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, All Ages, 6 to 7 p.m., $6 per person, museum members $4.80) - The Retro Housewife’s Guide series takes you inside the Johnson County Museum’s 1950s All-Electric House like you’ve never seen it before. For this installment of the Retro Housewife’s Guide, Miss Yvonne will cover all things Vintage Christmas - from décor to traditions, and those holiday classics that still hold a place in our hearts and homes today. After the program check out the All-Electric House decked out in its holiday best. Activity number 15834. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Dec. 8 - Holiday Event: Jingle Mingle (Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, Ages 50 Plus, 1:30 to 3 p.m., $12 per person, $14 nonresidents) - Let’s have a little fun this holiday season! Enjoy an afternoon of fun holiday games, spirited tunes, and festive treats.  Activity number 14367.

Dec. 8 - Special Interest: Everyday Mindfulness (Virtual Program, Ages 50 Plus, 2 to 3 p.m., FREE) - Mindfulness is described as an awareness of the present moment, new research says it can help to calm you down, relieve stress, improve physical and mental health. It can also help you to be less judgmental. Simple mindfulness exercises will be introduced that can be incorporated into everyday living. Activity number 15122.

Dec. 8 - Nature Time Yoga (Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, 10:30 - 11 a.m., Ages 2-6 with an adult, $2 per person, including adults) - Music, movement, and imagination!!! Join the nature center staff as we act out stories with animal and yoga moves. These parent and child experiences are held indoors and designed to encourage creativity, coordination, and enhance awareness of the natural world. All children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Activity number 14402.

Dec. 9 - Cooking: Food After 50 (Virtual Program, Ages 50 Plus, 10 to 11 a.m., FREE) - As we age, things change - and so should our eating habits. Tweaking your diet to match energy needs and activity levels is a smart way to maintain a good body weight and stay healthy. This class is presented over Zoom by Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Department. Activity number 14471.

Dec. 10 - Art: Open Studio (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, All Ages, 10 a.m. to Noon, $5 per person) - Come to the Art Studio and let your creativity shine! Various arts and crafts supplies will be set out for you to make art with during our Open Studio. No formal instruction will happen during this time. Art materials are limited to what has been set out by the Teaching Artist and will not include ceramics. Children under 16 must have an adult with them, only those making arts and crafts need to pay the fee. Because Open Studio has a maximum number of participants, pre-registration is recommended, but if this program has not filled, drop-in participants can pay at the front desk. If no participants are in attendance by 11 a.m. the studio will close. Activity number 15210. Winter-themed Dec. 18 session, activity number 14749.

Dec. 10 - Special Event: Candy Cane Hunt (Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee, Ages 5 and under with parent of guardian, 10:30 a.m. to noon., $12 per person, $13 nonresidents) - Create a festive craft then go on the hunt for candy canes hidden around the facility. Take part in Open Playground too! This program is for children ages 5 and under. Activity number 14038. Dec. 15 session, Activity number 14039. Pre-registration is required. For additional information call 913-826-2950.

Dec. 11 - Seasonal Event: Santa’s Workshop (Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ages 11 and under with a parent or guardian, $8 per person, $9 nonresidents) - Welcome to the North Pole of Ernie Miller Nature Center! Santa needs more elves! Rotate through stations to earn your elf ears, and be sure to wear your festive green, red, and white colors. You’ll eat and drink Santa’s favorite snack, make a craft, play games, and compare Kansas animals to Arctic ones! See live animals and meet the jolly guy himself! Advanced registration required. Activity number 14341. A 10 a.m. session (14340) has already filled. For more information call 913-826-2800.

Dec. 11 - Lanesfield Country Christmas (Lanesfield Historic Site, 18745 S. Dillie Rd., Edgerton, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., All Ages, FREE) - Experience a traditional 1904 old-fashioned Christmas! Write to Santa with pen and ink and visit the gift shop for stocking stuffers. The Edgerton Rainbow Connection Children’s Choir will perform at 1:30 p.m. Santa visits from 1:45 to 3:30 p.m. Crafts and free refreshments available. 

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