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Posted on: November 26, 2019

Park board approves 2020 capital projects and 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan

JCPRD Mid-America West Sports Complex Softball Game

The Johnson County Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners approved 2020 capital projects and a proposed five-year capital improvement plan (CIP) for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District during its regular monthly meeting conducted Nov. 20 i...

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

19th Annual KC WildLands Native Christmas Tree Event planned on Dec. 7 at Mildale Farm

KCWL Cedar Tree Event

Kansas City WildLands, in partnership with Johnson County Park and Recreation District, is again offering the public an opportunity to remove invasive red cedars and take them home to decorate for the holidays! 

This year's event will take place f...

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

Breakfast With Santa for ages 3-5 offered at Ernie Miller Nature Center on Dec. 7

Breakfast with Santa

Children three to five can bring a parent and enjoy a morning meal followed by a visit with Santa during a special event called Breakfast With Santa being presented by the  Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Breakfast will take place beg...

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

Letters From Santa offered through Dec. 13 by Overland Park 50 Plus program

Santa Letter

Personalized letters from Santa are available through a program being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s 50 Plus Department.

To arrange a letter from Santa for that special person (all ages), fill out the online form, or...

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

Animal Tales Storytelling sessions continue on Dec. 4 and 18

Animal Tales with Mrs. Claus

Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus are the themes of December Animal Tales Storytelling sessions being presented by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Outdoor Education Department at the Ernie Miller Nature Center.

December Animal Ta...

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Posted on: October 14, 2019

Public input sought on E-bike pilot program now underway on JCPRD trails

Coffee Creek Streamway Trail

Public input is currently being sought on the use of two classifications of electric bicycles on Johnson County Park and Recreation District trails.

This pilot program began July 15 and is meant to give e-bikes in classes 1 and 3 a six-month trial run on a...

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

Hear from the collectors behind the Johnson County Museum’s Dreaming of a Retro Xmas exhibit

Alumimun Christmas Trees

Johnson County residents Steve and Mary Pruitt, whose collection of aluminum Christmas trees and other pieces of 1950s and 60s holiday décor are featured in the Johnson County Museum’s Dreaming of a Retro Xmas temporary exhibit, will talk about their coll...

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Posted on: October 30, 2019

New Dreaming of a Retro Xmas temporary exhibit begins Nov. 12 at Johnson County Museum

Retro Holiday Fun

Travel back to a Space Age Christmas and learn all about aluminum trees and other vintage decorations during a new temporary exhibits beginning in mid-November at the Johnson County Museum.

Dreaming of a Retro Xmas is the name of this exhibit, which celebr...

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Posted on: November 6, 2019

Savages and Princesses - The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes exhibit begins Nov. 20

Savages and Princesses Logo

Giving viewers an opportunity to see artwork by nationally-recognized indigenous artists and starting some conversations around the topic of Native American stereotyping are goals for a second temporary exhibit opening at the Johnson County Museum during ...

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

New Strolling Strings and Sleigh Bells event for 50 Plus on Dec. 11

Strolling Strings and Sleigh Bells

Deck the halls and spread holiday cheer with entertainment by Shawnee Mission North’s Strolling Strings during a new special event being planned in mid-December by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

This event is cal...

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

JCPRD gymnastics program offers Candy Cane Hunt on Dec. 13 & 18

Candy Cane Hunt

A holiday-themed gymnastics program for young children involving hundreds of candy canes hidden throughout the Mill Creek Activity Center is being offered in early December by the gymnastics department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

New Pajama Party Breakfast Bingo event is Dec. 14 at Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse

Christmas Socks with reindeer

You’re invited to show up in your pajamas for a new mid-December special event for the whole family being planned by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse.

This event is called Pajama Party Breakfast Bi...

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Posted on: November 6, 2019

Johnson County Museum to present free Lanesfield School Country Christmas event

Lanesfield Santa

Drop in for an old-fashioned Christmas during a special event being presented nine times this holiday season by the Johnson County Museum at the Lanesfield Historic Site.

The program is called Lanesfield School Country Christmas and is for all ages. Experi...

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Posted on: November 27, 2019

New Family Fun Graham Cracker House Workshop set for Dec. 20 at the Roeland Park Community Center

Graham Cracker House Workshop

A new holiday-related special event being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District lets participants drop in anytime during a five-hour window on the Saturday before Christmas to create their own graham cracker house.

This Family Fun Grah...

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Posted on: November 6, 2019

Donations of animal supplies sought through Holidays for the Animals program at Ernie Miller Nature

Holidays for the Animals

The holidays are a time of gifts and generosity. Individuals, families, and groups wanting to make a difference are invited to consider contributing a gift to the animals at the Ernie Miller Nature Center through a program called Holidays for the Animals....

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Posted on: November 27, 2019

Intro to Acting winter break camp class offered for youth ages 8-12

Intro to Acting

Monologues, dialogue between characters, and evoking emotion as actors are just a few things young would-be thespians will learn during an Intro to Acting winter break camp being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District during Christmas ...

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Posted on: December 4, 2019

Audition Lab winter break camp program offered for youth ages 12-18

Audition Lab

Prepare for upcoming theater auditions during an Audition Lab winter break camp being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District on the three days following Christmas.

This program is for ages 12 to 18. With the help of a professional teach...

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Posted on: November 27, 2019

Christmas tree recycling begins Dec. 26 in four Johnson County Park and Recreation District parks

Tree Recycling

Post-holiday contributions of discarded natural Christmas trees will be accepted at four Johnson County Park and Recreation District park locations from Dec. 26 through Jan. 31. 

The tree collection sites are: the Sunflower access point of Big Bul...

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Posted on: November 22, 2019

Sunday Family Series begins Jan. 5 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Park Police with Owl

Bring the family to the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in January for Sunday Family Nature Programs. Presentations begin at 2 p.m., last about 45 minutes, and are designed for all ages. A charge of $3 pe...

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Posted on: November 22, 2019

JCPRD presents Homeschool Art programs for ages 6 to 17 beginning Jan. 9, 17 & 31

Girl with easel

Youth can join their friends on an adventure into art during four different homeschool programs being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District beginning in mid- to late January. 

Homeschool Art is the name of these programs, whic...

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Posted on: December 4, 2019

Kids’ Countdown planned on Dec. 31 at Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse

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Kids can enjoy all the festivities of New Year’s Eve at noon during a new special event being presented on the last day of 2019 by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

This program is called Kids' Countdown, and is for ages six to 12....

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Posted on: December 4, 2019

Noon Year’s Eve event is Dec. 31 at Roeland Park Community Center

50 Plus Noon Years Eve

Celebrate the New Year at noon during a returning special event being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

The event is called Noon Year’s Eve and is meant to show that you don’t have to ...

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Posted on: December 4, 2019

New season of Little Critters Day Out program begins Jan. 2 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Little Critters Day Out

Your little critter will enjoy two hours of fun and education on the first Thursday of each month as you enjoy some personal time during a program being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Outdoor Education Department.

Li...

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Posted on: December 4, 2019

Kids’ Day Out session scheduled for Jan. 2 & 3 at Mill Creek Activity Center

Kids Day Out MCAC

Kids' need a break too! Children ages five to 12 are invited to enjoy fun activities during a Kids' Day Out program planned for the Thursday and Friday after New Year’s Day at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Mill Creek Activity Center in...

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Posted on: December 4, 2019

JCPRD gymnastics program offers Winter Camp for girls on Jan. 2 & 3

Halloween Handspring

A fun-filled camp for female gymnasts of all skill levels is being offered during winter break by the gymnastics department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Called simply Winter Camp, this program is for girls ages six to 12. Each day wi...

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Posted on: December 4, 2019

Ernie Miller Nature Center offers live animal programs for groups

Owls - Eyes of the Night - NR

Five nature programs featuring live animals are being offered for groups by the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe, or at your location in Kansas. The programs are called Wildlife Who's Who, Wildlife Webs, Snakes Alive, Birds o...

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