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Dec 04

A variety of JCPRD special events and programs to make your holiday season more enjoyable

Posted on December 4, 2018 at 2:37 PM by Becky Burnside

JCPRD has put together a month-long assortment of holiday program offerings for everyone in your family from toddlers to 50 Plus.

Whether you’d like to arrange for a letter from Santa, provide gifts for the animals at Ernie Miller Nature Center, experience what the holidays were like 100 years ago in a rural one-room schoolhouse, hear holiday-related stories, see a holiday play, or enjoy a social outing, we’ve got plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy and share some good cheer.

Keep in mind most of the programs listed here require advance registration.

Ongoing
Holidays for the Animals at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Johnson County Museum 1950s All-Electric House Holiday Tours

Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29
Lanesfield School Country Christmas at Lanesfield Historic Site

Dec. 5
Animal Tales Storytime - Mrs. Claus Reads at the Ernie Miller Nature Center

Dec. 6
Little Critters’ Day Out- Holiday Animal Party, at Ernie Miller Nature Center 

Dec. 7
Caroling with Celtique for 50 Plus at Matt Ross Community Center

Dec. 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23
Harry Connick Jr’s “The Happy Elf” at The Theatre in the Park INDOORS at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center 

Dec. 8
Holiday Marketplace at Roeland Park Community Center

Breakfast for Santa at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Through Dec. 13
Letters From Santa at Matt Ross Community Center

Dec. 15
Retro Holiday Fun at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

Dec. 19
Animal Tales Storytime - A Visit with Santa at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Dec. 22
Winter Solstice Celebration at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Dec. 31
Noon Years Eve for 50 Plus at Roeland Park Community Center

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Dec 04

Sports, computers, art, adventure camp, and much more to keep your kids engaged and safe

Posted on December 4, 2018 at 2:36 PM by Becky Burnside

Programs and camps being offered by JCPRD before, between, and after the holidays can help make sure kids have no reason to be bored during their time off from school.

The options include nature, basketball, and volleyball camps, two Mad Science programs, two LEGO© engineering programs, five computer camps, and more!

Pre-registration is required for most of these programs. For more information, follow the links below, or call (913) 831-3359.

Dec. 20
Winter Break Adventure Camp (Ages 6-12) at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Dec. 21
Winter Break Adventure Camp (Ages 6-12) at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Dec. 26-28 
Winter Art Studio (Ages 6-12) at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center - 9 am or 1 pm, Mill Creek Activity Center, and New Century Fieldhouse

Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGO® - STEM Minecraft w/LEGO® Materials (Ages 6-11) at Roeland Park Community Center

Dec. 26
Kids’ Day Out (Ages 5-12) at the Johnson County Museum

Dec. 27
Kids’ Day Out (Ages 5-12) at the Johnson County Museum

Slimy Chemistry Camp (Ages 6-12) at New Century Fieldhouse

Winter Break Adventure Camp (Ages 6-12) at Ernie Miller Nature Center


Dec. 27 & 28
Robotics-Battle Bots (Ages 9-15) at Blue Valley Recreation Activity Center

Video Game Design (Ages 10-17) at Blue Valley Recreation Activity Center

Gaming and Coding (Ages 6-12) at Mill Creek Activity Center

iCode (Ages 6-12) at Mill Creek Activity Center

iGame Creators (Ages 6-10) at Mill Creek Activity Center

Dec. 28
Kids’ Day Out (Ages 5-12) at the Johnson County Museum

Mad Science© Principles of Flight Camp (Ages 7-12) at New Century Fieldhouse

Winter Break Adventure Camp (Ages 6-12) at Ernie Miller Nature Center
Jan. 2 & 3
Gymnastics Winter Camp (Ages 6-12) at Mill Creek Activity Center

Jan. 2 & 3
Gymnastics Winter Camp (Ages 6-12) at Mill Creek Activity Center

Jan. 2-4
Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGO® - STEM The Force w/LEGO® Materials (Ages 6-11) at Roeland Park Community Center

The Gaming Academy (Ages 10-17) at Blue Valley Recreation Activity Center

Winter Art Studio (Ages 6-12) at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center - 9 am or 1 pm, Mill Creek Activity Center, and New Century Fieldhouse

Winter Break Basketball Camp (Grades K-3) at Okun Fieldhouse

Winter Break Basketball Camp (Grades 4-8) at Okun Fieldhouse

Winter Break Volleyball Camp (Grades 3-8) at Okun Fieldhouse and New Century Fieldhouse


Nov 29

JCPRD offers three different homeschool programs starting in January, and one more in March

Posted on November 29, 2018 at 1:03 PM by Becky Burnside

Art, history, and theater are the subjects of separate homeschool programs for youth being offered by JCPRD during January.

Programs with January start dates include Homeschool History Adventures being presented at and by the Johnson County Museum, and Homeschool Art and Homeschool Theater Troupe being presented by JCPRD’s Fine & Performing Arts Department. A new Yoga Homeschool Nature Fitness program is being offered beginning in March at the Ernie Miller Nature Center.

Homeschool Art is for ages five to 15. Participants will have collaborative experiences meant to encourage them to explore art through consideration, conversation, and creation. This class has the theme “Art Adventures,” and is designed to supplement homeschool curriculums. 

Two different sessions of the Art Adventures program are offered beginning in early January for two different age groups. Art Adventures for ages five to ten include one class that meets on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 9, and another that meets on Thursdays beginning Jan. 10. Both classes meet at 10 a.m. and take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (JCAHC). Advanced Art Adventures for ages 11 to 15 are also offered and include a class that meets on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 9, and another that meets on Thursdays beginning Jan. 10. Both of these classes meet at 1 p.m. at JCAHC. For either age group, the cost for 11 two-hour sessions is $95 per person for Johnson County resident or $99 for nonresidents. Additional Homeschool Art classes with the theme “Clay Creations,” are offered beginning April 4 at JCAHC for ages five to ten and 11 to 15.

Homeschool History is for ages seven to 13, and will let participants examine artifacts from the museum’s collection, explore the museum’s main exhibit called “Becoming Johnson County,” and put their brains and hands to work with interactive projects, games, and activities. These monthly sessions serve as an engaging supplement to homeschool curriculums, and give students an opportunity to build both new friendships and a new appreciation for what came before us. The first program in the series is called “The Mystery of Museums,” and will show students what it’s like to work in a museum. Participants will put on white gloves and discover what goes on behind the scenes. This program will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11. Other upcoming Homeschool History Adventures programs this season will include: “Made in JoCo” on Feb. 8, “Homeschool Day at Lanesfield School” on March 8 at the Lanesfield Historic Site, and “Playing in the Past” on April 12. The cost for each two-hour program is $6 per person, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration includes admission to the Johnson County Museum and KidScape. 

In Homeschool Theater Troupe, students ages nine to 12 will explore various aspects of theater throughout a 12-week course. Participants will get to operate as their own theater troupe culminating in a performance. One offering of this class will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Mill Creek Activity Center beginning Jan. 15, while another will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at JCAHC beginning Jan. 16. The cost for 12 two-hour sessions is $240 per person for Johnson County residents or $275 for nonresidents.

Yoga Homeschool Nature Fitness is for ages six and older at the Ernie Miller Center. This series of six single-session programs led by a certified youth yoga instructor has the goal of getting participants moving and letting them combine the positive effects of being outdoors as they explore, hike, and try yoga along the trails. A short animal presentation after every session is also part of the program. All children must be accompanied by paying adult. In case of inclement weather activities will be indoors. All Yoga Homeschool Nature Fitness programs begin at 10 a.m. on a Thursday, and are set for: March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18, and April 25. Advance registrations are required for this program.

The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, which includes the Johnson County Museum, is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Lanesfield Historic Site is located at 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton. Mill Creek Activity Center is located at 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee. Ernie Miller Park is located at 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.