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Discover Walt Disney's roots with Toonfest in Marceline day trip on Sept. 19
POSTED: 09/08/2015
Travel to the boyhood home of Walt Disney for the 17th annual cartoon festival during an intergenerational day trip being planned for late September by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Toonfest in Marceline is the name of this trip. Bring your princess or pirate ages five to ten (costumes encouraged) or come with friends as this trip is fun for all! Enjoy breakfast on the bus and settle in for a movie on the way to Marceline, Mo. Kick off the day at the Main Street parade where the kids have a chance to ride on the floats. Enjoy festival activities including a cartoon art show and silent auction, craft and novelty booths, and a symposium featuring speakers from the animation world's A-list. Kids can go to a Princess Tea Party or Pirate Plunder on the Muddy Pearl. For lunch on your own, choose from a variety of food vendors or enjoy a meal by the Knights of Columbus. End the day with a visit to the Walt Disney Hometown Museum to explore the “Birthplace of Dreams.”

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “day trip.”

This trip will leave at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 6 p.m. that day. The cost is for this 11-hour day trip, including breakfast, motorcoach, museum admission, and tea party or pirate plunder for the kids is $79 per person for adults or $69 per child ages five to ten.

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 826-3030. To see this program online at, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 31029.

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 District’s Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

This program is also eligible for credit in the Social dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement Badges and awards. To register for JCPRD U, call (913) 826-2950.

Printed copies of JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

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