Free and Low Cost Activities
JCPRD offers free and low cost programs, events, and activities throughout the year. Check back often to see what's coming up next!
Learn about the JCPRD Scholarship program
The JCPRD scholarship program provides funds to Johnson County residents and those who work in Johnson County to offset the cost for classes and programs. Any adult or child that meets the criteria is eligible to apply. Some programs may not qualify for scholarship funds.
Visit a JCPRD park, trail, or playground!
- Playgrounds - play JCPRD Playground Bingo!
- Disc golf courses
- Off-Leash Dog Areas
- Fishing, Boating, and Archery (including Saturday Overnight Fishing opportunities) - permit fees apply
- Wee Links golf course at Heritage Park Golf Course - $3 per person
Visit Ernie Miller Park and Nature Center
- Hike the trails
- Explore the nature center
- Anima $4 per person Animal Tales Preschool Storytime - $3 per person
Visit the Johnson County Museum
$6 adults; $5 seniors (ages 60 plus), veterans, and students (18 plus with Student ID); $4 children, ages 1 through 17; Under 1 free; $23.00 Family Maximum Daily Fee (must reside in same household)
- Johnson County Museum and KidScape
- Upcoming Free Days:
- Saturday, Sept. 16
- Wednesday, Nov. 22
- Upcoming Free Days:
- Retro Storytime - $2 per person
- Lanesfield Historic Site - free
- Second Saturday of each month
The Johnson County Museum is joining the Blue Star Museums initiative again this summer. This program provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families through Labor Day when they show their military or dependent identification card. See the details.
Visit Mill Creek Activity Center
Visit Theatre in the Park INDOORS at The Black Box Theatre inside Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
Ticket prices vary.
September through December Special Events
- Sept. 7: 50 Plus Live Well Age Well Expo - FREE!
- Oct. 4: Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration - FREE!
- Oct. 7: Dog's Day Out - FREE!
- Oct. 13: Trick-or-Cache* - $8 per person collecting candy, $9 nonresidents
- Oct. 14: Fun Fest at Theatre in the Park - FREE!
- Oct. 14: Whimsical Woods* - $8 per person, $9 nonresident, including adults
- Oct. 21: The Hunt at Meadowbrook Park* - $9.60 per person, $10.40 nonresidents
- Oct. 21: Cars in the Park - FREE for spectators!
- Oct. 27: JCPRD JamBOOree - FREE, canned good donations accepted!
- Oct. 28: Mildale Farm Fall Fest - FREE!
- Oct. 28: Haunted Tales* - $8 per person, $9 nonresident, including adults
- Oct. 28: Lanesfield School Fall Open House - FREE!
- Nov. 3: Bonfire Bash* - is $8 per person, $9 nonresidents and a discount is applied beginning with the third family member
- Nov. 9: Veterans Breakfast* - FREE for Veterans, $9 charge for breakfast for family/friends
- Nov. 17: Movie Trivia Night & Dinner* - $12 per person, $13 nonresidents and a discount is applied beginning with the third family member
- Dec. 9: Woodland Tales with Father Christmas* - $7 per person, $8 nonresident, including adults
- Dec. 9: Lanesfield School Christmas Concert - FREE!
- Dec. 15: Family Holiday B-I-N-G-HO-HO-HO* - $12 per person, $13 nonresidents and a discount is applied beginning with the third family member
- Dec. 16: Winter Solstice Celebration* - $9 per person, $10 nonresident, including adults. Register early, program fills quickly!