Whether you want to camp, hone some outdoor skills, see the Perseid Meteor Shower away from city lights, have fun with boats and fishing, enjoy shooting at the archery and BB-gun ranges, or try fishing with the family, JCPRD’s TimberRidge Adventure Center is planning a family-oriented summer program for you!
Upcoming programs include: a Family Fun Camping Event on June 11; Family Fun Outdoor Skills on June 12, Water Front Family Fun Time for Families on June 13 and July 11, an astronomy program called A Trail of Stardust - Perseid Meteor Shower on Aug. 13, Shooting Sports Family Fun on June 27 and July 25, and Fishing Family Night on Aug. 20. Advance registration is required for all of these programs. For programs requiring a valid Kansas Fishing License for ages 16 and older, note that these will not be sold onsite. JCPRD fishing permits are not required at the TimberRidge site.
TimberRidge Adventure Center is a 200-plus acre facility including a challenge course, climbing tower, and three ponds, and is adjacent to Kill Creek Park, which JCPRD also owns and operates. TimberRidge, which was dedicated in 2002, is accessible via an entrance which is separate from and south of the main entrance to Kill Creek Park. The TimberRidge entrance is located at 12300 South Homestead Lane, Olathe. With the exception of an annual early spring open house, the facility is accessible only by reservation or as part of programming.
The Family Fun Camping Event
on June 11 is for ages three and older and will give participants an opportunity to enjoy a night of family camping at TimberRidge. Campers will check in between 4 and 6 p.m. Families need to bring their own equipment and food. Park shelter restrooms will be open and available for use by campers. No staff will be onsite overnight. Families need to be packed up and offsite by 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. Alcohol of any kind is prohibited during this event.
The cost for this 19-hour program is $25 for up to three children and two adults, or $28 per family of five for nonresidents. The cost for additional campers is $5 per person.
Although participating in the camping event is not a prerequisite, campers may want to consider also registering up for Family Fun: Outdoor Skills Activities
, which takes place at TimberRidge from 9 to 11 a.m. on June 12, the Saturday morning of the campout. Participants in this program will experience outdoor skills as they rotate through activities including archery, bb guns, and boating and fishing. Participants ages 16 and older planning to fish are required to have a Kansas fishing license. The cost for this two-hour program is $12 per person for Johnson County residents, including adults, or $13 per person for nonresidents.
Water Front Family Fun Time
is a Sunday afternoon program which will be offered on June 13 and again on July 11. The goal is to get families outdoors for boating and fishing during these programs offered from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Families will rotate through different activities at their own pace. Participants can come and go or stay for entire event. Those ages 16 and older are required to have a Kansas fishing license. The cost for this two-hour program is $12 per person for Johnson County residents, including adults, or $14 per person for nonresidents.
Astronomy: A Trail of Stardust - the Perseid Meteor Shower
, will take place from 10 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Aug. 13, and is a chance to see some of nature’s fireworks and a guided tour of the August night sky. This program is for all ages, but is recommended for ages five and older with a parent or guardian. There will be a short indoor presentation about the meteor shower and constellations, followed by guided night sky tour. There will also be a short walk in the dark to reach the viewing location. Feel free to bring your own blanket or chair. You may bring binoculars but they are not required. In case of clouds or rain, there will be a related indoor program. The cost for this two-hour event is $10 per person for Johnson County residents, including adults, or $11 per person for nonresidents.
Family Fun: Shooting Sports Family Fun Time
for ages eight and older is another Sunday afternoon program which will be offered twice: June 27 and July 25. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on each day, participants will rotate through activities, including the BB gun and archery ranges, at their own pace and can come and go or stay for the entire event. The cost for this two-hour event is $12 per person for Johnson County residents, including adults, or $14 per person for nonresidents. In case of inclement weather, this program may be cancelled.
Fishing: Family Night
on Aug. 20 is planned as a night of fishing for all ages. A dinner of hotdogs, chips, and apples will be provided from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Fishing will take place at TimberRidge’s Catfish Pond from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with boats available. The evening will conclude with an opportunity to roast marshmallows at a campfire from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Staff will assist with boats and can help with basic fishing questions. Life vests must be worn. Bring your own fishing pole and tackle or JCPRD can provide a fishing pole, as well as bait and marshmallows. Those 16 and older are required to have a valid Kansas Fishing License, note that these will not be sold onsite. The cost for this three-hour program is $12 per person for Johnson County residents, including adults, or $14 per person for nonresidents.
For more information on any of these programs, please call (913) 856-8849.
TimberRidge Adventure Center is also available for rental. See rental pricing Information
or send a facility rental request