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Posted on: January 31, 2024

What's happening the week of Feb. 18-24?

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Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community, Johnson County Park and Recreation District offers year-round program, activities, and special events for all ages!

For more information or to register online for the programs listed here, visit and complete a search for any of the activity numbers listed below. To register by phone, call 913-831-3359.

A reminder that 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 50 Plus Department at 913-826-2975 for space availability.

Here’s a sampling of programs JCPRD has coming up for the week of Feb. 18-24:

Feb. 10 - Lanesfield Historic Site - Open Hours (All Ages)

  • 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month, FREE - The limestone schoolhouse, the last remaining structure in the former town of Lanesfield, is the oldest operating schoolhouse in Johnson County. Students attended from 1869 - 1963 when the school closed. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. The site today includes the original schoolhouse, four outbuildings, and a modern visitors center that houses the exhibit One-Room Schools in Kansas, a museum store, and restrooms. For questions, call 913-715-2570.

Feb. 18 - Sunday Family Series: Wildlife Who’s Who (All Ages)

  • Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, 2 to 2:45 p.m., $4 per person - Bring the family to Ernie Miller Nature Center on Sunday afternoons during January and February for entertainment and educational experiences. Each program is approximately 45 minutes to one hour in length and begins at 2 p.m. Programs are presented by park naturalists, park police officers, and volunteers. For the Feb. 18 session, see live animals and explore their differences and similarities up close. See four vertebrates and one invertebrate. Advanced registration is recommended. Activity number 33890. See all sessions through February. For more information, call 913-826-2800.

Feb. 19, 21 (2 separate classes) - Yoga: Yoga (Ages 14 & Older)

  • Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee, Mondays or Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:20 p.m., 6 sessions, $48 per person, $53 nonresidents - LOW INTENSITY: Improve circulation, regulate your metabolism, and increase flexibility and coordination with this yoga class. You will lengthen your muscles while increasing both muscle and bone density. Yoga participants of all levels are welcome. Join us for this class and find out all the benefits of yoga in your life. Monday class beginning Feb. 19, activity number 33311. Wednesday class beginning Feb. 21, activity number 33312. For additional information, call 913-826-2950.

Feb. 19 - Museum: Kids' Day Out (Ages 6-10)

  • Johnson County Museum at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $38 per person, $30.40 for museum members - Come have fun when school is out! Discover history through hands-on activities and exploration of KidScape and museum exhibits, play games, and enjoy down time. Bring a lunch, snacks, and water bottle and dress for the weather - we will go outside if we can. We are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but you may drop off and pick up at any time. Five-year-old children can be enrolled if currently attending kindergarten. Activity number 33472. For program questions, call the museum, 913-715-2570.

Feb. 20 - Technology: Small Group Smart Phone Workshop - Android (Ages 50 & Older) 

  • Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, 10 a.m. to Noon, $21 per person, $25 nonresidents - NEW! Join our technology instructor in a small group setting to help you learn, work, create, navigate, and thrive in today’s digital world! Classes will highlight a special topic for presentation followed by time for practice and questions. Participant is required to bring personal device. Please know the Apple ID® or Gmail® address and passwords associated with your account. Activity number 34133

Feb. 20 - Cards: Bridge Workshops – Negative Doubles (Ages 50 & Older) 

  • Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, 4 to 6 p.m., $13 per person, $14 nonresidents - Become an in-demand partner with these bridge workshops. Fun and easy classes help you master a new subject each week. Purchase each workshop individually or take them all! Workshops include hands on instruction and handouts to take home. Activity number 34026

Feb. 20 - Early Learning: A Trip to the Moon (Ages 2-4 with an Adult) 

  • Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, 10:30 to 11 a.m., $12 per person, $13 nonresidents - Bring your little astronauts on a trip to the moon in our planetarium. We will learn about how people first visited the moon and what it looked like to be there. We explore space with songs, a planetarium visit to the moon, and a craft. Children must be old enough to stay seated for the entire 30-minute portion of the program when the group will be inside the planetarium dome. Seating is on the floor. Please contact us in advance if you will need seating accommodation. Space is limited. Presented by Ernie Miller Nature Center. Activity number 33849.

Feb. 20 - Special Interest: Planetarium - The Apollo Missions (Ages 50 & Older) 

  • Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, 1 to 2 p.m., $15 per person, $16 nonresidents - NEW! Join us for an immersive look back at the Apollo Missions that first brought mankind to a world beyond the Earth. We will end our program with a virtual trip to the moon and a look at the landing sites and interesting geologic features of the lunar surface. Participants will need to step over about 6 inches through a zipper in the planetarium and stay in a chair in the planetarium for 45 minutes. If accommodations need to be made, please contact us ahead of time. Program presented by Ernie Miller Nature Center. Activity number 33723.

Feb. 21  - Preschool Storytime: Animal Tales - Big Bad Wolf (Ages 1 & Older with an Adult)

  • Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, select Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11 a.m., $3 per person - Join a park naturalist for animal stories and surprises geared for preschool age children offered every two weeks through May 5. Come listen, learn, and meet a special animal friend every time. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Program held indoors. Activity number 33897. See all upcoming sessions this season. 

Feb. 22 - Early Learning: Winter Wildlife (Ages 2-5 with an Adult) 

  • Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, 10:30 to 11 a.m., $10 per person, $11 nonresidents - Discover how animals prepare for winter. Puppets help with understanding the mysteries of hibernation and migration. See a live mammal and toad and learn how animals survive the cold weather. Presented by Ernie Miller Nature Center. Activity number 34125.

Feb. 22 - Museum: Behind-the-Scenes Johnson County Museum Tour (Ages 16 & Older)

  • Johnson County Museum at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $9 per person for ages 16 & 17, $10 per person for ages 60 & Older, $11 per person for ages 18 to 59 - Interact with museum staff as you learn why we collect, how we collect, and the importance to our local community. Our collection features over 19,300 3D objects and over one million images. The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center holds the museum's two-dimensional collection, including manuscripts, maps, photographs, and quilts. To schedule a separate time for your group of six to 12 people, or a tour for youth or scout groups, please call 913-715-2570. Activity number 33927.

Feb. 23  - Gymnastics: Cartwheel Clinic (Ages 6-12)

  • Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., $16 per person, $18 nonresidents - This co-ed skill clinic is designed for participants interested in improving or mastering their cartwheel. Emphasis will be placed on progressive drills and technique. When possible, participants will be grouped based on age and ability level. Activity number 32348.

Feb. 23 - Family Fun: Family Bingo - Candy Bar Bingo (All Ages)

  • Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, 5 to 7 p.m., $12 per person, $13 nonresidents, 20% discount for three or more participants - Get ready for a sweet and entertaining adventure with Candy Bar Bingo! This classic game of bingo is perfect for all ages, making it an ideal choice for family fun! So grab a seat, a bingo card, and let the family-friendly competition begin! Includes pizza and drinks. Cost of admission covers snacks and staff time to administer the bingo program. No additional charge for bingo. Activity number 34090

Feb. 24 - Zumba: Zumba Gold (Ages 50 & Older)

  • Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, Saturdays, 9 to 9:50 a.m., 6 sessions, $48 per person, $53 nonresidents - Perfect for active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba class. Easy-to-follow choreography focuses on balance, range of motion, coordination, and fun! Want to try a class before committing to the entire session? Call for details 913-826-3160. Activity number 34078.

Feb. 23 - Nature & Outdoors: Full Moon Hike (Ages 8 & Older)

Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, 7 to 8:30 p.m., $10 per person, $11 nonresidents - By the light of the silvery moon, join us for a quiet hike to connect with nature and the night sounds. Let your eyes adjust to the moonlight and experience the park after dark. Enjoy shadows and listen for owls. The full moon hike will happen even on overcast nights. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Activity number 33873. For information, call 913-826-2800.

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