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Posted on: February 7, 2024

See what's coming up for the week of Feb. 25 - March 2

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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 JCPRD.com/Register 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.

We’re planning a variety of Spring Break Camps and programs serving a variety of interests. See all of the offerings.

Here’s a sampling of programs JCPRD has coming up for the week of Feb. 25-March 2:

Weekly and Ongoing - Card & Game Drop-In Groups (Ages 50 & Older)

  • Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty Street, Overland Park,  913-826-2830; Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell Avenue, Overland Park, 913-826-2830; Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Avenue, Prairie Village, 913-826-2975; New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner, 913-826-2850; Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, 913-826-3160; and Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Avenue, Shawnee, 913-826-2950; Times, days & activities vary by location, $1 per person - The six locations above all offer low-cost drop-in programs where participants can play with friends and make new ones while participating in these fun weekly groups! Activities vary by locations and include: chess, cribbage, dominoes, duplicate bridge, hand and foot, mah jongg, Mexican train dominoes, pitch, pinochle, and progressive bridge. For more information, click above or call the specific location you’re interested in.

Feb. 25 - Sunday Family Series: Wolves 101: The Basics (All Ages)

  • Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, 2 to 2:45 p.m., $4 per person - Last in the Series - 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 this final session, join us for an informative and fun program about these often misunderstood apex predators. Advanced registration is required. Activity number 33891. For more information, call 913-826-2800.

Feb. 26 - Games: Outburst® (Ages 50 & Older)

  • Virtual Program, 1 to 2 p.m., FREE - "Cars that start with 'C'!...GO!" Come play this virtual game of verbal explosions. You'll yell, you'll laugh, you'll rack your brain! Most importantly, you'll have a good OUTBURST! Activity number 34007.

Feb. 26 - Special Interest: Keys to Embracing Aging (Ages 50 & Older) 

  • Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee, 1 to 2:30 p.m., $5 per person, $6 nonresidents - NEW! Introduces healthy behavior practices that encourage optimal aging throughout the lifespan. The 12 keys of optimal aging include: positive attitude, eating smart and healthy, physical activity, brain activity, social activity, tuning-in to the times, safety, know your health numbers, stress management, financial affairs, sleep, and taking time for you. Program presented by K-State Extension. Activity number 34224.

Feb. 27 - Special Interest: Aging Mastery Program (Ages 50 & Older) 

  • Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 10 sessions, $32 per person, $35 nonresidents - This 10-session program combines goal setting, daily practices, and peer support to help participants make meaningful changes in their lives. Central to the AMP philosophy is the belief that modest lifestyle changes can produce big results and that people can be empowered to cultivate health and longevity. Each session is led by a trained facilitator who guides participants through activities and discussions. The National Council on Aging provides researched content presented by subject matter experts. Time for questions and answers in every session provides further opportunity for participants to gain new insights. Activity number 34048.

Feb. 27 - (2 separate programs) - Art: Sensory Art (Ages 4 & Under)

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, times vary, $20 per person, $22 nonresidents - Bring your infant or toddler to a special art class made just for the littlest artists! We'll explore different materials, selected to let your little artist explore and have a fun sensory experience. Artists and their adults WILL get messy! For 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. session, activity number 34385. For 11 to 11:45 a.m. session, activity number 34386.

Feb. 27 - Preschool Planetarium Programs: Starry Sky (Ages 2.5-5 with an Adult)

  • Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., $5 per person - Blast off with your curious little astronaut as we explore planets, stars, and the wonders of space through stories in our new immersive portable planetarium. Children must be old enough to stay seated for the entire 30-minute portion of the program while the group will be inside the planetarium dome. All participants are seated on the floor. Program held indoors. Space is limited. Activity number 33911.

March 1 - Summer park hours begin and run through Oct. 31 - JCPRD.com/1159/Park-Hours

March 1 (2 separate programs) - Art: Homeschool Clay Creations (Ages 6-12 or 8-14)

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Fridays , times vary (see below), 4 sessions, $100 per person, $110 nonresidents - Come get creative and explore clay. Students will get the opportunity to throw on the wheel and hand-build with clay to hone their ceramics skills over a series of four classes. Students will end class with finished pieces ready to fire and glaze in our Art Studio. Session for ages 6-12, 10 to 11:30 a.m., activity number 32625. Session for ages 8-14, 1 to 2:30 p.m., activity number 32624.

March 1 - Read Across America Party (Ages 2-5 with Adult) 

  • Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $9 per person, $10 nonresidents - NEW! Oh, you could not, would not, want to miss a celebration as fun as this! We’re having a party. It’s truer than true. We want to celebrate and party with you! Join us as we embark on an adventure through the magical world of Dr. Seuss, with engaging activities to ignite the love of books! Activity number 34121

March 2 - Art: Drawing Lab (Ages 8-15)

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $46 per person, $51 nonresidents - Want to learn the basics of drawing or just work on sharpening your current skills? Whether you want to upgrade your journaling, improve the foundational drawings for your paintings or just sketch for fun; this lab will walk you through the basic aspects of drawing. Activity number 32679.

March 2 - Special Interest: AARP Smart Driver Course (Ages 50 & Older)

  • Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pay with check at the door made out to AARP - $20, $25 non-AARP members - Keep driving skills sharp and lower insurance rates at the same time! Completing an AARP Smart Driver Course can mean a discount with some insurance companies. No tests given, please bring your AARP membership card. Reserve your spot, space is limited!  Activity number 34017.

March 2 - Make: LED Lights Lab (Ages 8-15)

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $57 per person, $63 nonresidents - NEW! Wire up your own circuit to make a glowing creation! Participants will learn about electricity and circuitry while making their own glowing artworks. No experience necessary. Activity number 32704.

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