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Posted on: July 8, 2021

Kansas PreK to 12th Grade Students and Parents Get Free Admission to two JCPRD sites

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The Johnson County Museum and Theatre in the Park are joining forces with the Kansas State Department of Education and cultural sites around the state to provide a summer of enrichment for PreK to 12th grade students in the state of Kansas – and their parents and legal guardians, too! 

Sunflower Summer is a program of the Kansas State Department of Education. It is designed to provide a wide variety of ways for families to get out, explore something new, and enjoy time together. Kansas families can visit more than 70 sites for free, including museums, zoos, historic landmarks, and more for free with the Sunflower Summer Passport.

“Visiting museums, viewing art, going to theater, and the like are great fun, but they are also incredible educational experiences. They light sparks in kids’ minds, prompt them to ask why and how questions, and help them make connections,” said Johnson County Museum Director Mary McMurray. “These experiences help prepare students for a new school year, and a lifetime of learning.”  

Sunflower Summer is running through Sunday, Aug. 15. Kansas students and their parents/legal guardians are provided one free visit to each of the participating attractions. 

To start your summer of experiential learning, simply go to, select the correct app store, then download the app to your phone. Follow the prompts to create an account as a parent/guardian, add your children, explore experiences, claim your tickets, and set off on your Sunflower Summer adventure! 

“This is such a great opportunity for families to get out and experience live theatre,” said Theatre in the Park’s Producing Artistic Director Tim Bair. “The best part… it’s free! And it’s easy too. Just sign up, then show up! Easy!” 

The Johnson County Museum is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. For more about museum exhibits, programs, and events, go to The Theatre in the Park’s outdoor summer performances take place in a beautiful amphitheater located inside Shawnee Mission Park with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, in Shawnee. TIP is the largest outdoor community theater in the country and has been providing quality theater entertainment in the community for half a century! For more information about current performances, go to

The Johnson County Museum and Theatre in the Park are part of the Culture Division of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary McMurray, Johnson County Museum Director,, 913.715.2555 (o); 816.294.5677 (c)                                                          


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