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Posted on: May 11, 2022

Summer fun begins! See what's coming up for the week of May 29 - June 4

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Most programs require advanced registration and do not accept walk-in participants. 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 May 29 - June 4: 

May 28, 30 - Summer hours begin at Shawnee Mission Park Marina & Beach (All Ages) 

  • 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee & Lenexa, Open Daily through Aug. 7, hours, rental, and admission fees vary Also - Kill Creek Park Beach & Marina, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, opens June 2 and will operate only on Thursdays and Fridays through Aug. 5, hours, rental, and admission fees vary - Whether you’re looking for a great workout, fun family activity or a peaceful outing on the water, JCPRD has what you are looking for. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended for the very busy Shawnee Mission Park Marina. Marinas offer boat rentals, including canoes, pedal boats, kayaks, and paddleboards. Boat rentals can be made online up to seven days in advance. For more information about the marinas or beaches, follow these links. 

May 31 - Reading: Wanderlust Book Club - Off The Rails: A Train Trip (Ages 50 & Older) 

  • Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, 2 to 3 p.m., $5 per person, $6 nonresidents - Intertwine your love of travel and a good book with a travel-themed book club. Each month enjoy the selected book from the list and conclude the month at the clubhouse with a group discussion on how it relates to your travel and how it may inspire your Wanderlust. This month’s book is "Off the Rails: A Train Trip,” by Beppe Severgnini. In this witty and entertaining collection of travel tales, an acclaimed journalist explores his obsession with trains - and what his rail journeys have taught him about culture and identity. Activity number 21732. To see all Wanderlust Book Club sessions this season, click here.

June 1 - Meet the Author (Ages 18 & Older) 

  • Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, 2 to 3 p.m., FREE - Come meet Larry Laverentz, the author of “The Not So Ordinary People on the Roads I’ve Traveled.” The book features the author growing up on a farm in Kansas and going to Vietnam in 1961 initially as an agricultural volunteer. He combines writing about his unique experiences with the lives of interesting and/or influential persons in his life. The latter includes poignant elements of learning, dedication, humor, and tragedy. Activity number 22067.

June 1 - Meadowbrook Walkers (Ages 50 & Older) 

  • Meadowbrook Park Shelter # 1, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, 3 to 4 p.m., $3 per person, $4 nonresidents - NEW! Meet new people, catch up with old friends, and feel great being active at the same time! Meet at Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse for coffee and end with a 30-minute walk! Activity number 21699.

June 1 - Registration deadline - play begins June 12  - Soccer: New Century Fieldhouse Men's Summer League (Ages 18 & Older) 

  • New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner, Sundays, game times vary, 9 sessions, $650 per team - The summer league will consist of eight games. Games are played Sunday afternoon and evening. League play has five field players plus the goalie. Activity number 22115. For questions, call 913-826-2850.

June 1 - Games: Intro to Mah Jongg (Ages 50 & Older)

  • Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m., 4 sessions, $47 per person, $51 nonresidents - Learn the basics of this classic tabletop game from an experienced instructor. Each player receives a current Mah Jongg card to take home. Activity number 21759.

June 1 - Games: Bingo - Tropic Like It’s Hot (Ages 50 & Older) 

  • New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., $5 per person, $6 nonresidents - BINGO! Delight in food, prizes, fun and 12 games of bingo. A variety of prizes will be awarded including gift certificates. Please pre-register at least one week in advance. Payment is required at time of registration. For the enjoyment of all participants, children are not permitted to attend 50 Plus Bingos. Cost of admission covers snacks and staff time to administer the bingo program. No additional charge for bingo. Activity number 21803.

June 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, & 30 - Open Water Swim Training (Ages 18 & Older)

  • Shawnee Mission Park Beach, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee & Lenexa, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., $8 per person, $10 nonresidents - First of a new season - Looking to train for an upcoming triathlon or to change up your swim workout? JCPRD offers open water swim training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Shawnee Mission Park Beach. All swimmers should be able to swim 500 meters freestyle and have endurance to swim in open water conditions and must bring and wear their tow buoy float at all times while in the water. Lifeguard will be on duty. All participants must be pre-registered by 10 a.m. on the day of the training. A minimum number of participants must be registered or the practice will be canceled. If a participant is registered for a canceled practice date, a full refund will be given. June 2 activity number 21518.

June 2 - Day Trip: Safari Adventure (Ages 50 & Older) 

  • Departs from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Rd., Merriam, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., $112 per person - Travel to Caney and Chanute, Kan., and visit Safari Zoological Park. Enjoy a unique guided tour of this zoo and encounter animals from the plains of Africa to the outback of Australia. This is a walking tour of the zoo. After lunch, head to the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Chanute. Learn about the couple who traveled as explorers, writers, and filmmakers as they documented their time in Africa. Activity number 21617.

June 3, 10, 17, & 24 - Friday Amphitheater Programs (All Ages) 

  • Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, 7 to 7:45 p.m., $4 per person - First of a new season - Bring the family to the new outdoor amphitheater at Ernie Miller Park on Friday nights during June and July for entertaining and educational experiences. Each program is approximately 45 minutes to one hour in length and begins at 7 pm. In case of inclement weather, including extreme heat, program will be held indoors. Advance registration is recommended and closes each Friday at 4 p.m.; onsite registration is cash only, if space is available. See more about weekly amphitheater program offerings using the links below. June weekly themes are: June 3, “Owls - Eyes of the Night,” activity number 21560; June 10, “Back From the Brink,”21561;  June 17, “Stories in the Park,” 21562; and June 24, “Snakes Alive,” 21563. For more information, call 913-826-2800.

June 3 - Geocaching: S'more Family Geocaching (All Ages) 

  • Shawnee Mission Park, Shelter #2, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, 5 to 7 p.m., $12 per person, $13 nonresidents; 20% discount for third and subsequent family members - This modern day scavenger hunt is a great way to spend time with the family out in your local park. Each group is loaned a GPS device and given instructions on how to find the caches hidden around Shawnee Mission Park. Receive a prize after finding the caches, then enjoy hot dogs and S'mores. Those registering as individuals will each receive a GPS unit to use; participants registering as a group of four or less will be loaned one GPS unit; registering as a group of seven or less will be loaned two GPS units. Activity number 21855.

June 3 - Family Fun: Camping Event (Ages 4 & Older)

  • TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, 5 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday, $25 per family of up to two adults and three children, $28 nonresidents, $5 each for additional participants - Come enjoy a night of family camping at TimberRidge Adventure Center. Staff will check you in between 5 and 6 p.m. Families need to bring their own equipment and food. No staff will be onsite overnight. Families need to be packed up and offsite by 9 a.m. Alcohol of any kind and pets are prohibited during this event. Activity number 21570. For more information call 913-856-8849. Preregistration required: walk-ins not accepted. A companion program at TRAC on June 4 requiring separate registration is listed below. 

June 3-11 - “Something Rotten” Rated PG at the Theatre in the Park (All Ages)

  • 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, 8:30 pm, Tickets are $10 (plus tax) for general admission, $6 (plus tax) for youth (Ages 4-10) Children 3 & under are FREE (but require a ticket.) - Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz. Bring the family and a blanket or chair and enjoy live musical theater performances under the stars in beautiful Shawnee Mission Park! The box office opens at 7 pm, gates open at 7:30 pm, show begins at 8:30 pm. Buy tickets onsite or online.

June 4 - Family Fun: Outdoor Skills (Ages 8 & Older) 

  • TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, 5 p.m. 9 to 11 a.m., $12 per person including adults, $13 nonresidents - Experience the challenging sport of archery at Ernie Miller Park. This clinic is designed to teach safety techniques and basic fundamentals of archery. Hands-on activities will allow children to develop their skills. Equipment is provided. Activity number 21571. This program is a companion to the Family Fun: Camping Event beginning June 3. For more information and to schedule your group, call 913-826-2800. 

June 4 - Art: Potter’s Wheel (Ages 16 & Older)

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Saturdays, 1 to 3 p.m., 2 sessions, $45 per person, $50 nonresidents - Bring those muscles and expand your ceramics knowledge with an introduction to the Potter’s Wheel. Students will complete a minimum of one project, with opportunity to create more. Hand-building will also take place in this mini series. Activity number 21481.

June 4 (offered 2 times) - Family Kayak Lessons (Ages 10 & Older with an Adult)

  • Shawnee Mission Park Lake, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, 9 to 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $21 per person, $23 nonresidents - Learn the basics of flatwater kayaking in this introductory class featuring a combination of lecture and hands-on experience. The class is designed for beginners. Course topics include safety, equipment, and stroke techniques. Both parent and child must register and will have individual kayaks and life jackets. Basic swimming skills required. Advanced registration required. Instructor: Park Police Officer Josiah Gould. For 9 a.m. session, activity number is 21553; 11 a.m. session is 21554.

June 4 - A Day in the Park (All Ages) 

  • Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, component hours vary, FREE - Meant as a day-long celebration of our community’s trails, parks, and recreational spaces, this event includes free admission to the Shawnee Mission Park Beach and free one-hour boat rentals of all rentable watercraft at the Shawnee Mission Park Marina. JCPRD fishing permits are also waived for this day at JCPRD parks where fishing is allowed. This event ties into both the JCPRD’s annual free fishing weekend when both Kansas and district fishing and boating permits are waived, as well as National Trails Day. It should be noted that JCPRD trout permits are still required on this day for those fishing for trout. For the latest information on A Day in the Park events, visit

June 4 - Boating: Johnson County Sailing Society - Come Sail With Us! (Ages 18 & Older) 

  • Shawnee Mission Park Marina Parking Lot, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee & Lenexa, Noon to 1 p.m. FREE - All sailors and sailing enthusiasts are welcome to join society members for lunch along with the graduates of the recent Sailing I class. Bring your sack lunch, and afterwards you will have an opportunity to sail a variety of vessels while participating in water activities like mock races or a sailing scavenger hunt. Activity number 21527. For more information, call Nick Hockman at 913-268-5683.

June 4 - Fishing: Overnight Saturdays after 11 pm (All Ages)

  • Heritage Park, 16050 S. Pflumm Road, Olathe, 11 p.m. - 5 a.m., Free this weekend only - Grab your fishing pole and lantern for the first overnight fishing opportunity of the year at Heritage Park - and it’s a special one!  This opportunity coincides with our “Free Fishing, Boating & Archery Weekend” as well as the State of Kansas’ “Free Fishing and Park Entrance Days” at state parks whereby state fishing permits are also waived. The park will be open for fishing only and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. For more information about the overnight fishing program, call 913-888-4713. For more information visit This is the second of ten Overnight Saturdays for 2022. For all dates, activity number 21558.

June 4 & 5 - Fishing: Annual Free Weekend! (All Ages) 

  • JCPRD parks where activities are permissible, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., FREE - The weekend of June 4 and 5 has been established as free fishing weekend in Johnson County Park and Recreation District lakes where fishing is normally allowed. This coincides with the State of Kansas’ “Free Fishing and Park Entrance Days” at state parks whereby state fishing licenses are also waived. Fishing, boating, and archery permits will be waived in district parks from 5 am - 11 pm on these days only. JCPRD trout permits are still required if fishing for trout at Shawnee Mission and Kill Creek park lakes. Activity number 21557. For more information call 913-888-4713.

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