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Posted on: March 15, 2023

What's happening the week of April 2-8?

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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. For all in-person programs, physical distancing and COVID-19 safe practices will be encouraged.

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 April 2-8:

April 3, 5 - 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. Activity number 24110. Wednesday class with same timeframe and costs beginning April 5, activity number 24111. For additional information, call 913-826-2950.

April 3 - Pickleball: Pickleball 102 (Ages 18 & Older) 

  • Meadowbrook Park Pickleball Courts, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Mondays, Noon to 1:30 p.m., 4 sessions, $47 per person, $51 nonresidents - NEW! Have you taken pickleball 101 and ready for the next step? If yes, this class is for you. You will continue to work on all the basics of the game. While enhancing your game to the next level. Activity number 24831.

April 4 - Games: Virtual Scattergories® (Ages 50 & Older)

  • Virtual Program, 10 to 11 a.m., FREE - Think fast and write quicker in this fun and fast-paced game of alliterative words and categories!  Zoom link will be emailed the day prior to the program. Zoom information is also on the receipt notes. Activity number 24504.

 April 4 - Gardening: Colorful Shade Gardens Beyond Hostas (Ages 50 & Older) 

  • Virtual Program, 2 to 3 p.m., FREE - Shade gardens can be the most challenging to plant. We tend to want colorful gardens year-round and the most colorful plants tend to need full sun. The shade garden can be productive and beautiful, we just need to change our mindset by respecting the principle of having the right plants for the right place. Activity number 24289.

April 5 - Yoga: Rise and Shine Yoga (Ages 16 & Older)

  • Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, Wednesdays, 6 to 7 a.m., 4 sessions, $32 per person, $35 nonresidents - Start your day with an invigorating yoga practice at Ernie Miller Nature Center. This is yoga for anybody. All are welcome, no experience necessary! This class will focus on gentle stretching, serenity, and rejuvenation, and will be tailored to individual abilities. Please bring your mat to class. Meet at the parking lot flagpole to walk into the building together at 6 a.m. Instructor is Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher Robin Olson. Activity number 24483

April 5 & 19 - Preschool Storytime: Animal Tales (Ages 2-6 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. Come listen, learn, and meet a special animal friend every time. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Program held indoors. April 5 session, Silly Spider, activity number 24704; April 19 session, Animal Home, activity number 24705

April 7 - 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 - 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 24546. For program questions, call the museum, 913-715-2570.

April 7 - Art: Homeschool Painting (Ages 11-16)

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Fridays, 1 to 3 p.m., 4 sessions, $97 per person, $106 nonresidents - Intermediate to advanced painters will hone their painting skills with this four class intensive series. This class is for students who have experience with painting and are looking to take their skills to the next level with focused instruction. Activity number 24091.

April 7 - Friday Night Dance Date Night - Swing (Ages 16 & Older)

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, 7 to 9 p.m., $10 per person - This program presents a chance each month to try a new style of dance with a friend or partner. Swing is the style for this month. The final session on May 5 will feature Salsa Dance. Activity number 25971

April 7 - Nature & Outdoors: Family Night Hike (Ages 6 & Older )

  • Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, 7:30 to 9 p.m., $9 per person, $10 nonresidents - Visit the habitats of Ernie Miller Park on this guided hike as the sun sets and the animals of the night explore the darkness. See live animals and biofacts up close indoors before our trek outside. Bring a flashlight or lantern and dare yourself to turn off the light for a portion of our walk. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Waterproof shoes are recommended for rain or mud. Activity number 24642

 April 7  - Geocaching: Egg Hunt Geocache (All Ages) 

  • Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Rd., Merriam, 10 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to Noon, or Noon to 1 p.m., $7 per person, $8 nonresidents - This modern-day scavenger hunt is a great way to spend time with the family out in your local park. Each group is loaned one GPS device and given instructions on how to find the caches hidden around Antioch Park. Caches are filled with Easter Eggs that are exchanged in for candy. Meet at Shelter #2. The Bunny will be available for photos from 11:15 a.m. -11:45 a.m. 10 a.m. session, activity number 24519. 11 a.m. session, activity number 24520. Noon session, activity number 24521.

April 8 - 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 visitor center that houses the exhibit One-Room Schools in Kansas, a museum store, and restrooms.


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