Kids can do their shopping at new Holiday Marketplace at RPCC on Dec. 14

A festive holiday morning is planned at the Roeland Park Community Center on Dec. 14 when kids can do their Christmas shopping during a new special event being planned by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Holiday Marketplace is the name of this new event, which will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. While this event is for all ages, it is meant primarily to provide a special holiday shopping experience for youngsters ages two to about nine years old. Participants will find an array of craft items priced at $10 or less, meant as potential gifts for family and friends.

Roeland Park 50 Plus Coordinator Libby Scarborough explained that this is a revamping of a Breakfast With Santa program which has been held at the RPCC for many years.

“The kids will still get to meet Santa, they will still get to do a craft as they have in the past, but this year, they are also able to shop for their parents’ and siblings’ presents without having that parent or sibling with them,” she said. I’m really excited to try something different and to take something that has always been successful in the past and that people have enjoyed and add to it and keep it growing.”

As part of the shopping experience, volunteers will be on hand to help the young shoppers.

“The volunteers will shop with the child and help the child make smart decisions with the money that mom or dad has provided for them to shop for other family members, and then they’ll be wrapping the presents as well,” Scarborough said. “The idea is that the kid gets to shop for their parent without their parent so that on Christmas morning, it’s still a surprise.”

This event will be free to attend and there will be doughnuts and cocoa for participants. The Roeland Park Community Center is located at 4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “holiday event.”

For those interested in selling at the event, booth space is still available. The cost for vendors is $25 for a booth space for the two-hour event, including a chair and two tables. To register for booth space, click on the "Register for Activities" link at www.jcprd.com and search for barcode 17631. For more information, contact Roeland Park 50 Plus Coordinator Libby Scarborough at (913) 826-3160.

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information and for updated program listings, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.

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