A HOT 4th of July in Topeka 2014

The 4th of July in Topeka is a celebration you don’t want to miss! Spend your day at Lake Shawnee and enjoy a variety of activities and events such as food vendors, a crafts festival, Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival- a free music festival, car and motorcycle show, water ski show and the famous Lake Shawnee fireworks display. Read more

Friends of the Topeka Zoo’s Annual Photography Contest

2014 Photography Contest

Take Your Best Shot! From wild animals to colorful landscaping, the Topeka Zoo is a photographer’s paradise and the Friends of the Topeka Zoo’s annual photography contest is the perfect opportunity for the community to showcase their talents.
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Happy Father’s Day – 10 Fun Things Dads and Kiddos Can Do Together!

Father’s Day

Are you ready for Father’s Day? We are! Here are 10 things to do that dads and kids will love to do together. Read more

Sunflower Music Festival set for June 6-14 at Washburn University

1888457_674009969317806_1868702854_nSunflower Music Festival set for June 6-14 at Washburn University

The 28th annual Sunflower Music Festival will be June 6 to 14 in White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus. All concerts are free and open to the public. Early arrival is advised.

The Festival will feature:

  • Three chamber orchestra concerts
  • Four chamber ensemble evenings
  • Two concerts by high school and college participants of the Blanche Bryden Sunflower Music Festival Summer Institute. Collegiate performers include the Zimmer, from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Performance by Atrium Quartet, St. Petersburg, Russia (artists-in-residence)
  • Performance by Sean Jones Jazz Quartet

British conductor Catherine Larsen-Maguire will make her North American debut and will be the first female to be on the podium at the Festival. Artistic director is Charles Stegeman.

Doors to open at 6:30 p.m., except for the June 14 Blanche Bryden High School concert that begins at 3 p.m.

 

Kids Ride Topeka Metro FREE this Summer!

Kids Ride Topeka Metro FREE this Summer!

Topeka Metro will again offer the “Kids Ride Free” program this summer.  From May 15th through August 15th, kids through age 18 can ride free on the fixed route bus service. 

 

Last year, Topeka Metro provided over 45,000 rides to kids all over the city and we are excited to be able to bring the program back again this year.  Riding the Metro is a great way for kids to stay connected with friends, activities and work all summer long.

 

Camp Metro will also be back this summer to coordinate travel for Topeka area summer camps to popular venues, such as the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Kansas Children’s Discovery Center and the Topeka Zoo.

 

Visit www.topekametro.org for route maps and schedules.  Or call Topeka Metro Customer Service at 783-7000 for help with trip planning.       

Something Special for Mom

Thinking of doing something special for your mom on Mother’s Day? Here are 10 ideas she will really love!

Skinner Flowers

  1. Pick out flowers or plants together at a Skinner Garden Store
  2. Eat a sweet treat at Hazel Hill
  3. Get moving with Mother Daughter Zumba in downtown Topeka
    - Don’t miss the great zumba day special at Juli’s Coffee and Bistro 16 oz. house coffee and a muffin for only $3!
  4. Create something beautiful at Prairie Glass Studio
  5. Dress up for a fancy dinner at the RowHouse
  6. Stroll the Farmers Market for fresh produce and unique crafts
  7. Enjoy a Sunday brunch at the Blue Moose
  8. Help her relax with a gift certificate for a back massage at A Better Massage
  9. Watch the stage come to life at Topeka Civic Theatre
  10. Enjoy painting and wine at Paint Therapy Uncorked

Easter Egg Hunts and Activities in Topeka

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If you’re looking for a hopping good Easter egg hunt then you have come to the right place! Not only is Topeka planning Easter egg hunts but also has additional activities and volunteer opportunities for you to take part in!

Easter Egg Hunts
Going Bonkers – April 12th
This indoor Easter egg hunt at Going Bonkers will be tons of fun! There will be ages sectioned off for 3 & Under, 4-6 years old, and 7 and older. Don’t forget to bring a basket to collect your eggs in! The doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the hunt begins at 9 a.m.

Governor’s Easter Egg Hunt at Cedar Crest – April 12th
The free event is open to children ages 1 to 9 and their families. The Easter egg hunt will begin at 10:00 a.m.  Children will be divided into four age divisions: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-9. A free shuttle service from the Security Benefit parking lot on 6th Street to the hunt will begin at 8:30 a.m.  Handicap accessible parking will be available in the parking lot located west of Cedar Crest. Children also will be able to interact with the Easter Bunny and some of their other favorite characters. In the event of rain, all candy will be donated to a local children’s charity. Read more