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

M&M’s World Pop-Up Shop Opens in Downtown Topeka

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Downtown Kansas Ave is buzzing with excitement as people wait in line to see what the M&M’s World pop-up shop has in store for them.

Life size M&Ms fill the store front windows allowing for photo opts. The friendly employees are working diligently to ensure a great experience as they hand out funsize Twix and Snickers bars to those waiting in line. Anticipation grows to see what delicious chocolate treats and limited edition “Made in Topeka” items are being sold as bright yellow bags exit the storefront. Read more

A Passport to FUN at Gage Park!

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Families can enjoy the Topeka Zoo, Mini Train, Carousel and Discovery Center, all located in Topeka’s Gage Park, for only $49.  The Gage Park Family Passport is good for four people to visit each attraction one time.  The passports allow for flexibility – families do not have to visit all attractions on the same day.  Read more

Spring Fling Specials in Topeka

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Taking advantage of the Spring Break week for area schools, Topeka Metro will offer its Family Spring Fling Special beginning Saturday, March 15th and running through Saturday, March 22nd.  Families consisting of one or two adults and at least one child under the age of 18 will ride the Topeka Metro fixed routes FREE during these days.

As families board any fixed route bus, they will be offered a discount flier that may be presented at any of the participating businesses listed on the flier to receive a discount for that day only.  All businesses referenced on the flier are located on or near a Topeka Metro fixed route.  (A temporary route detour to the Kansas Museum of History will be in effect during these days.)

Our partners offering discounts are:

  • CiCi’s Pizza:  Buy 1 adult buffet, kids eat free – OR – $1.00 off an adult buffet
  • Kansas Children’s Discovery Center:  Buy One Admission  / Get One Free
  • Baker’s Dozen:  20 FREE donut holes with the purchase of a dozen donuts – OR – 5% off yogurt purchase
  • Topeka Zoo:  Half-price admission
  • Gage Center Bowling Alley:  One free game of open bowling
  • Kansas Museum of History: $5.00 admission price per person
  • Sk8away:  $2.00 off normal admission price between 1:00pm and 5:00pm
  • Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library: Various exhibits and activities

    Note:  Buses and discounts are not available on Sunday, March 16th.

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9 AWESOME Things to do in Topeka

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This spectacular tour is breathtaking—literally—with 296 steps and no elevator. The Kansas Statehouse is the only U.S. capitol building where the public can go to the top of cupola and step outside. The dome tour starts on the fifth floor and explores the area between the inner dome, which is what is visible inside the capitol, and the outer dome, which can be seen from outside the building. Connecting the two domes are a series of stairs and landings that offer an unparalleled look at the elaborate architecture with close up views of the inner and outer domes. After climbing the 296 steps to the top of the dome, step outside onto the cupola balcony and take in an amazing view from the highest point in Topeka.

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Fly over
The Combat Air Museum offers a whole new experience on how you can see an aircraft. You can look inside, touch and view more than 30 aircraft from WWI to present day. After you have toured the museum you can fly the Topeka sky on the simulation airplane.

Cheer for the Home Team
Topeka is full of sports action all year! Catch the heart pounding excitement at The Kansas Expocentre, home of the Topeka RoadRunners hockey team and Kansas Koyotes professional indoor football team. Watch cars speed by at Heartland Park Topeka, one of the world’s fastest tracks. If hard-hitting combine with strength, speed, and agility is more your style check out the Capital City Crushers flat track roller derby team at Sk8away. Show your spirit at Hummer Sports Park, the crown jewel of family entertainment facilities for high school athletics featuring swimming, football, baseball, softball, soccer, track & field. Cheer on the Ichabod’s at Washburn University during one of their many men and women’s sporting events.

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Learn and Love
Get your mind working and your hearts enjoying the fun at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center. You will learn from interactive exhibits such as the art gallery where you can experiment with paint, rainbows, light, and mobiles. Construct towers, bridges and architectural masterpieces while creating pathways for algebra and geometry in the build gallery. Work as a team in the careers gallery where exploring options for the future is fun! The galleries don’t end there you can also explore the grain gallery, moneyville, science gallery, little sprouts and grow area. Take the adventure outdoors to the hiking trails, vegetable garden, flower and butterfly garden, tree house and excavating in the paleontology dig.

Taste a Sweet Treat
Taste a delicious treat at G’s Frozen Custard where you can always expect fresh custard and friendly service. Reviews rave that G’s is the place to get frozen custard in Topeka. This locally owned spot is known for its creative flavors and popular brown bread custard.

Take a Ride
Gage Park - carousel Mark HoodRelive old memories and create new memories on the historic carousel and mini-train at Gage Park. The mini-train has been an integral part of the sights and sounds of Gage Park for over 45 years. Follow a mile-long scenic course through the heart of the park, as the engineer enlightens you on the history of Gage Park. Pick out your favorite animal on the grand old carousel. Built in 1908, the carousel houses a Wurlitzer style band organ that plays during your ride.

Grab a Bite
Get Crafty with your food at College Hill Pizza Pub. Your personal pizza can be created from over 50 toppings and sauces. The friendly staff at Pizza Pub is never short on suggestions so if you are unsure of how creative you want to be ask them for some ideas.

Get Wild
giraffThe Topeka Zoological Park has a wild summer lined up! You can bounce your heart out in the Patchy Play Yard on inflatables, learn about zoo life on the Wildlife Stage, take a weekend pony ride, skate on the synthetic ice rink and get up close and personal at the Predator Encounter. In addition to the wild extras at the zoo this summer you can also enjoy your favorite parts of the zoo such as a trip through the Tropical Rain Forest, watching your favorite animals and petting friendly animals at the petting zoo.

Make A Splash
Swimming at the Shawnee North Family Aquatic Center is fun for everyone. The lazy river is the perfect place to relax. Laugh as you rush down huge waterslides or play pretend on the pirate ship. Use the diving boards to cannonball, belly flop, or dive into the deep end. The aquatic center is fully equipped with concession stands, bathhouses and plenty of lawn chairs for soaking up some rays!

St. Patrick’s Day 2014

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Quick…put down the 4-leaf clover or the lucky coin and save it for another time! St. Patrick’s Day in Topeka is full of fun events so NO LUCK IS NEEDED.

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Celebrating Black History

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Topeka has been at the forefront of the fight for Civil Rights since the 1850′s. Bitter abolitionist and pro-slavery conflicts during that time served as a prelude to the Civil War and gave rise to the term “Bleeding Kansas.” As Kansas approached statehood, Topekans such as Col. John and Mary Jane Ritchie battled for the abolition of slavery. Ritchie’s house became a meeting place for the free-state faction and a station along the Underground Railroad. Read more