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In the News: Need a weekend getaway? TripAdvisor says Topeka's the place to go!
October 10, 2018
You don’t have to go far for one of the best family getaways in the country. Heck, if you live in Topeka, you barely have to leave your backyard. According to a new roundup of the 25 Best Family Weekend Getaways, TripAdvisor names the Capital City one of the top five in the Midwest. The travel site pointed out the City is filled with “educational sights and cultural attractions worth visiting.”
In the News: TripAdvisor's 25 Best Weekend Family Getaways With Kids
October 1, 2018
This historic Kansas state capital is full of educational sights and cultural attractions worth visiting. Travel back in time to Ward Meade Park for a peak at what the early 1900s looked like or have some fun at the interactive exhibits of the Evel Knievel Museum. Whether you want to bring the kids for a day of learning at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center or desire a family outing to the Topeka Zoological Park, Topeka is a great destination with lots of family weekend ideas.
In The News: Building Great Cities: Topeka’s Better Block Story
Topeka Landscape Blog
October 8, 2018
We all recognize great cities when we see them. Vibrant cultural centers like Austin, Denver, and Portland attract and retain talent, diversity, and innovation. People love working in, living in, and visiting great cities, but what specific traits make a good city a great one? Alongside thriving economies, well-functioning city government, public libraries and museums, a strong public education system, and access to health care, we believe there to be an additional factor that matters: accessible green space. Topeka Landscape recently had the honor of partnering with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, and the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center on the Better Block initiative. The partnership allowed us to create a linear pocket park that temporarily transformed the SW 200 and SW 300 blocks of 8th Street into a space for families and individuals to enjoy.
In The News: Female inmates in Topeka get day with their kids at Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
October 1, 2018
For one day Monday, Suzanne Hayden got a break from her incarceration at the Topeka Correctional Facility to enjoy being a mom to her twin 9-year-old daughters. Hayden, 42, of Olathe, was one of 14 inmates from the Topeka Correctional Facility who spent the day with their children and grandchildren during the first “Play Free” day at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
In The News: Discovery Center welcomes inmates and their kids for day of play
October 1, 2018
A day of play for parents and their kids can seem routine, but for one group of women, family gatherings are behind gates, metal detectors, and surrounded by armed guards. On Monday, those women got a chance to play with their kids like anyone else. The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center opened its doors for a special group of guests, women from the Topeka Correctional Facility and their families.
In the News: Editorial: Community must step up for kindergarten education
The Editorial Advisory Board
The Topeka Capital-Journal
May 25, 2018
Each fall, thousands of Topeka children take their first important steps into a school classroom when they start kindergarten. In Kansas, children start kindergarten if they are 5 on or before Aug. 31 of their kindergarten year, but age is only a part of being ready to start school.
No single factor makes children ready for kindergarten. Readiness is a combination of physical, social and cognitive skills. Many people assume familiarity with numbers, letters and shapes is the most important part of being ready for school. However, communication skills, curiosity and enthusiasm about learning are also important for success.
In the News: Explore the Oregon Trail: a guide to Topeka, Kansas
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My Breezy Room
June 14, 2018
If there is one thing I love doing more than decorating, it’s definitely traveling. I plan to see as much of the world as I can in this lifetime. But sometimes when you’re dreaming about places on the other side of the world, it’s easy to forget that you probably haven’t seen everything there is to see right down the road from you. I love exploring areas close to home just as much as the far away places!
This past weekend we had an opportunity to visit Topeka, KS to commemorate 175 years of the Oregon Trail. The Oregon trail stretches from Independence, MO all the way to Oregon City, Oregon. There are cities all along the way that make for great road trips filled with historic sites and modern attractions.
Topeka is about an hour and half from where we live. It was a short little road trip that I hadn’t really considered taking before. Will was out of town for work, so I made the trip with my mom and my two year old. Guys, I cannot believe the amount of things Topeka has to offer!
In The News: Local kids have serious fun learning about science
June 18, 2018
Local kids are having some serious fun this summer, all while learning!
Three local organizations are teaming up to provide a free lunch and learning program as part of "Serious Fun Mondays" at Chesney Park. Raise Kansas organized the event, Hy-Vee supplied a free lunch and the Kansas Discovery Center had some of their teachers show off cool science experiments!
In The News: Kansas Children's Discovery Center partners with company for community outreach
August 6, 2018
The Kansas Children's Discovery Center made an exciting announcement today over Facebook Live. The center shared over that it is partnering with Jones Huyett Partners. Together they'll work to increase community outreach. That includes promoting special events, and bringing more people in their doors.
In The News: Last Serious Fun Mondays in Topeka (for summer)
August 6, 2018
Serious Fun Mondays wrapped up their last lunch program today, but not without a big celebration. For the past nine weeks, Topeka Hy-Vee, The Kansas Children's Discovery Center and Raise Kansas partnered up to help fight food insecurity in Shawnee County. Every Monday, the three companies provided nutritional lunches to families who don't always have food. Mikki Burcher, the marketing director for the Topeka Hy-Vee said it's important for them to give back to the community in any way they can.