So Many Fun Activities Happening In Emporia this Summer!

Keep checking back for updates & new activities.

Is the Splash Pad Open??

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The City Splash Pad information can also be found at www.emporiaks.gov/splashpad .

The Emporia Zoo (Free Admission)

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Get ready for summer fun! Starting May 27, 2024, the Emporia David Traylor Zoo will adjust its hours. On Wednesdays and Sundays until Labor Day, you can enjoy the zoo until 8:00 PM. For the rest of the week, the zoo will be open from 10:00 AM and close at 4:30 PM. The Zoo is located at 75 Soden Rd, Emporia, KS.

The Zoo Education Center is open M-W-F from 1-4pm and is open to the public.  No sign up necessary.

Summer Farmers Market 

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Summer Schedule for Jones Aquatic Center

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Summer reading program at the Emporia Public Library

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ADVENTURE BEGINS AT YOUR EMPORIA PUBLIC LIBRARY! 

The Emporia Public Library is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated Summer Reading Program 2024, set to kick off on May 29th and run through July 31st. Packed with an array of engaging activities and programs for all ages, this year’s calendar promises to ignite imaginations, foster a love for reading, and create lasting memories for the community. 

This summer, the library is bringing back a community favorite: paper weekly reading logs available for kids, teens, and adults. Readers of all ages can track their progress in five-minute increments throughout the summer, redeeming their completed weekly logs for prizes along the way. Prefer to keep track electronically? Patrons can continue to use Beanstack to log their reading, and come in to collect their weekly prize. 

In addition to weekly prizes, the Emporia Public Library is proud to present a diverse lineup of events and activities for all ages and interests. Wednesdays in June, families can enjoy Kids’ Koncerts at noon, featuring performances by musicians and a magician, sure to delight audiences of all ages. Please note that there will be no Kids’ Koncert on Juneteenth, as the library honors this important day of reflection and celebration. 

For fans of immersive experiences, the library will host an epic Lord of the Rings themed escape room titled “Escape from Mordor”; for grades 3-5, 6-12, and adults. Participants will embark on a thrilling adventure inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved fantasy world, solving puzzles and riddles to break free from the clutches of darkness. Online registration opens two weeks prior to the event, on June 14. 

Nature enthusiasts won’t want to miss a special presentation from Audubon of Kansas about birding for beginners on Monday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. Learn about local bird species, essential birdwatching techniques, and how to appreciate the beauty of avian life in our community. 

Music lovers are in for a treat with a unique song-writing program and a special performance from Wichita-based folk band Pretend Friend on Monday, July 22nd at 3 and 6:30 p.m., respectively. Whether you’re a seasoned musician or a novice, this program offers a creative outlet for expressing yourself through music. 

But the excitement doesn’t stop there! The Emporia Public Library has a jam-packed schedule of events, programs, and activities planned throughout the summer, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy. From book clubs to craft sessions to movie nights, the Summer Reading Program promises to be a highlight of the season. 

For more information about the Emporia Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and to view the full schedule of events, visit emporialibrary.org or contact [email protected]

Emporia Municipal Band

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For more information on the band and our programs, visit our website at: https://sites.google.com/view/emporia-municipal-band/home

Setroma Train Schedule

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Start at the library and then continue at 618 Commercial Street to read Explorers of the Wild by Cale Atkinson. The pages are located in store windows on Commercial Street between 6th and 12th Ave. Follow the map below.

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8 weeks of fun at the Emporia Arts Center!

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June 5th Little Warriors Class with Leap of Faith

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June schedule for Imaginarium

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Mon. June 13th 6:30pm-7:15pm
Join us for our FREE monthly science-themed Storytime!
June's Storytime is all about box turtles! We will read a story, sing songs, play a fun game, and make a craft. Come prepared to play and learn with your child!
Designed for children aged 7 and under, but open to all ages!
Free and open but must register beforehand. Max of 10 children, caregivers must attend.
Please note that some activities may be hands-on, messy, and outside, so dress accordingly for an interactive learning adventure.

June 10th -June 14th. Imaginarium Camp - Nature Exploration. 

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This camp takes children outside to discover the fascinating world around us including fossils, bugs, insects, different ecosystems, and so much more. Click HERE for enrollment info.

June 12th - Kids Koncert with the Emporia Library @ noon

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Meet us in the library courtyard for fun, family-friendly shows! In cases of extreme heat or inclement weather, Koncerts will be moved across the street to the Civic Auditorium. Free Admission.

June 13th Barn Quilt Brushstrokes

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June 14th Tasty Travels - Grades 6-12

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Travel around the globe with your taste buds by sampling unique snacks and treats. Tasty Travels, Grades 6–12, June 14, 4 p.m

June 14th Father's Day Craft at the Emporia Public Library

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June 14th Stroll and Show at the David Traylor Zoo @ 5:30

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Join us for an evening stroll and a show at the David Traylor Zoo! Enjoy activities, games, and a craft, followed by a screening of Finding Nemo in the new Zoo Education Center. For questions, please call 620-341-4365. Free Admission.

June 15th Science Saturday - Buzzing with Science: Exploring Pollinators

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Sat 6/15/2024 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Join us for our Science Saturday "Buzzing with Science: Exploring Pollinators." 🌼
Explore a limited-time poster exhibit from the Smithsonian, hear from Dr. Daphne Mayes about Kansas bees, then enjoy a guided walk in the Campus Prairie and a hands-on tunnel bee nesting activity. 🌸
Don't miss this chance to learn about the importance of pollinators! 🌟
Free and open to the public, registration required: Prophet Aquatic Research & Outreach Center (PAROC) Events (office365.com)

June 17th Birding for Beginners

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Birding for Beginners, June 17, 6:30 p.m. Audubon of Kansas will share tips and tricks to get the most out of your birdwatching

June 21st Kid's Film Friday with the Emporia Public Library @ 2:30 pm 

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Kids’ Film Fridays, June 7 & 21, 2:30 p.m. Join us for a family-friendly movie; we’ll bring the popcorn! Free Admission.

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Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a zookeeper? Find out more with a behind the scenes look at the zoo and the ZEC Classroom.

Staff and docents will be available to answer questions as visitors encounter the animals.

The Emporia Fire Department will be on hand with activities. Merchandise can be purchased in the ZEC Classroom.

June 25th - Tuesdays in the Park with Emporia Public Library

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Tuesdays in the Park, 10 a.m. Find us at the park this summer at 10 a.m. for a story and fun! Free Admission.

June 25th - "Movies & Musicals" presented by New Start Choir

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Emporia's New Start Choir for individuals with disabilities and their allies, invites you to their concert, "Movies & Musicals!" on Tuesday, June 25 at 7pm at The Emporia Granada Theatre. The concert is FREE and appropriate for all ages.  Come sing along to hits from movies such as Footloose, The Wizard of Oz, Rent, and many more!

For more information, please contact Anna Ryan at 620.481.6287 or [email protected]

June 25th-Family Camp with the Emporia Public Library

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Build your own tent with our supplies, visit other library “campgrounds,” and experience the fun of camping at your library. Registration opens June 11, register online at bit.ly/EPLCampIn

June 26th- Kids Koncert with the Emporia Public Library @ noon

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Meet us in the library courtyard for fun, family-friendly shows! In cases of extreme heat or inclement weather, Koncerts will be moved across the street to the Civic Auditorium. Free Admission.

June 27th - What's Cooking with the Emporia Public Library

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June 27th, Nex-Tech Wireless Community Kick Off Party - Shrine Bowl

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June 27th - June 30th ESU Summer Theatre Performance

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ERC Soccer Clinics

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New ERC Soccer Clinics for 3rd - 6th graders hosted by Emeil Bennett, NAIA 2024 Midfielder for the Baker University Wildcats. Coach Bennett will work with your athletes on footwork, foot-to-foot passes, ball settling and shooting along with the importance of teamwork, passing and sportsmanship. Please wear cleats, shin guards and bring plenty of water. Get out on the pitch this summer with the ERC!

July Passport to Summer with Boys and Girls Club

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🌞 Passport to Summer Fun at Timmerman Elementary! 🌞
📚 Grades: K-5th graders
📅 Dates: July 1st - August 2nd
🕢 Hours: 7:30am - 5:30pm
💰 Cost: $350  (+$100 one-time membership fee)
✨ What's Included:
- Engaging summer programs
- Enriching learning experiences
- Exciting field trips
🎓 Open to all students!
🌟 Summer scholarships available!
🔐 Enrollment closes on June 14th. Don't miss out! Secure your child's spot today by going to www.bgcsck.org and selecting the Orange "Enroll" button!