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Children and activities!

My husband is doing a large road-construction project in Topeka. My three year old son and I would like to go stay with him for a while in June. I need some information on what is child friendly, close (within 30 minutes-1 hour)to Topeka, and fairly inexpensive.

We will be staying in a camper, and I could also use some reccomendations on a nice camp ground. Thank you!

Aliceville, KS
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1. Re: Children and activities!

Topeka with a 3-year old means you start at Gage Park, between 6th & 10th Streets on Gage Blvd, right in town. Attractions there include the Topeka Zoo, miniature train rides, a playgound with climbable dinosaurs, lots of woods and picnic areas, and the Blaisdell Pool, which has water play areas - as does the new Shawnee North water park, though I haven't been there. For your dining enjoyment, there's a Chuck E. Cheese on Wanamaker just south of 21st St. You might also check out Discovery Place at the Kansas Museum of History, with kid-friendly exhibits and stuff they can do. There are cheap movies at the theatre just north of the West Ridge Mall on Wanamaker. There are kids' programs throughout the summer at the Topeka Public Library, which is on 10th Street, about a half-mile East of Gage Park, so you could go there before or after the zoo. That's probably too much of an answer, but should be a good start .... I just thought, though, if you are into that sort of thing there are a lot of Vacation Bible Schools in the area every Summer, and that would be a good place for the 3-yr old to meet some playmates in a safe and inexpensive setting.

As for camping, it would kind of depend on where Hubby is staying or working. Lake Shawnee has nice camping spots and is just on the east side of the City. For a little more of a drive, you could go to Perry Lake or Clinton Lake, which both have nice state park and Corps of Engineers campgrounds. For wide-open pull-through type of campgrounds, Capital City RV is on the southwest side, Forbes Landing is by the raceway and airport out south. There is a place off US 24, northeast of town, which used to be a KOA, and is in a quiet, country area with some shade, without being too far out. If it matters how close you are to Hubby's work, let us know. Also, if he's in the area, he could take a quick drive to check out the campgrounds, as there aren't that many of them.

Topeka, Kansas
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2. Re: Children and activities!

I agree with all the suggestions (except I personally do not care for Chuckie Cheese).

We have 2 Ci Ci's Pizza places (one off 21st and Wanamaker and one near South Topeka Blvd) that show cartoons and food is better. IMHO

There is also a Campground on Mill Creek at Paxico (about 20 miles west on I-70) that would be closer than the KOA or Lake Shawnee if the job is on the west side of Topeka.

Is he working on the new Roundabout or the I-70 project? (or something else)

P.S. PM me if you are interested in the Bible School suggestion (which is an excellent idea), and I can offer some church suggestions for you.

Aliceville, KS
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3. Re: Children and activities!

LOL re Chuck E. Cheese!

I should have put a *wink* after "dining enjoyment".

Ducky is right, of course, that Cici's is a far better choice if you are actually going to EAT the pizza, but 3-year olds don't care about that sort of thing ... they care about dancing bears and flashing lights and such.

Didn't know about the Mill Creek campground, but that is a beautiful area, getting into the Flinthills, and I would check it out.

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