Get wet and wild at zoo’s water safari

By Ben Hopper

This past week brought a lot of rain. The water continues this weekend with the Sunset Zoo’s Water Safari and Kids’ Free Day on Saturday.

From noon to 4:30 p.m., the Manhattan Fire Department will be on hand to hose guests down throughout the afternoon.

Family-friendly activities will be available throughout the zoo including a wee ones water area, mist zones and more.

Children receive free admission from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a paying adult.

Other activities include the Zoo Ambassador Program featuring live animal encounters at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. in Chautauqua Amphitheatre, water-themed activity stations inside the Nature Exploration Center, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water safety tips and bingo.

In other wet events, the Manhattan Public Library is hosting an all-ages storytime with a theme of “Summer Splash” at 11 a.m. at the Library.

Here’s a look at other area events that are probably dryer.


Open Acoustic Jam on the Patio, 9 p.m. Aggie Central Station.



Free Kids’ Movie: “Wreck-It Ralph,” 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Manhattan Public Library.

Arts in the Park: Little Apple Day Camp Talent Show, 6 p.m. Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park.

Arts in the Park: Heather Masse, 8 p.m. Roots, soul, jazz. Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park.

Get Busy Living, Collapse the Masses, Waltz the Rabid, and My Marionette, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.



Fifth Annual Brew 2 Shoe, 7:30 a.m. Run from Tallgrass Brewery to Manhattan Running Company.

Monk’s Wine with Tigerlance and Fuma, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.

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