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Keep the kids busy with ‘Zoofari Tails’

By Ben Hopper

With the recent snowfall, it did look a lot like Christmas.

The cold temps might be keeping the kids indoors on their days off. And as the song goes, “Mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again.”

So if your kids are already driving you crazy, don’t worry.

The Sunset Zoo and the Flint Hills Discovery Center have joined forces to provide a unique and enhanced experience for kids when USD 383 is not in session.

Adventure is out there…and area youth can experience it with Adventure Camp. 

Together, adventurers will learn about the plants and animals from their own backyard to around the world. They’ll also have the chance to travel back in time to explore the history, geology, and fossils that make their home a unique and special place.

On Friday, students can learn about “Polar Opposites.” For a complete list of programs, visit There is a maximum of 24 members; a minimum of 10. Enrollment will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis and pre-registration is required.

Here’s a look at other area events.



Festival of Lights, 5-11 p.m. through January 1.


Featuring one of the tallest holiday trees in Kansas and thousands of lights synced to music. Tune to FM 88.1 and enjoy the show.


Blue Earth Plaza by the Flint Hills Discovery Center.




Zoofari Tails, 10 a.m.

Sunset Zoo staff present animal-themed stories and share animal artifacts from the zoo. Some programs include a live animal, as well. Monthly book giveaway sponsored by Claflin Books. Families who attend can be entered into a drawing for a free one-year Friends of Sunset Zoo family membership.

Public Library.




All Ages Storytime: Snowmen, 11 a.m. 

Celebrate the season of snow! Come hear some fun stories and songs about snowmen. An adult caregiver must attend with children age 2 or younger, and families are encouraged to attend together to sing, dance and enjoy great stories. Public Library.



Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Bluestem Bistro.


Read to Dogs, 2-4 p.m.

Read to a certified therapy dog. The dogs have been trained to listen, and they help children relax while reading. Avid readers welcome also. No sign up required.

Manhattan Public Library Storytime Room.


Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.

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