Have the winter doldrums got your family in a not so jolly mood this winter season? Go from frightful to delightful with our family winter weekend getaway! Enjoy a cozy weekend in the capital city. With numerous indoor attractions, Topeka is sure to keep your family's spirits light. Get ready to plan your family winter weekend in TopCity!
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Start off the weekend with dinner at The Pennant! You can’t go wrong with The Pennant Original (an Black Angus beef patty generously glazed with hickory smoked cheddar cheese and garnished with tomato, pickles, onions, lettuce). Living that herbivore lifestyle? No problem! Try the Beety Goodness, a beet quinoa patty piled with brussel sprouts, beet relish, and creamy herb goat cheese sauce.
Get the kiddos an order of Mac and Cheese Bites while the family enjoys the vintage bowling alley and arcade room!
The Kansas State Capitol Building is a must see. This state landmark has delighted generations of visitors with its grand architecture and intrinsic connection to Kansas' historical roots since it was officially opened to the public in 1903. Take a tour the rotunda and learn more about the defining history of Kansas while experiencing the iconic featured artwork, like that of The Tragic Prelude by acclaimed artist John Steuart Curry. You can even take a tour that will take you all the way to the dome of the building. *Check with the visitor center in advance for times and availability.
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For lunch, take the family to The Wheel Barrel for gourmet grilled cheese, in the NOTO Arts & Entertainment District. This pick is perfect for those looking for vegetarian or gluten free options. Peruse the menu with rotating seasonal sandwiches and drinks featuring ingredients you have to see to believe. You can cozy up in a booth or the open window concept to watch the leaves fall followed by the snow. Make sure to grab a soft pretzel with homemade beer cheese dip as well.
After lunch be sure to take the kids to the Kansas Children's Discovery Center for fun educational activities! The center's interactive exhibit areas emphasize math, science and the arts. Conduct science experiments, construct amazing towers, take an x-ray, change a tire, create messy, artistic masterpieces, perform, dance, compose musical melodies and more.
For Sunday breakfast (or brunch) take your brood to PT's at Wheatfield Village for a superb cup of coffee and delectable breakfast treats. We recommend a cup of John Brown, their signature blend of baker's chocolate, black cherry and sweet pipe tobacco. Nearly 80% of the coffee PT's produces is acquired through direct trade. For munchables, you can't go wrong with breakfast sandwiches or hop on over to Pizagel's for a wide range of baked goods.
Another top notch choice for breakfast (or lunch!) is Josey Baking Co. Their famous kolachis and cinnamon rolls are a local favorite.