Activities in Topeka

Cookbook-Making Software with 5 or 10 Optional Cookbooks from The Great Family Cookbook Project (Up to 83% Off)

The Great Family Cookbook Project

Online Deal

$99.95 $19.99

The software compiles family recipes, photos, and stories and transforms them into full-color cookbooks with custom layouts and covers

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Topeka

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers Topeka's most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

$6 for Roller-Skating Admission with Skate Rentals for Two at Sk8away ($14 Value)

Sk8away

West Southwest 2

$14 $6

Strap on a pair of rented roller skates to glide around the rink to the tune of hit songs

10 or 16 Martial-Arts Classes and Uniform with Option for Test and a Graduation Belt at Go2Karate (94% Off)

Go2Karate

Online Deal

$324 $20

Students don uniforms for classes in karate, tae kwon do, or krav maga

3 Months of Unlimited Kids' Martial Arts Classes at Midwest Martial Arts (55% Off)

Midwest Martial Arts

Topeka

$512 $230

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$19 for Two Weeks of Unlimited Boxing and Kickboxing Classes at Title Boxing Club ($44.50 Value)

Title Boxing Club

Multiple Locations

$44.50 $19

Boxing and kickboxing classes kick-start metabolisms while burning fat and building muscle

One, Two, or Three Years of Online Guitar or Bass Lessons from Dangerous Guitar (Up to 91% Off)

Dangerous Guitar

Online Deal

$134.55 $18

More than 650 high-definition videos give professional instruction in a wide range of playing styles

6 or 10 Runner-Focused Early Riser Fitness Classes at Fitness In Training (Up to 50% Off)

Fitness In Training

West Southwest 2

$60 $30

Body-weight exercises lengthen and build muscles pivotal for running long distances

10 Beginner's CrossFit Classes for One or Two at CrossFit Topeka (Up to 64% Off)

CrossFit Topeka

Topeka

$125 $49

Instructors create a supportive environment for constantly changing CrossFit workouts that incorporate functional exercises

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Nestled upon a patch of land that's passed through the hands of five generations, The Lessman Farm owes much to its current paterfamilias, Ronald Lessman, who began drawing in sightseers and visitors with his catfish pond, self-built house, and otherworldly sculpture gardens. Guests walk the shores or ply the waves of the 30-acre catfish lake, casting for regularly stocked populations of bass, perch, and crappie as they take in the majestic scenery of the rustic prairie. But what draws the most attention from visitors is Truckhenge, an arrangement of half-buried torpedo trucks, mysteriously lifting their engines skywards in what appears to be an industrial-age interpretation of Stonehenge. The Lessmans' outdoor installation is folk art on a monumental scale, proudly flaunting its offbeat flavor and inspiring visitors to express themselves without hesitation or apology or to bury themselves waist-deep in the ground at a 45-degree angle. A healthy respect for individualism and the avant-garde prevails throughout the property, with other attractions drawing attention from tourists, such as the enormous quonset hut farmhouse handmade from recycled materials or the huge beer-bottle glass wall mosaic.

4124 NE Brier Rd
Topeka,
KS
US

At any of the 15 Great Life Golf and Fitness locations, guests are encouraged to invent their own triathlon of gusto, switching from swimming in the pool to getting a total body workout to playing a round of golf. Great Life has facilities scattered throughout Kansas and Missouri, including golf courses such as the National Audubon Society–certified River Oaks and the links at The Oaks, which were designed by Tom Bendelow and opened in the 1920s. Golfers looking for quick rounds can drop by the nine-hole courses at Maple Creek, Abilene, and CedarBrook. Gyms such as the 14,000-square-foot fitness center at Berkshire allow members or guests to pump iron or run on treadmills when they aren’t helping their golf balls safely reach the greens by paying golf carts to drink all of the water hazards dry. Although amenities vary at each club, all of Great Life Golf and Fitness’s venues boast a pro shop, and the courses at Berkshire and Prairie View maintain driving ranges where golfers can make golf balls practice flying without their parachutes.

6506 Cherokee Lane
Ozawkie,
KS
US

The Topeka Symphony Orchestra heralds its 66th year of performances, as well as the final season for conductor and music director Dr. John Strickler, with its upcoming 2011–2012 season. On opening night, "Czech Mates" tasks the professional soundsmiths with transmuting the pages of Dvorak's Symphony no. 6 and Tchaikovsky's violin concerto into an aural spectacle. Ivan Zenaty, an experienced maestro who currently resides in Dresden, leads the concerto's melodic charge and waves his baton with fingers nimble enough to play cat's cradle one-handed. "The 5th!" unfurls an ear-tickling soundscape that includes Beethoven's Symphony no. 5, as well as Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem and Rainbow Body by Theofanidis. White Concert Hall sports more than 1,000 seats, allowing patrons ample room to indulge in the orchestra's acoustic delights or privately conduct their own shadow-puppet rendition of Amadeus.

2100 SE 29th St
Topeka,
KS
US

With each bounce off the bongo trampoline, jumpers feel a sensation akin to walking on the moon. Though seemingly effortless, each bounce not only thrills participants but also gives them a thorough full-body workout. The trained staff at Bungee Zoom Entertainment LLC ensures that patrons are securely fastened into their harnesses before setting them free to jump and bounce with the assistance of a pair of bungee cords attached to metal standards. The cords attach securely to the harness and hoist jumpers up smoothly, offering great vantage points from which to spot a lost uncle. Bungee Zoom Entertainment LLC is located inside West Ridge Mall, which offers a variety of other diversions once patrons are all bounced out.

1801 Southwest Wanamaker Road
Topeka,
KS
US

Desima Dawdy, the director of Pilates Performance & Rehab, balances a mélange of classes, ranging from muscle-toning Pilates mat classes to sessions that help those recovering from injuries. She arms her phalanx of certified instructors with Pilates apparatus machines, each designed to cool molten cores into abs of stone or rebuild injured muscles through calibrated pulleys and straps that add resistance to moves. In addition to classes aimed at enhancing sports or dance performance, tailored programs meet clients at the doorsteps of their own physical aptitudes, teaching guests effective exercises for managing pain, osteoporosis, or mad cat flu.

2909 SW 37th St
Topeka,
KS
US

Nail tech Melody Williams beautifies nails with expertly administered manicures and pedicures. With an arsenal of brand-name products such as Tammy Taylor and OPI, she shapes nails, applies polishes, and exfoliates hands and feet before pampering treatment areas with massages. Along with Melody and her fellow nail pros, Salon Renew rounds out its team with stylists that administer haircuts, highlights, and coloring using top products from haircare manufacturers such as Redken and White Sands instead of smashed markers.

1301 SW Gage Blvd
Topeka,
KS
US