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CAMP WOOD YMCA Give the TV a break, pack up the kids, and head to Camp Wood YMCA (1101 Camp Wood Rd., Elmdale) for the family experience of a lifetime. Their weekend family camps are designed to build strong families through shared adventures and time spent together outdoors. Whatever your camper’s interests, from horseback riding to skateboarding and paintball to rock climbing, there is a special camp for them set in the beautiful Flint Hills.

EAT

Rated “Best Burgers in the state of Kansas” by AAA, J’s Carryout’s (27 Commercial St.) big tastes more than make up for its small size. Located in a 1950s-style burger joint, this little restaurant has been serving up burgers, fries and rings for decades. Don’t leave without tasting the free ice cream that comes with every order!

CAMP ALEXANDER

Or sit down for Tex-Mex at El Lorito (2144 W. US Hwy 50). With

Camp Alexander (1785 Rd. P5) provides 90 acres of stunning outdoor adventure filled with lush woods, ponds and rolling meadows. Whether you are looking for a serene walk in the woods or want to build upon your fitness program, Camp Alexander provides nearly five miles of challenging hiking and biking trails traversing thick woods and open meadows.

ON THE FARM

great food and great service, their staff will make sure you are treated right. Meaning “Little Parrot” in Spanish, El Lorito’s unashamedly fun decor is something to squawk about.

PLAY

Spend the day having fun with your family. The Southwest

The Orchard (1120 N Highway 99) is a great place to go for outdoor fun. Pick your own apples, fish in the well stocked pond, or play a round of miniature golf. Try an apple cider slushie at their country store, or buy local honey, fresh local fruits and produce, and a variety of Kansas-made products. In October, visit the Roga Pumpkin Patch (150 Rd 140) to find the perfect pumpkin on a real working farm. This is a must go attraction every year before Halloween. Enjoy hayrack rides, corn mazes and a hay bale play area for the kids.

Santa Fe Skateboard Park (South Ave. & West St.) is a free, unsupervised park open to skateboarders and in-line skaters. This hybrid park features rails, transitions and a quarterpipe. Flint Hills Lanes (1519 W. 6th Ave.) offers 24 lanes of bowling with easy automatic scoring for family, friends and league bowling. Try your hand at mini-golf, go-carts and batting cages at the Emporia Family Fun Center (1004 E. 12th Ave.). Open March through November. Rollers Skating Rink (701 Graham St.) provides a fun, safe and supervised environment for the whole family! Great for birthday parties or spending time with the kids.

HOLIDAY SPIRIT Enjoy the Yuletide in downtown Emporia. Take a horse-drawn Carriage Ride tour of historic Commercial Street Thursdays in December, and ring in the season by watching the Annual Community Christmas Parade. After shopping downtown during Midnight Madness, see the Holidaze lighting display at the David Traylor Zoo.

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