Will you and your family be in MHK Thanksgiving weekend? And looking for things to do? We’ve put together some ideas that will will get you out and enjoying Manhappiness. 

Things for you and the family to do: 

Festival of Lights:
Tree Lighting Ceremony at Blue Earth Plaza

Friday Nov 29th 7 PM – 10 PM

Blue Earth Plaza at 3rd St and Colorado 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join us for the 7th annual Festival of Lights in the Blue Earth Plaza on Friday November 29th in Manhattan, Kansas. Santa and his elves will be lighting the biggest holiday tree in Kansas at 7pm, so come on down to enjoy a hot chocolate next to the fire, listen to the music and be a part of the magic!

The spectacular tree lighting ceremony is a FREE community event which includes local choirs, holiday festivities, winter food and beverages as well as lots and lots of lights! The Festival of Lights is brought to you by local businesses, bringing together the Manhattan community to begin the holiday season. 

Ice Skating at City Park 

Weekdays: 3pm-7pm
Weekends and days when USD 383 is not in session: 1pm-7pm

Rink will close at 5pm on the following days: Christmas Eve (12/24), New Year’s Eve (12/31), New Year’s Day (1/1)

Rink will be closed on the following days:
Thanksgiving Day (11/28)
Christmas Day (12/25)

Sunset Zoo 

Home to over 200 amazing animals – from anteater to zebu – Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, KS offers up-close views of amazing animals including wallaby, otters, leopards and a jumping, hooting array of primates.

Hours of Operation:
Open seven days a week, 360 days a year. 
Now open 9:30am to 5pm.

The Zoo is closed Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Daily Zoo Hours:
March through October: 9:30am – 5:00pm
November through February: 12pm – 5:00pm

Daily Admission 
Adults (13+): $5 per person
Children (ages 3-12): $3 per person
Infants (2 & under): Free

Flint Hills Discovery Center 

Zoo in You Exhibit

315 South 3rd Street

Mon – Sat | 10 AM – 5 PM
Sun | 12 PM – 5 PM

Adult (18-64) | $9.00
Youth (2-17) | $4.00
Military, College Students, Educators & Seniors (65+) | $7.00

AMC Manhattan Town Center

Frozen 2 opens right before Thanksgiving, on November 22. Other family movies that will likely still be available include Maleficent Mistress of Evil, Abominable, and Arctic Dogs

Just adults? Go see Harriet, Terminator, or Joker 

 Straight Up Creative Studio 

Paint Pottery or Make a Plant Terrarium

1223 Moro
Manhattan, KS 66502

Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
Private Parties by Appointment

Locked Manhattan

122A S 4th Street
Manhattan, Kansas, 66502

Mon-Sun: 10 am – 10:30 pm (Check for times Thanksgiving weekend)

Axe Throwing 

Axe to Grind

925 Enoch Ln
Manhattan, KS 66502


316 Poyntz Ave

Widgets Family Fun 

8232 South Port Drive, 1 mile east of the Big Blue River bridge, Hwy 24 (E. Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan).

Arcade games, laser tag, mini bowling

Bowling at Little Apple Lanes

515 Richards Dr
Manhattan, KS 66502

Classic Bowling
Mon: Noon-10pm
Tues: Noon-10pm
Wed: Noon-10pm
Thurs: Noon-Midnight
Fri: Noon-10pm
Sat: Noon-9pm
Sun: Noon-10pm

Cosmic Bowling
8 Lanes
Sun-Wed: 3pm-10pm
Thurs-Sat: Noon-Midnight

All 32 Lanes
Fri: 10pm-Midnight
Sat: 9pm-Midnight

Wildwood Adventure Park

Daring speeds. Dizzying heights. Enlivening hikes. Ziplines at Wildwood Adventure Park have it all. Progressive runs that graduate to a maximum run that stretches a quarter-mile in length, as zipliners zoom along the treetops in the incredibly scenic Flint Hills. Seven breath-taking zips for Wildwood visitors, even a pair of tandem runs. Think your adventurousness has been peaked? Nowhere close! Fantastic 40-foot fall to finish that challenges even the most stouthearted adventure junkie.


Please check our Facebook page for information about our current operation.