Summerfest Events

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Wednesday Blockbusters!

superlgWednesdays ■ Marvin Auditorium
9:30-10:30 a.m. | 11 a.m.-Noon | 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Sal Cruz and the Cruzline | Wed Jun 3
They’re loud, fun and energetic! Summer drumline kids entertain you with a variety of thunderous percussion instruments: quads, snare and bass drums. Families with kids that can take the noise and excitement will love this local talent.

Joseph Stringer | Wed Jun 10
Everyone smiles in the same language and laughs with accents. Joseph Stringer, a native Topekan, has provided families across the country with a magical mix of mystery and comedy since 1982. His show is outstanding for kids while including a variety of extras for all ages!

Dino O’Dell | Wed Jun 17
Play, dance, and sing with Dino O’Dell (a.k.a. Kevin Dolan). Enjoy some of his best hits including Itty Bitty Monster, The Peanut Butter Pond, The Pizza Polka and Worms – They Really Hit the Spot. Kids will love dancing along with Dino.

Jacob Deffenbaugh | Wed Jun 24
Jacob Deffenbaugh, Topeka’s own yo-yo savant, will delight you with his talent and excitement. He won the Kansas State Yo-Yo contest in 2011 and he continues to explore amazing tricks with his yo-yo. Bring the family and prepare to be amazed.

The Flying Debris Show | Wed Jul 1
A great blend of comedy, amazing juggling, zany stunts and lots of audience participation. It’s just flippin’ funny!

H3TV — Music & Magic Live | Wed Jul 8
Their healthy hip hop-style gets you groovin’, while their magic makes you think the impossible is possible. All ages can expect an upbeat, fun, interactive and mentally stimulating experience.

Zoo Animals Live! | Wed Jul 15
Meet some of the Topeka Zoo animal residents as Rachael Rost, education specialist, helps you learn about the animals that she brings. You will get an up close and personal experience.

Jim Cosgrove (Mr. Stinky Feet) | Wed Jul 22
This popular kid rocker is back with his high-energy, interactive program loaded with laughter, singing and dancing for families with elementary-aged children. Join the act as Mr. Stinky Feet performs his original songs and shares his box of instruments from all over the world.

Wednesday Super Carnival | Wed Jul 29
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Superheroes unite, because it would be a real crime to end Summerfest without a blowout of heroic proportions. Arrive on the scene as your favorite caped crusader. Then it’s up, up and away for super fun and games.


Readapalooza [6-12 years] Some heroes wield light sabers; others wear just their undies. All sorts will save you from boredom this summer. A lair of story, adventure and potential sticky situations awaits. Power up your Time Tracker by 30 minutes each time you come! Attend them all to complete 9 hours, BAM!
■ Marvin Auditorium 101C
Tue | Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 10-11 a.m.
Thu | Jun 4, 11, 18, 25 | 10-11 a.m.
Tue | Jul 7, 14, 21, 28 | 10-11 a.m.
Thu | Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 10-11 a.m.

Stories & Crafts [3-5 years] Marvel at all sorts of heroes: the masked, the furry and the ones in your neighborhood through stories and crafts. Power up your Time Tracker by 30 minutes each time you come! Attend them all to complete 9 hours, BAM!
■ Marvin Auditorium 101AB
Tue | Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 10-11 a.m.
Thu | Jun 4, 11, 18, 25 | 10-11 a.m.
Tue | Jul 7, 14, 21, 28 | 10-11 a.m.
Thu | Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 10-11 a.m.

R.E.A.D. Dogs [All ages] Dogs are man’s best friend, but a child’s best listener. Grab your favorite book and read to the Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Time spent reading together powers up your Time Tracker!
■ The Story Zone
Sun | Jun 7, 14, 21, 28 | 2-3 p.m.
Sun | Jul 5, 12, 19, 26 | 2-3 p.m.

Jim Gill Live In Concert [All ages] Get ready to sing, clap, dance and sneeze along during this visit by award-winning musician and author Jim Gill. Gill’s distinctive music-play creates the spirit of a family room in the concert hall and is an invitation to children, parents and grandparents to sing and play together!
■ Marvin Auditorium
Sat | Jun 27 | 10-11 a.m.


DC Movie: The Dark Knight (2008) [12-18 years] The Joker is out to prank Gotham and create chaos everywhere he can, and it takes everything Batman has within himself to try and stop this evil-doer. Cool off from outside and come watch this classic DC movie with your friends!
■ The Edge – Teen Room
Mon | Jun 1 | 2-4:30 p.m.

Superhero Smash [12-18 years] Come dressed as your favorite superhero, villain, or comic book character. If cosplay isn’t your thing, come anyway! There will be games, contests and other fun that you can geek out to while you make your own superhero snack.
■ The Edge – Teen Room
Mon | Jun 8 | 2-3 p.m.

The Pen is Mightier
than the Cape [12-18 years] So you want to write a superhero story? Here’s your chance! Bring your Superhero ideas and we will provide the pen and paper.
■ The Edge – Teen Room
Mon | Jun 15 | 2-3 p.m.

Anime Kurabu [12-18 years] Kon’nichiwa! Do you love all things anime and manga? If you answered “Hai,” then plan on coming to this fun kurabu where we will play, watch, read, write, draw and imagine all things anime.
■ The Edge – Teen Room
Tue | Jun 16 | 7-8 p.m.
Tue | Jul 21 | 7-8 p.m.

Superheroes of Trivia [12-18 years] Bring your super brain to this trivia contest and try to defeat your arch-nemesis or anyone willing to take you on. Win prizes while you HULK SMASH your opponents.
■ The Edge – Teen Room
Mon | Jun 22 | 2-3 p.m.

DeCo-rate Marvel-ous Art [12-18 years] Ever wonder how to draw the animated characters you find in comic books and graphic novels? This program will show you how! Watch as we demonstrate the basics of how to draw your own comic book characters, and then try it yourself.
■ The Edge – Teen Room
Mon | Jun 29 | 2-3 p.m.

The Avengers (2012) [12-18 years] SHIELD is a peace-keeping agency and the who’s who of Marvel Super Heroes with Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki, the team will need all their powers to save the world. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
■ The Edge – Teen Room
Mon | Jul 6 | 2-4:30 p.m.

Eco Heroes [12-18 years] Help Sergeant Sustainable and his sidekick Recyclo defeat Pollutant Man with challenges that demonstrate just how fun environmental living can be. Learn to measure and eat your own carbon footprint!
■ The Edge – Teen Room
Mon | Jul 13 | 2-3 p.m.

H.E.R.O. Slam [12-18 years] The Heroic Excerpts Read Out-Loud (H.E.R.O.) Slam is here to aid in your summer reading efforts! If you are curious about new or popular book and graphic novel titles, come join us to hear about them while adding to your Time Tracker. You could earn a prize just sitting on your derriere.
■ The Edge – Teen Room
Mon | Jul 20 | 2-3 p.m.

The Cozies in Concert [12-18 years] Come get your jam on! Local rock heroes, The Cozies, will give a super concert. Their diversity and funky style appeal to citizens of all kinds and is sure to be a good time. Get comfy, get cozy and rock out to this awesome Topeka-based band.
■ The Edge – Teen Room
Fri | Jul 24 | 7-8 p.m.

Ironman Chef [12-18 years] Do you like cooking under pressure? Come to Library Kitchen Stadium where you will have just under an hour to make the SUPER secret ingredient into a delicious dish. Can you withstand the judgment of our panel of Ironman Chefs? Will you become an Ironman Chef yourself? Prove it.
■ Marvin Auditorium 101AB
Mon | Jul 27 | 2-3:30 p.m.


Friday Flicks: The Incredibles
A family of undercover superheroes, trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. Closed captioning will be provided. Rated PG.
■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Fri | Jun 5 | 2-4 p.m.

Friday Flicks: Planes Fire & Rescue
When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins a forest fire and rescue unit to be trained as a firefighter. Join firefighting heroes Dusty, Blade Ranger, Dipper and Windlifter for a high-flying adventure. Closed captioning will be provided. Rated PG.
■ Marvin Auditorium 101AB
Fri | Jun 12 | 2-4 p.m.

Friday Flicks: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Percy, the demigod son of Poseidon, is accused of stealing Zeus’s lightning bolt, the universe’s most powerful weapon. To prove his innocence and avoid a devastating war among the gods, Percy embarks on a transcontinental odyssey to find the real thief. Closed captioning will be provided. Rated PG.
■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Fri | Jun 19 | 2-4 p.m.

Friday Flicks: Bolt
Canine superstar Bolt believes his heroic powers are real and embarks on a cross-country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real. Along the way, this “super-dog” comes to terms with being super to the only person who counts. Closed captioning will be provided. Rated PG.
■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Fri | Jun 26 | 2-4 p.m.

Friday Flicks: The Boxtrolls
A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors works to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the children’s novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow. Closed captioning will be provided. Rated PG.
■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Fri | Jul 3 | 2-4 p.m.

Friday Flicks: WALL-E
In the year 2700, WALL-E the robot cleans up a trashed Earth left behind by humans, who now laze about in space. When a new robot visits, WALL-E confronts the humans and blazes a new path toward a healthier Earth. Closed captioning will be provided. Rated G.
■ Marvin Auditorium 101AB
Fri | Jul 10 | 2-4 p.m.

Friday Flicks: Ruby Bridges
The true story of Ruby Bridges, an African-American girl who, in 1960 at age 6, helped to integrate the all-white schools of New Orleans. Though she faced a crowd of angry white citizens every day, she emerged unscathed. A Disney film. Closed captioning will be provided. Not Rated.
■ The Edge – Teen Room
Fri | Jul 17 | 2-4 p.m.

Friday Flicks: Soul Surfer
The inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her left arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. Closed captioning will be provided. Rated PG
■ The Edge – Teen Room
Fri | Jul 24 | 2-4 p.m.

Friday Flicks: Big Hero 6
When a criminal plot threatens the high-tech metropolis of San Fransokyo, brilliant young robotics whiz Hiro leaps into action with his tech-savvy friends and his robot companion in Disney Animation’s adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics series. Closed captioning will be provided. Rated PG.
■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Fri | Jul 31 | 2-4 p.m.