Swimming Beach on Farlington Lake

1 W Lake Rd
Farlington, KS 66734
(620) 362-3671

An ADA compliant playground overlooks a 170 foot lakefront sandy swimming beach. Within waking distance are bathroom facilities, a shelter house, marina & cafe. The playground was installed in 2006 and consists of numerous swings, three slides, two sets of climbing stuctures, and a playhouse.

Kansas state parks pass is required to access.

Pittsburg Aquatic Center

708 W 9th St
Pittsburg, KS 66762
(620) 231-7667

Great for families or youth teams looking to cool off (or burn energy), with diving boards, tube slides, toddler pool, lazy river & sand volleyball courts.

Usually opens the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend and closes prior to the new school year. Dog Swim is scheduled one week after closing to the public on the following Monday.

The Aquatic Center features a 0 depth entry large pool with two diving boards, and 2 small tube slides. The toddler pool features fountains, a frog slide, playground and grassy play area.

On Bicknell Island you will find the mammoth slide and the flume slide. Around Bicknell Island is the lazy river, which will take you on a relaxing 300′ voyage on a tube.

There are also two sand volleyball courts for that pickup game with all your friends. For your convenience there is a bathhouse, lockers and a concession shack. Throughout the park there are plenty of lounge chairs and grassy areas for tanning and relaxing.

Miners Athletics

306 W 11th St
Pittsburg, KS 66762
(620) 875-2791

Originally known as Cheer Pitt, Miner’s Athletics has been Pittsburg’s premier location for youth athletics since 2009 – sports readiness, cheerleading, tumbling, ninja, birthday parties & more – competitive or just for fun.

Miner’s Athletics isn’t just for competitive tumbling, gymnastics and cheering. Kids can jump, climb, play dodgeball, run the obstacle courses, and more, during scheduled open Daytime Playtimes, Nerf War Nights, or Fun Fridays.

Full size competition floors, two rectangle trampolines, 30+ mats and skill shapes, 30 foot long running trampoline, cargo net, large mirrors for motions, dances, stunts and jump, a climbing rope, and a large parent viewing area.

Little Balkans

813 Memorial Dr
Pittsburg, KS 66762
(620) 231-7561

Held Labor Day weekend, the festival pays homage to the region’s diverse immigrant heritage and blends family entertainment, art, crafts, food, music and more.

Because so many of the residents of the area came from the Balkan region of Europe and because the economic and political climates of both regions were so volatile in the early 1900s, the coal fields came to be called the Balkans of Kansas. Although once a pejorative term for the region, Little Balkans of Kansas is now an expression of pride that celebrates the region’s diverse cultural and ethnic heritage and rich history. The establishment of the Little Balkans Festival Association in September 1984 helped to restore the image of the region. The Association’s purpose was to educate the public about the origin and development of the term Little Balkans and to plan and conduct a regional exposition known as the Little Balkans Days Festival. The Festival has been held annually on Labor Day weekend since 1985 to pay homage to the region’s history, ethnic diversity, and community spirit. The premier annual festival in Pittsburg, KS celebrates the community’s culture, heritage and history. Three days of various events, activities, entertainment and vendors.

Kelce Planetarium

1702 S Joplin St
Pittsburg, KS 66762

For information on scheduling a private program, contact Sally Nixon at (620) 235-4391.

The planning of Yates Hall, a Math and Physics building occurred from 1962-1963. The President of the university, Dr. Leonard H. Axe, insisted that the building include a planetarium. There were, however, no funds available to pay for a star projector for the planetarium. In the fall of 1963, Mrs. Gladys Kelce provided funds to pay for the planetarium as a memorial to her husband, L. Russell Kelce. The planetarium opened in July of 1964, and saw 10,000 visitors the first year. Most of these visitors were from schools.

Today, the planetarium still provides programs for schools (elementary, secondary, and university), churches, and other groups, as well as public programs. Schools, churches, groups, etc. can schedule private programs to fit their needs. Each program features a tour of the current night sky and a topical program.

The planetarium has a seating capacity of around 50 individuals and is wheelchair accessible. The projector, a Digitarium Zeta, is capable of projecting stars, constellations, planets, the sun, the moon (and phases), daily motion of the sky, yearly motion of the sky, and motion to view the sky from any latitude on Earth. The planetarium also uses slides and music during shows.

Hepler Public Library

105 N Prairie Ave
Hepler, KS 66746

Located on the site of the old Hepler Rural High School, the Hepler Community Center features two meeting rooms with a capacity of 20 in the smaller meeting room and a capacity of 120 in the larger meeting room. The center features a kitchen, tables and chairs, high-speed wireless internet and is ADA accessible.

Girard Public Library

128 W Prairie Ave
Girard, KS 66743
(620) 724-4317

Listed on the National Historic Register as a Carnegie library. The library was established in 1899, and the current Carnegie library building was built in 1906. With a population of 2,500 at the time, it’s believed Girard was the smallest city in the world to have a Carnegie Library at the time.

This is a full service library with Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, and a genealogy/history department.

The library features 2,500 square feet of meeting space and a capacity of 125 people. The library has three separate meeting rooms, two of which can be combined for a larger meeting room. The library has a kitchen, tables and chairs, limited audio-visual equipment, free high-speed wireless internet and is ADA accessible.

Fun Zone Depot

104 N Locust
Pittsburg, KS 66762
(620) 719-8390

The only indoor family entertainment center of its kind in Southeast Kansas. Includes climbing wall, bounce houses, retro video games, giant chess set & more.

10,700 square feet of open space allows this historic building to be repurposed as needed. Today, that heritage is honored, while also providing families, youth sports teams, and even teenagers a safe place to play in this indoor playground, with a little technology thrown in, including an interactive floor projector.

Returning guests will notice permanent favorites, as well as new equipment and games brought in seasonally or by demand.

Frontenac Mining Days

Frontenac, KS 66763


The Frontenac Mining Days celebrates the community’s heritage and homecoming. Activities available throughout the weekend include a parade, live music, carnival, kids games, a 5K, and “Heritage Hall”, a historical exhibit set up at town hall.

*Please note: 2019 Schedule is below*

6 p.m. Community Hot Dog Feed
6 p.m. Rollin’ Nostalgia Cruise Nite
8 p.m. Street Dance

7 a.m. Greater Raider 5K and 1/2 Mile Fun Run starts at the Raiders Sports Complex (registration starts at 6 a.m.)
TBA Baseball Tournament
10 a.m. Parade
1 p.m. Arm Wrestling Contest
1 p.m. Pool Games at Frontenac City Pool
2 p.m. Bean Bag Toss Contest
2 p.m. Bingo
7 p.m. Shuffleboard Contest
8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Street Dance
9:30 p.m. Fireworks

9 a.m. Fishing Derby
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Blessing of the Bikes

All Class Reunion – Friday at 6 p.m.
Alumni celebration for classes celebrating 50th, 25th and 10 year reunions – Saturday at 5 p.m.

Annually held the Friday through Sunday of the 2nd Saturday in June, this festival is a celebration of the community’s founding in 1886.

Four State Farm Show

Pittsburg, KS 66743

Three days of agricultural product displays and equipment demonstrations. Approximately 700 exhibits featuring major lines of farm machinery and equipment as well as innovative products from agribusiness firms across the country.

The show over-flows with a vast array of farm equipment, seed, feed, agri-chemicals, livestock, farm buildings, grain bins, livestock handling equipment, tires, tools, trailers and much more. The tremendous range of agriculturally-related goods and services annually provides farmers and stockmen with a unique opportunity to shop and compare in one location.

Festa Italiana

1 Raider Drive (McKay)
Frontenac, KS 66763


Festa Italiana is typically held at the Raider Sports Complex each fall. It provides a great opportunity for people to celebrate their heritage and show what made southeast Kansas what it is today. Activities include food samples, Kids Zone, Mario’s Market, and a live auction. Nearly 3,000 people attend Festa yearly. Funds raised go toward scholarships disbursed by the Frontenac Education Foundation.