Kids Enjoy Free Movie Day Courtesy of Optimists Club Of Topeka

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TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) -- As a way to say "thank you" to hometown kids for their talents and contributions to the community, a local club gave them a special treat Saturday morning.

The Optimists Club of Topeka hosted a free movie event at the West Ridge 8 theaters by the mall.

The club sent out 11,000 fliers announcing the movie day to grade schools in each school district. Kids up to the 6th grade could come watch either Monsters University or Smurfs 2 with their families.

They were clearly excited to do something fun on a Saturday morning .

"Well, we want to see a really, really cool movie and it's free and we're hoping it's Smurfs 2," grade schooler Brian Griffin said.

The Optimists clubs do various fundraising projects that benefit different kids programs like children's cancer research at Johns Hopkins, the NET Reach program for kids in the Highland Crest neighborhood, among others.

The club also uses the funds they raise for fun events, like the movie day.

Another free event was hosted in the afternoon at Sk8away Skate Center on Fairlawn from 5 - 7 p.m. The first 500 kids got to skate free.

Grade school kids got a flier for that one as well.

The skate event usually has a great turn-out each year.