Summer Fun

Activities abound in Wichita and surrounding cities.

701 Amidon St., 67203. 264-0448.
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. (These are seasonal hours, April-October)
Prices: Children age 2 and under are free; age 3-12 are $3; age 13-61 are $7; and age 62 and older are $6. Memberships start at $55 for families.

Try out one of the many children’s programs that Botanica has to offer. Garden Sprouts or Creature Features on Tuesdays and Funday Friday activities.

Costs vary and registration is required.

Exploration Place
300 N. McLean Blvd., 67203. 660-0600.
Hours: Sunday and Monday noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Prices: Children age 4 and under are free; age 4-11 are $6; age 12-64 are $9.50; and age 65 and older are $8.

CyberDome Theater and MiniGolf are an additional cost. Family memberships start at $75.

There are summer camps available, GROSSOLOGY Family Workshops on Thursday and Saturday mornings and a storytime called Grandma’s Closet which takes place on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. Costs vary and registrations is required for many of the events.

Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street North, 67220. 683-5499.
Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Prices: Admission to Great Plains Nature Center is free for all ages. Great Plains Nature Center is a great place to spend the day exploring. There are trails outside that are perfect for walks and picnics with all ages of children.

Inside the Nature Center there are a variety of classes, tours and programs for children and families to experience.

There are also fishing clinics and several fun events that lead children on tours of the trails while learning about all the wildlife along the way. Classes vary in cost and registration is usually required.

Check out the website for details or call during business hours.

Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Blvd., 67212. 660-9453.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Tuesday.
Prices: Children age 2 and under are free; age 3-11 are $7; age 12-61 are $11.50; senior citizens age 62 and older are $7. Memberships start at $60 per year for a household and include unlimited visits.

Twilight Tuesday hours are 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wet and Wild Days are

Wichita Public Libraries
Central Branch: 223 S. Main, 67202. 261-8500.
Alford Branch: 3447 S. Meridian, 67217. 337-9119.
Angelou Northeast Branch: 3051 E. 21st Street, 67214. 688-9580.
Comotara Branh (inside Dillon’s): 2244 N. Rock Road, 67226. 688-9350.
Evergreen Branch: 2601 N. Arkansas, 67204. 303-8181.
Linwood Park Branch: 1901 S. Kansas, 67211. 337-9125.
Orchard Park Branch: 4808 W. 9th, 67212. 337-9084.
Planeview Community Library: 2820 S. Roosevelt. 973-7609.
Rockwell Branch: 5939 E. 9th, 67208. 688-9361.
Westlink Branch: 8515 Bekemeyer, 67212. 337-9456.
Hours: Vary between locations. Call your local branch for hours.

The link above lists the many events offered by the local libraries. Take advantage of these free, age-appropriate programs for families. There are music times, story times, toddle times, reading clubs, water activities, puppet shows, craft events, special guests and so much more.

Andover Public Library
1511 E. Central Ave., Andover, 67002. 558-3500.

Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Andover Public Library offers summer reading programs and many other activities for kids of all ages beginning in June. Visit the library website and click on the “Children’s Library” link to see a complete listing of summer activities at the Andover Public Library.

Derby Public Library
1600 E. Walnut Grove, Derby, 67037. 788-0760.

The Derby Library offers a summer of fun for kids and teens. Reading programs, fun visitors and other exciting events are listed at the Library’s website in the calendar of events.

Northrock Theater
Summer Vacation Movie Series
3151 North Penstemon St., 67226. 636-5432.

The Summer movie series begins June 15 and runs through August 5. Different movies show each week and tickets cost $2.50. Contact the theater or look on the website for show times and other details.

Palace West
535 South Ridge Road Circle. 691-9700.

Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. Splash in the sprinklers and play water games.

Kids Bowl Free

Visit the website and sign up each of your kids. It’s free to join and members receive coupons for two free games of bowling per child every single day of the summer. The program runs from May 1 to August 31. All children age 15 and under are eligible for two free games each day. Shoes must be rented separately. Upgrade from the free program to a the Family Pass program for $24.95. The Family Pass allows up to four adult family members to bowl two free games each day with the children.

The coupons are only redeemable at participating bowling alleys, the website has a list. Currently, Seneca Bowl—1909 S. Seneca, 67213—and Thunderbird Bowl—2440 S. Oliver St., 67210—are the participating locations in Wichita.

This is a fun, free way to treat your kids to something entertaining and cool during the hot summer months.

Tanganyika Wildlife Park
1000 S. Hawkins Ln., Goddard, 67052. 794-8954.

Hours: May through September, daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prices: Children age 3 and under are free; age 3-12 $7.99; adult admission is $11.99; seniors age 60-89 $8.99; seniors age 90 and up are free.
$2.50 tickets for all movies.

Carousel Skate Center
312 N. West St., 67203. 942-4505.

Hours: Saturdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. are Family Skate Sessions. Skate to G-rated Top 40 music videos an country music. Starting June 2, Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 to 4 p.m. there will be a special skate session during the summer at a low cost.

Prices: On Saturday afternoons during the Family Session, cost is $5.50 per skater and additional $1.50 for skate rental. The Wednesday afternoon session will cost only $4 and that includes skate rental.

Wichita Ice Center
505 West Maple St., 67213. 337-9199.

Hours: Public skating hours change monthly. Check out the website or call to be sure of hours.

Prices: Age 4 and under are free; all other ages are $6 and skate rental is an additional $2. A family pack that includes admission and skate rental for four people is $25.

The Ice Center offers special days at discounted rates so watch out for those to score a good deal. There are also themed skating session such as cartoon skate when you get to skate with cartoon characters, Rock N Skate with a live DJ and Disco Skate with a live DJ and disco music. Dress for the weather, it is 50 degrees in the Ice Center.

Wichita Art Museum
1400 W. Museum Blvd., 67203. 268-4921.

Hours: Sunday noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Monday.

Prices: Children 5 and under free; students with student ID and youth age 5-17 $3; age 18 and older $7; seniors age 60 and older $5. Admission on Saturday is always free.

The Art Museum offers Art Start classes and interactive Family ArtVentures. Contact the Art Museum for dates and to register.

Museum of World Treasures
835 E. 1st St. N., 67202. 263-1311.
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Prices: Children age 3 and under are free; age 4-12 $6.95; adults are $8.95; and seniors age 60 and older are $7.95.

Check out the website or contact the museum for updated times and dates for children’s programs which include Discover Days, camps and more.

Old Cowtown Museum
1865 Museum Blvd., 67203. 219-1871.

Hours: Season hours, April 15-Dec. 15, 2010 are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Prices: Children age 4 and under are free; age 4-11 $5.50; age 12-17 $6; age 18-61 $7.75; senior citizens age 62 and older $6.50. Get a group of 15 or more paying visitors together and your price will drop by more than a dollar per person.

Experience history with your kids by exploring the grounds at Cowtown.

Wichita Children’s Theatre – Picnic Theatre
201 LuLu, 67211. For reservations call 262-2282.

This summer the Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center is once again presenting Picnic Theatre. Shows will include The Three Little Pigs, Peter Rabbit and Cinderella. There are shows scheduled for mornings, lunch pizza matinees, and dinner pizza shows.

Show times vary and tickets cost $5.50 for morning shows and $7 for lunch and evening pizza shows. The Picnic Theatre is always a fun, family-friendly activity.

Call or check the website for specific days and times for showings.

The Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center also has a large variety of classes available. Check out the website or call for details.

Music Theatre of Wichita
Shows are at Century II, Box office phone is 265-3107.

July 21-25, Music Theatre of Wichita will be presenting the family-friendly, award-winning show, Annie. Ticket prices range from $18 to $55. Contact the box office or check out the website to order tickets and for more information.

OJ Watson Park
3022 S. McLean Blvd., 67217. 529-9940.

Hours: The Park’s summer hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Rides operate weekdays and noon to 8 p.m. on weekends. Miniature golf is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Prices: The park is free but there are fees for rides and fees for some of the activities, such as miniature golf.

There are 100 picnic tables, a large lake, playground equipment, charcoal grills, a concession stand, a miniature train ride, miniature golf, pedal boats and much more to do at this public park.

Bradley Fair Summer Concerts
Rock Road at 21st St., 630-9990.

Every Thursday in June and the first Thursday in July, professional jazz performances will take place outside at Bradley Fair Plaza. The concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Shows are free to everyone. On July 1, the final week of the concert series, enjoy fireworks after the show at 9:30 p.m.

Lowes Build and Grow Clinics

Hours: Saturday at 10 a.m.

Price: Free!

Go to the website to sign up for projects at the Lowe’s closest to your home. Most of the projects have suggested ages so you will know before signing up if they are appropriate for your child. Projects are free but you must register to attend.


Visit the website for store locations and for information on local events, many of which are free, where children can decorate cookies, design fun crafts and more. The website also is a good resource for at-home projects to do with children of a variety of ages.

Home Depot Kids Workshops

Price: Free!

Home Depot hosts kids workshops on the first Saturday of each month. The workshops are free between 9 a.m. and noon. Check the website for project listings and for store locations.

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
1100 N. Plum, Hutchinson, 67501. 1-800-397-0330.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Prices: Children under age 3 are free; age 3-12 and seniors age 60 and older are $15; age 12 to 59 are $17. These prices include admission to the museum as well as an IMAX movie. Tickets to attend only a movie or only the museum are less.

The Cosmosphere has been a fun, educational activity for many years. Take the short trip to Hutchinson and spend the day exploring the museum, learning about space and see a movie in the theater.

Kansas Underground Salt Museum
3504 E. Avenue G., Hutchinson, 67501. 1-866-755-3450.

Hours: Closed Monday, Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 1 to 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

Prices: Children must be 4 to be admitted due to mine safety regulations. Children age 4-12 are $7.30; adults are $13.10; seniors age 60 and old, active military and AAA members are $11.80. Tickets for the Dark Ride are an additional $2.50.


Outdoor waterparks are available at the Northwest, North, South and Andover branch locations of the YMCA. Waterpark access is free for YMCA members. Nonmembers can also spend a day swimming by purchasing a day pass at any location. Individual passes are $10 or a family can swim for $18 for the entire day.

Rock River Rapids
1900 E. James St., Derby, 67037. 788-POOL or 788-3363.

Hours: 12:30 to 7 p.m. daily.

Prices: Children age 2 and under are free; age 3-17 are $7; age 18 and older are $8. Season passes are available for $65.

Wichita Sprinkler parks
205 E. Douglas
334 N. Mead, Old Town Plaza
720 Nims, Riverside Park
1647 N. Yale, 16th and Vassar
1323 S. Topeka, Bayley and Broadway
2121 W. 31st St. South
New Market Square

Wichita public pools
Wichita Department of Park & Recreation, 455 N. Main, 11th floor, 67202. 268-4361.

Hours: Hours vary, contact your local pool for hours. All pools are closed on Monday.

Prices: Cash only. Children age 17 and under are $2; age 18 and older are $3. Family rate of $8 admits up to six people, one must be an adult.

Aley, 1800 S. Seneca. 838-9685.
Boston, Harry & Woodlawn. 838-9686.
College Hill, 304 S. Circle. 838-9687.
Country Acres, Central & Ridge. 838-9688.
Edgemoor, 9th & Edgemoor. 838-9689.
Evergreen, 27th & Woodland. 838-9690.
Harvest, 9500 W. Provincial. 838-9691.
Linwood, 1900 S. Hydraulic. 838-9692.
McAdams, 1556 N. Ohio. 838-9693.
Minisa, 13th & Jeanette. 838-9694.
Orchard, 9th & Clara. 838-9695.

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