Everywhere you and your family can go for free with Sunflower Summer program

This is something I learned about this year after posting about Exploration Place.  A program through the Kansas State Department of Education called the Sunflower Summer is designed to provide a wide variety of ways for families to get out, explore something new, and enjoy time together.

By downloading the Sunflower Summer app, available on iPhone and Android, Kansas residents with students enrolled in Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, are eligible to access 1 free ticket per child to the 90 attractions, museums, zoos, and more. Up to two adults may access those attractions with their child.  For what it’s worth, anyone, from anywhere, can download the app and track their Kansas summer travel fun, but are not eligible for free admission to ticketed venues.

The program runs from May 28 through August 14.

One big caveat that parents will want to take note of is that your family is allotted one free visit to each of the participating attractions per year. Your Sunflower Summer “Passport” (in the app) will be stamped, and the ticket will no longer be accessible.

Here’s a glimpse of what attractions come with the program:

Art & Theater

  1. Red Barn Studio Museum
  2. Theatre In The Park
  3. Wichita Art Museum
  4. Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

Attractions & Landmarks

  1. Botanica, The Wichita Gardens
  2. Boot Hill Museum, Inc.
  3. Cosmosphere
  4. Curious Minds Discovery Zone
  5. Evel Knievel Museum
  6. Exploration Place
  7. Field Station: Dinosaurs
  8. Flint Hills Discovery Center
  9. Kansas Aviation Museum
  10. Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
  11. Kansas Learning Center for Health
  12. Lee Richardson Zoo
  13. Mid-America Air Museum
  14. Oz Museum
  15. Rolling Hills Zoo
  16. Sedgwick County Zoo
  17. Sternberg Museum of Natural History
  18. The Big Well Museum
  19. The Topeka Zoo
  20. Wright Park Zoo


  1. Great Bend Public Library
  2. Marysville Public Library
  3. Mulvane Public Library
  4. Russell Public Library
  5. Wellington Public Library


  1. Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
  2. Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
  3. Constitution Hall State Historic Site
  4. Eisenhower Presidential Library
  5. El Quartelejo Museum & Jerry Thomas Gallery and Collection
  6. Fick Fossil & History Museum
  7. Fort Hays State Historic Site
  8. Fort Larned National Historic Site
  9. Grinter Place State Historic Site
  10. Hollenberg Pony Express Station State Historic Site
  11. Johnson County Museum
  12. Kansas Museum of History
  13. Kansas State Capitol
  14. Kiowa County Historical Museum & Soda Fountain
  15. Lindsborg Old Mill and Swedish Heritage Museum
  16. Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes
  17. Mid-America All-Indian Museum
  18. Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site
  19. Miners Hall Museum
  20. Nicodemus National Historic Site
  21. Old Cowtown Museum
  22. Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site
  23. Pony Express Barn & Museum
  24. Prairie Museum of Art & History
  25. Red Rocks State Historic Site
  26. Ritchie House
  27. S.P. Dinsmoor’s Garden of Eden
  28. Tri-State Antique Engines & Thresher Association

Nature Areas

For complete information including an F.A.Q. on the Sunflower Summer program, visit their website

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