A guide to free family activities in Wichita

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Families are always looking for activities to keep their children entertained during the summer. Many of them cost money and that can add up over time. So why not sprinkle in some of the free family activities available in the Wichita area?

I’ve put together a guide of free family activities covering things to do in Wichita that are the low price of FREE.


EXPLORE

Sunflower Summer App
This program from Kansas Tourism offers Kansas families free admission to attractions across the state, throughout the summer. The 2024 Sunflower Summer season run from May 25 through August 11. More than 220 tourism attractions are participating in the program. Such attractions include Field Station: Dinosaurs, Botanica, Exploration Place, Museum of World Treasures, Cosmosphere, Strataca and more.

Wichita Public Library Experience Passes
The Library now offers Experience Passes! You can borrow a family pack of passes from the Library to explore a selected local museum or attraction – at no cost! Special exhibits and add-on experiences may have additional fees. Experience Passes do not cover the cost of concessions or gift shop purchases. Attractions include Great Plains Transportation Museum, Tanganyika, Sedgwick County Zoo and more.

Advanced Learning Library

LIBRARIES

Wichita Public Libraries
Where: 
All city libraries
From free classes to learning circles to story times, the Wichita Public Library offers varioues classes and events throughout the summer aimed at kids of all ages. Oh, and you can check out books and movies for free or various non-traditional library items from the Library of Things Collection.

Old Cowtown Museum

MUSEUMS

Old Cowtown Museum
Where: 1865 Museum Blvd
Free admission to Cowtown on Sundays through October 2024.

Original Pizza Hut Museum
Where: 
2090 Innovation Blvd
The original Pizza Hut building resides on the Wichita State campus and is free to the public.

Wichita Art Museum
Where: 
1400 W. Museum Blvd
Admission to the Art Museum’s permanent collection is free every day

Wichita Sedgwick Co. HIstorical Museum
Where: 204 S. Main
Free admission on Sundays

Ulrich Museum of Art-Wichita State University
Where: 
1845 Fairmount
Free admission. The WSU campus is home to the Ulrich Museum’s renowned Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection, rated one of the top collections of its kind by Public Art Review. The Museum holds a permanent collection of more than 7,000 works by such artists as Benny Andrews, Diane Arbus, Helen Frankenthaler, Zhang Huan, Jacob Lawrence, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Rodney McMillian, Gordon Parks, W. Eugene Smith, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol.

MUSIC

Bradley Fair Summer Concert Series
Where: 
2000 N. Rock Road
Stop by Bradley Fair for their annual 5-week concert series on Thursday evenings from June 6 through July 4. This year, enjoy new music genres from soul to bluegrass, and almost everything in between. Free live music starts under the sunset at 7:30 p.m.

KEYN Summer Concert Series
Where: 
Various locations
This series of free concerts, hosted by 103.7 KEYN, will be held on select Fridays throughout the summer in the Wichita, KS, area and bring a diverse lineup of bands to two locations: Wichita’s Naftzger Park and Andover’s Capitol Federal Amphitheater.

Kansas Wildlife Exhibit

NATURE

Great Plains Nature Center
Where:
6232 E. 29th St. N
Both the nature center building and the trails in Chisholm Creek Park are free to enjoy to the public.

Kansas Wildlife Exhibit
Where:
700 Nims N.
There is no admission fee to Wichita’s original zoo and it is open year-round. The Kansas Wildlife Exhibit contains over 25 different species of native mammals, reptiles, and birds in eight displays. Feedings are every day at 12 p.m.

Keeper of the Plains Lighting
Where:
339 Veterans Pkwy
The Keeper of the Plains “Ring of Fire” burns nightly for 15 minutes. Lighting during the summer takes place from 9 to 9:15 p.m.

Sedgwick County Park

PARKS

Parks Around Town
Where: Various Parks
The Wichita Park System offers recreation opportunities to its citizens that range from both organized and individual activities at eight community recreation centers, eight swimming pools, and 53 athletic fields. It also offers recreation through its hiking, biking, and fitness trails.Parks are closed between midnight and 6 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

Browse the 144 parks in Wichita

SPORTS

Kids Bowl Free
Where: Seneca Bowl & Derby Bowl
More than 1,500 bowling centers around the globe provide 2 FREE Games of bowling each day to kids during the Spring and Summer. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.

WATER

Splash Pads
Where: 
Listed below
No admission fee is required to one of the money splash pads open seven days a week all summer long with a majority of them open until 8 p.m.

  • Boston Park | 6655 E Zimmerly 
  • Buffalo Park – 10201 Hardtner
  • Central Riverside Park – 720 Nims
  • Edgemoor Park | 5815 E. 9th, 67208 
  • Evergreen | 2700 N Woodland
  • Fairmount Park – 1647 North Yale
  • Fred Cohlmia Park | 525 Sarah Lane, Haysville
  • Harrison Park | 1300 S Webb
  • Lincoln Park | 1323 South Topeka
  • Linear Park | 108 N. Main St. Goddard
  • Linwood Park | 1901 S Kansas 
  • Madison Avenue Central Park | 512 E. Madison, Derby
  • Maize City Park | 401 S. Khedive, Maize
  • McLaughlin Park | 700 McLaughlin Dr, Valley Center
  • Nessly Auto Park | 104 Prather, Mulvane
  • Old Town Square – 334 North Mead
  • Osage Park – 2121 West 31st Street South
  • Planeview Park | 2819 Fees (closed for 2024)

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