The Best of Momming on the West Side


If you grew up in Wichita like I did, you’ll know there is a distinct divide between east siders and west siders, although there is great debate over where exactly the line is that divides us.

One thing we can all agree on, however, is that there are some great things to do and experience on BOTH sides of town. But today, we are highlighting some of the best of Wichita’s west side – after all, you can’t ride a double-decker carousel or feed a lemur on the East Side!


*A big thank you to all of our friends in the West Side/Goddard Neighborhood Group who contributed to this list.*

Regularly Scheduled Programming: 

Jumperoo – Toddler Jump
Thursdays & Fridays, 10:00am-Noon
Urban Air Trampoline Park, 8545 W. Irving Street

Tuesdays, 10:30am
Moxi Junction, 319 S. Park, Maize

Family Movie Night
Last Saturday of the month {seasonal}
New Market Square, 21st and Maize Road

Family Storytime
Wednesdays, 10:30-11:00am
Westlink Library, 8515 Bekemeyer

Kids Workshop
First Saturday of the month 9:00-noon
Home Depot, 8444 W Mccormick Ave

Maize Early Childhood Center
Family events, child care, screenings, Parents as Teachers, and more!
535 S James, Maize

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
Second and fourth Tuesday, 9:30-11:30am  
West Evangelical Free Church, 1161 N. Maize Road

Local Experiences:

Tanganyika Wildlife Park
1000 S. Hawkins Lane
Tanganyika provides opportunities for hands-on interaction with many species of animals, as well as special events throughout the year. 

Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Our zoo is nationally ranked, constantly expanding and updating exhibits, and consistently ranks at the top of things to do with your whole family.

Klausmeyer Family Farm
8135 S. 119th St W, Clearwater
A pumpkin patch with pig races, a working dairy farm and so much more!

Maize Splash Pad
401 S. Khedive
New in the summer of 2016, with many different water activities for kids to enjoy.

Buffalo Park and Splash Pad
10201 Hardtner
The splash pad includes a giant buffalo head mister among other fun water play. 

New Market Fountains
21st and Maize
Interactive fountains for splashing!

Sedgwick County Park Sunrise Boundless Playground
6501 Horseshoe Lake Dr.
This innovative playground is designed so children of all abilities and skill levels can play together. 

Towne West Square Carousel
4600 W. Kellogg Drive
This DUBLE DECKER carousel “strives to make good memories at every turn.”

Classes, Activities, and Eats:

Acrobatic Academy
2111 N. Maize Road
All kinds of classes and offerings for everyone toddler and up!

Kansas Grown Farmer’s Market
 7001 W 21st St N
Saturdays {seasonally}

Elderslie Farm
3501 E. 101st St., Valley Center
Berry picking and Bramble Cafe {seasonal}

YMCA {two locations}
Northwest YMCA at 21st and 135th: (offers a bounce time that is free for members. MWF 10-1130 for ages 1-6).
West YMCA at 6940 Newell St.
Take a class or hit the pool – even in WINTER!

Hurts Donuts
7010 W 21st St N
24-hour counter serve offering a wide selection of inventive, specialty donuts – perfect for a pre- or post- zoo snack!

12111 W Maple St
A modern sushi & sake bar with fun flavors and a full bar.

12111 West Maple | Suite 121
Whether you’re in search of dinner, drinks (Happy Hour is 3-6pm M-F) or catering – TWELVE is the spot!

Wichita Brewing Company
8815 W 13th St Suite 100
The original WBC is on the west side, just across the street from NW High School. Amazing brews, delish cocktails, and creative pizzas!

Palace Movie Theatre
535 South Ridge Road Circle
Discount movies and concessions – win, win!

Warren Theatre West
9150 W 21st St
First run movies, including an IMAX screen.

For more “Best of the West” check out these posts:

Best of the West :: Health Food Stores in West Wichita

Best of the West :: Coffee Shops in West Wichita

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Meaghan wears many hats throughout the day: wife to husband of fifteen years, Jeremy, mom to two incredible children, Jacob and Aliza, legal assistant, foster parent, and surrogate. A Wichita native, she met her husband at K-State (Go State!) and they moved from coast (Los Angeles, CA) to coast (Manchester, NH and Groton, CT) before settling back down in Kansas. She is a big fan of her crock pots, has read more than a novel a day for the last five years, and crochets in her “spare” time.


  1. Time to update the coffee article! There are more to add- yay!!!! – Starbucks on central and Tyler and Ecclesia.

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