Wichita Summer Bucket List 2022 | 150 Things to Do With Kids (+ Free Printable)

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We are thrilled to bring back the Ultimate Guide to Summer with our Wichita Summer Bucket List for the 8th year! It is impossible to be bored with over 100 of our favorite Wichita summer ideas for every budget, interest, and age – straight from local moms. (Please note to check each event/business website for the most up to date information.)

Thank you to Bradley Fair for partnering with us and making the production of this guide possible for Wichita families! Be on the lookout for the following family-friendly events this summer:


 

Join us as we explore all that Wichita has to offer this summer, and enjoy the customizable FREE printable below to hang on the fridge!

Wichita's Ultimate Summer Bucket List


Wichita Summer Fun for the Whole Family

  • There is something for the whole family at Bradley Fair this summer, like their new Summer Adventure Club and Summer Music Series
  • Attend a baseball game to see our home team, the Wichita Wind Surge, at Riverfront Stadium. Friday night games will have firework shows, and kids can run the bases on Sunday home games
  • Get ready to get splashed, and out the new Stingray Cove at the Sedgwick County Zoo
  • Visit the goats and play at Elderslie Farm, enjoy the scones at the Bramble Cafe, and taste the cheese and gelato at the Creamery. Berry Picking season typically begins the end of June!
  • Check out the Washed Ashore exhibit at Botanica through the summer
  • Enjoy an animal encounter (we love feeding the lemurs!), a new experience (like otter meet & greets), checking out the splash park and more at Tanganyika
  • Pack up the car and head out for a family-friendly day trip from Wichita or a weekend getaway 
  • Find a table in the shade at Chicken’n’Pickle and enjoy lawn games, food, drinks, pickle ball courts, and a great atmosphere.
  • Book a Staycation at a local hotel with a swimming pool just for fun
  • Head downtown and enjoy everyone’s family-favorite River Festival June 3-11
  • There is a little something for everyone at Revolutsia – eating, drinking, shopping and more
  • Take the fam to one of Wichita Children’s Theater Picnic Theater Once Upon a Time Series – The Three Little Pigs June 9-11, The Ugly Duckling June 23-25, and Jack & the Beanstalk July 14-16
  • Pack a picnic dinner and take a walk down by the Keeper of the Plains and then stick around to watch the magic of the 15 minute Ring of Fire at 9 pm
  • Get out of the house and burn some energy at family game night at Nerf Warz
  • Ride the Q-Line, Wichita’s Downtown Trolley service, running from 10am-1am on Saturdays, and hop off at one of your favorite shops or restaurants
  • Ride a pony, put your muscles to use on a paddleboat, or play a round of mini golf at OJ Watson Park
  • Visit Wichita Art Museum for a FREE family Artventure
  • Check out the new Health Exhibit at Exploration Place (we love it!) and plan to play at the Exploration Place park and take a walk along the river
  • Step back in time and enjoy a wagon ride or try a sarsparilla drink at Old Cowtown Museum
  • Go on a hunt for one of these hidden gems in Wichita – we especially love the Wichita Troll (and let us know if you find him!)
  • Head to Stearman for dinner on the patio, and watch the planes, play on the playground, and listen to live music while you wait
  • Cool down at any of Wichita’s interactive fountains and splash pads, open Memorial – Labor Day
  • Rock out to musical instruments and bond with your littles at Music Together of Wichita or Riverside Music Together (DEMO classes are free!)
  • Splash around at Toddler Time (Wichita’s version of a mini waterpark) at any of the designated YMCAs around town
  • Field Station: Dinosaurs has amazing life-sized animatronic dinos and activities every hour
  • For the really hot weeks, head to an indoor play place, like Towne East or Chick-fil-a, or hit up another favorite place for indoor fun
  • Create little bookworms with a local storytime
  • Pack up the stroller and go for a walk before it gets too hot
  • And if you are still looking, here are plenty of Things to Do With Babies & Toddlers in Wichita
  • Enroll in a summer camp or program (fun for all ages, schedules, and budgets) 
  • Make it a late bedtime night and check out the wonder of our solar system at Lake Afton Public Observatory
  • Explore the inner workings of planet earth and the solar system at the Cosmosphere
  • Explore the salt mines in a safari shuttle at Strataca in Hutchinson
  • Bowl a STRIKE and register the kiddos for Kids Bowl Free to receive two FREE games of bowling everyday all summer long
  • Climb, attend a lock in, or enroll for a camp at Bliss Bouldering and Climbing Complex
  • Enjoy a FREE movie in the park at the Andover Amphitheater this summer **update: the amphitheater is currently closed due to tornado damage until further notice. 

Wichita Summer ICT Love:

  • Attend the Hopping Gnome Anniversary Party with family friendly activities throughout the day including caricature drawings, Lamphouse Photo Booth, Live Music, and more!
  • Walk down Douglas Design District and marvel at the art, murals and sculptures created by local artists and check out our mural walk here
  • Attend this year’s Ballet in the Park performance, Tom Sawyer
  • Check out a Haute Handmade Pop Up Market, a high-end market that supports local artists, designers and small businesses at Riverfest or on First Fridays
  • Spend the morning supporting local farms and artisans at one of Wichita’s Farmer’s Markets
  • Celebrate all things local with live music, favorite local artisans, and plenty of food at The Workroom‘s 2nd Saturday Artisan Market
  • Take family selfies with 7 Classic Wichita Photo Ops
  • Stroll through the art gallery at City Arts, and sign your kiddos (or yourself) up for an art class
  • Shop local, save money, and dive into our community at Second Saturdays
  • Get involved with the community by finding a rock, painting it, hiding it – and here is everything you need to know about kindness rocks
  • Ride a trolley and hop off at local galleries in support of the arts in the Douglas Design District on a Final Friday

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Wichita Summer Homebodies:

  • Host a cookout with friends
  • Make homemade popcicles 
  • Grow a vegetable garden with your kids
  • Host a splash party with a water fight
  • Roast marshmallows for s’mores
  • Beat the heat with these non-crafty toddler activities at home
  • Camp out in your backyard
  • Make summer treats and deliver them to your neighbors
  • Host an outdoor movie party
  • Have a lemonade stand
  • Build a fort in your living room
  • Have a backyard picnic
  • Spend the evening catching fireflies
  • Let the kids cover themselves in shaving cream in the backyard then hose them off
  • Buy a sandbox, add a little water and let them make real sand castles
  • Arrange weekly letters with a friend (kids love getting mail and writing real letters is good for the soul)
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Angela is the founder of Wichita Mom, the premier parenting website and community for local moms. Wife to her high school bestie, mom to two girls, and native Wichitan, she is thrilled to be raising her family in her hometown after telling her family for years she "would never move back". She is a strong advocate for mental health, believes in the power of community, and walks the talk of "babes supporting babes". She is a self-proclaimed connector, enthusiast of many things, cheerleader of moms and women, and recently converted homebody.

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