Wichita Summer Bucket List | Over 125 Things to Do With Kids (+ Free Printable)


We are thrilled to bring back the Ultimate Guide to Summer with our Wichita Summer Bucket List for the 7th 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
  • 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 Big Bugs exhibit at Botanica through July 31st 
  • Enjoy an animal encounter by feeding the lemurs and checking out the pygmy hippos 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, and a great atmosphere
  • Dance and sing to one of the Broadway performances at the Andover Amphitheater with Music Theatre Wichita this summer 
  • Book a Staycation at a local hotel with a swimming pool just for fun
  • Head out around town and enjoy the River Festival’s community Porch Parade June 4-6
  • 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 – Pinkalicious June 10-12, How I Became a Pirate June 24-26, and Pinocchio July 8-10
  • 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
  • Get out and enjoy Food Truck Thursdays at Exploration Place downtown
  • Step back in time and enjoy a wagon ride or try a sarsparilla drink at Old Cowtown Museum
  • Go on a hunt for 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
  • Visit one of the NEW splash parks in Wichita
  • 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

Wichita Summer ICT Love:

Wichita Summer ICT Eats:

Wichita Summer Outdoor Adventures:

Wichita Summer Concerts, Movies, Concerts: 

  • Set up a lakeside picnic and enjoy the Bradley Fair Summer Concert Series on Thursday evenings in June, first Thursday in July, 7:30 PM
  • On Saturday, May 22nd, 10 AM – 12 PM, bring the kids to the children’s concert featuring your favorite Disney songs, princess meet & greets and children’s activities at varying Bradley Fair shops
  • Pack up the car and head to the Starlite Drive In for movies with the family
  • Catch the free movies in the park at Capitol Federal Amphitheater in Andover
  • Splurge on tickets to the breathtaking Symphony in the Flint Hills on June 12th
  • Naftzger Park holds outdoor concerts and movie showings – check here for updates
  • Take in the beautiful botanical scenery at a summer concert at Bartlett Arboretum
  • Enjoy the last bit of summer with a parade, rodeo, and carnival at the Mulvane Old Settlers, a tradition for over 144 years
  • Uncork the Music at Wheat State Winery

Wichita Summer Learning Fun: 

Wichita Summer Sports and Fitness:

Wichita Summer Date Night (or Date Day): 

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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