Things to Do in Wichita with Kids | SEPTEMBER 2021

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Things to Do in Wichita this Month – September 2021

No matter the season, there are always fun things to in Wichita with kids (and without!). Welcome to Wichita’s best-kept and up-to-date event listing!

Fall is in the air! Don’t forget to sign the kids up for after-school activities and enrichment opportunities. As the weather cools, plan a family camping trip. Enjoy everything Wichita offers for families this fall!

We are thrilled to bring this resource in collaboration with one of our favorite community partners: Botanica! To make planning easy, we are excited to highlight their September events below:

Botanica

Big Bugs Exhibit – Big Bugs has been a crowd favorite, and is extended through September 30! Come see 12 oversized animatronic insects installed throughout the gardens, including Mo the Locust Grasshopper, Doug the Beetle, Queen Elizabeth the Monarch Butterfly, Charlotte the Spider and more! Enjoy this hands-free exhibit and learn fun facts and background information about each species. You can also participate in daily activities – learn more at botanica.org. This event is included with general admission.

Tunes and BloomsSeptember 17 & 18. Friday events include BBQ competition, cornhole and the Llew Brown Band. Saturday events include Tunes and Blooms 5k, food trucks, Midian Cartoons and Clowns and more! See website for schedule. Bring your picnic blanket or chairs. Friday $10, Saturday $10, 2-day pass $15, Children 12 and under $8. 

Monarch DaysSeptember 20-24. Enjoy Monarch Days at Botanica! Schedule your class or group to come out to the gardens to enjoy and explore the monarchs on their journey south for the winter. Morning sessions run from 10:00 – 11:30 (each session can accommodate up to 90 students in groups of 30 per station). Students will learn about monarch butterfly anatomy, habitat and migration by participating in a variety of interactive stations in the beautiful botanical gardens. Feel free to eat lunch in the gardens after your session. Other games & activities will be located throughout the gardens. $5 per student, teachers and staff free of charge.

More Botanica Events

Monarch Migration Golf Cart Tours – Learn about the GREAT Monarch Migration in style while you and four guests take a golf cart for a personalized tour of the gardens, discovering the top resting sites for monarchs. Along the journey, fun facts about monarchs will be revealed.  See how monarchs are tagged, and possibly even participate in a tagging and monarch release! Tours are about 1 ½ hours in length and include admission. Tour ends with a refreshing beverage and tasty treat! $125 for up to 5 guests, $75 minimum.

Busy Bee Wednesday – Join the beekeepers for Busy Bee Wednesdays every Wednesday in the Alexander Bee House now through September 30th, 10am – 2pm.🐝 They will BEE busy working but will BEE able to answer questions, help you BEEcome acquainted with the bees in the Observation Hive and even try on beekeeping suits, hats, veils and gloves! This event is free with general admission.

Wellness in the Gardens is included with membership or admission. Sunshine and nature does wonders for everyone.  Longer days and more time spent outdoors provide a natural mood boost.  Being out in nature is the perfect antidote to lingering blues and daily stressors.

Lunchtime Lectures Lunchtime Lectures have resumed on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Rather than a buffet lunch, they will feature a decadent dessert available for purchase. Dessert will be served starting at 11:30am with the lectures running from 12:15 to 1pm. Lunchtime Lectures are included with general admission or membership.

Storytme: Tots, Tales & Tunes – Thursdays, 10:30am.Come to the gardens for a musical Storytime that will engage your tot with songs, activities, a book raffle, and sunshine! Bring a picnic blanket and a snack to complete the morning. See you there! This activity is included in the General Admission/Membership.

>>Click HERE for a list of all Botanica events in September<<

Things to Do in Wichita | September 2021 

September 1, 2021

September 2, 2021

September 3, 2021

September 4, 2021

6:30 pm Pajama Party

September 5, 2021

11:00 am Bingo and Brunch
1:00 pm BobbyFest 2021

September 6, 2021

September 7, 2021

10:00 am Naturally Crafty

September 8, 2021

10:45 am Family Storytime

September 9, 2021

September 10, 2021

10:30 am Family Storytime

September 11, 2021

10:00 am Shop to Table

September 12, 2021

11:00 am Bingo and Brunch

September 13, 2021

September 14, 2021

10:00 am Naturally Crafty

September 15, 2021

10:45 am Family Storytime
5:30 pm Yappy Hour

September 16, 2021

September 17, 2021

10:30 am Family Storytime

September 18, 2021

11:00 am Latinfest ICT

September 19, 2021

10:00 am Fiesta Hispana
11:00 am Bingo and Brunch
12:00 pm Open Streets ICT

September 20, 2021

September 21, 2021

10:00 am Naturally Crafty

September 22, 2021

10:45 am Family Storytime

September 23, 2021

September 24, 2021

10:30 am Family Storytime

September 25, 2021

8:00 am Opti-Market
11:00 am Play on a Plane

September 26, 2021

11:00 am Bingo and Brunch

September 27, 2021

September 28, 2021

10:00 am Naturally Crafty

September 29, 2021

10:45 am Family Storytime

September 30, 2021

More events will be added as the month goes on – check back soon!

If you have an event to add, you can do that here.


Wichita Mom Community Groups

Wichita Mom Community Groups are having all kids of activities in your neighborhood and connecting online to share recommendations and advice. Click here to join your Community Group.

Regularly Scheduled Programming

Many local places have recurring events that are great for moms and families, and you can find them here: 

  • Aviate has Junior Jump Monday through Friday for the younger crowd.
  • Botanica has a Garden Storytime every Thursday morning, in the Children’s Library or weather permitting in the gardens. 
  • Sensory Friendly play at Exploration Place on the second Sunday of every month
  • Urban Air has Jumparoo Toddler Jump every Tuesday and Friday.
  • Home Depot has a free Kids’ DIY workshop on the first Saturday of every month.
  • Family Night at Museum of World Treasures is the first Thursday of the month.
  • Every Friday the Kansas Aviation Museum has a special ticket price for families.
  • Make ICT has free access to their makerspace every other Monday.
  • Kansas Children’s Service League has a support group for Parents of Special Needs Children on the third Monday of every month. 
  • Moxi Junction hosts story and craft time every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30am.

Other Resources for Things to Do with Kids in Wichita

Top 10 Things for Wichita Kids & Parents to Do in ICT

Fun Stuff to Do in West Wichita 

Where Kids Eat Cheap or Free in Wichita

Guide to Wichita: Everything You Need to Know


Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, Meaghan,

    I didn’t realize you did this! Wanted to let folks know that Home Depot’s kids’ workshops haven’t resumed…yet! However, it may be possible to pick up the kits that we use for the classes, for free, at the customer service desk.

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