As you tour Tanganyika our guides will give you many opportunities not only learn about the animals, but in many cases interact directly with them. This hands-on approach gives you a rare chance to connect with some of natures most unique and often endangered species.
Because Tanganyika is dedicated to education and animal preservation, your visit not only supports your experience at the park, but the very survival of many of the rare animals that call Tanganyika home.
Tanganyika’s breeding programs play an important role in preserving genetic diversity among captive populations, and Tanganyika participates in several international projects to preserve wild population in their natural habitats.
We hope your experience at the Park will provide a sense of peace, exhilaration, respect and resolve to help ensure survival of these wonderful birds and animals around the world.
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Originally founded as the Wichita Art Association in 1920, Mark Arts is the area’s oldest and most comprehensive visual arts organization. For more than 100 years, Mark Arts has made art and arts education available to the citizens of Wichita and the surrounding communities.
The School of Creativity provides a 9,500-square-foot continuing education facility dedicated to art instruction for adults, teens and children.
- Painting & Drawing
- Culinary Arts
- Jewelry Making & Metalsmithing
- and More
Mark Arts offers a 14,000-square-foot gallery with annual exhibitions showcasing regional and national artists. Exhibitions include:
- John Newsom’s Universal Frontier
- Gaze featuring Women Artists
- School of Creativity Student and Faculty Exhibitions
- Brenda Lichman and Tim Stone
- National Watercolor Exhibition
- Abstract National Exhibition
- Eastern Kansas Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition
- Congressional Art Awards
The Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
ADMISSION IS FREE.
Girl Scout camp is the perfect place for girls to try new things, overcome fears, gain confidence, and make new friends. All in an environment designed just for her. From arts to zip lining, there’s something for every girl at one of our summer camps.
Girls can visit our sprawling camp in the Flint Hills, Camp Four Winds, or stay a little closer to home at Starwoods Outdoor Center, just south of Wichita. Opportunities from Day Camps to week-long Resident Camps offer girls a variety of camping experiences to enjoy.
For more information, call 316-684-6531 or email [email protected].
Since 1946, Rock Springs Ranch has been host to generations of young campers. They unplug, explore, learn lifelong skills and grow in the heart of the Flint Hills of Kansas, a wondrous place with wide, open spaces s and night skies filled with a million stars. Many make friends for life. Open to ages 8-17 with choice of 3 or 5 night adventures with enrichment activities, outdoor fun and expanded programming, including a focus on leadership skills.
Field Station: Dinosaurs is a world-class family attraction that combines cutting-edge science with the creative minds of great artists and teachers to create a one-of-a-kind experience that’s thrilling, educational and fun.
Set against the natural backdrop of rolling Kansas grasslands, the Field Station is just minutes outside Wichita, Kansas. Over 40 life-sized, realistic dinosaurs (including the 90-foot long Alamosaurus, among the largest animatronic dinosaurs ever made) come to life thanks to the brilliant engineering of the world’s leading roboticists and the imagination of our artists. The park also includes Kansas Climb – a geodesic dome ropes course and Jurassic Golf, creating memorable and challenging activities for every member of the family.
The story of the dinosaurs is vividly presented on 14 acres of tall grasses, shady trees, winding trails and an outdoor amphitheatre. Scientists from the Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute have worked to ensure that the exhibition encompasses the latest theories and discoveries in the fields of paleontology, geology and environmental studies. Workshops, games and activities connect the story of the dinosaurs to our world today, giving new relevance to their lives and power to the tale of their extinction.
Our Mission: Inspiring a deeper interest in science through creative and fun experiences for all ages. Exploration Place has hands-on exhibits, birthday party packages, classes for all ages, and much more.
Botanica was opened to the public in May 1987 to generate enthusiasm for horticulture and enlighten people through educational, artistic, and cultural experiences. With this mission, Botanica’s gardens and programs expand public awareness of horticulture, educate Kansans about how nature can improve their daily lives, and assist in the promotion of community development.
Come face to face with the wildest animals from around the world! See eye to eye with endangered chimpanzees and orangutans. Get to know the gorillas of The Downing Gorilla Forest. Spend the day with colorful birds, playful penguins, poison dart frogs and more than 3,000 other individual animals of all sizes, shapes and colors. Discover why Sedgwick County Zoo is the No. 1 outdoor family tourist attraction in Kansas. Come out and play!
With 10 locations in the area, the YMCA puts Christian principles into practice through programs that promote healthy lifestyles, strong families, and positive youth development to build healthy spirit, mind and body for all, regardless of ability to pay.
Nestled in the heart of the Museums on the River district just five minutes from downtown in the Riverside neighborhood, the Wichita Art Museum is home to a nationally renowned collection of American art.
As the largest art museum in the state of Kansas, WAM houses one of the country’s premier collections with 7,000 works in our permanent collection, including masterpieces by Mary Cassatt and Edward Hopper.
The Museum features two dramatic and large-scale works by Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly. Inspired by the intricate patterns of traditional Persian glass, the Persian Seaform Installation provides a stunning first impression at the Museum’s entrance and hanging in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall is the Confetti Chandelier.
When they are not in the saddle, campers will learn how to care for horses and will engage in hands on activities to help them learn in a safe environment! Campers will leave their week long camp equipped with basic horse care and horsemanship knowledge with a new found sense of pride and confidence after spending their week learning how to safely and correctly ride our magnificent horses. Call 316-651-0876 for more details or to enroll today!
Wichita Park & Recreation offers recreation opportunities ranging from organized to individual activities at 8 Recreation Centers, 9 swimming pools, dozens of softball and baseball fields, 5 golf courses, Ralph Wulz Riverside Tennis Center and Watson Park.
Camp Wood YMCA is your overnight Y camp in the Flint Hills, where children learn new skills, build character and make friends–all in a safe and nurturing environment. Whether your child loves skateboarding, drama or horseback riding, we offer ACA-accredited camps for all interests and for all kids.
For more than 40 years, the Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center has been a staple of the Wichita Arts Community. A non-profit theatre and dance school, its mission is to provide arts opportunities to young people of all ages and backgrounds in Wichita and the surrounding area. Now with satellite schools at Marks Arts in east Wichita and in downtown El Dorado, the Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center is proud to enhance the cultural life of south-central Kansas by providing the highest quality performing arts education to its youth.
Music Theatre Wichita creates a joyful summer of Broadway-scale productions and unparalleled educational opportunities for aspiring artists and technicians.
All Star Sports in West Wichita is your place for family fun! We feature go karts, mini golf, laser tag, climbing wall, driving range and an arcade! Seasonally we also have bumper boats and batting cages. Voted best birthday parties in Wichita and Wichita Eagle Readers Choice Award for Best Family Attraction for the past 7 years. Come visit us for fun with your family and friends.
Our Vision: To provide a world class Museum experience, advancing the understanding and exploration of the rich historical and cultural heritage of Wichita and Sedgwick County Kansas.
Our Mission: The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum’s mission is to educate the community and its visitors about local history by collecting, preserving, and interpreting materials reflecting the heritage of Wichita and Sedgwick County.
- Preserve the birth and living heritage of Kansas aviation.
- Educate the world on the past, present and future of flight.
- Promote the Spirit of Flight in the Air Capital of the World.
To meet this mission, we strive to offer new programs to our members and the Wichita community, endeavoring to meet the needs of our broad constituent base. We welcome your suggestions for new events and projects.
Book a birthday party at Backyard Specialists and gain access to our many play sets, trampolines, and basketball court for your party! Our fenced-in area keeps everyone close and safe with plenty of seating for the adults – and you can even bring in your own food. Parties are scheduled on weekdays and weekends for two hour time slots. Give us a call at 316-945-5996 or send us an e-mail at [email protected] to book a birthday party!
Experience treasures from around the world and through the ages at one of Wichita’s top-rated attractions. Find your inner explorer—there’s something for all to learn from the past.
Tinkergarten is on a mission to elevate childhood. We’re growing a technology-enabled network of leaders that bring families together in a natural place in their community for classes where kids learn through play. Each class becomes a tight-knit group of children and adults who learn together through expert-designed, outdoor play-based activities. We help kids develop a host of important capabilities, including empathy, collaboration, creativity, persistence, and problem-solving. Our classes and activities help kids ages 18 months—8 years develop core life skills while enjoying healthy, fun, engaging experiences in the physical freedom of local green spaces.
Join the movement of thousands of families learning outside together. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Find a Tinkergarten® class in your community, nominate a leader to start one, or use our free DIY activities to enjoy some well-spent time with your kids.