Where to Celebrate Día de los Muertos with Kids in Wichita

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Día de los Muertos Wichita

NoMar International Market on October 29

Traditional Mexican dances, vendors of all kind, live music, festivities, contests, food and more! Saturday October 29th from 11 am to 11pm.
 
To end the night on Saturday, will have Danza’s and the Catrin and Catrina contest, put your best clothes on and join us for this very incredible evening. Enjoy our Traditional altars & a silent walk in loving memory of our family and friends.

Wichita Park & Recreation

Naftzger Park on November 1

Join us November 1 at Naftzger Park from 4:30pm-8pm for this beautiful celebration of life with music and dancing from “Ballet Folclorico Mexico En el Corazòn”. An ofrenda will be set up at the park if you would like to bring a picture and/or offering to display for the duration of the event. We will close out the evening with the Disney movie Coco. Make sure to bring blankets and lawn chairs to lounge on while watching the movie. This is an event for the whole family to enjoy!
 
Día De Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion. The living families treat the deceased as honored guests in their celebrations, and leave the deceased’s favorite foods, their picture and other offerings at gravesites or on the ofrendas built in their homes.
 
Timeline:
4:30pm | Start placing items on the Ofrenda
5-5:50pm | Ballet Folclorico Mexico En el Corazòn
6:00pm | Coco the movie showed on the digital board

Mark Arts

Art Together: Día de los Muertos on November 5

10 a.m. | Storytime in the Galleries
10:30 a.m. | Art Making
11 a.m. | Performances

Learn about the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos – a day for families to celebrate and welcome back the souls of deceased relatives. Participants will learn about the items placed on altars, make tissue paper marigolds, and enjoy a dance performance by Danza Juan Diego.

Cost: Free; advance registration is welcomed.


As a parent you are supposed to help your child love and embrace new things. As they grow into their own sense of self, they find things that they want to learn/know/do all the things with. Most of the time it’s something safe like dinosaurs, space or princesses. But sometimes it surprises you.

With my son, it was zombies and death.

I’m honestly not sure where it came from, but I’m not one to shy away from new things – so we’ve gone along with it. His main focus the past few years has been the Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos.

Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated around the world. It’s been brought to the forefront of pop culture with movies such as The Book of Life and Coco, and the appearance of sugar skulls in stores across town. In addition to letting my son know that we support his interests, I also wanted to learn more and teach him that it’s not just a pop culture fad. We’ve been to events around town and read books and articles about the holiday together. Here are a few things about the holiday we’ve learned and how it is celebrated.

  • Celebrations begin on October 31 and ends November 2nd and collectively referred to as Day of the Dead. It consists of 2 different holidays, November 1st – Día de los Inocentes and November 2nd – Day of the Dead. The holidays are celebrated in correlation with the Christian celebrations of All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
  • In celebration, families go to the graves of their loved ones to clean and decorate the site. They decorate with ofrendas (altars) that have pictures of their loved ones and flowers. The most popular flower used is an orange marigold and the scent is so strong it will supposedly help lead souls to their families.
  • Along with the decorations on the ofrendas, families will also leave favorite food and drink for their loved ones and families with deceased children will leave toys. These are all left as welcoming gestures for the deceased. Some of the traditional foods left include candy and pan de muerto (bread of the dead).  
  • Sugar skulls, traditionally known as a calavera, are the representation of a skull. It is in candy form and the deceased’s name is written on the forehead and placed on the ofrenda or gravestone to honor their soul.
  • Celebrations for the holiday originated in Mexico but are celebrated worldwide with different traditions for each geographical region.

In the beginning I thought it was really strange as a family who has no direct ties to celebrating that holiday start to begin celebrating it. Instead of shutting it down, we are trying to make his fascination into a learning experience.

We created an ofrenda in our house to decorate and celebrate our lost loved ones. In addition to attending events around town we introduce him to a different culture as well.

It has been fun to learn something new and see how excited he is as we’re doing it together.

 

 

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Kendra lives in Derby with her husband Leonard and her two boys- Leo and Jacoby. She works in downtown Wichita but spends most of the rest of her waking hours wrangling two crazy boys. You will more than likely find them at a game or practice. Besides spending time with her family Kendra loves to read and watch Game of Thrones, HGTV marathons and the Royals! She is also very active in PTO at her sons' school and is always trying to find ways to interact with other parents.

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