20 Free Events & Things to Do with Kids This Summer in Wichita

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Somewhere between the camps, family vacations, and stops at the closest ice cream shop, you’re going to need a few budget-friendly boredom busters. Here’s a list of free things to do with kids in Wichita this summer!

free things to do with kids in Wichita
Admission to Cowtown is FREE on Sundays April-October!

Free Things To Do With Kids in Wichita This Summer

☀️ Free Admission on Sundays at Old Cowtown Museum – Step back in time and enjoy a wagon ride or try a sarsparilla at Old Cowtown Museum, admission is FREE on Sundays from April – October.

☀️ Ballet Wichita’s FREE performances of Tom Sawyer in the park! Tom Sawyer is a newly commissioned ballet based on the novel by Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.Bring your lawn chairs & blankets, and enjoy the show! Check back for more info when dates, locations, and times have been released.

☀️ Get your sweat on with a free stroller workout at Bradley Fair! There are lots of adult-friendly options, but these 2 are great for moms & little ones:

☀️ Attend one of 5 FREE family concerts in Naftzger Park hosted by the Wichita Public Library! After much success last summer, the Library will host four days of family-friendly concerts at Naftzger (10:30 a.m.) and Riverside (3 p.m.) Parks! These concerts are free – just bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, sunscreen and snacks!

      • Monday, June 6: Laughing Matters
      • Monday, June 13: Kevin Horner
      • Wednesday, June 22: Mr. Stinky Feet
      • Monday, July 11: Nathalia Palis

☀️ Attend Metropolitan Ballet’s FREE performance of The Last Unicorn in the park! Enjoy a magical ballet outdoors with the entire family. The Last Unicorn is an original ballet based on the book by Peter S. Beagle about a beautiful unicorn who sets out to learn if she truly is the last of her kind. Be sure to bring your blanket or chairs. Dressing up as a unicorn, wizard, or any favorite costume is always encouraged!

Friday, June 10, 2022, at 7:00 pm | Clair Donnelly Amphitheater, Maize, KS

Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 11:00 am | Garvin Park, Augusta, KS

Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 7:00 pm | Riggs Park, Haysville, KS

Sunday, June 12, 2022, at 2:00 pm | El Dorado Park, El Dorado, KS

☀️ Track down the Little Free Library nearest you! Donate the books your kids have outgrown and pick out some new ones to fill your shelves! There are Little Free Libraries all around Wichita – check out our map here.

☀️ Don’t miss the Red, White & BOOM! Fireworks Display on July 4th! Fireworks will be launched east of Riverfront Stadium. Food trucks will be set up just south of the Hyatt Lawn at 7:00pm, so come early to grab a good spot.

Make sure you’re there by 9:40pm when fireworks light the sky over the Arkansas River. However, if the Wind Surge game is still being played at that time, the show will begin ten minutes after the completion of the game.
 

☀️ Take A Ride on the Q-Line – These buses (the trolleys have retired) are FREE and run loops through downtown Wichita, the Douglas Design District, and College Hill!

☀️ Shakespeare in the Park, anyone? The Wichita Shakespeare Company will present Comedy of Errors in various parks around Wichita in June. Admission is free; bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets! 

  • June 10 | College Hill Park
  • June 11 | Buffalo Park
  • June 12 | Andover Central Park
  • June 17 | College Hill Park
  • June 18 | High Park Amphitheater, Derby
  • June 19 | College Hill Park
  • June 24 | Central Riverside Park
  • June 25 | Hap McLean Park, Park City

June 26 | University Friends Church (inside)

☀️ Visit the Riverside Park, Zoo & Splash Park – Tour the outdoor wildlife exhibit, go wild on the playground, and cool off in the interactive water water fountains! Make a day of it, and bring a picnic lunch.

☀️ Attend one of 6 concerts in the park in partnership between the Wichita Symphony and Wichita Park & Recreation on May 20th. All performances are free to attend. Bring your blankets and chairs to listen to the music in comfort. 

Enjoy beautiful music with the entire family, while you relax outdoors. Venture to one of the six featured parks to hear these talented musicians. Your kids will be mesmerized listening to Symphony musicians performing music from their favorite Disney movies and more. This truly unique experience is one you don’t want to miss.

Concert #1
• 1:00pm – Linwood Park North | 1802 E. Harry St.
• 2:00pm – West Douglas Park | 3201 W. Douglas
• 3:00pm -Buffalo Park | 500 N. Maize Rd.

Performers: Chelley Graves and Cindy Dantic-Watson, violins; Emily Baldridge, viola; and Camille M. Burrow, cello. Featuring selections from Disney’s Frozen and Toy Story and Pixar’s The Incredibles!

Concert #2
• 1:30pm – Central Riverside Park Gazebo | 720 Nims N.
• 2:30pm – Woodland Park | 841 W. 21st St. N.
• 3:30pm – Chisholm Creek Park | 3228 N. Oliver

Performers: Linette Gordon and Elizabeth Wallace, violins; Lillian Green, viola; Tiffany Bell Rhodes, cello. Featuring selections from Disney’s Encanto and Moana!

☀️ Use our map and go on a Wichita Mural Scavenger Hunt! This is one of our favorite free things to do with kids in Wichita! Use the Q-Line trolley or walk and take some ICT kid pics in front of our city’s favorite murals!free things to do with kids in Wichita

☀️  FREE outdoor concerts are taking place every Thursday in June at Bradley Fair!

Bradley Fair is introducing new music genres to this summer tradition including bluegrass and R&B performances, plus the annual capstone fireworks show. The live music starts each Thursday in June at 7:30 p.m. as the sun sets on the open-air iconic Bradley Fair Plaza. Don’t miss the new Listening Lounge featuring Central Standard Brewing this year as you find a spot on The Plaza or set up picnics around The Lake with takeout or desserts from Bradley Fair restaurants. Newport Grill will staff bars on The Plaza and kid-friendly activities will be available lakeside.

  • June 2nd | Rudy Love Jr.
  • June 9th |The Burney Sisters
  • June 16th | Grand Marquis
  • June 23rd | Pretend Friend
  • June 30th | Injoy Fountain

☀️ Great Plains Nature Center – Go on a nature hike and visit Koch Habitat Hall. They also offer several free family events and programs throughout the year like this one:

Wildlifer Challenge

Can YOU complete the WildLifer Challenge? Join us during our Outdoor Kansas (O.K.) Kids event on June 4th from 10 am to 1 pm. Kids will face up against hikes, archery, fishing, crafts, and more! Completion of this challenge makes your kid a bona fide wild child and may even earn them some prizes! This event is brought to you by Kansas Wildscape to encourage young outdoor enthusiasts to have some fun under the Kansas sun!

More about the Wildlifer Challenge: https://kansaswildlifer.com/Challenges

June 4th, 2022
10 am- 1 pm
FREE

Sign ups for hikes, archery, and fishing on a first come, first serve basis.

☀️ Visit one of Wichita’s 20 free splash parks & water playgrounds – Check out our Splash Park & Fountain Round-Up to find the water playgrounds closest to you – or mix it up and try one in another town!

free things to do with kids in Wichita
Family ArtVenture at WAM is a fun & free way to fill your Saturday!

☀️ Mark your calendar for Free Fishing Weekend – Grab your rod & reel the first weekend in June and head out for Free Fishing Weekend in Kansas!

☀️ Free Family ArtVenture Events at Wichita Art Museum

Explore, look, and take part in art together with a FREE Family ArtVenture, featuring special gallery activities and hands-on artmaking projects that bring WAM’s art exhibitions to life. No reservations are required, and you may drop in anytime on select Saturdays between 11 am and 3 pm. Stay for an hour, or stay for the afternoon. Activities take place throughout the museum.

Free general admission to the museum and to Family ArtVenture on Saturdays! Free Saturday general admission is generously supported by Colby Sandlain, Sandlian Realty.

  • Saturday, May 28: Mer-May
    Bring your undersea fantasies to life as we explore the world of mer-people.
  • Saturday, June 25: Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • Saturday, July 23: WAM Birthday Bash

 WAM is always FREE on Saturdays!

☀️ Go hiking to find Wichita’s waterfalls! – Load up the fam and go hunting for our local waterfalls while you hike through Kansas nature! Hint: they’re easiest to find after a good rain!

free things to do with kids in Wichita
Chasing waterfalls & hiking!

☀️ Sign Up Now for Kids Bowl Free – Register your kids for 2 free games of bowling every day! Participating Wichita bowling alleys include The Alley, Northrock Lanes, Seneca Bowl, and West Acres Bowl.

☀️ Wichita Public Library Storytimes – Participate in WPL’s summer reading program, attend a storytime, puppet show, craft time or party! Classes and book clubs are also available for adults. Click here for their full calendar of events.

☀️ Keeper of the Plains/Troll/Lighting of Ring of Fire – Visit Wichita’s most well-known landmark, the Keeper of the Plains and stay for the lighting of the Ring of Fire at 9pm! Brave souls can search for the Wichita Troll while you’re there.

☀️ Pack a picnic lunch and head out for a park hop! These are our team’s favorite parks in and around ICT. Bored of Wichita parks? Bet you haven’t visited all 6 of these out-of-town parks that are totally worth the drive!

☀️ Download the Sunflower Summer app and enjoy FREE admission to over 70 family-friendly attractions around the state!

From May 28-August 14, Sunflower Summer provides a wide variety of ways for families to get out, explore something new, and enjoy time together. Kansas families can visit museums, zoos, historic landmarks and more for free.


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Wichita Mom's Content Director, Erin owns Elite Media Ink, a marketing + PR agency in Wichita. She spends her days helping local businesses and non-profits navigate the ever-changing waters of social media and Marco Polo-ing her BFFs. Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of 2, Erin's hobbies include bribing herself to exercise, traveling with (and without) her family, and trying to remember where she hid the chocolate.

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