You can start celebrating a day early at Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum’s Ice Cream Social. The fun and games (and ice cream!) all happen Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Donations are encouraged to help support the museum.
The Kansas Underground Salt Museum also has a special deal for moms this weekend. Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12, mom gets free underground admission with an additional paid admission ($14 for adults). The dark ride and train ride are not included, but can be purchased separately. Underground tours are available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The salt museum is at 3504 East Avenue G at Airport Road, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 620-662-1425. Thanks to Patsy for letting us know about this Mothers Day deal.
The 54th Annual Art & Book Fair will be held at Century II on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free to everyone, though it’s likely you’ll want to spend some money here. Artisans will be selling original work from booths set up throughout Exhibition Hall.
Botanica This year mothers get in free, and others pay a discounted admission of only $5. It’s a beautiful time of year to see the gardens, which are open from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.
Kansas Cosmosphere Just a short drive from Wichita, and well worth it for science-loving moms. Purchase an All Day Mission Pass for $18, which includes the Carey IMAX® Dome Theater, a planetarium show, Dr. Goddard’s Lab and the Hall of Space Museum, and your mom will receive one too, for free. And Mom gets a free small popcorn at the snack shop!
Lake Afton Observatory Moms get in free on Friday and Saturday night at Lake Afton Observatory when accompanied by a paying child. Look through the Observatory’s big telescope to see Saturn, a double star, an ancient cluster of stars, and a distant galaxy. Show her you love her to the stars and back.. Regular admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12, and $15 for a whole family pass.
Tanganyika For a more terrestrial treat, take your mom to Tananyika Wildlife Park. This place is fantastic, with up-close-and-personal experiences with a variety of unusual birds and mammals. Be sure to bring along a camera, as there will be plenty of photo ops to fill Mom’s scrapbook here. The park will open at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Mothers get in free; the family will pay the regular admission rates of $13.95 for adults, $10.95 for seniors, or $8.95 for children 3-11.
Sedgwick County Zoo Mom will get in free with a paying child at the Sedgwick County Zoo this Sunday too. Begin your outing as early as 8:30 a.m. and see the new zoo babies. Regular admission applies for everyone else, which is $13.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors, and $8.95 for kids 3-11. New this year: The zoo will also be having a really affordable Mothers Day brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pavilion. Get all-you-can-eat Chris Cakes pancakes and sausage for just $5 per person.
A few more deals to consider for Mothers Day: Starbucks 1/2 Price Frappuccino Happy Hour ends Sunday, May 12, so why not treat your mom? And if you’ll be out late, stop by Sonic for 1/2 price shakes after 8 p.m.
Photo Credit: Ty Nigh