Special Deals and Events at Wichita's Botanical Gardens

I've written about so many wonderful events at Botanica over the years. Here is an archive that includes most of them.

The free admission on Mother's Day at Botanica was actually one of the events I attended that inspired me to start Wichita on the Cheap.

FREE Fathers Day Kite Festival in Wichita

Kites wichita

Take Dad out for a fun afternoon on Fathers Day, June 21, 2015. Botanica will hold a Fathers Day Kite Festival with music, food, activities for the kids, and - if the wind cooperates - lots of kite-flying! Dads get in free; everyone else pays only $5 for admission. It will be a full afternoon of fun for you and your dad, beginning at 11 a.m. and closing out at 4 p.m. You can bring your own … [Read more...]

Botanica’s Chinese Garden of Friendship Grand Opening Week

Botanica's Chinese Garden of Friendship, Wichita, KS

Botanica will officially open its new Chinese Garden of Friendship this week on Friday, June 5 at 3 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, dance performances, and tours of the new garden until 4:30 p.m. But it will also celebrate with a week full of special activities for both adults and families with children. Most of these activities are included with general admission, except where otherwise … [Read more...]

$3 Thursdays and Family Game Night at Botanica

New Downing Children's Garden at Botanica

Enjoy the gardens, including the Downing Children’s Garden and the new Chinese Garden of Friendship, on the cheap at Botanica in Wichita! Admission is only $3 on Thursdays in June, July, and August. (Children under 3 and members always get in free.) Wichita’s botanical gardens have extended hours on Thursdays April through September, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., so you can stop by after work if you … [Read more...]

Butterfly Festival


Botanica's butterfly house is always a popular part of the gardens. The Butterfly Festival on May 31, 2015 will feature butterfly-related games and activities. If you have a 2015 Wichita River Festival button, admission is only $3. Be sure to bring your camera; this should be a beautiful time to snap some photos. During Riverfest (May 29-June 6), you'll get $2 off admission to the gardens … [Read more...]

ICTArtDOG: An opportunity to give back!

ICT ArtDOG in Wichita

ICTArtDOG is providing a way for Wichita to give back to our local art associations again this year. ArtDOG (Art Day Of Giving) is a 24-hour charitable giving campaign to support area art nonprofits. This year ArtDOG will take place April 24, 2015. There are many activities you can attend and organizations to which you can give back for all they do for our local community. Here are just a few … [Read more...]

Spring Orchid Show and Sale at Botanica


This weekend, March 21 and 22, the Kansas Orchid Society will present the "Spring Into Orchids" show and sale at Botanica. Hobbyists will exhibit their finest orchids for judging and vendors will offer orchid plants and growing supplies for sale. The Spring Orchid Show and Sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the show … [Read more...]

Botanica FREE Family Fun Fair

2015 botanica family fun fair FREE

Enjoy free admission, crafts for the kids, and exploring the gardens during the annual winter garden party at Botanica. Kids can participate in hands-on activities and everyone can explore Wichita’s botanical garden. Admission and all activities are free! Botanica's FREE Family Fun Fair will be held Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2015 Botanica FREE Family Fun … [Read more...]

Adults Pay Kids’ Prices at Illuminations

botanica illuminations 2014

To make the last week of the holiday special, Botanica is partnering with the Kansas Food Bank for Kid at Heart week, where adults pay kid prices when they bring in two cans of food. From Dec. 26 to Dec. 31, adults will pay just $6 for a ticket when they bring in 2 cans of food for the Kansas Food Bank. There is no limit to the number of cans or people in your party in order to receive the … [Read more...]