Have you heard? Barry’s Crew is changing to the City Crew, but it is still a completely FREE program for kids to join.
Joining Wichita’s Park and Recreation’s mascot Barry the Bison will be Sparky, a lovable and heroic Dalmatian pup who works with the Wichita Fire Department, and Sgt. Justice, a brave crime-fighting eagle who works with the Wichita Police Department.
“The City mascots have joined forces to create a fun new kids program called the City Crew! Barry the Bison of Wichita Park and Recreation, Sparky from Wichita Fire Department and Sgt. Justice from the Wichita Police are inviting kids ages 12 & under to join their crew and come to exclusive events held in each district of Wichita. Enjoy a barbecue, pool party and ice skating, to name a few. Plus, there will be other events that pop-up throughout the year as an extra bonus, such as free tickets to a local sporting event.”
About Wichita’s new City Crew kids club
The City Crew membership is FREE!
The City Crew Membership Kit will include a lanyard and and Crew Member badge that will allow members free access to official City Crew events. When members attend Lanyard Events, they can check in at the crew tent for a crew membership reward. Crew Celebrations are exclusive family events just for members.
Some events will be exclusive to crew members and others will be public. The public events will have added perks for City Crew members, like earning Barry’s Bucks. Each event that a crew member attends will earn them Barry’s Bucks, which will get members discounts off any class offered by Wichita Park & Recreation!
How to Join Wichita’s City Crew Kids Club
To join the City Crew, parents can sign their kids up at the Wichita Park and Recreation website.
Crew Members who sign up after the early bird registration window has closed will need to go to the city recreation center of his or her choose to pick up their Crew Kit. The Crew Kit will include an official Crew Member badge and lanyard, a special events calendar, and more.
Members of the City Crew will also receive a birthday card with a present in the mail during their birthday month.
**If your kids were previously members of Barry’s Crew, you will need to re-register them for the new City Crew!
Upcoming kids’ City Crew events
The new City Crew will celebrate with fun and games at a kickoff party on February 2 at the Riverside Tennis Center from 1-3 p.m.
On February 16, City Crew kids will get FREE admission to a Fire vs. Police Thunder game (parents will only have to pay $5).
On March 30, visit Kansas Critters at the Great Plains Nature Center from 1-3 p.m.
On April 27, join other Firefighters in Training at the Fire Training Facility in Wichita from 1-4 p.m.
On May 1, go a little crazy with golf at the FREE Golf Mania event at Auburn Hills Golf Course from 5-8 p.m.
On June 8, you’ll be grillin’ & chillin’ with the WPD in Riverside Park from noon to 2 p.m.
On July 20, make a splash at Harvest Pool from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Then on August 24, have some fun in the sun at OJ Watson Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon).
And on October 19, be a Skate Sensation at the Wichita Ice Center from noon until 2 p.m.
These events are planned far in advance, so there’s likely to be some changes and/or additions to the schedule as the year goes by. The best way to find out about Crew-exclusive events is to sign up for the City Crew!
Fire Training Facility
Auburn Hills Golf Course