Have you heard? City Crew (formerly known as Barry’s Crew) is a completely FREE program for kids to join.
“The City mascots have joined forces to create a fun new kids program called the City Crew! The mascots are inviting kids ages 12 & under to join their crew and come to exclusive events held in each district of Wichita.”
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, and Beeatrice, a bee who makes her hive here in Wichita and is concerned about air quality.
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.
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 can pick up their Crew Kit by scheduling your pick up time and location by contacting Barbara McGuire at [email protected] or (316) 268-4192. 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.
Upcoming kids’ City Crew events
The new City Crew will celebrate with fun and games at a variety of events throughout the year. Here’s what’s coming up:
On April 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. hang out at the Boston Recreation Center to GLOW crazy! This event will have glow in the dark activities like cosmic bowling, ring toss, tic tac toe and more. They will also serve hotdogs and chips from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
On June 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. join the pickleball party. Pickleball is a sport that has quickly gained popularity. Learn how to play pickleball at Riverside Tennis Center.
On July 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. enjoy a pool party with swimming, games, and treats at McAfee pool.
On August 13, enjoy a back to school bash from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at OJ Watson Park. Rides and pedal boats will be available as well as snacks.
On September 17, at Linwood Rec Center take flight and learn about aviation. Flight simulators and STEM activities will be available. This event is presented by none other than Textron Aviation.
October 29, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Evergreen Rec Center enjoy some Fall Halloween fun for the whole family! Kids will play a variety of carnival games, win prizes and candy, craft their own cool mask and decorate cookies with Kristi’Z Cookies. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.
November 5, at Edgemoor Rec Center, crew members will get to paint a fall picture using acrylics, painting an “I am Thankful” rock that can be placed in the garden or planter and making a colorful Turkey Terra Cotta centerpiece for the table. This event lasts from 10:30 a.m. to Noon.
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!