Be sure to scroll down to see a day-by-day listing of Winter Break events.
The holidays sure can put a dent in your wallet, but don’t let that ruin your Christmas break fun! There are lots of free and cheap things to do during winter break in Wichita that will keep the kids from getting bored!
These are a few of our favorites, but feel free to add your own in the comments.
When is winter break for Wichita schools?
Wichita Public Schools will be out for winter recess from December 20 through January 6, according to the district calendar online.
Winter Break Activities in the Wichita Area
We’ve gathered up some great winter break activities to help you keep the kids busy and having fun!
Besides the fun places listed below, be sure to keep scrolling until you come across the day-by-day list of events and things to do during Christmas break! There are some really fun ones, including riding the Q-Line Trolley with Santa (and friends!) and a FREE winter snow sledding event.
Sedgwick County Zoo Discounts During Winter Break
The Sedgwick County Zoo offers $3 admission on Winter Wednesdays, so that’s a great day to go during winter break.
But if Wednesdays don’t work for you, the zoo just announced that it will have half-price admission for the rest of the year!
Wichita Ice Center Winter Break Skating
Skate with Santa and Friends on December 21 at the Wichita Ice Center for a discounted price of $5 (which includes skate rental) when you bring one donated food item per person to benefit charity. (Regular admission is $7 plus $3 skate rental.)
Wichita Art Museum Winter Break Fun
Winter Art Mania at the Wichita Art Museum is three days of FREE art exploration and activity for the family. Each day they’ll have new activities. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wichita Public Library Activities
The library will be closed Sunday, December 23 through Tuesday, December 25, but will reopen on Wednesday. Check out some great books and movies for your winter break. AND our library has plenty of winter break activities planned for kids and teenagers. You can visit WPL Winter Break Calendar to see all the dates, locations, and what they’ve got going on.
Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum Winter Break Camps
The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum has several FREE educational programs available in December during winter break. Be sure visit the link above for more details and reserve your spot in advance.
Kansas Aviation Museum
This free Friday morning activity at the Kansas Aviation Museum is usually reserved for kids 5 and younger, but during winter break they’ve extend the age-range up to 12 years. Admission is only $5 per child, and one parent gets in free. During Winter Break, Little Aviators will be held Friday, December 20, 27 and January 3.
Not only will they have the program for kids, but the Kansas Aviation Museum will be discounted for everyone several times during winter break. (See link for dates and times.) This will be an absolutely wonderful time to get out to the museum without paying full price. Bring the relatives visiting from out of town!
Field Station: Dinosaurs Winter Break Fun
Field Station: Dinosaurs will continue its Holly Jolly Jurasic Holiday through the end of the year, and right now there’s a Groupon that gives you a discount on tickets. (Tip: Keep an eye out for Groupon promo codes that make this deal even cheaper.)
Winter Break Activities at Exploration Place
A budget-friendly option at Wichita’s favorite science museum is the Exploration Place Dome Theater You don’t need to pay for admission to Exploration Place to see a movie in the theater. Current movies include Let it Snow and Great Bear Rainforest. Click HERE for show times. Tickets are $5 for ages 12-64, $3 kids ages 3-11, FREE for kids 2 & under, $4 seniors 65+.
Great Plains Nature Center Winter Break Kids Programs
The Great Plains Nature Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day but Sunday. Admission is always free.
Kansas Humane Society Winter Break Critter Camps
The Kansas Humane Society will be offering its popular Critter Camps during winter again this year. Kids will play games, do crafts and activities, and learn about pet- and animal-related topics. They’ll even tour the vet clinic while they’re there.
The day-long camps are open to kids in grades K-5 and cost $35 per date. See the full schedule of winter break camps at the Humane Society website.
All Star Sports and All Star Adventures Winter Break Specials
All Star Wichita has daily specials during winter break with a different deal or bonus each day; some are better than others, and offers may vary depending on location. Be sure to check the specials/promos on their website before you decide which day you’ll go.
Carousel Skate Center Winter Break Schedule
Carousel will be open every day during winter break except for Christmas eve and Christmas day, so you’ll definitely be able to keep the kids busy and having fun. Carousel also has a great big new indoor play area (for a small additional charge) that the kids will probably love, especially when they need a break from skating.
Hours will vary depending on the day of the week, but generally Carousel Skate Center opens at noon and closes at 8 p.m. on weekdays, 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. (But be sure to double-check the schedule before you go.) Skating is $6 plus $2 skate rental if you need skates; “Skate and Play” (which includes the new play structure) is $10 plus $2 skate rental if you need them.
$8 Paint the Towne: Field Trip Days
Paint the Towne East and West have a variety of affordable $8 paint sessions for kids ages 5 and up. Go to the link for more details about the classes and for a schedule of times.
Watson Christmas Express
All aboard the Watson Christmas Express for an adventure to the North Pole. Kids are encouraged to wear pajamas just like the boy in the book. For ages 2 and up. Tickets are $16/person. Through December 28, 2019.
Tip: use a Groupon to save money on Winter Break activities. Here are some we found:
Day by Day list of Winter Break fun for Wichita kids
Friday, December 20, 2019
Saturday, December 21, 2019
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Thursday, December 26, 2019
Friday, December 27, 2019
Saturday, December 28, 2019
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Great Plains Transportation Museum $7 (plus tax) adults, $4 (plus tax) kids ages 4-12, FREE for kids 3 and younger. Open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
Wichita Art Museum Admission is always free on Saturdays.
Winter Wednesday at the Sedgwick County Zoo Every member of the family pays only $3 admission to get into the zoo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Warren Old Town Theater has $5 movie tickets all day on Wednesdays.
Wichita Attractions on the Cheap
Wichita Christmas Lights
Free and inexpensive things kids can do in Wichita, KS
Indoor Play Places and Activities for Kids
Spreading Kindness with Painted Rocks