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Botanica Illuminations 2023: Light Show & Santa

Illuminations at Botanica

Botanica’s Illuminations is an annual tradition in Wichita, which fills the night sky with holiday lights (up to two million of them!) and Christmas music. In addition to the amazing displays, show, and carousel rides, Illuminations will have live carolers each night, hot coco and treats, and the opportunity to visit Santa. Illuminations Dates: November […]

Botanicas Butterfly House 25th Anniversary Event

Botanica the Wichita Garden is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Butterfly house this year with some special activities on June 3rd. Join them in the Main Meadow for fun Butterfly activities, including a photo booth, crafts, games, and more. Leave a message for future generations to find in the commemorative time capsule. This event […]

Botanica’s Dino’s at Dusk event Movie Event

Dino at Dusk Celebration

Watch your favorite dinosaur movies in the company of 10 animatronic dinosaurs on August 5th at Botanica’s Dino’s at Dusk event! Bring a blanket or chair to lay back and relax under the stars while enjoying a double feature movie night screening of the Land Before Time and Jurassic World.   Doors open at 6 […]

Moms Get FREE admission for Mothers Day at Botanica

Mothers Day Botanica

Moms get in FREE to Botanica on Mother’s Day, May 14, 2023! Bring Mom to the gardens on Sunday, May 13, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and she’ll get free admission. Other guests will pay regular admission prices, which are: $10 adults $8 seniors, military, and youth Free for ages 3 and under […]

Twilight Tunes on the Terrace at Botanica

Twilight Tunes on the Terrace Botanica

Formerly known as “Tuesdays on the Terrace” Botanica is opening a new similar concert series: Twilight Tunes on the Terrace 2023.  Relax and unwind this summer at Botanica with their new concert series. Twilight Tunes on the Terrace at Botanica are a summertime treat for grownups. Botanica calls this event a mixing of live music, […]

Tulip Bulb Sale at Botanica

tulips from botanica's tulip bulb sale in Wichita, KS

Botanica will begin its spring tulip bulb sale on April 22. This year’s tulips can be planted in the fall and color your garden next spring.  The tulips will only cost 15 cents each, and you can pay with cash or check (no cards). Please bring your own bags. The sale will continue on Friday […]

Kite-Flying Events in the Wichita area

Kite flying wichita

This is the perfect thing to do on a nice day, and you have lots and lots of space to spread out. Read on for our list of 2022 Kite Flying Events around Wichita. And even without a kite-flying event, you can still enjoy this fun and FREE activity! Check out our article on The […]

Get free admission to Botanica through Bank of America’s Museums on Us program

Botanica bronze boy with bucket next to pond

Botanica has joined the ranks of more than 225 cultural institutions across the United State in participating in Bank of America’s Museums on Us program. The program offers Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and Bank of America Private Bank (U.S. Trust) credit and debit card holders free admission to participating museums and arts, educational, and […]

2021 Kansas Orchid Society Fall Show & Sale

Visit Botanica for the Kansas Orchid Society fall show on November 6, 2021. Get tips and information on growing orchids, see gorgeous table-top displays of individual plants and flowers, and find the perfect orchids for you to grow.  At the show, you’ll be able to meet and mingle with orchid experts and pick up an […]

BOOtanica 2021

bootanica activities crafts

Bootanica, Botanica’s fun family-friendly fall festival, will be held Saturday, October 9, 2021! During BOOtanica the entire 20 acres of gardens will be transformed with fall activities for children of all ages. It’s an opportunity for kids to give their costumes a test drive, make some crafts, play, and enjoy Botanica in the fall. (Costumes […]

$3 Thursdays at Botanica

New Downing Children's Garden at Botanica

$3 Thursday evenings at Botanica are back in 2021!!! The deal was announced in an email to subscribers on April 12.  Enjoy the gardens, including the Downing Children’s Garden, on the cheap at Botanica in Wichita! Admission is only $3 on Thursday nights from 5-8 p.m. from April through September. (Children age 2 and under […]

BOGO Mondays at Botanica

Treehouse fort in Botanica Wichita children's garden

Happy 150th birthday Wichita!  For this birthday party, WE get the gifts, like BOGO free admission to Botanica on Mondays. [sc name=”subscribe-link” ] I love Botanica; the beautiful gardens provide for a fun day outside enjoying nature. My favorite part of Botanica is the children’s garden; although I am not a child, it is so […]

Children’s Garden Reopening at Botanica

Colorful rings in the children's garden at Botanica

Botanica’s Downing Children’s Garden will reopen Wednesday, July 1! [sc name=”subscribe-link” ] July 1-3, Botanica has set up special treats to celebrate the garden’s reopening. Botanica will open its doors at 9 a.m. Snocones will be available to purchase in their Party Barn. KT Cookies will have special frosted sugar cookies for sale as well. […]

Tulips, Fairies, and Forts at Botanica

Pink tulips in the spring

In 2021, Botanica is holding a Tulip Festival. You can read more about it here. The following information is regarding a similar event the gardens have hosted in previous years… Looking for fun things to do in Wichita this Spring? Each Saturday from April 4-18, 2020, Botanica will be celebrating Spring with Tulips, Fairies, and […]

FREE: Wichita Senior Expo

FREE Wichita Senior Expo

  The annual Senior Expo sponsored by the Central Plains Area Agency on Agency will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Expo will be held at three fun Wichita locations: Botanica, the Wichita Advanced Learning Library, and the Wichita Art Museum. At Senior Expo you will find valuable information and […]

FREE Botanica Family Fun Fair

Kids activities at Botanica Family Fun Fair

Botanica’s winter party is fun for all ages, and FREE. Enjoy free admission, crafts for the kids, and exploring the gardens during the annual Botanica Family Fun Fair. This year’s crafts and activities are inspired by Jan Brett’s book, The Mitten. Botanica volunteers will educate children about animal and plant life in their sleeping garden, […]

Festival of the Monarch at Botanica

Monarch butterfly

On Sunday afternoon, September 25, 2016, kids and families will have an opportunity to become a monarch butterfly and travel along a migration path full of games, activities, art, and music. Botanica’s Festival of the Monarch will be a fun and affordable activity that will include a Mexican fiesta, up-close experiences with wild monarchs, and […]

$5 off membership to Botanica

Wichita Botanical Gardens - Botanica

Here’s another membership deal I just became aware of. Botanica has a special of $5 off the price of a one-year membership until May 6, 2016. A Botanica membership would make a great Mothers Day gift. Membership grants you FREE admission to the gardens year-round, and discounts on many of the special events and programs held […]

Free admission to Botanica’s Arbor Day celebration

Botanica will be celebrating Arbor Day on April 29, 2016 from 10 a.m. until noon, and admission is free. During the celebration, organizers will show tree planting techniques, share tree maintenance activities involving heavy forestry equipment, demonstrate tree climbing skills, and offer other educational activities. Students will also help plant a Willow Oak on Botanica […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

FREE Museums on the River Teacher Appreciation Event

Stack of books with an apple on top

Teachers, we appreciate you! The Museums on the River in Wichita want to show their appreciation of teachers at a free reception on September 5, 2014. All area educators can join the museums at Botanica on that Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a fun and relaxing cocktail reception with tasty food, […]

Take an Online Survey and Get 2 Free Passes to Botanica

Botanica is offering two free passes when you take a survey online. Here’s why they’re doing it: “As Wichita’s public garden, Botanica values the thoughts and opinions of the citizens we serve. We invite area residents to take a few minutes and tell us what they think. Visit botanicasurvey.com and complete the online survey to […]