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O.J. Watson Park Wichita 2023

OJ Watson Park is such a fantastic place for families, and it’s even fun for teens or anyone who wants to get outside and enjoy some outdoor activities. This is the Wichita park that has the yellow brick road! The opening weekend should be pretty fun. And it kicks off spring break week for Wichita […]

Free: O.K. Kids Day at Watson Park

OK Kids Day at OJ Watson Park

Be sure to mark your calendars for OK Kids Day at OJ Watson Park in April! This fun outdoor event is yet another awesome entry in the category of Free Stuff for Kids to Do in Wichita. OK Kids stands for Outdoor Kansas for Kids. Its mission is to provide multiple outdoor recreation opportunities for […]

2023 Easter Egg Hunts and Activities in Wichita

Easter Egg hunts and activities Wichita

It’s time for a round-up of the best Easter Egg Hunts in Wichita, Kansas! Every year, literally thousands of families search for Easter egg hunts in the Wichita area. And that’s because in Kansas, we don’t just have egg hunts – we do it up right with activities for every member of the family. Many of […]

Botanica the Wichita Garden Tulip Festival 2023

Tulip Festival at Botanica

Make plans to attend Botanica’s Tulip Festival on April 1, 8 & 15, 2023, from 10 am-2 pm! Enjoy this beautiful Tulip season with unique attractions on three Saturdays in a row. Botanica is the perfect place to get outside and enjoy beautiful blooms.  All tickets must be purchased in advance! Botanica’s “Tulip Festival” Starting […]

Free Cone Day at DQ is March 20, 2023

Free Cone Day Dairy Queen

Oh my word…this really does my heart good. Free cone day is back at DQ for 2023. Dairy Queen is celebrating Spring with this great deal! Customers get a FREE small vanilla cone with no purchase necessary.  “Calling all fans for the best day of the year – DQ restaurants across the country invite everyone […]

Spring Break at the Great Plains Nature Center 2023

Great Plains nature Center Spring Break

Bring the kids to experience new things, gain some new skills, and enjoy nature with you. The theme this year is “Buggin Out.”  Each day you can join them for a different insect-themed program at 10 a, followed by a Naturalist-guided hike at 11 am, and catch a craft afterward from 10 am-1 pm. Each day […]

Where to Walk in Wichita

Where to Walk in Wichita

When the weather is nice, not much is cheaper or more relaxing than taking a walk outside. Thankfully, there are some really great walking trails in Wichita that ensure we never get bored with the scenery. Following is a list of a few that are favorites of my own and those I’ve been told about […]

Free movie night at Capitol Federal Amphitheater

Capitol Federal Amphitheater in Andover Kansas

Capitol Federal Amphitheater in Andover is hosting free movie nights again in 2022.  This is so exciting. Spring has really sprung and we’re heading outdoors for some summer fun! Bring your blankets, chairs, and favorite movie snacks to enjoy with your family, your date, or your friends!  All of the movie start at 7 p.m.  […]

Great Plains Renaissance Festival: Spring

Great Plains Renaissance Festival Wichita KS

The 2023 Great Plains Renaissance Festival and Wichita Scottish Festival is happening at Sedgwick County Park. At the Great Plains RenFest you’ll find what the organizers dub “jests and jousts, fire-breathing daredevils, aerial acrobatics, falconry, bagpipes, singing pirates, The Wichita Highland Games , Black Oak Shillelagh and other fine medieval Celtic music, The Scallywags Pirate […]

Smithsonian Magazine FREE Museum Day 2022

Museum of World Treasures Dinosaurs

Free Museum Day will be back in Wichita again this year, compliments of Smithsonian magazine.  Free Museum Day is planned for this September! We have this list of Museums in Wichita, Kansas listed below.  Whether you’re at home or traveling, you can enjoy FREE admission to hundreds of museums and cultural institutions across the U.S., […]

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 […]

Arkansas River Trash Roundup

This is one free Wichita activity where you get to give. Get your hands dirty by helping to keep our river nice and clean. (Actually, you’ll wear gloves, so no manicures need be harmed by this activity!) On Saturday, May 7, 2022 join other volunteers for the Annual Arkansas River Trash Roundup and spend the […]

Spring Garden Fair at Sedgwick County Extension

2022 tools & treasures sale plus spring plant sale, sedgwick county, wichita ks

Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners have teamed up with area garden clubs to bring a new event to the community. The first-ever Spring Garden Fair will combine two popular events: the Tools & Treasures Sale and the Plant Sale. They’ll also have other activities that will make this fair one not to miss.  The inaugeral […]

Reminder: Derby’s Spring Into Art this Sunday

Spring into art - Derby, KS

The City of Derby will host its annual Spring Into Art celebration on April 24, 2022, in Madison Avenue Central Park. Spring Into Art is free and open to the public! This family-friendly event will feature art for sale, live entertainment, make-and-take art stations, the Kansas Grown Farmers Market, wine tastings, and more. Spring Into […]

NCAAW Fan Fest at Naftzger Park

Naftzger Park letters lining the curved edge of the green mall area of the park downtown in Wichita

During the Women’s basketball championship, NCAAW fans can get together to watch the tournament at Naftzger Park. On Saturday, March 26, 2022, Wichita Park and Recreation will host a NCAAW Fan Fest from noon to 8 p.m. at Naftzger Park in Old Town. Food trucks and yard games will be available while the park’s big […]

Belle Plaine Downtown Festival


Mark your calendars for a small-town festival that will be just the cure for spring fever. The Belle Plaine Downtown Festival (formerly known as the Tulip Festival) is ON for April 2022. This spring weekend event attracts visitors to Belle Plaine every year to enjoy activities, live entertainment, a car & bike show, vendor fair, […]

Art at the Arb – Music and Art at the Bartlett Arboretum

It must be spring. On Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10, the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine will host “Art at the Arb,” a weekend-long celebration of springtime that will feature local artists, live music, blooming tulips, great food, and the arboretum’s amazing garden landscapes. Art at the Arb coincides with the annual Belle […]

FREE Spring gardening workshops

seedlings sprouting ready for spring

UPDATE: The Gardening Series will be offered in person or in a virtual format. Participants will receive a meeting invitation before the program. For more information, visit wichitalibrary.org/gardening. [sc name=”subscribe-link” ] Need a little help greening up your thumb? The Sedgwick County Extension and the Wichita Public Library have paired up to offer a series […]

St. Mary’s Mediterranean Festival 2022

flyer for Mediterranean festival wichita at st mary orthodox church

A tradition for 90 years and counting in Wichita, the St. Mary’s Mediterranean Festival celebrates the culture, heritage, and food that the church’s founders brought with them when they came to the United States. The St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church Mediterranean Festival will be held May 14, 2022.  Admission is FREE and this is a […]

FREE Admission to Kansas State Parks

horseback riding gypsum hills in ks

The first weekend in May is Let’s Camp America! – an initiative to promote camping for first-time campers and outdoor enthusiasts. To celebrate, ALL Kansas State Parks are offering FREE park entrance on May 1, 2021. That’s a great deal! Kansas has 29 State Parks to choose from, including the newest state park, Little Jerusalem […]

FREE demos and giveaways at Lowes

Lowe’s is launching a month-long “SpringFest” celebration this April with special deals and demos. The popular home improvement retailer started on April 1st with free “Garden to Go” kits and will continue the month with other giveaways and demos both in-store and online. The month-long SpringFest will feature great values on products and opportunities to […]

Free online flower arranging event from PBS Kansas

j schwanke free spring flower arranging event from PBS Kansas

PBS Kansas is kicking off spring with a fun and free virtual flower arranging event this month. On Saturday, March 20 at 2 p.m., J. Schwanke, the host of PBS Kansas’ Life in Bloom will guide you through making a floral arrangement along with him as he shares tips and techniques. You’ll also learn how […]

FREE: Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Household Hazardous Waste Facility Wichita KS

Doing some spring cleaning? Or planning some home renovation? Here’s a cheap tip that could save you some $$ on getting or getting rid of paint and other hazardous waste. Chemicals like paint or household cleaners and other hazardous materials shouldn’t be thrown in the trash. Instead, take them to the Sedgwick County Household Hazardous […]