Welcome to summer! School is out for most public schools in the Wichita area. Below are some ideas of inexpensive summer activities for kids and fun things to do with kids this summer in Wichita that will keep them busy and happy all summer long.
Our guide has tons of ideas for summer family outings, summer events, and more things to do with your kids this summer in Wichita. Can you think of some other inexpensive and fun summer activities for kids in Wichita? If you see that we’ve missed something, please let us know in the comments!
First we’ll start with family-friendly summer events…
Summer Family Fun Events in Wichita
Oh, this list is so long! If you’d rather, you can skip the events and go directly to the kids summer activity ideas.
Here’s a list of family-friendly events coming up in the next 7 days. You’ll want to bookmark this page because it will show new events every day.
Be sure to click the links to get more information about each event!
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Friday, August 17, 2018
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Monday, August 20, 2018
Make sure you check the Wichita Free & Cheap Events Calendar too, because we’ll be adding events to it throughout the summer.
And subscribe to the free Wichita on the Cheap e-newsletter so you never miss a deal.
Summer Activities for Kids & Familes in Wichita
(These are ongoing events or activities available through most of the summer.)
Fly a kite
- Your summer will be looking up when you find a free, family-friendly kite-flying event in Wichita and nearby.
Troll the Keeper
- Every evening you can watch the ring of fire around the Keeper of the Plains light up our sky.
- Get to the Keeper area a little early so you can look for the Troll. He’s hidden under the sidewalk that goes along the river – you’ll know when you’ve found him!!
Make a splash
- Cool off with FREE Interactive Fountains and Splash Pads in the Wichita area.
- Go swimming for free! Visit all the city pools on Free Swimming Days.
Be friends with the Bison
- Enjoy a ton of free family activities all summer with Barry’s Recreation Station events!
Explore walking trails
- Get a breath of fresh air and some exercise with our list of Walking trails in Wichita.
- Visit Great Plains Nature Center for some completely free fun with nature.
- Be entertained for hours without paying a dime at Riverside park, zoo, playground, and splash park.
- Play all afternoon at Watson Park, which has a miniature train to ride, pony rides, pedal boats, miniature golf, and three playgrounds. Activities are all very inexpensive, but you can also buy coupon books for even more savings. The park is at 3022 S. McLean Blvd. in Wichita.
- Stop by the ICT Popup Park downtown during lunchtime, and while you’re there be sure to walk to the next block to find Reflection Square Park.
Get your game on
Learn something new
- Sign up for classes and activities through the Wichita recreation department HERE.
- Take up a new hobby with kids’ craft classes at Home Depot, Michael’s and other local maker-type stores
- Or, learn something old with these Free Summer Programs at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
Become a Kansas tourist
- A vacation in your own state can be just as refreshing and fun as a long-distance trip, with the added bonus of getting there faster! TravelKS, from the Kansas Department of Commerce and Tourism, is a good place to start, as is their Facebook page, to get ideas and find ways to save.
- Explore Wichita like a visitor and get $2 off admission at some of our favorite local attractions.
- Stroll through the “roofless museum” of the Wichita Art Museum’s new Art Garden. Admission is free year-round, and on the third Saturday morning of the month, they have docent-led tours, also free.
- The Wichita Art Museum is free every Saturday, and on the fourth Saturday of the month they have a free Family Artventure.
- Crawling isn’t just for babies. The Final Friday Art Crawl is a wonderful time to enjoy the art in Wichita.
- Find every Wichita mural.
- Visit some awesome outdoor sculptures around town.
Go to town
- Relive the old west days with free admission to Cowtown on Sunday afternoons.
- SayYES! to a whole summer of free activities and transportation around town for Wichita kids ages 5-18.
- Visit some citywide and/or neighborhood garage sales.
- Or you might enjoy these barn sales and outdoor markets.
- And take a stroll through our very own farmers markets.
Groove with the music
- Kick back and listen to jazz in the heart of Bradley Fair.
- Enjoy a summer concert on the lawn at the new CapFed Amphitheater.
Be a sports nut
- Go nuts with $1 tickets to the Wingnuts games for every Monday night home game.
- Visit the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame on a Saturday afternoon or the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame at the Boathouse on a weekday. Admission is free, although donations are accepted.
Go to school??
- School is fun when you don’t need a hall pass to walk around. Visit the McCormick School Museum on Sundays and Wednesdays. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Waltz at the Waterwalk
- Cool off by watching the waltzing waters at the Waterwalk Fountains.
Cast your cares and catch some family time
- Did you know that fishing is free for kids under 16? (They don’t need a license.) Find your favorite spot for fishing in the Wichita metro area.
- Also, the first weekend in June is free fishing for everyone in Kansas.
Putt-putter around town
- Kids love to play mini-golf! Watson Park, Exploration Place, and All Star Wichita are a few places that have mini-golf.
Discover some artifacts
- Learn some history about our city via our city museums and attractions.
- Museum of World Treasures offers discounted admission each month on Family Night.
Debut a family movie night
- During the month of June you can bring in your kids’ report cards to Family Video and get a free movie rental for every A!
- Beat the heat by coming to watch some inexpensive movies with your kids at Derby Plaza Theatre.
- Do the Dome at Exploration Place
- Make Wednesday night movie night with $5 movies at Old Town Warren.
- Pull an all-nighter at Starlite Drive-in.
- Or see the whole list of Summer Movies in Wichita!
Pick some summer fun
- Find a farm to pick some fresh berries, apples, peaches, or pumpkins at a you-pick farm near Wichita.
Go for 300
- Kids bowl free and grown-ups bowl cheap all summer long.
Be a literal cheapskate
- Chill out with $2 ice skating days at the Wichita Ice Center.
- Lace up your skates and let your kids can enjoy two free skating sessions this summer with the Kids Skate Free Program.
Become a bookworm
- Summer reading programs are back and there are prizes! Get back in the books and have the kids sign up.
- Kids can get a free book through Barnes and Noble summer reading program.
- The WATER Center in Herman Hill Park is a great place to look at aquariums and learn about water.
- Get FREE admission to the Sedgwick County Zoo on Tuesday evenings in July.
- Get $3 admission to the Sedgwick County Zoo for the Back to School Bash in August.
- Take in Tanganyika. If you bought the pass, you can go every day.
- After all your fun, you can treat yourself and your kids with half price shakes after 8 at Sonic.
- Or, go out to eat at a restaurant with a kids eat free special!
- Take a culinary tour of cheap eats in Wichita by trying out every $5 lunch special
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Do you have littles in the toddler set? You’ll appreciate this big, big list of free and cheap kids activities compiled by Cynthia!
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See the full list of free or inexpensive summer movies in Wichita!