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Free and cheap summer fun for kids in Wichita

Welcome to our kids’ guide to summer!  Below are some ideas of inexpensive summer fun with kids in Wichita – summer activities for kids, fun things to do, and family-friendly ideas that will help keep them busy and happy all summer long. 

Kids fun in the sun - summertime fun for kids in Wichita

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!

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Check out Kid-Friendly Attractions in Wichita for more fun.

Summer Family Fun Events in Wichita

Here’s a list of family-friendly summer events coming up in the next 7 days. You’ll want to bookmark this page because it will show new events every day.

If you’d rather, you can skip the events and go directly to the kids summer activity ideas.

Be sure to click the links to get more information about each event!

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Make sure you check the Wichita Free & Cheap Events Calendar too, because we’ll be adding events to it throughout the summer.

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Summer Activities for Kids & Families in Wichita

(These are ongoing activities available through most of the summer.)

Sunflower Summer 

Get FREE admission to many popular local attractions with the Sunflower Summer program. Kids in grades pre-K through 12th along with up to two accompanying adults can participate in this Kansas State Department of Education program. 

Grab a Groupon

Before you head off to the sports complex or kid-friendly attraction, be sure to check Groupon for local deals that will save you 20-50% off. If you can find a Groupon promo code, it will be an even better deal! 

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!!

Explore walking trails

Enjoy nature

Park yourself

  • Be entertained for hours without paying a dime at Riverside park, zoo, playground, and splash park. (Splash parks open Memorial weekend.)
  • Play all afternoon at O.J. 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. 
  • Be sure to check out Reflection Square Park downtown when it reopens. It’s getting an update!
  • While you’re waiting for that, pack a picnic and head to the newly renovated Naftzger Park. It’s open and active – they’ve already had a few family-friendly events and I’ve heard of more that are coming.

Go for 300

Pick some summer fun

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! Check out our series of Kansas road trips for some ideas! Here’s a good place to start: Kansas Road Trip Travel Essentials
  • TravelKS, from the Kansas Department of Commerce and Tourism, is also 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.
  • Check out Emily’s list of Wichita’s kid-friendly attractions.

Go wild

  • The Sedgwick County Zoo is open, and if you have a family membership, it’s a great way to spend the day. If not, you can look forward to Twilight Tuesdays at the Zoo again this year. 
  • Take in Tanganyika. If you bought the season pass, you can go practically every day. If you didn’t purchase the season pass, you can take advantage of a $2 per person admission discount with the Visit Wichita Explore Card.

Cultivate art

  • Stroll through the “roofless museum” of the Wichita Art Museum’s  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 in the past, on the fourth Saturday of the month they have had a free Family Artventure.
  • The City Arts building in Old Town Square is fun and free to visit. Or you can sign up for some art classes (kids and adults). You’ll see them listed in the city’s Evolve guide.
  • Crawling isn’t just for babies. The First 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

Treasure hunt

Become a bookworm

  • Summer reading programs are back and there are prizes! Get back in the books and have the kids sign up.

Cast your cares and catch some family time

Discover some artifacts

Treat yourself

Fly a kite

Enjoy the Drive-in

Get your game on

Putt-putter around town

  • Kids love to play mini-golf! Watson Park and All Star Wichita are two places that have mini-golf.

Be friends with the Bison

  • Kids under 12 should sign up for the free City Crew club! Registration is open now and it looks like they have some really fun events planned for this summer. 

Be a sports nut

Learn something new

  • Sign up for classes and activities through the Wichita recreation department HERE.

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 when you schedule an appointment. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

Golf fore free

This year, kids ages 17 and younger can golf free at any Wichita Public Golf Course! It’s totally true (and totally free)!

Debut a family movie night

Groove with the music

Waltz at the Waterwalk

Be a literal cheapskate

Make a splash

Learn Something new


Unconfirmed or Not Happening Summer Deals and Ideas

Find Nemo

Unfortunately, the WATER center is closed temporarily. We have our eye on reopenings and will update this as soon as we get word. You CAN visit the outside aquariums there though!

  • The WATER Center in Herman Hill Park is a great place to look at aquariums and learn about water.


  • SayYES! to a whole summer of free activities and transportation around town for Wichita kids ages 5-18. (Stay tuned to see if they do this again!) Looks like the Sunflower Summer program will be a great replacement for this!
  • We have not seen this deal advertised anywhere. After all your fun, you can treat yourself and your kids with half price shakes after 8 at Sonic.

Still not enough ideas? Sign up for our free email newsletter because we send out updates with new events or activities when we find out about them.

Do you have littles in the toddler set? You’ll appreciate this big, big list of free and cheap kids activities!

Feeling hot? Enjoy some of these free and inexpensive Indoor Play Places.

See the full list of free or inexpensive summer movies in Wichita!

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Fun, free, and cheap things to do with kids this summer in Wichita, KS

Summer activities for kids in Wichita, Kansas plus super budget- and family-friendly Wichita summer events.

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