The Wichita Park and Recreation department has a mobile “recreation station” designed to encourage folks to visit our public parks and promote getting outside, getting active, and having fun.
The Recreation Station launched in 2015, and offers great, FREE things for kids and families to do throughout this summer and fall!
These free family play days will take place at various parks around Wichita and include themed play, activities like obstacle courses, hula hoops, bubbles, games, or relays, plus play equipment like stilts, washers, disc golf and kites. This will be a great opportunity to get out and explore Wichita’s parks and playgrounds.
It’s really awesome that we can just stop in and play for free!
This year’s activities are held at different times and locations. See the full schedule below.
Barry’s Recreation Station Events 2018
Spring Family Events
- Walk in the Park, March 17 at Pawnee Prairie Park at 11 a.m. FREE
- Spring Break: Sounds of Nature, March 19-23 at Great Plains Nature Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE More info: Spring Break at Great Plains Nature Center
- Bunny Blast and Egg Hunt, March 24. $5 per carload.
- Light Up Reflection Square: Open House BBQ, March 29 at Reflection Square Park from 6-8 p.m. FREE
- Light Up Reflection Square: Dockum Sit-in-Sip, March 30 from 6-8 p.m. FREE
- Light Up Reflection Square: Black & White Affair, March 31 from 6-8 p.m. FREE
- Get Fit Wichita: Spring Cycle Spectacular, April 7 (ages 16+) FREE
- Walk in the Park, April 21 at Central Riverside Park at 11 a.m. FREE
- OK Kids Day at O.J. Watson Park, April 21 FREE
- Come Fly a Kite, May 5 FREE
- Watson’s Wacky Putt-Putt Tournament, May 9 $15 per person
- Walk in the Park, May 19 at Chisholm Creek Park at 11 a.m. FREE
- Walk with Wildlife, May 19 $2 per person
- Kids to Parks Day, May 19 FREE
- May Mayhem Volleyball Tournament, May 19, $40 per person
- Magic Show and Recreation Station activities May 26 FREE
Summer and Fall **Free** Family Events
- SayYES! Day – June 4 at Wichita Transit Station from noon – 3 p.m.
- Barry’s Equipment & Truck Expo – June 9 at OJ Watson Park
- Barry’s Recreation Station – June 14 at Osage Park from 6-8 p.m.
- Cars in the Park – June 16 at OJ Watson Park from 9-11 a.m.
- Barry’s Recreation Station – June 28 at Fairmount Park from 6-8 p.m.
- Barry’s Recreation Station – July 12 at Orchard Park from 6-8 p.m.
- Carnival – July 14 at OJ Watson Park from 9-11 a.m.
- Splash Party – June 21 at Osage Park from 1-3 p.m.
- Barry’s Recreation Station – July 26 at Buffalo Park from 6-8 p.m.
- DJ in the Park – July 28 at Chester I Lewis Reflection Square Park (Douglas St. downtown)
- Barry’s Recreation Station – August 16 at Central Riverside Park from 6-8 p.m.
- Barry’s Recreation Station – September 6 at Aley Park from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Barry’s Recreation Station – October 11 at Eastview Park from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
If your kids are 10 and younger, don’t forget to sign up for the FREE Barry’s Crew club for kids. They have events scheduled throughout the year, and kids get special rewards for attending and birthday perks.
To get more information about any of these events, call 316-268- 4259 or visit wichita.gov/parkandrec
Enjoy these FREE Barry’s Recreation Station events at parks around Wichita this summer
Date: Various dates, including Thursday evenings throughout summer and fall
Time: various times
Locations: Many different Wichita parks
For more info: 316-268- 4259 or wichita.gov/parkandrec