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Wichita Park and Recreation hosts free family activities

Barry's Mobile Recreation Station from Wichita Park and Recreation - starring Barry the Bison!

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 2019

Spring Family Events

Summer Family Events

June 1 – OK Kids at Great Plains Nature Center

June 13 – Barry’s Recreation Station at Osage Park, Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

June 22 – Cars in the Park at O.J. Watson Park

June 29 – Get Fit Wichita: Yoga in the Park (ages 16+)

July 13 – Barry’s Equipment and Truck Expo at O.J. Watson Park, Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 9-11 a.m. (touch-a-truck)

July 25 – Barry’s Recreation Station at Buffalo Park, Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 6:30-8 p.m.

July 27 – Splash Party at Osage Park, from 1-3:30 p.m. (This is a change from the original date of June 29)

Moth Mania at Great Plains Nature Center

August 3-Back to School Bash at OJ Watson Park, from 6-8 p.m.

August 15 – Barry’s Recreation Station at Central Riverside Park, Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 6:30-8 p.m.

August 19- Dog Days of Summer at College Hill Pool from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Fall Family Events

September 12 – Barry’s Recreation Station at Orchard Park, Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 6-7:30 p.m.

September 14 – Pollinator Party

September 22 – Open Streets ICT


If your kids are 12 or younger, don’t forget to sign up for the FREE City Crew Club (formerly 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

Related links:

Spray Parks and Water Playgrounds in Wichita

Things to do with your kids in Wichita this Summer

Ballet in the Park Wichita

Free Swimming Days at Wichita Pools

Free Family Artventure at Wichita Art Museum

Family Game Nights at Botanica

Family Night at the Museum of World Treasures

Free Family Board Game Nights at Sedgwick County Extension

Indoor Play Places and Activities for Kids in Wichita

Free or cheap things to do with kids in Wichita

Enjoy these FREE Barry’s Recreation Station events at parks around Wichita this summer

Spray fountain at Osage Park Water Playground
Osage Park Water Playground

Date: Various dates, including Thursday evenings throughout summer and fall
Time: various times
Cost: Free
Locations: Many different Wichita parks
For more info: 316-268- 4259 or wichita.gov/parkandrec


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