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Wichita Spring Break 2013 (It’s Wichitawesome)

this-week-in-wichitaThis is your Wichita Spring Break on the Cheap guide to activities for families and kids. Spring Break is officially March 18-22, but since Wichita Public Schools are also out of school on the 14th and 15th, activities for those dates are included as well. Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t know what he’s missing!

Use the links or phone numbers provided to double-check all information.  These events are accurate at the time of this writing, but schedules do change sometimes.

Karg Art Glass – It’s free to go in and watch the glassblowers at work 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, but call to confirm. The gallery is open 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There are a variety of items in the gallery at a range of prices, so you might be able to score an affordable, one-of-a-kind piece. Thanks to Sherry for mentioning this on Facebook!

The Wichita WATER Center Museum is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission to the hands-on, interactive museum is free, and the WATER Center also regularly has activities for the kids. A nature trail follows a man-made creek to the Arkansas River. (Trail guide pamphlets are located at the trail head.) The WATER Center adjoins Hermann Hill Park, which has a disc golf course.

Sedgwick County Zoo Get the most from your membership (or the cost of admission) by timing your visit to take in a Keeper Talk or animal feeding time. Check the Daily Schedule at the Sedgwick County Zoo website to find out when you can watch the elephant training, the alligator feeding, or talk to the zookeepers about the new baby orangutan. Scroll down the Planning Your Visit page  to find out about the Giraffe Feeding Station, Boat Tour, the free Tram tours, stroller rental, and more. A zoo membership can save you a ton of money, since you get unlimited free visits throughout the year and 50% off at 140 reciprocating zoos and aquariums throughout the U.S. (including 6 other zoos here in Kansas), in Mexico, and in Canada. You can also save $2 on admission with the Wichita Go Card.

Great Plains Nature Center has a week of spring break activities planned. Visit at 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. every day. The Koch Habitat Hall will be open, which has hands-on, interactive displays and exhibits and a 2200-gallon aquarium. If the weather is beautiful, enjoy the Chisholm Trail Nature Center just outside the nature center. Admission to everything at the GPNC is free.

Get the (free!) Go Card if you plan to visit several Wichita attractions during Spring Break. Here’s how it works: Pay full admission at the first attraction and receive a Go Card for a $2 discount for each ticket you purchase at any of the 10 participating attractions within the next seven days. Click here for more info.

For more ideas, also see: Wichita Attractions on the Cheap25 Free Things to Do in Wichita KansasMovies on the Cheap in Wichita, and the Wichita Spring Break Activities tag here at Wichita on the Cheap. Oh! And don’t forget to check the Daily Deals page here at Wichita on the Cheap to see what’s half-price!


Thursday, March 14

Friday, March 15

Saturday, March 16

Sunday, March 17

Monday, March 18

Tuesday, March 19

  • Spring Break Book Sale at the Boathouse  This Tuesday evening preview sale is for Friends of WPL members only.
  • Recycled Art ages 9-11, 2:30 p.m. at Ford Rockwell branch library. (Call 688-9361 to register.)
  • Go Fly a Kite ages 7-12, 2:30 p.m. at the Linwood branch library. (Call 337-9125 to register.)
  • Squishy Circuits: Light it Up with Dough! ages 9-12, 3:30 p.m. at the Central library. (Call 261-8512 to register.)
  • Family Pajama-rama Night ages 3 and up, 6:30 p.m. at the Maya Angelou branch library.
  • $2 Tuesday at the Wichita Ice Center The sessions have slightly extended hours on the Tuesday during Spring Break – 3:15-6 p.m. and 7:15-10 p.m. Admission is $2; skate rental is an additional $3.
  • Timewarp Tuesdays at the Palace West Movie Theater Admission is only $1.50 for all movies, all day.
  • $2 Tuesday at the Wichita Ice Center $2 admission/$3 skate rental. 12-4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.
  • Fisch Haus Jazz Series Free, all-ages event. (Donations to the bands welcome.) Doors open at 7:30 p.m., band starts at 8 p.m. Bring your own refreshments; no alcohol for minors.

Wednesday, March 20

  • Spring Break Book Sale at the Boathouse Open to the public. Great deals on books, movies, more. (See link for more info.)
  • The Wichita WATER Center is open Wednesday 1 – 4:30 p.m. Free admission.
  • Soft Circuits: Fashion with Sparkle (Level ONE) For ages 14-17, 2:30 p.m. at the Central library. (Call 261-8512 to register.)
  • Puppet Show For kids age 3-8 with their families, 10:30 a.m. at Rockwell branch library.
  • Craft to Go: Puzzle Piece Photo Frame Kids ages 4-10 can pick up a packet of materials to make a puzzle masterpiece from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Comotara branch library on N. Rock Road.
  • Defying Gravity For ages 7-10; 2:30 p.m. at Evergreen branch library. (Call 303-8181 to register.)
  • A Grimm Afternoon For ages 9-11; 2:30 p.m. at Westlink branch library. Call 337-9456 to register.)
  • Wheeling Wild Wednesdays begin at the zoo. One leisurely bike ride through the zoo from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every third Wednesday of each month until October. Only $34 ($30 for Zoo members) per year.
  • Youth Lawn Mowing Clinic at Sedgwick County Extension Center ($5 registration by March 14, 2012 required.)
  • The Warren Theater Grille in Old Town $5 movie tickets on first-run movies all day on Wednesday. (These are usually packed, so get your tickets early in the day.)
  • Casey James in concert at the Cotillion at 7 p.m. The Wolf 100.5 FM is celebrating its 5th anniversary with a special ticket price: Tickets are only $5!

Thursday, March 21

Friday, March 22

  • Spring Break Book Sale at the Boathouse 
  • The Wichita WATER Center is open Friday, 1 – 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
  • Incredibly Edible Experiments For ages 12-17; 2:30 p.m. at the Westlink branch library. (Call 337-9456 to register.)
  • Little House on the Prairie  For ages 5-9; 2:30 p.m. at the Central branch library. (Call 261-8512 to register.)
  • Cottonwood Classic horse show at the Kansas Coliseum Pavilions – Free!
  • Wichita Thunder Hockey: Reading Program Night – Kids who successfully the Thunder reading program at his or her school should have been given a voucher for free admission. First 1000 kids under 12 will receive a youth jersey.
  • Lake Afton Public Observatory Journey to Jupiter 8-10 p.m. Low-cost.
  • Starlite Drive In $12 per carload for 3 first-run movies every Friday and Saturday night at the beginning and end of the season.

Saturday, March 23

Sunday, March 24

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