We all get a little stir-crazy when winter seems to drag on during these cold months. It can get to the point where we all feel like shut-ins and, as a mom of a small child, I get tired of cleaning up all of the glitter and slime that I provided as indoor entertainment. (Note-to-self: how to remove slime from carpet!) We all need to get out and shake things up! To help with that, here is our list of activities in Wichita that you can do to clear up those winter blues and boredom.
Here is a list of the topics in this article:
- Get Festive
- Visit a Museum
- Go to the Movies
- Checkout a Game
- Get Active
- Take in a Show
- Get Wild
- Go Sledding
- Get Crafty
Embrace the holidays and get out and experience all that Wichita has to offer during the Christmas season.
The first place I’d start is to visit our blog dedicated to all of the great indoor gaming and play-place spots that Wichita provides! See our article dedicated to this HERE!
Visit a Museum:
Wichita has several great museums that have dedicated children areas. Visit our list of Museums under our indoor activity blog
Go to the Movies!
Grab your popcorn and candy, sit back, and enjoy the show! There are several great movie theaters in Wichita. Here is our list!
The Dome at Exploration Place
Carey Digital Dome Theater at the Cosmosphere
Check Out a Game!
There are several great sports teams playing during the winter months. Get into the local sporting pride and take in a sporting event together!
Wichita Thunder Hockey – Cheer on the home team at INTRUST Bank Arena where the Wichita Thunder Hockey take to the ice in all their ECHL glory. The regular season runs from October to April.
Wichita State Basketball – Head to Charles Koch Arena for a home game for Wichita State Shocker athletics. The men’s basketball games draw a loud crowd, making the roundhouse one of the arenas with the best home-court advantage according to ESPN.
Get the blood pumping at one of Wichita’s indoor sporting and activity locations. See our full list in our Indoor Activity blog!
Bowling at The Alley Indoor Entertainment, Northrock Lanes or West Acres Bowl.
Jumping at Aviate Wichita Sports Forum, Jumpy Jump Land or Urban Air
Go Golfing: Visit Golf-In or check out the ALL NEW TOP GOLF
Ice Skating: Wichita Ice Center or the temporary rink at Chicken N’ Pickle
Take in a Show:
Wichita is chalked full of live theater options that are great for the whole family! Here are some of the best upcoming shows that are a must-see:
A Crown Holiday Spectacular at Crown Uptown Theatre – Nov. 18-Dec. 18
Elf, The Musical, Forum Theatre Company – Dec 1-18
The Gingerbread Man, Wichita Children’s Theatre at Century II – Dec. 8-10
Music Theatre Wichita’s 2022 Holiday Special at Century II – Dec. 9-11
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis at Hartman Arena – Dec. 9
Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Wichita Children’s Theatre at Century II – Dec. 14-16
Dance Kinetics 5th Annual Nutcracker, Wichita Center For Performing Arts – Dec. 14
Ballet Wichita’s The Nutcracker at Century II – Dec. 16-18
Bluey’s Big Play at Century II – Dec. 22-23
Cars for Charities Car Show, Century II – Jan 13-15
Legally Blonde – The Musical, Broadway in Wichita at Century II – Jan 28-29
PRCA Rodeo, Hartman Arena – Jan 20-21
Even with the cold weather, our local zoos are still thriving with excitement and entertainment.
Sedgwick County Zoo:
Wild Encounters – Get up close and personal with SCZ’s animal ambassadors! From an elephant to a penguin – each encounter provides an incredible hands-on experience that’s memories and education will be long-lasting. Visit their website for more information.
Tanganyka Zoo: Safari of Lights
Wichita usually gets at least one perfect sledding snowfall. If you haven’t already picked out your favorite local sledding location, here are some great spots to shred that powder!
- College Hill Park
- Sedgwick County Park
- Mid-America All-Indian Center
- West Kellogg Hill by Cracker Barrel
- Soccer Field Hill at Oliver & George Washington Blvd.
What better way to shake things up than to express your artistic sides! There are several art and craft locations in Wichita that are holding weekly and monthly class sessions that are sure to entertain not only the kiddos, but the parents too (not to mention the keepsake it will create)! Visit their websites for event lists and details.