60+ Free Ways to Play in April - Sedgwick County Moms Network

April is this weekend! Can you believe it? April happens to be one of my favorite months – the crisp, cool breeze, the peacefulness of early spring, the flowers blooming, being able to take my jacket off in the afternoon!

And, there are so many activities going on and so many ways to play in Wichita and the surrounding towns. So, we decided to share some ideas with you that also help you save money!

The Sedgwick County Moms Network will compile a monthly guide of free activities and free ways for kids to play and enjoy life around the greater Wichita area. Scroll down to see free activities provided by museums, awesome parks to check out, story times, free arts and crafts, amazing city and seasonal events with no admission price, and much much more!

Please check back often! We will be making updates. Make sure to follow the links of each event for individual updates and to check the COVID restrictions in place.

Arts and Fun Crafts

Mondays

Rose Hill Library
Visit the library every Monday between 9-5 to grab an activity bag.
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Tuesdays

Augusta Library
There will be weekly crafts available for pick up to accompany the online virtual story time each Tuesday. Supplies are first come first serve.
Click here for more information.

Great Plains Nature Center
Each week, we provide the materials for a craft in the lobby with a natural theme! During your visit, pick up these free craft materials to take home with you. Crafts are designed for elementary and younger children, but all are welcome. In order to limit the sharing of materials for your health and safety, we’re no longer doing crafts together in the lobby.
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Wednesdays

Augusta Library
On Wednesday 4/3 and Wednesday 4/24 will have a take-home craft for teenagers as well.
Click here for more information.

Thursdays

Derby Library
Every Thursday at 4:00 pm, Kindergarten through 5th graders are welcome to tune in on Facebook Live with their families for a weekly Quest through Adventure Land! Learn about the weekly take-home craft kit, hear about some great book recommendations, find out the weekly Ninja-In-Training Task, and see awesome artwork from the Art Quest!
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Fridays

Saturday, April 17

Newton Public Library
Get a bag of supplies from the desk, then meet up on a Zoom call with other local teens.
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Andover Library

The library has a large selection of puzzles for use in the library. They help introduce letters, numbers, and simple concepts, promote literacy and learning. They included books, videos, and activity items. You can check them out for a 3 week period.
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City Events and Seasonal Events

Sunday, April 3 at 9am @Sedgwick County Zoo

*The event is free, but you will need to pay entry to the Zoo if you don’t have a Zoo pass. This isn’t your average Easter egg hunt … the Easter Bunny has hidden giant Easter eggs around the Zoo and you have to help us find them! As you make your way around the Zoo, count how many eggs you see and receive a prize on your way out.
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Sunday, April 3 at 10am @High Park in Derby

Hunt candy and visit with the Easter Bunny! Participants divided by age groups to hunt eggs. Age 0-3 yrs start at 10am; Ages 4-5 yrs start at 10:20am; Ages 6-7 yrs start at 10:40am; ages 8-10 yrs start at 11am. Don’t forget to bring your basket. Covid precautions will be in place.
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Sunday, April 3 at 10am @Empower Martial Arts

A FREE event for members and the public alike. There will be Games, Prizes, Music, Egg Hunt, Basket Contest, Specials, Mini martial arts class, and a special appearance by Sensei Cottontail of the Bunny Kai Dojo!!
Ages 7 and under @ 10:00 -11:30 am
Ages 8 and over @ 11:30 – 1:00 pm
East Campus: 314 N  Rock Road (Behind Freddy’s)
West  Campus: 13303 W Maple St. (Dillon’s Shopping Center)
Click here for more information

Sunday, April 3 at 10am @Hap McLean Park in Park City

The Easter egg hunt starts at 10:15 and will be divided by age.
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Sunday, April 3 at 11am @Mulvane downtown

This year, the Mulvane Community Foundation, the Mulvane Assembly, the Mulvane Chamber of Commerce, and the First Baptist Church are all coming together, combining their events to put on an amazing community activity. We’ll have a designated area for the tiny ones (one area for 0-3yr & another for 4-6yr olds), lots of easy to find multi colored eggs full of candy and prizes for everyone, and don’t forget those 40 Golden Eggs that are extremely well hidden and worth up to $100 in cash & prizes. Mask up or spread out in this 3-4 block event so that we can bring you community events all season long.
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Sunday, April 3 at 11am @Chicken N Pickle

Join us for an Easter Celebration on April 3rd from 11 am – 1 pm. We will have an Easter Egg Hunt, Balloon Artist, Easter Bunny, Snow Cones, Cotton Candy, and Egg Decorating! Easter Egg Hunt starts at 11:30am and goes in waves by age.
Ages 2-4 | 11:30am
Ages 5-7 | 11:45am
Ages 8-10 | 12:00pm
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Sunday, April 3 at 1:30pm @Newton Recreation Commission

An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 1:30 p.m. April 3 on the lawn at First Presbyterian Church, 900 Columbus Drive. The event is free and open to the public.
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Sunday, April 3 at 1:30pm @My Gym Wichita

Join us for an Egg Hunt! We’ll have games, rides, songs, dances, and more! Make sure to bring a basket for all the eggs and goodies they find around the gym.  Space is limited! Reserve your spot today.
1:30pm to 2:30pm – ages 3 to 6
3:00pm to 4:00pm – ages 0 to 2
4:15pm to 5:15pm – all ages 0 to 10
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Sunday, April 3 at 2pm @Idlewild Park in Derby

Hunt candy and visit with the Easter Bunny! Participants divided by age groups to hunt eggs. Age 0-3 yrs start at 2pm; Ages 4-5 yrs start at 2:15pm; Ages 6-7 yrs start at 2:30pm; ages 8-10 yrs start at 2:45pm. Don’t forget to bring your basket. Covid precautions will be in place.
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Sunday, April 25 at 11am @Madison Avenue Central Park in Derby

Spring into Art
Enjoy live entertainment, art for sale, art kits to go, lunch and snack options, Kansas Grown Farmers Market and more.
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Sunday, April 25 at 1pm @Naftzger Park in Wichita

Youth Orchestra Concert
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Thursday, April 22 – Saturday, April 24

Bel Aire City Wide Garage Sale Weekend
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Friday, April 30 at 7pm @Naftzger Park in Wichita

Jam Session
Join us for these free family-friendly jam sessions at the Evergy Pavilion in Naftzger Park with Fr3edm Music! A variety of styles will be played live and by a DJ during these low-key evenings, but the crowd’s vibes will help guide where the music goes!
Grab your blankets and chairs, as well as snacks and drinks! No alcohol. Social distancing squares will be setup in the park for families. We ask that masks be worn when moving throughout the park and only removed when you are in your family’s square.
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Second Saturdays

Support Wichita Small Shops in Downtown Wichita, Old Town, Delano, and the Douglas Design District
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Saturday, April 10 at 11am @Kansas Sate Fairgrounds

Although we may not have a full fair this year, numerous vendors and music performances will still be open and happening. There is no gate charge, but you will have to pay $5 for parking. There is free parking on the North side of State Fair Road and free handicap parking by Gate #5. Vendors will be charging for food.
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Saturday, April 17 – Sunday, April 18

SWE Engineering Expo 2021
The online event is free and open to the public. Past in-person expos have hosted thousands of students across Wichita. This year the expo experience will be a little different than years past due to COVID-19, however, the new virtual platform will still provide free high quality, hands-on activities for kids in K-8th grade. Activity videos and other great content will be available to all participants. Material kits will be available if requested, while supplies last, but most activities will use normal household items ensuring all kids can participate in this virtual Expo! Registration is only required if requesting a free material kit in advance and will open on March 1st. To register, please see the event webpage listed below and click “2021 Expo Kit Signup”. The activities are intended for girls and boys in grades K-8.
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Saturday, April 17 – Sunday, April 18

Sleep Out ICT
WHAT IS SLEEP OUT ICT? Everyone deserves access to basic needs like a warm, safe place to sleep, but it’s easy to take them for granted. Sleep Out ICT is taking place on Saturday, April 17, providing an opportunity to take a moment of gratitude for our home comforts while raising awareness, compassion, and funds to support the approximate 600 people who are homeless in Wichita on any given night .

Saturday, April 24 at 11am @Wichita Art Museum

Family ArtVenture: Art Groove
Participants will groove to music, and be inspired by artwork from African American Art in the 20th Century, a Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition featuring blues and jazz themes. WAM’s Education Team has developed several creative solutions to safeguard your good health, and the best pandemic protocols will be in place for this family program.
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Saturday, April 24 at 1pm @Ulrich Museum of Art

Family Fun Day
Bring the family for an afternoon of outdoor hands-on art making, stories, and fun discoveries in the Outdoor Sculpture Collection. All activities will observe social distancing, mask wearing, and hand-washing requirements.
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Farms and Farmers Markets

Fridays from 4-6pm @Elderslie Farm

Meet the baby goats at Elderslie Farm. Pet them, take pictures, and enjoy the farm. For $2, you can purchase a bottle of goat milk to feed the kids. Home fresh food and cheese will be for sale as well.
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Saturdays from 7am-12pm

Kansas Grown Main Farmers Market
Enjoy the different local farmers, craftsmen, and other small businesses at our very own Farmers Market. Gate entry is free.
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Saturdays from 8am-12pm

Kansas Grown Derby Farmers Market
Enjoy the different local farmers, craftsmen, and other small businesses in downtown Wichita. Gate entry is free.
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Saturdays from 8am-1pm

Old Town Farm and Art Market
Enjoy the different local farmers, craftsmen, and other small businesses in downtown Wichita. Gate entry is free.
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Movies and Shows

Friday, April 9 @Military Park in Newton

Bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs to watch Disney’s Princess and the Frog. Masks and social distancing will be required.
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Saturday, April 10 at 7pm @Capitol Federal Amphitheater

Bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs to watch Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Social distancing will be required.
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Museums

Don’t forget about your family memberships to the local museums, zoos, and wildlife parks we have in the Greater Wichita area. Although the initial fee isn’t free, the rest of the year is! Memberships are a great way to really explore Wichita’s history, culture, and science. 

Our family has an annual membership to Exploration Place and Sedgwick County Zoo and we go to both at least once a month.

Click here to see a list of the museums and zoos we have in the Greater Wichita area (and surrounding towns).

Ulrich Museum of Art

Admission is always free. Click here for more information.

Saturdays @Wichita Art Museum

All visitors to the museum receive free general admission on Saturdays. Free Saturday general admission is made possible by Colby Sandlian, Sandlian Realty.
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Fridays from 10am-12pm @Kansas Aviation Museum

Every Friday morning children 1-12 get in for *FREE* and one adult per child is free. offer a special deal for moms and tots to head on out to the Kansas Aviation Museum.  Start off your morning by letting your child explore the museum, see real airplanes parked on the ramp.  “Fly” off to faraway places in one of our cockpits, or test their skill on the computer simulators!  Enjoy STEAM-based activities, informative kids movies, books, coloring pages, and much more! Stay as long as you like, just as long as you are here before noon!
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Tuesday, April 27 at 10:30 @Sedgwick County Zoo

Tot Tuesdays
**If you already have a family pass to the zoo, this event is free.**
Enjoy fun and interactive educational activities for your kids on Tot Tuesdays! Educational activities are designed for children age 3-5 and their participating adult.
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Other Free Events

Mondays at 4:00 pm @Newton Library

Join other tweens and teens on a Zoom call for games and chatting.
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Mondays at 7pm @Chicken N Pickle

Join forces with Trivia Night every Monday at Chicken N Pickle. Playing is fun, but eating is the price of the menu.
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Monday, April 27 at 5:30 pm @Wichita Library

Join other teens via Zoom playing Dungeons and Dragons. Make sure you register.
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Tuesdays at 4:00 pm @Derby Library

Every Tuesday at 4:00pm, 6th-12th graders are invited to tune in on Facebook Live as we travel through time in Fall 2020! Every week our teen librarian will discuss the weekly take home craft, recommend books, and host trivia events. Certain Tuesdays will be followed by a special Zoom Game Aftershow where teens can play a themed game on Zoom!
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Tuesdays at 3:30pm @El Dorado YMCA

Join El Dorado YMCA for its POWER UP program. This FREE program will offer kids social and physical activities with friends and offer the opportunity to try new activities all under appropriate supervision. Kids can experience DIFFERENT SPORTS/ACTIVITIES each week including field days, dodgeball, flag football, pickleball, soccer, spike ball, basketball and more.
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Wednesdays at 3:30pm @Mulvane Library

Every Wednesday, teens can meet online for art, books, movies, and gaming.
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Thursdays at 3:30pm @El Dorado YMCA

Join El Dorado YMCA for its POWER UP program. This FREE program will offer kids social and physical activities with friends and offer the opportunity to try new activities all under appropriate supervision. Kids can experience DIFFERENT SPORTS/ACTIVITIES each week including field days, dodgeball, flag football, pickleball, soccer, spike ball, basketball and more.
Click here for more information

Thursday, April 8 at 10am @Derby Recreation Center

Preschool Game Day at the Indoor Pool
Ages 2-6 are welcome to join us for a 45 minute swimming session. No registration is required. Come slide down the slide, play in the mushroom waterfall and practice those swimming skills. A Parent of Guardian ages 16 and older must accompany child in the water.
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Saturday, April 3 at 9:00am @OJ Watson Park

Honk and Hop Along
Enjoy an Easter activity with social distancing. $5 per child and preregistration required.
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Saturday, April 17 @Mulvane Library

On the third Saturday of every month teens can meet up at the library to play D&D. They have a room stocked with Dungeons and Dragons supplies. Playing mats with dry erase markers, the Dungeon Master’s Guide, Monster Manual, and Player’s Handbook will all be available for you to use.

 

Outdoor Events

Thursdays at 10am @Great Plains Nature Center

There is no better space for kids to learn than the outdoors and there is no better play resource than nature. Naturalists and volunteers will be your guides to model interaction with nature; preschool children will provide the imagination. Come and go.

Saturday, April 17 at 10am @Naftzger Park

SHiNE Dance Fitness
Enjoy a unique workout rooted in traditional jazz, ballet, and hip-hop.
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Saturday, April 17 at 10am @Stone Creek Disco Golf Park in Derby

Disc Golf Clinic
Spend an hour learning then play a round of disc golf on our local course. Disc golf has the same premise as golf but uses a dis (frisbee) in place of a ball. During the clinic, you will learn the fundamentals of the game, starting with the drive and ending with the putt as well as etiquette and safety. All ages welcome.
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Saturday, April 24 at 8am @Dr Glen Dey Park in Wichita

Wichita Wild Walks
All ages. 1 hr. Discover something new! Explore the winding trails of the Wichita Wild Parks and other green spaces alongside an experienced naturalist who can provide a unique lens on the nature at our doorstep. Registration is not required.
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Wellness in the Gardens @Botanica

*You must either pay admission or have a membership.* There will be signs throughout Botanica to invite you to add some fresh activities in being mindful, and some soft yoga, and more. And, every Wednesday at 10am, there will be a community Wellness Wednesday with guided meditation and yoga, nature journaling and healthy refreshments. 

Summer Playground Playdates

Join us for our weekly Playground Playdates where we meet up, make new friends, play, and chat at different local playgrounds throughout Wichita.

Barrington Park

Barrington Park in West Wichita is a small playground on a corner in a neighborhood off 21st and Tee Time Street with a fun playground and a small field.

Brownthrush Park

Brownthrush Park in West Wichita is a large square in the middle of a neighborhood off Central and Ridge with a fun playground, baseball diamond, and football field.

Redbarn Park

Redbarn Park in West Wichita is a large square in the middle of a quiet neighborhood with a fun and unique playground and plenty of room to run around.

West Millbrook Park

West Millbrook Park in West Wichita might be small, but it is still fun with plenty of opportunities for families of all sizes and ages.

Storytimes

Mondays

Goddard Public Library
Storytime is offered every Monday at 9:00am on Facebook.
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August Public Library
Each week, story and song time will be posted to the library’s facebook page. Typically there will also be a take-home craft to accompany the story time. Make sure you register at Augustabeanstack.org.
Click here for more information

Tuesdays

Haysville Public Library
Haysville Library is back to in-person story times on Tuesdays at 10 and 11. But, to accommodate social distancing and COVID restrictions, masks are required for anyone older than 2 and a limit of 7 families per session. So, you will need to register to attend.
Click here for more information

Wednesdays

Derby Public Library
Every Wednesday at 10am is Virtual Preschool Storytime. This will be on Facebook.
Click here for more information.

Mulvane Public Library
10:30 on Facebook Live for story time geared towards children age 3-5. *You can also stop by the library and pick up a take-home craft that has to do with the week’s theme, while supplies last.*We will continue to meet virtually until it is safe to meet in person
Click here for more information

Valley Center Public Library
Every Wednesday at 10am, Valley Center library hosts a virtual story time on their facebook page.
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Great Plains Nature Center
Every Wednesday at 10am, they will be having a virtual story time for little ones on their Facebook age. Discover new natural children’s books and learn a thing or two about our world.
Click here for more information

Thursdays

Bradford Public Library
They have online reading challenges. Every Thursday is an online Toddler Time story time.
Click here for more information

Thursday, April 8

Wichita Public Library
Register to join a Zoom chat with other teens talking about books you love and don’t like.
Click here for more information

Fridays

Bradford Public Library
They have online reading challenges. Every Friday is a Preschool Storytime.
Click here for more information

Derby Public Library
Every Friday at 10am is a Virtual Toddler Time Storytime. These will be on Facebook.
Click here for more information.

Mulvane Public Library
Every Friday at 10:30 join on Facebook Live for story time for kids 2-4. It also includes songs and movement.
Click here for more information.

Saturday, April 3

Newton Public Library
Join other teens on a Zoom call to discuss The Book Thief.
Click here for more information.

Saturday, April 10

Wichita Public Library
Read a story together as you stroll around the Rockwell Courtyard. This outdoor come-and-go event will be available during library open hours and does not require registration, but social distancing rules must be observed.
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Saturday, April 24

Mulvane Public Library
Enjoy a story time geared toward the whole family.
Click here for more information.

Andover Library

Although Virtual story time won’t be available until June 1, their website has plenty of fun stories, songs, and other children’s activities linked on their website.
Click here for more information.

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