100+ Ways to Play for Free in June 2021 - Sedgwick County Moms Network

Summer is in full bloom now!

And, there are so many activities going on and so many ways to play in Wichita and the surrounding towns. It amazes me to see how many different events there are this summer, and so many free ones!

So, we decided to share some ideas with you that also help you save money, because everyone loves free!!

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

Teen Bird Photo Contest | June 02-11 @Augusta Library
Teens can send a photo of a bird taken with their phone or camera to [email protected], or as a message to AugustaPublicLibraryKidsFacebook. Only pictures of birds will be accepted for this contest. Please include your name and age.  Winners will be chosen by a board of anonymous judges.  All photos will be printed and displayed in the library as they are submitted.  Winners will be announced on June 11 at 6pm. Prizes will be awarded for 1st place ($25 gift card to Walmart), 2nd place ($20 gift card to Sonic), and 3rd place ($15 gift card to Subway).
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Origami Butterfly Bookmarks | Tuesday, June 8 from 10-12:30pm @Castle Park in Augusta
Call (316) 775-2681 or email [email protected] to reserve your craft kit beginning June 1st. Ages 16+. Kits are limited.
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School Kids Pet Photo Contest | June 14-18 @Augusta Library
Do you have the best pet in the entire county?  Send a photo along with why your pet is best to Ms. Mary at [email protected] or as a message to Augusta Public Library Kids Facebook.  Please include the child’s name, age, and how to contact.  All the entries will be printed and hung in the library and posted to Facebook.  A panel of anonymous judges will choose the winner of “Best Pet.” The winning pet will receive a species-appropriate prize! Winners will be announced at 5:00 pm on Friday, June 18 on Facebook.
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Felt Cat Craft | Wednesday, June 16 @Augusta Library
Call (316) 775-2681 or email [email protected] to reserve your craft kit beginning June 9th. Ages 16+. Kits are limited.
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Teen Paint the Town | Wednesday, June 16 @Goddard Community Center
This event is for our TEEN group. Ages 13-18. ***Space is limited. Please reserve a ticket on Eventbrite. Join us as we paint a Tree Sloth. All materials will be provided.
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Teen Take Home Pet Pillow | Wednesday, June 16 from 3-6pm @Augusta Library
Registration is June 9 thru June 15. This no-sew pillow is perfect for teens.  The kit will be available at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, June 16th, in the library lobby.
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Virtual Toysinbox 3D Printing Workshop | Thursday, June 17 @10am, 2pm, 4pm
Print your own name keychain in this interactive, virtual 3D printing workshop. Limited registration, so sign up today! Link for Zoom workshop session will be sent out prior to program via email. Please include an active email that is checked regularly.
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School Kids: Pet Rock | Thursday, June 17 @3 at the Augusta Library
Take-home craft kits for elementary-aged kids are available in the library lobby at 10 am.  There is no registration, but supplies are limited and are on a first-come basis.  Some supplies like scissors and glue may be needed from home.
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Tribe Teen/Tween Party | Friday, June 18 @5pm
For youth going into 5th thru 12th grades. Clay Creations – supplies limited to first 20 kids.
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Pom Pom Animals | Tuesday, June 22 @Augusta Library
Call (316) 775-2681 or email [email protected] to reserve your craft kit beginning June 15th. Ages 16+. Kits are limited. You will need a hot glue gun/glue sticks. Email [email protected] a picture of your craft by June 29th for a chance to win a gift card!
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Teen Take and Make | June 10, 17, 24
It’s dangerous to go alone – collect supplies and log on to Zoom to craft and chat together! Each week we’ll put together something different.  This program will be held online via Zoom. A link to the program will be sent to your inbox the day before and the day of the program. For teens ages 12-18.
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Mondays @Derby Public Library – How to Write a Story
Do you have a story in you? Are you SEARCHING for the story within? Join Miss Chelsea weekly as she teaches you how to write a story! Based on the children’s book by Kate Messner, each week you will learn about characters, settings, plot lines, and how to combine them to make a story of your own! Grades K-5.
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Tuesdays @ 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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Tuesdays @Bradford Memorial Library
Come grab a craft and take it to go, or do it there.
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Wednesdays @Mulvane Library
We will be outside making bleach t-shirts. Please bring an old black or other darker t-shirt if possible (not white), but if you cannot, no worries we will have a few available. Sizes not guaranteed. For ages 12-18, or grades 6-12.
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Wednesdays @ Rose Hill Library
Visit the library every Monday between 9-5 to grab an activity bag.
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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

Smoke on the Plains BBQ & Music Fest | June 10-12 @6am-10pm
After a year hiatus, plan to join us for the 10th Annual Smoke on the Plains Derby BBQ & Music Fest June 10, 11 and 12, 2021 at scenic High Park, located on the east side of Derby. This free, fun and family-friendly event is Derby’s largest gathering. Carnival Cost
$3 per ride or $25 for an all-you-can ride wristband.
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Night at the Fountains – Food Truck Rally | Friday, June 18 @6-9pm
Friday Nights at the Fountain are BACK! The Wichita WaterWalk food truck rally returns for 2021! Come out and indulge in your favorite local food trucks and support a featured nonprofit each month.
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Brick Street Bazaar | Saturday, June 19 @8am
Come one come all for a unique shopping experience! We will be lining the historic brick streets of Downtown Augusta with vendors, merchants, artisans, events and food trucks! Admission to the event is FREE!
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Wichita Festival of the Arts | Saturday, June 19 @12pm
Take in the sun and take home a work of art! Over 35 local vendors will be on-site to showcase our community’s talents in arts and entertainment. Enjoy the music, take in a performance, or peruse the booths. The Kansas Wildlife Exhibit will have their daily animal feeding at noon and will be available to discuss the exhibit inhabitants with you. Chalk will be available to draw your favorite animal. Enjoy a snow cone from Kona Ice or a delicious meal from the Flying Stove. The Flying Stove will be at the park from 12-3pm. After enjoying the festival, stick around and play in the splash pad or playground.
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Father’s Day Car Show | Sunday, June 20 @9am-4pm
Sedgwick County Zoo – Grab your crew, put the pedal to the metal and cruise on out to Sedgwick County Zoo for Father’s Day. See classic cars, antique autos and modern models while exploring your favorite animal exhibits. Dads are admitted free with an additional paid admission. Members get in free with membership card and photo ID.
*Remember – admission is required for everyone but dad.
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Food Trucks at the Fountain | Sunday, June 27 @11am-2pm
Food Trucks at The Fountain is here and will take place the last Sunday of the month through October! Please join us at Wichita WaterWalk for a Sunday afternoon of Food Trucks, Live Music, & Community organized by The Flying Stove.
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Farms and Farmers Markets

Food Truck Thursdays | Thursdays in June
Exploration Place – Chow down with Wichita’s finest food trucks, grab a drink from the bar, jam out to live music, play games, and more all while you enjoy our scenic view of the Keeper of the Plains. Plus, bring the whole family to check out our exhibits. *Free for members, $15 in advance, $20 per car day of.
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Kansas Grown Main Farmers Market | Saturdays from 7am-12pm
Union StationEnjoy the different local farmers, craftsmen, and other small businesses at our very own Farmers Market. Gate entry is free.
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Kansas Grown Main Farmers Market | Saturdays from 7am-12pm
Sedgwick County Extension OfficeEnjoy the different local farmers, craftsmen, and other small businesses at our very own Farmers Market. Gate entry is free.
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Kansas Grown Derby Farmers Market | Saturdays from 8am-12pm
Enjoy the different local farmers, craftsmen, and other small businesses in downtown Wichita. Gate entry is free.
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Harvey County Farmer’s Market | Saturdays from 8am-12pm
The Harvey County Farmer’s Market is open to all to sell their produce, meats, baked goods and homemade crafts.
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Old Town Farm and Art Market | Saturdays from 8am-1pm
Enjoy the different local farmers, craftsmen, and other small businesses in downtown Wichita. Gate entry is free.
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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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Movies and Shows

Children’s Concert: Mr. Stinky Feet (Jim Cosgrove) | Monday, June 7 @10:30 and 3pm
Rock the library with Kansas City kids’ entertainer and author, Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove. Come sing and dance during this high-energy, interactive show that will get the whole family rockin’. Check out Jim’s music, books, and videos at www.jimcosgrove.com. This program is designed for children ages 3-11 with their families and will be held at Naftzger Park in downtown Wichita. Families are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs to view the concert, with social distancing observed.
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Ballet Wichita: Carnival of the Animals | Wednesday, June 9 @7pm
Wichita Park & Recreation is happy to host Ballet Wichita’s Annual Ballet in the Park at Naftzger Park’s Evergy Pavilion! Ballet Wichita has been providing free, family friendly dancing in the park for over 30 years. Carnival of the Animals is a colorful journey through the animal kingdom set to the beloved music of Camille Saint-Saens. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy art outside with us in a celebration of music & dance.
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Family Movie in the Park | Friday, June 11 @8pm
Bring a lawn chair for an out door screening of “How to Train Your Dragon”. The event starts at 8, the screening will start as soon as it’s dark enough. Please wear a mask when not socially distanced. The event will be canceled if the weather is bad.
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Ballet in the Park – Carnival of the Animals | Saturday, June 12 @7pm
Join Ballet Wichita for Carnival of Animals at Forest Park in El Dorado. Carnival of Animals is a colorful journey through the animal kingdom set to the beloved music of Camille Saint-Saens. Wear your favorite costume and join the fun as Ballet Wichita dancers bring a whimsical menagerie of animals to life! Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy art outside in celebration of music and dance. Choreographed & directed by Taylor Cunningham-Osterman.
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Live in the Park: The Flying Debris Show | Monday, June 14 @10:30am and 2pm
Kansas native Richard Holmgren fills his comedy variety show with juggling, zany stunts, amusing tricks, audience participation—and always an inspirational message. For children 3-17 and their families. The program is kid-friendly and grown-up appropriate. This is an outdoor program in the park.  Families are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs.
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Children’s Concert: Sugar Free All Stars | Monday, June 21 @10:30 and 3pm
Get ready to pack the dance floor, because here comes Sugar Free Allstars! This Grammy-featured, family funk super duo from Oklahoma City has been listed as one of Time magazine’s top 12 family music acts in America. They blend elements of soul, rhythm & blues, disco, gospel and New Orleans street parade music to provide a high energy rock show experience that has been described as a funky, foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’, body movin’ and groovin’ dance-until-you-drop party.  For children ages 3-11 and their families. This is an outdoor program in the park.  Families are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs.
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Summer Performance | Wednesday, June 23 @10am
Throughout Summer Reading there will be performances outside at the stage at Riggs Park. All Performances will be on Wednesdays at 10 am. All performances are free to attend and open to all ages. Laughing Matters will be performing on June 23rd at 10 am.
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Outdoor Concert with Brutal Bear | Friday, June 25 @6:30pm
Join us outside the library for live folk music performed by Brutal Bear! Relax with the tunes, and enjoy light snacks provided by the library. Remember to bring blankets and lawn chairs.
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Tuesdays Fun Shows and Concerts @Madison Avenue Central Park | Tuesdays at 10 and again at 2pm.
Enjoy fun shows and concerts at Madison Avenue Central Park in Derby with the Derby Public Library at 10:00am and again at 2:00pm.
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Tuesdays Free Summer Movie Matinee @Haysville Public Library | Every Tuesdays from 2:30-4:30pm
Family friendly movies will be shown. Popcorn and bottled water will be provided.
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Thursday Evening Summer Concert Series @Bradley Fair | Every Thursday at 7:30
Join us for our 5-week concert series, brought to you by Fidelity Bank, J.P. Weigand & Sons, and Walser’s Jaguar and Land Rover brands. Enjoy live music under the sunset starting at 7:30 pm.
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Friday Night Movie @Augusta Public Library | Every Friday from 9-11pm
Gather in the north parking lot for an outdoor movie. Bring lawn chairs, cushions, or blankets to sit on.  Bring family-friendly snacks and drinks for your own group. Space is limited, and social distancing will be enforced.  Since we are using the parking lot for seating, cars will need to be parked on the street. The movie will begin at dark, but seating will begin at 8:30 pm. Masks and social distancing are recommended at all library events.
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Museums

Bring the Bosins Home Opening Celebration | Saturday, June 5 from 1-3pm
Mid-America All-Indian Museum – Enjoy some crafts and hands-on kids activities. Children 12 and under are free, however, there is a $5 entry free for those older than 12.
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Art Together | Saturday, June 12 from 9am-12pm
Mark Arts – Art Together, Mark Arts’ community outreach program, cultivates creative communities through hands-on visual arts projects. Art Together is free and open to the public; advance registration is requested.
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Sculpture Glow @Ulrich Museum of Art | Tuesday, June 22 from 6-7pm
An after-hours exploration of the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection as the glow of the evening light settles and the fireflies of summer twinkle. A community and family event celebrating a summer solstice with interactive stations connecting our sculptures and our history.
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Family ArtVenture: Rock On! | Saturday, June 26 from 1-3pm
ArtVenture takes the fun outdoors! Glide through the garden and zoom along the zipper path. Enjoy special outdoor activities in the Art Garden (weather-permitting), including photo-ops, games, and art activities. Rock on to jammin’ music as you create a one-of-a-kind artwork inspired by the great outdoors!
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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 Entry
Admission is always free. Click here for more information.

Mondays at 9am @Tanganyika – Jungle Juniors Activity Hours
*You must either pay admission or have a membership*. Come join us for some fun activities, crafts, games, storytime, and of course animal visits! We’ll be outdoors and spread between different rooms to help with social distancing.
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Tuesdays at 5pm @Botanica – Free Carousel Rides
Carousel rides are *free* with general admission. If you already have a membership, it’s completely free!
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Wednesdays at 9:30 @Tanganyika Wildlife Park – Cub Club Story Time
*You must either pay admission or have a membership.* We’d love for you and your toddler to join us for our cub club storytime! Geared towards ages 0-5 but still fun for the grade school kids as well! We’ll read a book together, sing some animal songs, and meet and animal from our story!
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Wednesday Wellness in the Gardens at 10am @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.

Fridays from 10am-12pm @Kansas Aviation Museum – Little Aviators
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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Saturdays @Wichita Art Museum – Free Admission
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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Sundays @Old Cowtown Museum – Free Admission
Free admission to all ages all day long. Come out and visit with our townspeople and maybe even catch a gunfight! Saloon hours 12-4pm, last admission at 4pm.
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Other Free Events

Teen Topics: Sustainable Fashion | Wednesday, June 9 @3pm
Curious about how to give clothing garments a second chance at life? TISSU Sewing Studio will teach you about techniques to redesign and sew items for reuse.  For teens ages 12-18. Registration is required; call 261-8500 or register online. This program will be held online via Zoom. A link to the program will be sent to your inbox the day before and the day of the program.
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Tanganyika Animal Ambassadors | Tuesday, June 22 @10:30am
Meet some animal friends who live at the Tanganyika Wildlife Park. Children will learn about these creatures, including their natural habitat, how they live, and what makes them unique. For children ages 3-11.
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KSDS, Assistance Dogs, Inc. | Wednesday, June 23 @2:00pm
Join the library to learn about the KSDS and the dogs they provide to people who need them.
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Jeff Quinn, Magician | Wednesday, June 30 @2:00pm
Join us at the library as we are entertained by Jeff Quinn, magician, with his virtual library program for 2021. We will have fun and watch it together
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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 7:00pm @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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Final Fridays @6:00pm @The Enchanted Mermaid
Come join us for Final Friday dressed in your favorite themed character. Get a mermaid makeover, face painting, henna tattoos, tarot readings, refreshments and more!
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Outdoor Events

Outside Digital Escape Room | June 1 – July 23 from 9:30-6:00 @Augusta Library
Reserve a time for your group to solve our clues and “escape”. You will need a cell phone.
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O.K. Kids @Great Plains Nature Center | Saturday, June 5 @10:00am
Outdoor Kids for Kansas (O.K. Kids) is an initiative that helps kids learn new ways to love being outside, by building outdoor skills and exploring nature. GPNC is excited join with O.K. Kids to provide a fun-filled day of activities and recreation to kick off your summer!
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Bubble Day | Wednesday, June 10 at 10am
Enjoy bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and popsicles in the north parking lot.
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Healthy Harvey Annual Celebration | Friday, June 11 at 5pm
The Healthy Harvey Coalition’s annual celebration will be held from 5-8:30 p.m. June 11 at the Athletic Park bandshell. The event will feature free family games and free ballet in the park beginning at 7 p.m
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SHiNE Dance Fitness | Saturday, June 12 at 10am
Enjoy a unique workout rooted in traditional jazz, ballet, and hip-hop.
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Free Swim for USD 260 | Sunday, June 13 at 7:45pm
The Derby/Haysville America Legion invites you to enjoy a free family swim for students, faculty and parents of in the Derby school district. Hamburger or hotdog with chips and beverage available for purchase ($5).
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Chalk the Sidewalk | Wednesday, June 16 at 11am
Complete a sidewalk chalk obstacle course in this outdoor come-and-go event. Bring your own chalk, or ask for a piece to add your own masterpiece in the free-draw area. Registration is not required, but social distancing guidelines must be observed. This event is weather dependent, please call the Rockwell Branch Library on the morning of the event to verify in case of inclement weather. Ages 2-6.
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Tails and Tales Family Yoga | Monday, June 14 at 2pm
Goddard Community Center – Join us and Limitless Yoga Studio for yoga! Fun for the whole family.***Space is limited. Please reserve a ticket on Eventbrite. We will be giving away two copies of the “Grateful Giraffe” by Giselle Shardlow. Bring a yoga mat or towel.
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World’s Largest Swim Lesson | Thursday, June 17 at 10am
Be a part of history! Bring your entire family, friends and neighbors to brush up on your swimming skills while attempting to set a world record and build awareness about the importance of teaching kids to swim. Join Rock River Rapid’s staff in making 2020 the year we reach 300 people with the vital message that SWIMMING LESSONS SAVE LIVES! Registration begins at 9:30am the day of the event with lessons beginning at 10am.
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Yoga in the Art Garden | Saturday, June 19 from 9:00am @Wichita Art Museum
Join guest instructor Kelsea Wright from Limitless Yoga Studio for an all-levels flow class for ages 16 and older. This class provides a great workout, stretching out common problem areas in the body, and connecting your breath to your movements. Admission is free, and no registration is required. Sessions begin prior to the museum’s open hours and will be held in the Paula and Barry Downing Amphitheater with gorgeous views of the Art Garden. Social distancing will be in place for this outdoor activity with a maximum of 75 participants. Please bring your own yoga mat or towel and water bottle. In case of inclement weather, class will not be held.
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Fishing Fridays | Friday, June 25 & Friday, July 16
Meet us on a few Fridays this summer for a morning of fishing. Each Fishing Friday will be at a different body of water around Newton. You bring your own tackle and water bottle, we will provide bait and lunch. Must pre-register for each Fishing Friday. Bring your own fishing tackle and water bottle, let us know at registration if you are in need of a fishing rod. We will provide fishing bait and a lunch of hot dogs & chips. Parents do not need to stay unless you want to.
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Wichita Wild Walks | Saturday, June 26 at 8:00am @Hellers Park
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. This event is FREE, and registration is not required!
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Nature Time for Tots with Wichita Parks and Rec
Ages 3-5. It’s time to nurture nature. Children will connect with nature through stories, crafts, and hands-on activities that allow them to use their senses. Each class is led by a naturalist form the Great Plains Nature Center and will have a different focus, which may include sensory items that can be touched, such as fur, feathers, treats, insects, and worms. To improve the family experience, an adult must also participate. Registration is required.
**Check the Wichita Parks and Rec EVOLVE Guide for locations.
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Mondays at 11am @Great Plains Nature Center – Creature Feature
Every Monday during June & July, we’re putting the spotlight on a new amazing animal! These naturalist-led programs usually last 40 minutes and are for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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Thursdays at 10am @Great Plains Nature Center – Outdoor Play
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.

We have launched our new Summer Playground Playdate series! Meet new moms, explore new playgrounds, get outside to play, and have fun.

Click the link below for more information, as well as RSVP.

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 and Summer Reading Program Events

Critter Tales | Wednesday, June 9 at 10am
Join us on the front lawn of the GPNC for story time! These tales of the wild world around us may be best for age 6 and under, but everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Monkey Tales Storytime with Ms. Anne | Friday, June 11 @10:30am & Friday, June 24 @10:30am
Sing, dance, learn and laugh with Ms. Anne and Monkey during this 30-minute interactive monkey themed storytime for children ages 2-8 years. Anne with Lively Minds Consulting is bringing some tail-swinging fun to the library this summer to celebrate tails and tales! Registration is required.
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Breakfast Book Club for Tweens | Saturday, June 19 @10am
Teens and tweens, 10+ read and discuss ” Because of Winn-Dixie”, by Kate DiCamillo. Meet outside in Military Park, weather permitting, otherwise on Zoom. Contact the Library to sign up.
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McCrae Puppets at Augusta Library | Tuesday, June 15 @10am
Kids of all ages are invited to the Kerry Unrein Stage in Garvin Park to see the McCrae Puppets!  No registration is required, but space is limited. Social distancing and masks are recommended at all library events
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Mad Science with Andover Library | Wednesday, June 23 at 10:00am
Andover Central Park – Join us as we put on the hat of paleontologists, fighter pilots, detectives, and more to investigate TAILS. From comets, dinosaurs, and rockets, TALES are everywhere in our world…and BEYOND!
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Stuffed Animal Sleepover | Thursday, June 24 at 6pm
On Thursday, June 24th at 6 pm, we will be having a Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Please bring a stuffed animal to spend the night at the Library. There will be storytime and a craft. The stuffed animals will stay the night at the library and will available to pick up the next morning. All ages are welcome! Please call the library to sign up.
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Photo Scavenger Hunt with Augusta Library | June 22-30
For the third year in a row, we challenge you: “How well do you know Augusta, Kansas?” All ages can participate and win! Five photos taken around our fair city will be posted on Facebook.  Find the location, and take a photo of that spot.  Bring your photo evidence to the children’s department in the library for a sweet prize!  If you don’t have access to Facebook, there will be printed picture clues available at the library.
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Augusta Library Teen Book Club: “Shiloh | Wednesday, June 23 @6pm
Book will be available for pick up beginning June 9, 2021. Zoom entry information will be available with the book, or you can pick up zoom information at the library desk beginning June 9.  On June 23 will be a discussion of the book via zoom.
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Augusta Library Take-Home Craft: Zoo Maps | Thursday, June 24
Take-home craft kits for elementary-aged kids are available in the library lobby at 10 am.  There is no registration, but supplies are limited and are on a first-come basis.  Some supplies like scissors, crayons,  and glue may be needed from home.
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Blood and Bones: A Dino Dig Murder Mystery | Friday, June 25 @6:30pm
*This is an in-person event at the library. Teens must wear a mask to the event and may remove it only to eat or drink during the allotted meal time*. You are a paleontologist in Argentina excavation of the latest prehistoric discovery, but the dig goes terribly wrong when the lead scientist, Dr. Luis, suddenly disappears. Now everyone is a suspect, and it’s up to you to find out what happened to Dr. Luis, and if you’ll be able to make it out of the site alive! This event includes dinner, an interactive murder mystery experience, a grand prize for the winner, and door prizes for all participants.
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Family Storytime – All about dogs! | Saturday, June 26 @10:30am
Sandy Heinrichs will be here for a fun dog program! She’ll bring one of her dogs to show off some awesome tricks, then your family can make some dog treats to take home to your own furry friends. Healthy families: enjoy free, quality family-time at the Library with rotating themes and guests! Stay tuned for this month’s guest!
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Pantry STEAM | June 16, 30
Let’s make some pantry STEAM! Join us every other week for a video featuring a fun, educational activity that can be done with supplies and ingredients found in the everyday kitchen. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. For grades 3 through 5. This program will be held online via Zoom.
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Mondays

Goddard Public Library
Storytime is offered every Monday at 9:30am in person.
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Tuesdays

Moxi Junction
Enjoy a storytime with coffee at Moxi Junction every Tuesday at 10:30am.
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Derby Public Library
*This weekly event is held IN-PERSON at the library. All teens must wear a mask during the program*. Teens are invited to this weekly program, celebrating various tails and tales! Each week features a craft, interactive game, and a prepackaged take-home snack.!
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Mulvane Public Library
Kids! Join us at the Library on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am to practice your reading skills with Barney the dog. He can’t wait to listen and snuggle up with you!
And join the summer story times. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and join Miss Victoria for stories, songs, and fun out on the back lawn. This story time is geared to children ages 4-6. We will do story time outside, weather permitting. If it is raining or soggy out, we will do story time on Facebook Live.
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Wichita Public Library
Children ages 3-5 will love our virtual Preschool Storytime, which incorporates singing, dancing, and stories. Register once and get access all summer to this program series.
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Wednesdays

Bradford Memorial Library
Every Wednesday from 2-4pm, join the library for STEAM K-5 time.
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Derby Public Library
Every Wednesday at 10am is in-person Preschool Storytime. This will be in-person at 10 and 11:15.
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Mulvane Public Library
All Wednesday programs will be held in the park, just East of the Library, unless there is inclement weather, in which case the programs will be broadcasted on the Library’s Facebook page. There will be a 9:30am show and an 11:00am show, both open to the public. We encourage families to bring blankets to sit on during the performances.
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Valley Center Public Library
Every Wednesday at 10am, Valley Center library hosts a  story time behind the Community Center.
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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 page. Discover new natural children’s books and learn a thing or two about our world.
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Wichita Public Library
Children aged 2 and under will love our virtual Nursery Rhyme Time, which incorporates singing, dancing, and simple stories. Caregivers will learn tips to encourage their child’s language skills. Register once and get access all summer to this program series.
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Thursdays

Augusta Public Library
Every Thursday at 10am at Castle Park.
Preschoolers can join Ms. Mary for stories, puppets, songs, and dancing at Castle Park near the Splash Pad. Siblings of preschoolers are also welcome. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, and a snack or drink for your own child.  A take-home preschool craft will be available.  Social distancing and masks are recommended at all library programs. Filming of storytime for publication on our websites and advertising may take place.
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Botanica Gardens
Every Thursday at 10:30 in Botanica Gardens, join the Books & Blooms Program – this is free after price of admission. Join us this season for a “buggy” storytime in the gardens! Each Thursday during our Big Bugs at Botanica exhibit, enjoy a storytime paired with one of our new animatronic critter friends.
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Bradford Public Library
They have online reading challenges. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday is an online Preschool Story story time.
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Derby Public Library
Every Thursday from 10-11:30. Come-and-go open house style! Join us for weekly troop meetings of the Library Explorers! We’ll have games, crafts, activities, and snacks-to-go. Earn weekly badges that can be redeemed for prizes and an entry for a grand prize!
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Fridays

Bradford Public Library
They have online reading challenges. Every Friday is a Preschool Storytime.
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Derby Public Library
Every Friday at 10am is a Toddler Time Storytime. These will be in person.
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Mulvane Public Library
Join us in the park for outdoor story time at 10:30am! Bring a blanket or chairs for your family to use while we sing, tell stories, and dance in our spots! These story times are weather permitting, so if it is below 50 degrees or raining, we will cancel in person and have a virtual story time on Facebook Live. Stay after story time for an outdoor Mommy Mixer! The kids can play in the park with some outdoor toys and you can enjoy socializing with other caregivers and some coffee from Jane’s Landing! Story time geared for ages 3 and under and their care-givers.
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Saturdays

Barnes & Noble Bradley Fair
Join B&N’s National Facebook page at 11am on Saturdays for a virtual storytime.
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