The approximately 247-acre wilderness zoo houses more than 2,500 animals from nearly 400 different species, including gorillas, penguins, bears, tigers, and elephants. Stop by the orangutan and chimp habitat, or walk down a seashell-strewn path to the penguin cove, which includes a 52-foot-long underwater viewing area for watching Humboldt penguins glide gracefully through the water in search of sealed Tootsie Rolls. Sedgwick County Zoo's continually evolving exhibits showcase cuddlesome creatures from diverse regions including Asia, Africa, and South America.
The Art Park offers two- to three-day summer classes for potential Picassos from preschool to the preteen years. Sign your child up for a dynamic instructional duo that covers topics including drawing, sculpture, watercolor painting, printmaking, and adorable beret wearing (up to $90 each). Each class pairs technical skill development with high-interest topics, such as the Medieval Times class, in which kids draw kings, queens, knights, and jesters, as well as make a brooch out of recyclable materials (for ages 4–7, scheduled July 25–27 from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.), or the Design and Composition course to learn about historical theories of design such as the golden ratio of ancient Greece (for ages 8–12, scheduled June 13–15 from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 pm.). Each classroom cultivates a safe, noncompetitive environment where kids can take creative risks and produce a final major art project to take home and display above the household tire fire.
The World Series of Comedy brings together a horde of more than 100 humorists from all over the country to compete for laughs and a grand prize of 37 weeks of work at comedy clubs across the nation. The competition gives audience members the pleasure of acting as judge and jury without the moral and legal gray areas of serving as executioner, allowing fans a say in which comics move on to the final showcase (panels composed of comedy bookers have the most influence in the judging process). Pick from 13 shows—three wild-card shows, eight preliminary shows, and two final rounds—each sporting a lineup of eight, 15, or, in the final showdown, three comics toiling for your approval. Call to reserve your tickets.
Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award–winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
A new member to Wichita's Old Town entertainment district, Public at the Brickyard serves up simple yet unique dishes alongside a wide selection of craft beers. Burrowed on the bottom floor of a restored warehouse, the restaurant presents a vast amount of space in which to spread out, complete with thick pillars and exposed-brick walls. Amid Public's uncomplicated decor and clean layout, diners tackle homemade pickles, sliders, and other dishes infused with local ingredients.
Attending to physical, emotional, and spiritual growth, InnerWorks Holistic Health Center works to help harmonize and balance the body using diverse acupuncture techniques, including an emotion-based form known as classical five-element acupuncture. Based on the 5,000-year-old tenets of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture treatments aim to unblock the pathways of qi, or life energy, that course through the meridians in the body and the vacant drug-store parking lots of the soul. Before the first treatment, Dr. Kelsey Klausmeyer conducts one-on-one consultations covering patient health and lifestyle, using the data to diagnose issues from the perspective of oriental medicine. Then, licensed specialists perform acupuncture treatments to address an array of health issues, including pain, stress, chronic fatigue, and digestive problems, seeking to treat both the symptoms and their underlying causes. During each session, fine sterile needles are applied to the body's surface to help unblock stymied qi flow, and patients may sense heaviness or tingling during treatment. Staff members check on patients throughout the one-hour session, furnishing hot packs and playing soothing music that whips around the microscopic wind tunnels created by each safe and sterile pinhead.