Most folks take their dates to a fancy restaurant or a movie theater, but DWTA Helicopters can lead couples to romance at a less conventional locale: the sky. The FAA- and DOT-certified commercial-aircraft carrier whisks guests upward on intimate flights for two, airborne tours of wintertime’s holiday light displays, and jaunts geared toward aerial photography and videography sessions. Flights launch in 30 minutes or less, and the veteran pilots chart their courses with satellite navigation and tracking systems, rather than just following the biggest and strongest seagull. Those who aspire to become pilots themselves can learn skills at the carrier’s ground school, which prepares them for the FAA pilot exam and welcomes them to the skies with an included discovery flight.
The animal-loving owners of Tanganyika Wildlife Park know that in order to save endangered animals, humans must feel a strong connection to them. It is the park’s mission to foster this connection by putting visitors in close contact with its rare animals. Visitors can gaze at cheetahs and red pandas and feed reticulated giraffes and African spur-thighed tortoises, which are best known for their role in slow-motion Westerns. The park also safeguards endangered animals from extinction by breeding species such as clouded leopards and amur leopards.
Founded in 2006, the ICT Roller Girls field an all-women team of gritty and competitive skaters from Wichita who give local roller-derby fans a chance to celebrate the sport as it continues its nationwide revival. Since its inception, the roller-derby club has grown to more than 30 members, who compete in the South Central Region of the Women's Flat-Track Derby Association.
Although you don't paint local buildings at Paint the Towne, you get to paint pretty much everything else. Each class prompts students to create a different work of art on their canvas, from autumnal pumpkins and skeletons to pastoral landscapes. During BYOB painting events, pupils bring their own food and drinks to enjoy while getting creative.
Raising money and awareness for the Kansas Humane Society, BarkAid showcases finery from local clothiers along with a wealth of other entertainment. After Lomantini the Salon tends to their flowing tresses and makeup needs, 18 models will don garments by three area retailers to strut the runway. While the fashion flaunts onstage, guests can sample appetizers prepped by some of Wichita’s finest restaurants or sip a sophisticated martini from Xclusive Bartending’s most talented mixologists. A silent auction supports other local businesses, allowing bidders to vie for artwork, goods made by the city's artisans and cross-stitching Pomeranians, and services.
Gaslamp Grille & Lounge's expert flame wielders fire up a lunch menu of salads, sandwiches, and pastas within deco-inspired digs. Sink into the Grille’s signature seared tenderloin salad, which layers sliced tenderloin over mixed greens, crispy crostinis, and veggies beneath a canopy of blue-cheese dressing ($12.95), before moseying on toward meatier pastures with the Lamp Burger, a half-pound of port-wine-glazed ground tenderloin bookended by oven-dried tomatoes and an English stilton cheese ($10.95). The pork-belly capellini fuses pork belly with sautéed vegetables in a roasted-red-pepper sauce ($11.95), and the Cubano ($9.95) presses pulled pork, ham, and gruyere cheese in tin foil to seal in the juices and protect them from the invasive brain waves of extraterrestrials.