Things To Do With Kids in Wichita

Wichita started as a trading post on the Chisholm Trail in the 1860s. By 1887 it was America’s fastest growing city and later became the aircraft manufacturing hub of the world. In Wichita, the Midwest meets the Wild West making for unique activities and cultural traditions. Find deals on things to do in with kids near you in the categories below.

Pizza Hut wasn’t the only infamous fast food restaurant founded in Wichita. The first White Castle restaurant was also established here. Take a tour of the building or try more fun kids activities near you:

  • See the latest blockbuster at a Warren Theater
  • Or watch an older film at The Orpheum, where classic kids movies are available too
  • Shop at the Towne East Square Mall and stop at the play center outside of Sears
  • Enjoy an outdoor movie showing at the Starlite Drive-In
  • Catch a Wichita Wingnuts baseball game

Book an affordable group tour at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum with Groupon’s bundle ticket package where you can show the kids technology from your childhood and earlier in the Child’s World exhibit. For more sightseeing and free things to do in Wichita with kids, try the following:

  • Old Cowtown Museum
  • Wichita Ice Center has $2 skating admission on Tuesdays and Thursdays or score a family package any day of the week
  • Wichita Toy Train Club & Museum - family model train museum is free for kids 12 and younger or 5 bucks for adults
  • Enjoy free storytime for kids on Tuesday mornings at Moxie Junction or on Saturdays at 11am at Barnes and Noble
  • Save on attractions at All Star Adventures amusement park

Wichita WATER Center is open to the public Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays featuring hands-on activities and other fun things to do with kids in Wichita. The center also hosts free story time Tuesday mornings for younger kids.

  • Save on kids bow rentals at Diamond Archery
  • Try a walking adventure game at half the cost with 3Quest Challenge or Wacky Walks
  • Visit the Sedgwick County Zoo, go for Tot Tuesdays every fourth Tuesday of the month to enjoy a free half-hour educational program
  • Sign up for activities or day camps at The Greater Wichita YMCA
  • Michaels hosts Kids Club activities on Saturdays from 10 to noon for just $2 a project

Wichita has several kid-friendly tours for groups including the Operation City Quest scavenger hunt and the infamous Wichita Food Tours. Book the following group activities ahead of time to ensure availability:

  • Score discounted rounds of laser tag at Laser Quest in Crestview Heights
  • Go on an Operation City Quest scavenger hunt
  • Check out the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit, known as the Riverside Park Zoo to locals
  • Carousel Skate Center is a throwback for parents and a few hours of unforgettable fun for the kids
  • Book a historic tour of downtown or try Wichita Food Tours

In Wichita, educational entertainment doesn’t stop at museums. Browse deals on other educational things to do in Wichita like popular attractions and kids classes:

  • Explore exhibits, watch films, see live shows, and more at the Exploration Place, Wichita’s local science center
  • Sign up for self-defense classes at Kid Guard Karate
  • See dinosaur specimens, mummies, and more at the Museum of World Treasures
  • Check out Art Start, an interactive art program for kids 3 to 5 on Tuesdays at the Wichita Art Museum
  • Learn about the history of the railroad at the Great Plains Transportation Museum

Stimulate your crafty side in painting, pottery, or other kids art classes in Wichita. For creative and performing arts classes near you, try the following:

  • Buy bow making classes or book a Dolly & Me craft party at Annique’s Nook
  • Score discounted recording sessions at Pauly’s Productions
  • Sign up for guitar or electric bass lessons at Midwest Drum & Percussion
  • Schedule at-home music lessons with an instructor at Accent Studio
  • Join in on a participatory show at Wichita Children’s Theater and Dance Center

From play centers and indoor amusement parks to public libraries, Wichita is full of fun things to do inside. Explore our collection of indoor entertainment, games and activities for kids below:

  • Get half off Glowgolf at the Towne East Square
  • Test your competitive side at the indoor foam dart battlefield in Dart Warz
  • Save on skate admission and rentals for two or four at Roller City in Southwest Wichita
  • Jump around at one of Wichita’s three trampoline parks: Aviate, Urban Air Trampoline Park, or Get Air
  • The city is also home to eight public libraries for your book perusing pleasure that offer story times, reading programs, and more