When my family first moved back to Wichita last spring, we were living with my parents while we waited to close on our home. With two energetic boys under the age of 4 years old, I was constantly searching for something to keep us all sane without going broke. I found going to different parks was the perfect way for my boys to play and for me to have a moment to breathe in fresh air and relax…well, as much as you can with kids. As we embarked on the Tour de Parks, I was impressed by the quality of parks Wichita had to offer. I found 5 parks that I love, and all for varying reasons.
One of my favorite parks because it has a baby swing, which oddly enough is hard to find at most parks. There is a large playground area with slides of varying heights, swings, sand pit, toddler ride-ons, a climbing dome, and small zip line. Don’t forget to bring along a stroller, bike, or scooter for your kiddos, because this park is surrounded by a beautiful walking trail. My boys loved scootering around the pond while I walked our dog Bella. We have also spotted a variety of ducks and birds while walking. For a more adventurous time, this park also allows fishing. We haven’t tried yet, that is on my list of “Things My Husband Can Do With the Boys.” Not a big fan of fish, or worms, or giving a two year old anything with a hook.
This park is amazing. I feel like calling it a park doesn’t do it justice, it’s more of a mini outdoor fair (minus the awesome fried fair food). Seriously this park has everything including: three playgrounds, miniature train rides, fishing, pony rides, and volleyball courts. This park has something that the whole family is sure to love.
The mecca of all parks. I remember this park from when I was a kid, not so long ago, or so I like to think. My favorite detail about this park is that it is surrounded by a padded ground which makes it extra safe for toddlers. I also love that it has a plethora of trees (which can be a rarity in Kansas) and walking trails. This park is also perfect for picnics.
This park is a great park if you have kids of varying ages. There is a children’s playground that my boys love because it is surrounded by sand, which is fun, until your four year old buries his favorite hot wheel and you spend half your day digging for it. Bonus: There are also tennis courts and a skate park that your oh so cool teens can enjoy as well.
Aka “the blue park” as my boys like to call it. This park is great for varying ages, which I love. There is also a walking path that is great for bikes, strollers, and scooters alike. My favorite part is the covered gazebo area with picnic tables, which makes bringing along lunches and snacks ideal.
Whether you have an hour or an afternoon, going to the park is a great way to spend time with your family and get some much needed Vitamin D. Regardless of what part of town you live in, there is sure to be a park nearby for you and your littles to explore.