5 Spring & Summer Activities for Wichita Preschoolers {and Their Siblings!}

Now that the days are growing longer and the temps are slowly creeping up, mamas have begun to dream about what fun spring, summer and NOT being sick will bring! For those of you needing a few ideas, I’ve made a list of my favorite cabin fever-busting activities for pre-schoolers (and tag-along siblings) right here in Wichita:

Art Start :: Wichita Art Museumwichita preschoolers
This program {Tuesdays at 10am and 1:30pm} is free for kids ages 3-5, and there is a $3 charge for kids 6+. Munchkins under 3 need to be in a stroller or carrier of some sort, and all kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Kids start on the glass bridge while waiting for the class to start. A curator quickly breaks down the behavioral expectations, and they set off through the museum to look at exhibits corresponding with the current month’s theme. The group stops for a storytime/discussion at the end of the tour, and then everyone heads downstairs for craft/project time. Not only are children learning about art, but they learn museum etiquette, too. It’s win-win! Online registration required.

Working Mama Tip :: Admission to WAM is always free on Saturdays, and once a month they host Family ArtVenture – also free!

Garden Sprouts :: Botanicawichita preschoolers
Once a month, Botanica offers this killer art/science/storytime for children ages 3-5. The cost is $9 for non-members and $6 for. Each month has a new theme, which the kids explore through children’s literature, “eco-art”, a yummy snack, and access to the gardens {in warmer months}. Families meet in the Downing Children’s Garden when the weather is nice, and in a conference room indoors if the weather is wet or chilly. This class also runs an hour, but I suggest packing a picnic lunch and spending some time in the gardens afterward; you get more bang for your buck and a guaranteed 2-hour nap once you get home! Reservations are required – call Rene at 316-264-0448 ext. 114 to register your little nature lover.

NEW! Botanica’s new children’s library now offers Sunny Days Storytime on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Ages 2+

NEW! Summers at Botanica are something special, too! Daily drop-in activites for the kids are offered from 10-2 during the months of June, July and August (free with membership or paid admission).

Working Mama Tip :: On Saturdays in March & April, there will be special events in the children’s garden – the event is free with paid admission ($7 adults, $5 kids, Free for members) and includes a bounce house, dress-up, forts, and crafts!

Sedgwick County Park :: Boundless Playground
Our neighborhood playground is the easiest option, but for a change of pace, we love the Boundless Playground at Sedgwick County Park! There are different age-appropriate sections, so little brother {not quite 2} can still have fun while big sister {almost 5} is playing on the “big kid” equipment. There are covered picnic areas for lunching, and there is a lot of sand (and sometimes water) – so don’t wear your church clothes! If you can tear your kids away from the playground, there are fun walking/stroller trails and neat new “photo” feature, too. Find the Memories Park and snap pics of your kids in an old pickup, riding a {stationary} bicycle built for two, or perched atop a giant rocking chair!

Riverside Park and Zoo
Those of us who grew up in Wichita probably spent a lot of time in this downtown park which dates all the way back to the 1880s! Of course, the famous {infamous?} rocket slide is out of commission now, but with the addition of the Celebration Plaza splash park, you won’t hear too many complaints. The wildlife exhibits display 25 species in 8 cages, and are tons of fun for little ones to scout. There are playgrounds, a half-mile walking path, and if you’ve got any spare bread the geese and ducks are always up for a snack! The bathrooms, however, get an F- if you are potty training or in need of a diaper changing station – be prepared to drive to a nearby diner or do a back seat diaper change!

wichita preschoolersTot Tuesdays @ SCZ
Another fun free activity for the Pre-K set is offered at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Pre-registration is NOT required, and while the material is geared toward ages 3-5, siblings of other ages are welcome. Classes meet the 4th Tuesday of each month from 10:30-11:00 a.m. in the Cargill Learning Center. Again, I like to make a lunch date out of it & tour the zoo with my monkeys afterward (a zoo pass is well worth the price tag!). If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, Ewe & Me is a class for 4-5 year-olds lasting 90 minutes and including a zoo walk, storytime, and take-home craft {$8 for members/$10 for non-members}.

Working Mama Tip :: Many other evening & weekend family activities (Sunset Safaris & Pajama Parties) are also offered for a fee – click here for a full schedule!

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