Wichita Summer Bucket List

With so many things to do on our Wichita Summer Bucket List, it is positively impossible to be bored with over 100 of our favorite ideas for every budget, interest, and age. You may even see a few favorite repeats from the last couple of years. (Please note to check each event/business website for the most up to date information.)

Backyard Specialists , the one stop shop for all backyard recreational needs including play sets, trampolines and basketball goals, is the first hidden gem to highlight on our bucket list, and we want to thank them for partnering with us again this year to create this guide. Pack a picnic lunch and bring the kids to play Thursdays anytime from 10:00-5:00 at Backyard Specialists for free-play on the playsets, trampolines, and basketball court for only $2 per child. And check out their summer bash on June 12th from 6-7:30 pm! 

Now let’s get started, and be sure to follow along all summer long! And show us YOUR summer adventures by using the hashtag:

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FAMILY FUN

THE LITTLES

THE BIGS

ICT LOVE

ICT EATS & DRINKS

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

FESTIVALS & CONCERTS

LEARNING & CULTURE

SPORTS & FITNESS

DATE NIGHT

HOMEBODIES


Wichita Summer Fun for the Whole Family

  • Enjoy $2 pay to play at Backyard Specialists on Thursdays from 10:00 – 5:00
  • Kick off summer at the Backyard Specialists Summer Bash with snow cones and open play on the play sets, trampolines, and basketball courts on June 12, 6 – 7:30 pm
  • Have a delightful morning at the Bramble Cafe at Elderslie Farm, with a kick off berry blossom celebration May 12th, beer and mimosas after 11, kids games on the lawn, cookie hunt int he bramble, and more 
  • Take Flight at the butterfly festival at Botanica, June 4th from 1-5 pm
  • Enjoy an animal encounter by feeding the lemurs and checking out the pygmy hippos and more at Tanganyika
  • Pack up the car and head out for a family-friendly day trip from Wichita or a weekend getaway to OKC
  • Dance and sing “Under the Sea” and check out this year’s performance of The Little Mermaid with Music Theatre Wichita
  • Or take a quick day trip to Topeka (who knew our state’s capital was such a hidden gem?) 
  • Create family art masterpiece at a Friday evening workshop at Monart School of Art
  • Bring a lawn chair and set up for this year’s Riverfest Sundown Parade on June 1st
  • Take the fam to one of Wichita Children’s Theater Picnic Theater lunch matinee or dinner shows, Pinkalicious – June 14-16, How I Became a Pirate – June 28-30, and Pinocchio – July 12-14
  • Pack a picnic dinner and take a walk down by the Keeper of the Plains and then stick around to watch the magic of the 15 minute Ring of Fire at 9 pm
  • Get out of the house and burn some energy at family game night at Dart Warz
  • Ride the Q-Line, Wichita’s Downtown Trolley service, running from noon – 6 pm on Saturdays, and hop off at one of your favorite shops or restaurants
  • Ride a pony, put your muscles to use on a paddleboat, or play a round of mini golf at OJ Watson Park
  • Cool down and celebrate Wichita Art Museum‘s birthday at their ice cream social on July 21st
  • Bring a blanket and lawn chair and catch an outdoor movie for Exploration Place’s new Riverflix series (limited seating for this FREE event)
  • Step back in time and enjoy a wagon ride or try a sarsparilla drink at Old Cowtown Museum, FREE on Sundays from April – October
  • Go on a hunt for the Wichita Troll (and let us know if you find him!)
  • Get into the spirit of friendly competition with Botanica’s Family Game Night on $3 Thursdays from 5:30-7:00 pm in June and July
  • Head to Stearman for dinner on the patio, and watch the planes, play on the playground, and listen to live music while you wait
  • Catch $1 Summer Movie Express at the West Warren, 10 am on Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Wichita Summer Fun for the Littles:


Wichita Summer Fun for the Bigs (School Age Kids and Beyond):


Wichita Summer ICT Love:


Wichita Summer ICT Eats:


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Wichita Summer Festivals and Concerts: 

  • Enjoy the gardens while you wine, dine, and listen to a live band at Botanica’s
    Tuesdays on the Terrace
    . (Every third Tuesday, June – September from 6-8 pm)
  • The lineup for this year’s Wichita River Fest is better than ever, June 1st – June 9th
  • Experience the ultimate concert weekend at the very first Dam Music Festival at El Dorado Lake, July 27-28
  • Held in a rustic log cabin, with one row balcony seating, enjoy an afternoon or evening concert at Prairie Pines for Chamber Music at The BARN
  • Grab your lawn chairs and enjoy the summer KEYN Concert Series at the Wichita Waterwalk
  • Splurge on tickets to the breathtaking Symphony in the Flint Hills on June 9th
  • Check out the incredible live entertainment that is the Drums Across Kansas show in El Dorado, July 16th
  • Take a break for the free Summer Concert Series at Bradley Fair on Thursdays in June. 
  • Take in the beautiful botanical scenery at a summer concert at Bartlett Arboretum
  • Enjoy the last bit of summer with a parade, rodeo, and carnival at the Mulvane Old Settlers, a tradition for over 144 years!
  • Spend the weekend at Frontier Western Days, the ultimate rodeo with a parade, concerts, food trucks, and cowboy church in El Dorado

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Wichita Summer Sports and Fitness:


Wichita Summer Date Night (or Date Day): 

  • Take a night off and enjoy a Brush Lettering workshop or a Final Friday with Love of Character 
  • Take a walk on the WSU campus and visit the Ulrich Museum of Art (which is completely FREE to the public)
  • Have the kids spend the night with grandma and grandpa and spend the morning at one of these 7 spots to watch Wichita sunsets
  • Check out the College Hill Frank Lloyd Wright’s (named the greatest architect of all time) Allen House with a guided tour
  • Hit the town and enjoy a show at Music Theater Wichita, like Sister Act or Guys and Dolls
  • Enjoy smooth jazz with a beautiful outdoor view at a Bradley Fair Jazz Concert 
  • Tour a local vineyard and enjoy wine tastings at one of the Kansas Wineries in the Wichita Area
  • Pack up the car with blankets and lawn chairs, grab some caffeine and watch 3 feature films at the Starlite Drive-In Theater
  • Stroll down by the river and stop by Wichita’s version of the infamous Bellagio Fountains in Vegas at Fountains at WaterWalk, where you will see a “dancing fountain” light and music show
  • Spend the evening painting the town at an adult class with Paint the Towne
  • Stargaze and spend the evening watching a meteor shower
  • Catch a family-friendly classic in a historic theater setting at The Orpheum
  • Or do one of these 200+ unique things to do for every budget for an out of the box date night in Wichita

Wichita Summer Homebodies:

  • Host a cookout with friends
  • Make homemade popcicles (keep it healthy with juice from Songbird Juice Co.!)
  • Build a garden bed and grow a vegetable garden
  • Host a splash party with a water fight
  • Roast marshmallows for s’mores
  • Camp out in your backyard
  • Make summer treats and deliver them to your neighbors
  • Host an outdoor movie party
  • Have a lemonade stand
  • Build a fort in your living room
  • Have a backyard picnic
  • Spend the evening catching fireflies
  • Let the kids cover themselves in shaving cream in the backyard then hose them off
  • Buy a sandbox, add a little water and let them make real sand castles
  • Arrange weekly letters with a friend (kids love getting mail and writing real letters is good for the soul)
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One Response to Wichita Summer Bucket List

  1. Nancy May 11, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

    The Doc Sunback Film Festival is a fun, inexpensive festival June 21st – June 24th. We’d love to invite everyone down for this event.

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