Keeping your little ones entertained can sometimes prove to be a challenge. They are either running all over the place with their short attention spans, or they are not old enough to enjoy certain activities. Thankfully, Wichita has some wonderful activities for the two and under crowd!
All Around the ICT
Libraries: The libraries in Wichita are a fabulous place for little kids! Each has their own unique children activities from story times to craft events. Check out the library close to you to find events or read through WMB’s Ultimate guide to Story Times in Wichita.
Splash Pads: When the weather is hot, splash pads are the perfect place for your two and under tot to cool off. Check out WMB’s guide to Splash Parks and Fountains around town.
YMCA: The YMCAs in Wichita are top notch. Some have open gymnastic times while other have make and take craft sessions. During the summer, all of the YMCA water parks have Toddler Time. This is the best. All of the sprayers and waves are off, and you and your littles can enjoy splashing around all summer!
Aviate: A great place for you and your waddler to bounce around! Aviate offers Junior Flight, Monday-Friday mornings from 10am – 2pm Each hour flight is only $5 per child, and one accompanying adult jumps FREE! My toddler those bouncing, while my year old loves building with the foam blocks.
Great Plains Nature Center: The Nature Center is a hidden gem of activities for young children! Not only does it have beautiful walking trails (they will love feeding the ducks and fish!) and an indoor habitat hall, it offers weekly children’s programs including Naturally Crafty (Tuesday 10am-noon), Story Time (Wednesdays, 11am), and Little Nature Lovers (Thursdays 9:30-10:30).
Jumpy Jump Land: With two east-side locations (Andover and Bel Aire), Jumpy Jump Land offers indoor bouncing fun! They have jump castles for different ages/levels of jumpers. My toddler loves the obstacle course, while my year old enjoyed the smaller, “play pen” castle. Check their calendar for open jump times- just $5 per child!
My Gym: My Gym has developed an extraordinary program and facility devised to help children 6 weeks thru 10 years of age develop physically, cognitively and emotionally. Our oldest started at My Gym around 14 months and it was a great place for him to help develop his fine and gross motor skills.
Music Together of Wichita: I can’t say enough wonderful things about these classes! Bring harmony home with Music Together classes! Music Together brings together music and movement class for children from birth to five years old. You and your child will create music and ‘be’ the music together!
Blue Baboon Books: Blue Baboon Books is Wichita’s only bookstore specializing in children’s and young adult books. With both a mobile and online presence, Blue Baboon Books is everywhere you need it to be. A new brick and mortar store is opening March 27! The store will offer story time every Wednesday and Friday at 10:30.
Buffalo Park: A park and fountain for you and your children to splash around!
Moxi Junction: The perfect place to grab a cup of coffee with a girlfriend and bring the littles! MOXI Junction is a coffeehouse, bakery and art gallery that employs and trains special needs adults and teens. Join them for Story Time every Tuesday and Wednesdays at 10:30.
Sedgwick County Park- Boundless Playground: This playground is the only facility of its kind in the area where kids and parents of all abilities can play together. Its rubber surface is the perfect for babies who aren’t 100% steady on their feet. There are ramps, oodles of different swings, and a special toddler playground.
Sedgwick County Zoo: Wichita is blessed with our zoo. Truly a gem! I started taking my kids there when my oldest was 6 months old, and the second one started tagging along at 5 weeks! Large walking areas, air conditioned areas (perfect for a quick break from the ICT summers!) giraffe feeding, and the ability to bring in my own lunch! They also have a nice nursing area for mommas and their little ones. Check out Zoo Fun Under One!
Sunshine Family Yoga: Offering a nurturing community and wisdom sharing for pregnancy, birthing and parenting. Sunshine Family Yoga offers fun and family focused classes for littles from 4 weeks to 7 years, including a postnatal mom and baby classes.
Tanganyika Wildlife Park: Smaller than the SCZ (read: less walking!) with opportunities to feed the animals! Children 2 & under are FREE.
Urban Air: A great place for you and your waddler to bounce around! Urban Airs offers Jumperoo Toddler Jump, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 10am-12pm.
Botanica: There is more to Botanica than just their gorgeous flowers. Step into the Downing Children’s Garden for a magical time with your child. My toddler loves helping water the plants in the watering area, and playing the musical instruments in Granddaddy’s musical maze. My one year old loves splashing in the fountain on Sunflower Plaza. Botanica also has a darling indoor children’s library with story time and cafe for adults! Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a beautiful day outside!
Exploration Place: Though much of Exploration Place is geared to the older learners, the Kids Kansas Connect is the perfect spot for the littles! Exhibits include a farmers market, fixing a tractor, silo slide, garden, and much more. There is even a padded, enclosed area for the tiniest of explorers.
Music Together Riverside: Bring harmony home with Music Together classes! Music Together brings together music and movement class for children from birth to five years old. You and your child will create music and ‘be’ the music together!
OJ Watson Park: A great place to spend a day outside! The park includes miniature train ride , pony rides, miniature golf, sand volleyball courts, a campfire circle, three playgrounds, and a lake for fishing and pedal boats.
Where is your favorite spot in town for your little one to explore?
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