School is ending and the days are longer. Check here for summer camp ideas and keep reading for ways to stay busy and have fun this month!
We are thrilled to bring this resource in collaboration with some of our favorite community partners: Botanica and Sedgwick County Zoo! To make planning easy, we are excited to highlight their May events below:
May 5, 10:00 – 2:00pm, General Admission and $3 for members. Tulips, Fairies & Forts is back again this year with games, activities, crafts and, of course…60,000 tulips! Come explore our gardens and visit with our special guest Puddles the Clown. See website for more details!
May 12, 10:00-11:30am, Join us for our Mother’s Day Tea on May 12th from 10-11:30am in the Botanica Pavilion on the Pond. We will be serving Hors D’oeuvres & Hibiscus Tea. Reservations are required and must be made by May 5th. Tickets are $5 for members and $12 for non-members.
May 13, 11:00-5:00, This Mother’s Day, Moms get in for free. All others, general admission or membership prices apply. Moms can enjoy a mimosa, stroll the gardens, eat lunch at our Mother’s Day Cafe, art sale and display, live music… and so much more!
May 18, 6:00-10:00pm, Explore the gardens like never before in the dark. Enjoy a series of hikes to find nocturnal plants and creatures. Join in on a meadow game with your eyes closed! Come hungry as we will be cooking supper over the fire. Experience live music on the garden lawn and Smores at sunset. Be sure to bring camp chairs or a blanket to spread out.
May 31, 6:00pm, Get ready to kick back and enjoy the finer things in life! Stroll our beautiful gardens, and taste Bloody Marys and small bites from local restaurants. Local bars duke it out for the best Bloody Mary in town! Also, enjoy local beer from some of our favorite breweries in town. DJ Carbon will be doing his thing and keeping us all entertained.
Sedgwick County Zoo
May 6, 12:00-5:00pm. You’re invited to a Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Sedgwick County Zoo! Come celebrate with food, music and fun! Exhibitors, authentic Mexican food vendors and live music on the main stage are all part
of the festivities during this exciting celebration. And don’t forget to see your favorite Zoo animals while you’re here! Regular admission applies.
May 13, 8:30am-5:00pm Celebrate the beauty of spring and treat your mom to a visit to the Zoo on her special day! Visit our newest babies and their Zoo moms while enjoying the great family atmosphere! All moms are admitted free when accompanied by a paying child.
May 26, 10:00am-2:00pm Meet the different heritage breeds at the Zoo, discover what it takes to care for them, and all the ways they help us.
May 2018 Events in Wichita
Week:: May 1-5
May 1: May Day! You need a donut and flower craft immediately!
May 1: Bring your preschooler to the Humane Society for a story time and craft.
May 2: You and your child will love a silly Zoo Poo storytime.
May 3: Bike Month kicks off at WAM with a documentary and Pedal-Palooza.
WEEKEND May 4-6:
May 4: Mulvane Public Library is hosting a free outdoor movie – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
May 4-5: The rodeo hits Haysville – yee-haw!
May 5: This is your last chance to experience Tulips, Fairies and Forts this spring.
May 5: Take the short drive to Hutchinson to enjoy the fly-in.
May 5: Windy Kansas is perfect for kite-flying.
May 5: Bring your kids to experience the true Cost of Poverty.
May 5: Get educated on safety for you and your child with Safety First.
May 5: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with live entertainment, food, and fun!
May 5-7: The Signature Theatre will be performing Once Upon a Mattress.
May 6: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the zoo.
May 6: Sipping and shopping galore for all in Peck, Kansas.
May 6: Come to ICT Pop Up Park and paint some Kindness Rocks.
Week:: May 6-12
WEEKEND May 11-13
May 12: Botanica is hosting a Mothers’ Day Tea.
May 13: Moms get in free to the zoo, plus Chris Cakes will be there making pancakes!
May 13: Moms, enjoy a mimosa at Botanica while exploring the gardens.
May 13: Enjoy Motherhood and Mother Nature at the Arboretum.
Week:: May 13-19
May 16: The kids will have the opportunity to learn fishing at Sunflower Ponds.
May 17: Enjoy a simulcast of National Theatre’s Hamlet.
May 17: Parents of young elementary-aged students will love information on How to Raise a Reader.
WEEKEND May 18-20
May 18: Head to the farm for yoga, dinner and fresh air.
May 18: Bring the whole family for a moonlit meadow hike.
May 18: A kid-friendly food truck rally at the fountains with a DJ is a great way to end the workweek.
May 18: Fans of PJ Masks will get the chance to see them Live!
May 19: Enjoy some fresh air and fun at Play Healthy ICT.
May 19: The littles go wild for Wild Kratts Live!
May 20: Go behind the scenes of the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit in Riverside Park.
Week:: May 20-26
WEEKEND May 25-27
May 25: A unique Final Friday experience for your kids – Mermaid Meet and Greet.
May 26: Ride your bike to WAM for bike decorating fun!
May 26: The Children’s Farms are celebrating Heritage Breeds.
May 26: Looking for a unique exercise experience? Try the Insane Inflatable 5k.
May 26: Cowtown is going steampunk for the day.
May 26: Join Wichita Parks and Rec for a magic show at the park.
Week:: May 27-31
May 29: Register for a guided tour of the nature center under the light of a full moon.
May 31: Your toddler can move and groove with others at a Rock and Roll Party.
May 31: Grab your girlfriends for Blooms, Brews, and Bloody Marys with drinks and music.
More events will be added as the month goes on – check back soon!
WMB Neighborhood Group Meet-Ups
Wichita Neighborhood Mom Groups are having all kids of activities in your neighborhood and connecting online to share recommendations and advice. Click here to join your Neighborhood Group, and see below for what’s going on near you this month.
The Central/Downtown Wichita Group is planning a meetup at Miri’s Minis on May 1.
North Wichita/Bel Aire Group will be meeting at Chick-fil-a for storytime on May 10.
Two chances to join your neighbors in Derby/South Wichita: a park playdate on May 10, and a Moms’ Night Out on May 30.
The West Wichita/Goddard/Maize Group will have a playdate on May 16.
Regularly Scheduled Programming
Many local places have recurring events that are great for moms and families, and you can find them here:
- Aviate has Junior Jump Monday through Friday for the younger crowd.
- Botanica has a Garden Storytime every Thursday morning, in the Children’s Library or weather permitting in the gardens.
- Sensory Friendly play at Exploration Place on the second Sunday of every month
- Urban Air has Jumparoo Toddler Jump every Tuesday and Friday.
- Home Depot has a free Kids’ DIY workshop on the first Saturday of every month.
- Family Night at Museum of World Treasures is the first Thursday of the month.
- Every Friday the Kansas Aviation Museum has a special ticket price for families.
- Make ICT has free access to their makerspace every other Monday.
- Kansas Children’s Service League has a support group for Parents of Special Needs Children on the third Monday of every month.
- Moxi Junction hosts story and craft time every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30am.
- Local libraries have story times almost every day: check out our Guide to Wichita Story Times.