Places to Go

Wichita Parks & Recreation announce a new program that encourages and rewards residents for visiting public parks. The Park Passport program encourages residents to visit 18 specific local parks. A Park Passport can be picked up at any recreation center, Watson Park or printed at To be eligible to win rewards, participants must:

  • Visit as many of the 18 parks listed on the passport;
  • Locate the Park Passport sign at each park, which ensures a participant is in the right area;
  • Answer the park question on the passport and turn in the passport at any recreation center or Watson Park by September 3.

Three winners – one entry per household – will receive one of three Family Fun Packs donated by Academy Sports & Outdoors. The fun packs include items such as camping equipment and bicycles.


trikeIf you and your family likes to ride bikes, here are a couple of bike-related activities coming up this week.

May 15-Bike to the Ball Park

The Wichita Wingnuts invite bicyclist to the ball park on May 15, 11:05 a.m. Present your helmet and get your tickets for just $3.00 each. If you need advanced tickets call Brian at 264-6887.

May 16-Bike to Botanica

Every Thursday in May is Bike to Botanica Day. Admission is just $3.00 when you visit the Botanical Gardens.

If you and your family like bike riding, here’s an event for you!

What: The ‘OZ’Some Family Bike Fest

When: Saturday, May 18th from 2-5 p.m.

Where: OJ Watson Park

Activities include a 2 p.m. safety event, 3 p.m. rides starting (1, 2, 5, and 25 mile options), and park fun & games from 2-5 p.m.

Here’s the complete flyer if you are interested: Ozsome_Flyer

Zoo LogoOur first g2g event of the year is just around the corner, and for this one you must RSVP! Here’s the details:

What: g2g Visits the Farms at the Sedgwick County Zoogoat

Families will learn about the critically important domestic animals at the Sedgwick County Zoo, and then go to the farms to learn how to care for the animals first hand! Please wear close-toed shoes and bring work gloves if you have them! We will be working with Tunis sheep, Arapawa island goats, Navajo churro sheep, Nigerian dwarf goats, Nankin chickens, and Dominique chickens.

When: Saturday, March 30th from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Where: Meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Cargill Learning Center at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

If you want to visit the rest of the zoo first, you will have to pay admission. There will not be time to visit the rest of the zoo after the activities are over.

How do I sign up? Space is limited, so you must RSVP by Wednesday, March 27th to be able to attend. You must register all adults and children that will be attending! RSVP here:

bagsWe have almost all of our events for 2013 planned! The final details may change, so check back to the blog or Facebook page as the events get closer. Some of these events will require an RSVP, so watch for that as we get closer as well.

March 30, 3:30-5:00 p.m. – g2g at the Zoo (Farm Families program)

May 16, 6-7:30 p.m. – g2g goes Fishing at the Great Plains Nature Center

June 19, 5-6 p.m. – g2g Digs Into Books (near Central Library)

July 6, 10-11:30 a.m. – Icy Dino Dig at Exploration Place

August 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – g2g goes Creeking at the WATER Center

September TBD – Mock Camping at Lake Afton

October 2, 5-6:30 p.m. – g2g at Botanica (visit the Woodland Garden and learn about Tree Foods)

November 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Night Hike at the Great Plains Nature Center

December 14, 3:30-5:00 p.m. – Bird Watching in the Jungle Building at the Zoo

family of four sunset 3Tired of spending Friday nights in front of the TV? Get outside and enjoy the full moon with your friends at the Great Plains Nature Center

Walk with a nature guide on the trails of Chisholm Creek Park.  Enjoy the moon, stars, night air and the creatures that come out at night.  Call a few friends and join the adventure!

For all ages
Friday, December 28, 7 p.m.
FREE, Registration required – Contact Lee Ann at 683-5499 x 106 or


Check out the other great GPNC Programs HERE!

It’s time for Fish Tales Tuesday December 11, 10am-11am

readingpond002Join the WATER Center Staff for a free storytime and nature suprise!

The program is designed for Pre-K aged children, but all are welcome to attend.

bookThis month’s book is “Come Away from the Water Shirley” by John Burningham.  Come ready for Arrrrrg, a Piratey craft .

The WATER Center is located in Herman Hill Park on the corner of Pawnee and Broadway.  You can park in the lot by the playground or behind the WATER Center building.  The building has fountains out front.  Wander up the path towards the fountains and enter the building for storytime.  After storytime you can play in the museum or hike along the streamside paths towards the Arkansas River.

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