There are 2 OK Kids events going on in Wichita on Saturday, May 19.  Join in the fun at one or both locations!  See this link for all the details.

#1.  OK Kids at the Great Plain Nature Center will be an outdoor adventure for all.  Saturday, May 19, 10a-2p!

Your Adventure at GPNC will include:

  • Live animals up close and personal
  • Building a fort
  • Fishing (sign up the day of event)
  • Target shooting
  • Building a bird house or bird feeder
  • Bird watching (win a pair of binoculars!)
  • Orienteering
  • Planting a tree (take home and plant)
  • Make a recycled toy

#2 OK Kids at the OJ Watson Park,  Saturday, May 19, 9a-noon.

Your Adventure at OJ Watson Park will include:

  • Fishing & water safety
  • Volleyball
  • Moon walk
  • Kayaks
  • Train rides, pony rides, mini-golf, pedal boats & concessions for a small fee.

Don’t forget about the Arkansas River Coalition (ARC)’s canoe and kayak event, “get acquainted with paddling,” Thursday August 4 from 5:30-8:30pm. 

Meet and load boats in South Riverside below Bitting Street bridge by Wultz Tennis Center. (ARC_8-4-11_Float_Map)  All equipment provided.  For more information click ARC__float_info.

Waivers must be completed for all participants.  ARC_minor_waiver  ARC_adult_waiver

Save the Date!

The Arkansas River Coalition (ARC) is hosting a “get acquainted with paddling” event on August 4 from 5:30-8:30pm. 

Meet and load boats in South Riverside below Bitting Street bridge by Wultz Tennis Center.

Have you ever paddled on the Ark River?  Have you seen kayakers or canoers and wondered if you and your family would enjoy it?    Well now’s your chance!

The ARC group invites anyone or any family to come out to experience paddling around the Little Arkansas River to see how they like it.  Kayaks (single & tandem) and canoes will be provided.

This month, to celebrate Earth Day and prepare for the River Festival g2g Outside invites all our families down to the River this Saturday, May 7 from 9am-noon to help with the City of Wichita’s River Trash Round Up!

  • Check in and pick up gloves and bags at Lawrence Dumont
  • Wear sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat and insect repellent
  • You may bring tools like rakes or nets for grabbing trash
  • Bring water or something to drink, the water wagon will be there to refill you jugs and bottles
  • Canoeists and kayakers are welcome to bring their boats
  • BE SAFE!

Volunteers get an event t-shirt and are invited to a post-clean up cookout!  Event sponsored by Cargill, Wichita Ducks Unlimited, the City of Wichita and Waste Connections Inc!

Many families take part in this effort every year.  It’s a great way to give back to the community and it’s really fun!  Bring friends and meet even more at this year’s Arkansas River Trash Round Up.  See you there!

Moms, would you like your children to be interested, engaged and comfortable with the outdoors?  Do you wonder if you outdoor skills are up to par?

Well, look no further.  Simply take a few days away and learn all sorts of fun outdoor-skills that will make family outings comfortable, safe, and memorable for your family.  Take the Becoming an Outdoor Woman Workshop May 13-15 at Rock Springs 4-H Center, Junction City, KS

Check out Becoming an Outdoors Woman for more information and to register.  This weekend is an educational opportunity that teaches hands-on outdoor skills to adult women (18 and over) in a safe, supportive atmosphere.  Workshops are designed especially for women who are beginers, so no experience is necessary.  Equipment and instruction are provided.  This is a Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks program.

Classes you can take include:  fishing, tent camping, float tubing, canoeing, wilderness survival, archery, fly tying and fishing, dutch oven and open campfire cooking, leadership, backpacking basics, birdwatching, dyeing with  native plants, hunting, wild game cooking, steam ecology, gun safety, and sports dogs.

If you head out for a family outing, don’t forget to pack a snack along with lots of water!   Snacks help to keep you fueled up and ready to have fun in the sun!  Here are a couple of snacks that are perfect to pack up and enjoy outside.

Chicken Feed 

A Snack to Take on a Hike!


  • 2 cups toasted oat cereal
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup small chocolate candies (such as M&M’s®)

Directions: Remember to Wash Your Hands!

1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir gently.
2. Serve in paper cups or small bags.

Helpful Hints:

Individual bowls of ingredients can be set up, and children can take one spoonful of the ones they want to eat in their cup. They may go through the line again after everyone has been through once.

Power Bites

A backpack snack!


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup oats (quick or old fashioned)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, optional
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins 

Directions: Remember to Wash Your Hands!

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly coat 9×9-inch pan with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, applesauce, egg, vanilla and carrots.
3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
4. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown around edges. Let cool and cut into bars.

Helpful Hints:

Power Bites are low in fat and high in healthy ingredients. There’s
fruit — applesauce and raisins; vegetables — carrots; and whole grains — oatmeal and whole wheat. Individually wrap Power Bites to take on a hike for energy along the way.

Cooking is a math lesson right in the kitchen. How do you measure 3/4 cup carrots? (Use a 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup measure.) Stir flour before spooning into the cup and leveling off for accurate measure. Use a ruler to measure baking dishes to find one that is 9 inches square. This recipe makes 18 bars about 3×2 inches each. How will you cut the bars in the dish? ( Six bars one way by 3 bars the other way will make 18.)

Safety Tip:

Just as important as washing your hands before cooking is cleaning the countertops. The best way to sanitize the kitchen counter is to put 1 teaspoon bleach in a quart spray bottle of water. Spray the counter, wipe with a paper towel and then throw the towel away. Change the water in the spray bottle daily.

Grating carrots is a fun cooking experience for kids, but it can also be a real “knuckle-scraper.” Adult supervision and “how-to” instructions are important for kids.

You can find more Kids a Cooking Recipies at: www.kidsacooking.ksu.edu

On this “Create a Memory Friday”- we will look at some ideas from Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to combat childhood obesity – and this is the description I found on their homepage:


“Let’s Move! has an ambitious but important goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.

Let’s Move will give parents the support they need, provide healthier food in schools, help our kids to be more physically active, and make healthy, affordable food available in every part of our country.”

Today, while perusing their blog, I found a website link that gives some great ideas for making “play time” a family activity: http://www.fns.usda.gov/eatsmartplayhardhealthylifestyle/PlayHard/makefamilytimeanactivetime.htm

Some basic ideas from the list include:

– involve the whole family in outdoor and indoor chores together

-plant a garden together in your backyard (no backyard? join a community garden – there are a couple in wichita!)

-instead of going through the automatic car wash, wash the car at home and let the kids play in the bubbles!

Over Memorial Day weekend, try to get the kids involved in some of your chores – watering the garden, plucking weeds, washing the car, walking the dog – and enjoy the outside! The weather forecast predicts SUNNY & HOT – and is perfect for any type of water activity. As always, please use caution when playing and working in the heat – drink plenty of water and take rest breaks when needed.

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