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Let’s face it: kids can be expensive. From the Polly Pockets to the Razor Scooters, the cost of toys and activities can add up quickly. So, to all the parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, babysitters and siblings out there, here are some cheap, fun, family friendly activities you can enjoy in Wichita.


Wichita Water Center

Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 1-4:30pm, the Wichita Water Center is a great place to visit with your family. The water center is free, so you can save your money for the next outing. The Wichita Water Center was built to educate the public and encourage interest in groundwater remediation, the process of removing pollutants from a groundwater source. On the second Tuesday of every month at 10am, the Water Center hosts Fish Tales Storytime, geared towards preschool age children, but all are welcome.


Wichita Art Museum

Tuesday – Friday adults are $7, kids age 5-17 are $3 and kids under 5 are free. Admission is free on Saturdays. The Wichita Art Museum also offers educational art activities for children and families. The museum frequently adds new art collections and exhibits, so every visit you could see something new. We highly recommend taking your family to one of their many activities listed here.


Ice skating in Wichita

Wichita Ice Center

No matter what season it is, ice skating is a great family friendly activity that is fairly affordable as well. The Wichita Ice Center is located at 505 W. Maple across from the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. If ice skating is still a little too rich for your blood, they offer $2 skating on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Be sure and wear something warm!


Exploration Place

With plenty of exhibits and activities included, the admission prices for Exploration Place gives you bang for your buck. With activities like mini golf, design build fly, toytopia, big mouth and Kansas in miniature, there are a plethora of things to explore. Most of the exhibits are hands on, so children will stay occupied for hours. Exploration Place is somewhere you won’t regret bringing your family to.


Great Plains Nature Center

Offering activities for kids of all ages, the Great Plains Nature center won’t disappoint. Running in the fall, the GPNC offers a free archery club. Whether you’re the next Robin Hood or you’ve never used a bow and arrow, the GPNC has classes for all skill levels. There are different classes that they offer for families throughout the year, so check out their website here for more information on upcoming activities.