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Wichita Swimming Pools Open Monday

Wichita Swimming Pools Open Monday, May 29
Unnamed(5)All six swimming pools will be open Monday from 1-5pm.
This summer enjoy an afternoon of swimming at your neighborhood FREE of charge! All patrons with proper swimming attire will be admitted FREE on Swim Day.
Check out pool locations to see when FREE Swim Day takes place by clicking below. We offer affordable access to our swimming pools from daily fees, season passes, and coupon books. Check out options below.
Daily Admission
  • $3 - Children or Adults
  • $15 - Family Rate (8 people - one must be an adult)
Season Passes - Relax and swim all you want! Purchase a season pass that will allow you and your family admission at all City Pools for the season. Passes can be purchased at any City Pool.
  • $210 - Family Pass (4 family members; $40 for each additional person up to 8)
  • $70 - Individual Pass
Coupon Books - One coupon admits one child or adult. Coupons ​can be purchased at any City Pool. Additional discount available on purchase of 10 or more coupon books.
  • $110 - 50 coupons
  • $6​0 - 25 coupons
Swimming Pool Rentals - You can rent a swimming pool for your next party!
Splash Pads Opened For Summer
Wichita Aquatics has opened nine splash pads to date with three more opening by Monday. We have twelve splash pads located throughout Wichita that will be open daily from 10am-8pm.
Fun fact... all splash pads are designed to be water conscious. To start the water fountains at a splash pad, the activator button on site must be pushed. For rules and locations of splash pads visit Wichita.gov/Aquatics or click below.

2023 Asian Night Market at Wichita's River Front Stadium, May 27, 2023

Join the Wichita Asian Association, NAAAP-ICT, Newman Asian Student Association, and WSU Asian Student Conference as we host Wichita’s second annual Asian Night Market!
The Asian Night Market is inspired by the late night bazaars of Asia, where people come together to enjoy the many local eats, drinks, and arts of Asian cuisine, socialize and experience a new night time entertainment that downtown Wichita hasn’t seen. The Asian Night Market aims to unite and empower the community by serving as a platform for showcasing local talent including performers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and fun for all ages.
This is a family friendly event! A full list of this year's vendors will be published in the coming weeks.

Wichita Water Fun: Splash Pads Open + 50% Off Kayaks

Six Splash Pads Opened For Summer
Wichita Aquatics has opened six splash pad today with the support of Wichita Public Works! Locations opened include Buffalo, Edgemoor, Evergreen, Planeview, Riverside, and Harrison Parks!
Our team is working diligently to get the remaining locations opened for the summer. To track their progress visit our website, view the splash pad listing to see its status. All splash pad locations will be open by Monday, May 29.
Introducing Two New Splash Pads
Wichita Park & Recreation now has 12 splash pads throughout the city! The two new splash pads are located in Harrison and Planeview Parks.
  • Harrison Park | 1300 S. Webb
  • Planeview Park | 2819 Fees
Fun fact... all fountains are designed to be water conscious. To start the water fountains at a splash pad, the activator button on site must be pushed.
​No admission fee is required. Children and adults are encouraged to play, but no pets allowed. For hours of operation, rules and locations of splash pads visit Wichita.gov/Aquatics or click below.
Use Promo Code For 50% Off!
Wichita Park & Recreation has partnered with Rent.Fun to offer a self-service ​​kayak equipment rental service. Users scan a QR code on the cage to reserve and pay for a kayak rental for a specific amount of time at that location. All users must be 18+. Available from sunrise to sunset at three locations:
  • OJ Watson Park | 3022 S. McLean Blvd
  • Kellogg Bridge | 605 S. Wichita
  • Riverside Tennis Center | 551 Nims
Between Saturday, May 6 - Friday, May 12 use promo code ParkandRec (case sensitive) to receive 50% off at all locations! For more details click below.

Open Streets ICT Nomar, May 7, 2023

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Sunday, May 7, 12-4pm

21st Street from NoMar Market to Woodland Park

Open Streets ICT - NoMar, a FREE neighborhood community-building event along 21st Street for a day of biking, fun physical activities, music, dancing, and much more! We will be closing one mile of 21st Street to traffic from NoMar Market at Broadway Ave. to Woodland Park, and open the street for biking, walking, running, live music and dancing, entertainment, food, art, yoga, and more. Cruise along the one mile stretch and stop at our activity hubs, participating businesses, food, and street vendors.

Questions? Contact Idalia Loya at [email protected]




Hopping Gnome to open new location May 2

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It seems like just yesterday we were breaking ground on the Gnew Gnome...the time is finally here, and we're so excited to share our new taproom & beer garden with you!

Opening May 2nd, here are some upcoming events to put on your calendar now!

May 2: Gnew Gnome Soft Opening, 3pm

May 4: Beer & Jazz, 6-8pm

May 5: Soft Taco Opening with Gaga's Grub, 4-8pm

May 10: One Million Cups presentation at Groover Labs

May 11: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Wichita Chamber of Commerce

May 13: Open Mother's Day, HBIC & to-go specials

May 19-21: Welcome Gnome Grand Opening & 8th Anniversary Celebration

Hopping Gnome

1719 E. Victor, Wichita, KS. 67214

May Pop Up Food Truck Schedule at Hopping Gnome

Hopping Gnome Brewing - It's the Final Countdown

Unnamed(3)Kansas Craft Beer Week

Drink Kansas Beer, Keep the Glass.

We're kicking off Kansas Craft Beer Week with a keep-the-glass night!

Try any gnome beer in a fresh pint glass in support of our Kansas Craft Brewer's Guild.

Limited quantities available, $10 with beer and take the glass home while they last.

We'll also be tapping the Kansas Collaboration beer, Hops on the Range, and Argentina's Empanadas will be here from 6-8pm!

We hope to see you in the taproom this week to celebrate Kansas Craft Beer, we'll also be at Firkin Fest at River City Brewing on Thursday, cheers!

via www.hoppinggnome.com

First Friday Under the Stars at Old Cowtown Museum

If you're coming to our First Fridays Under the Stars! event this Friday, make sure you don't miss Empire House Players free mini-melodrama at 7pm in Empire House! At 8pm, catch Roscoe and Rose and Boilerplate, also in Empire House, and then at 8:30pm, the River City Renegades at Old Cowtown Museum will perform by the bank. Profanity will be performing off and on all evening, as will Matthew Brown. Join us for what is sure to be an incredibly fun night! Just $7/person, Cowtown members and kids 4 and under get in free! Under the Stars

Wichita Riverfest, June 2-10, 2023

Wichita RiverfestMusical entertainment, family fun, contests, food, and experiences of all kinds come to Wichita for the annual 9-day extravaganza!

The jam-packed, fun-filled event is the largest, longest-running, and most anticipated festival in the region.

The festival features local and national musical entertainment, children’s activities, athletic contests, water activities, performing and visual arts, cultural experiences, and everyone’s favorite, festival food.

The event has been named one of the 100 Best Festival Destinations in the United States by travel and leisure organizations.

Event Schedule

via www.wichitariverfest.com

Old Town Farm & Art Market - Wichita

Old Town Farm and ArtA weekly destination for thousands of area residents and a must-see for visitors to the city.

The Market resides in a setting unique to Wichita. Surrounded by brick-lined streets and native limestone-accented buildings dating back to the 1800s, the Old Town district is often considered the pulse of downtown Wichita.

Open every Saturday April through December 16th
April - October: 8am-1pm
November - December: 10am-2pm
Farm & Art Plaza: 835 E. 1st Street in Old Town

via www.oldtownfarmandartmarket.com

Exploration Place - Wichita

Exploration PlaceThe State’s Premier Science Center

Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center, is Kansas’ premier science center, inspiring a deeper interest in science and technology through creative and fun experiences for all. Exploration Place is a mission-driven 501(c)(3) not-for-profit institution supported by admissions, membership dues, public support, and voluntary contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations.

300 N McLean Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203

(316) 660-0600

via www.exploration.org