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Events will keep kids busy over spring break

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 2:31 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 3:10 p.m.

The kids are out of school for a week and jumping for joy.

The parents, on the other hand …

Following are a few ideas for how to keep your children busy during spring break.

• The Museum of World Treasures, 835 E. First St.: Spring break for this local museum will be “A Week of Heroes.” Attendees will learn about local, national and world heroes throughout history and can meet local veterans, McConnell airmen, police and firefighters. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, the police will have their K9 dogs and mounted units at the museum, and the fire department will bring a firetruck to tour. And at 6 p.m. Thursday, bestselling author Jenna Blum will talk about her research on World War II, and several World War II veterans will be present to answer questions. Throughout the week, the museum also will offer crafts, fossil hunting and more. The museum’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $8.95, $7.95 for seniors, $6.95 ages 4-12, children under 4 free. For more information, call 316-263-1311.

• Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd.: Not only will the children’s museum add Monday hours starting next week, but it also will offer several activities throughout spring break. Kids in kindergarten through eighth grade can take advantage of workshops that last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The sessions are $35 per session, $30 for members. The museum also will offer various medieval activities throughout the week. Attendees can take advantage of the Animation Traveling Exhibit or “Experience the Aurora” in the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium.

For exact program times and admission prices, visit exploration.org. The museum’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

• Kansas Aviation Museum, 3350 S. George Washington Blvd.: The center’s new Boeing Science, Math and History Learning Center officially opens Saturday and will feature simulators, a mock control tower, educational software, a play area and free Wi-Fi. The center will be dedicated at 3 p.m., and Mayor Carl Brewer will be present. The museum will discount its memberships by $10 on Saturday — from $65 to $55. Hours for the museum and the learning center will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $8.95 for adults, $6.95 for ages 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and under. For more information, call 316-683-9242.

• Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th St. North: The center is offering a spring break program called “TV Escape.” It offers daily free programs at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through March 22. Attendees will make their own backpacks, learn sponge painting, take nature hikes and more. No registration is required. For more information, visit www.gpnc.org or call 316-683-5499.

• Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd.: The zoo will celebrate spring break with many springy activities throughout the week. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the zoo will shear its sheep to prepare for spring. The zoo also will offer boat rides — usually a weekend-only activity — all week. It will drag out the snow cone machines, as well. Daily admission is $13.95, $11.95 for seniors, $8.95 for children, ages 2 and under free. For more information, call 316-660-9453.

• CityArts, 334 N. Mead: The arts center is offering a week’s worth of creative classes for kids ages 6 to 15 who are on spring break. Among the specialties being taught: drawing, mosaics and bead-making. The classes are either morning or afternoon and cost $25 a child. All supplies are included. For information and reservations, call 316-350-3245 or visit www.wichitaarts.com.

• All-Star Adventures: The east-side go-cart/game/ride emporium at 1010 N. Webb Road has been operating under limited winter hours for the past several months. But during spring break, it will open all its rides, go-carts and bumper cars daily. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 22 and March 23, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 24. Its sister location, All Star Sports at 8333 W. 21st St., is keeping its regular hours during spring break: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. March 22 and March 23 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 24. Both locations are offering a spring break special, $22.99 for three hours of unlimited go-carts, miniature golf and bumper cars at the east-side location or miniature golf, go-carts, laser tag and the climbing wall at the west location. For more information, visit www.allstarwichita.com.

• Wichita Ice Center, 505 Maple: The ice center is expanding its public skating hours during spring break. For information on when the center is open each day, visit www.wichitaicecenter.com and click on “public skating.”

Reach Denise Neil at 316-268-6327 or at dneil@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @deniseneil.

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