December 16, 2012

Give the gift of local entertainment

Christmas is coming quickly, and if your list includes a few hard-to-buy-for names, we have a few easy ideas.

Christmas is coming quickly, and if your list includes a few hard-to-buy-for names, we have a few easy ideas.

Why not give them the gift of local entertainment?

Many of Wichita’s entertainment venues will sell gift certificates good for fun and unique experiences throughout the year.

Following are a few ideas for where to start shopping:

Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd., 316-660-0600: The science museum offers a wide variety of membership levels starting at $50. Members get discounts at the Explore Store, admission to exclusive member nights to see new exhibits and dome films such as the Pink Floyd laser show. Another option: Give the gift of a ticket to the “Death by Chocolate” event, a fundraiser scheduled for April 13 that includes chocolate and drinks from local vendors and restaurants, live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $80. For more information, visit www.exploration.org.

Kansas Aviation Museum, 3350 S. George Washington Blvd., 316-683-0573: The aviation museum offers a wide variety of membership options, including a $40 membership that includes one year of free admission and 10 percent off all store purchases. Membership advantages increase as the level of membership increases. For more information, visit www.kansasaviationmuseum.org.

Museum of World Treasures, 835 E. First St., 316-263-1311: Yearlong memberships start at $43 and include invitations to events, discounts on educational programs, a subscription to the “Treasure Times” newsletter, guest passes and a 15 percent discount on store purchases. For more information, visit www.worldtreasures.org.

Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., 316-268-4980: Passes, gift certificates and memberships are available for purchase at Wichita Art Museum. Membership benefits include free admission for a year, subscription to the member magazine and invitations to exhibition previews. Discounts on educational programs and 10 percent off the museum store and cafe are included as well. Visit www.wichitaartmuseum.org for more information.

Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd., 316-219-1871: For $30, a yearlong membership to can be purchased to Old Cowtown. Memberships are $40 for an individual, $20 for a student and $65-$94 for a household and include free admission for the year, unlimited visits to signature special events, Old Cowtown Chronicle Newsletter, and 10 percent off at S.G. Bastian & Sons Mercantile and Diamond W Chuckwagon Supper. For more information, visit www.oldcowtown.org.

Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, 15231 SW Parallel St., Benton, 316-778-2121: Prairie Rose has gift certificates available that can be used at any of its events or dinners. For more information, visit www.prairierosechuckwagon.com.

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, 1100 N. Plum St., Hutchinson, 620-662-2305: A basic membership at the Cosmosphere starts at $45 and includes free admission for a year, invitations to special events, a 10 percent discount on most educational programs as well as at the Cargo Bay gift store, and more. Details are available at www.cosmo.org.

Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd., 316-660-9453: The zoo has several options for gifts, including a hippopotamus for Christmas. With the zoo’s current holiday promotion, available for $40, a person can become a Zoo Pal for a year and will receive a pewter hippo ornament, a “hippo report,” plus a certificate certifying that the person contributed to upkeep for the hippo. The zoo also has various levels of memberships available. An individual membership for $84.50 includes free admission for a year and one guest per visit, discounts to special events, 50 percent off admission at more than 100 other zoos, a calendar and more. Visit www.scz.org for more information.

Tanganyika Wildlife Park, 1000 S. Hawkins Lane., Goddard, 316-794-8954: Tanganyika has many levels of membership available for purchase. Starting at $30, membership benefits include free admission for a year, 10 percent off the gift shop and concessions, a 5 percent discount at events and more. Tanganyika also offers several unique gift ideas, including certificates good for a chance to swim with penguins or dine with giraffes. The giraffe package costs $35 a person and requires a group of at least 10 people. For more information, visit www.twpark.com.

The Warren Theatres, four Wichita locations: Three of Wichita’s Warren Theatres – the west-side, east-side and Old Town locations – have gift cards available in $10 increments. Or for $350, shoppers can get 50 tickets – a savings of $3 a ticket. The Palace Theater also has a bulk ticket deal where shoppers can buy 100 tickets for $250, a savings of 50 cents per ticket. For more information on movie deals, visit www.warrentheatres.com.

Laser Quest, 2120 N. Woodlawn, 316-652-9500: Laser Quest has gift certificates and memberships available for purchase. Memberships start at $25 and include access to Players Club events, the chance to participate in the North America Challenge, a coupon book that’s worth $80. For information, visit www.laserquest.com.

Wichita Ice Center, 505 W. Maple, 316-337-9199: Wichita Ice has a wide variety of classes, skating sessions, leagues and more that can be paid for with gift cards. The gift cards can also be used in the Pro Shop. For more information, visit www.wichitaicecenter.com.

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