For kids, summer stretches from May to August like a blissful, magical open road. Nothing to do but a whole lot of nothing.
If you’re a parent or caregiver, though, your feelings about summer vacation are probably a little different. Namely, what am I going to do with these kids?
This guide can help.
Organizations and venues around Wichita already are planning camps, classes and other activities to fill those summer days. Regardless of your child’s interests, you’re bound to find something he or she will enjoy.
Browse our annual Summer Activity Guide to find hundreds of options for education and recreation, including activities that focus on the arts, books, nature and science.
Many organizations charge for programs. However, you’ll find some free options and several designed for adults and children to learn and play together. If you’re a member of a local museum or venue, there are even more free options or discounts for you.
But here’s an important note: Some of these summer activities require advance registration, and many have limited class sizes and are booked up before summer begins. If you think your child would like to participate, call for a reservation as early as possible.
If your local organization offers a summer program for kids that isn’t listed here, go to the bottom of the guide and enter your information in the online guide.
Now, get out your calendar and highlighter, sit down with the kids and start planning. Have a great summer.
Location: to be announced
Summer Camp – “An Aesop Adventure”: Half-day camp sessions 9 a.m.-noon for ages 5-8. Students will learn the basics of acting, singing and movement while exploring “Aesop’s Fables.” Session 1: June 9-13; Session 2: July 14-18. Sessions end with a stage show performed by students. Fee: $105.
Summer Camp – “The Phantom Tollbooth, Jr.”: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 21-25. An all-day advanced camp for ages 12-14. Students will work with theater professionals to bring Norton Juster’s beloved children’s book “The Phantom Tollbooth” to song-filled life. Session ends with a stage show performed by students. Fee: $140.
Summer Camp – “Magic Tree House Dinosaurs Before Dark: KIDS”: Half-day camp sessions 1-5 p.m. for ages 9-12. Students will work with theater professionals to rehearse this musical adaptation of Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning book “Magic Tree House Dinosaurs Before Dark.” Session 1: June 9-13; Session 2: July 14-18. Session ends with a stage show performed by students. Fee: $120.
Legacy: Weeklong camps for students enrolling in the sixth, seventh or eighth grades. Campers will explore area museums, cultural exhibits and archives, study people in Kansas history and meet with archivists and curators. Campers will learn the importance of leaving a positive legacy. Sessions meet 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Sessions: June 9-12; June 23-27; July 5-10; July 21-25. Fee: $100. Scholarship opportunities available to those who qualify. Campers will meet at the Saint Mark United Methodist Church Southeast Campus, 856 S. Green.
334 N. Mead
ArtCore: Summer art camp program for ages 6-16. Camps are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Child care available 7:30 a.m.-5:50 p.m. Fee: $150 a week. Each weeklong camp has a unique focus and includes a field trip to a different Wichita location. Coppersmithing, June 2-6; glass, June 9-13; stonecarving, June 16-20; painting, June 23-27; drawing, July 7-11; leathercrafting, July 14-18; digital art, July 21-25; fiber art, July 28-Aug. 1; theater, Aug. 4-8.
Auditions for a Heather Muller Black Box production, “That’s Entertainment,” an original musical revue comprised of memorable songs from the movies. Please bring a prepared musical piece with sheet music. For ages 12 and up. 5 p.m. June 9 at Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center. Performances are July 24-27. Audition is free.
“Little Red Hen,” a Once Upon a Time Production for 2- to 8-year-olds, June 26-27. Admission: $6. Pizza available for an additional $1.50. Performed by adult professional actors.
“The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” a Once Upon a Time Production. Participatory theater for 2- to 8-year-olds, June 12, 13 and 20. Admission: $6. Pizza available for an additional $1.50. Performed by adult professional actors.
“The Three Little Pigs,” a Once Upon a Time Production performed for 2- to 8-year-olds, July 10, 11 and 18. Admission: $6. Pizza available for an additional $1.50. Performed by adult professional actors.
Summer theater and dance classes: Various classes will be offered June 2-Aug. 1. Fees range from $40 to $170. For ages 3-18.
Hot Art for Cool Kids
WAM is offering the following two-hour workshops for ages 6-12 that are designed to stretch the imagination, creativity and inquiry. New themes are offered every two weeks – one week for youths and families, one week for surpervised/organized community youth groups such as day care centers, youth camps or clubs. Parents are encouraged to join the class, but children 8 and older may attend without a parent. Cost is $3 per child. All sessions are 2-4 p.m.
“Glass: We Got Color, We Got Shape, We Got Rhythm”: Explore WAM’s glass collection and the exhibition “Australian Glass Art: American Links” and create a special mosaic in the art studio. June 4 for ages 6-8, June 6 for ages 9-12 and June 11 and 13 for groups.
“Things That Go Bump in the Night”: In celebration of the summer exhibition “Night: Works on Paper” from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the workshop dives into the theme of nighttime and the medium of paper. Explore themes of night, then create a constellation of paint by making marbled paper. June 18 for ages 6-8, June 20 for ages 9-12 and June 25 and 27 for groups.
“Let’s Bust a Move”: Art often is about shapes, sizes and movement. This workshop looks at works of art, both big and small, that get toes tapping and feet moving. The session features a sculpture project. July 2 for ages 6-12 and July 9 and 11 for groups.
“Paint Me Silly”: Participants can explore the different styles of painting and subjects found in the galleries and create their own painting masterpieces. July 16 for ages 6-8, July 18 for ages 9-12 and July 23 and 25 for groups.
650 N. Seneca
Beginning Clay Class: 10 a.m.-noon June 14. Experience art and culture through clay by exploring the basics of working with water-based clay in this workshop taught by local artist Sheila Bazil. Additional details will be available on the website. Fee to be announced.
Beginning Dream Catcher-Making Workshop: 1-3 p.m. May 31. Taught by Michelle Conine. Fee: $10 for Indian Center members; $20 for the public. School-age children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
Beginning Finger Woven Belt Class: 10 a.m.-noon June 21. Learn how to make a Cherokee-style finger-woven belt in this class taught by local artist Betty McGarigle. Fee: $10 for Indian Center members, $20 for nonmembers. School-age children must be accompanied by an adult.
Beginning Shawl Making Class: 1-3 p.m. June 14. Class taught by local artist and elder Sandra Hulsey. Fee: Free for Indian Center members, $20 for nonmembers. School-age children must be accompanied by an adult.
2939 N. Rock Road, Suite 150
“Creativity ... Unleashed”: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. June 18. An array of open-ended crafts materials, including air-dry clay, googly eyes, feathers, pipe cleaners, felt, pom-poms, popsicle sticks, scissors and more will be used. For ages 3 and up. An adult must stay. Fee: $7.
“Design Your Socks Off”: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. July 2. A pair of fun patterned socks and four vibrant permanent fabric markers will be used to create a “coloring book for the feet.” One size fits all. Poly/cotton blend socks stretch to fit. Ages 5 and up. An adult must stay. Fee: $7.
Crowns to color: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. July 23. Create a crown using water-based markers. The reverse will feature colored satin. For ages 4 and up. An adult must stay at the store. Fee: $7.
“Garden Stepping Stones”: Sessions offered every 15 minutes between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 4. Kids will work the stone mixture, then pour it into a mold. They can add stones, handprints and more. For all ages. An adult must stay in the store. Fee: $10.
“Pixel Pops the Hedgehog Way”: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. July 30. Call for information. For ages 7 and up. An adult must stay in the store. Fee: $5.
“Zooming Critter Creations”: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. June 25. Create a fun critter for to take home. For ages 4 and up. An adult must stay in the store. Fee: $7.
“Space-tastic Mosaics”: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. July 16. Using Sticky-It-Easy mosaic pieces, participants will follow a design template to make a colorful, glow-in-the-dark mosaic picture. For ages 7 and up. An adult must stay at the store. Fee: $7.
“Sparkly Sticker Picture”: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. June 11. Design colorful 3D owl or robot picture with Sticky Foam stickers on a preprinted cardboard picture. Layer the sparkly stickers for a 3D effect. For ages 4 and up. An adult must stay at the store. Fee: $5.
Make a plate for Grandparents Day: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Aug. 6. Draw your own design on special paper templates with washable markers. Your completed design will be mailed to you. For ages 3 and up. An adult must stay at the story. Fee: $10.
The Art Park
7230 E. 29th St. North
All Monart Drawing Camps are offered 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Fee is $90 unless otherwise noted.
“Nick Jr.”: June 2-4. Draw your favorite characters. For ages 4 1/2-7.
Digital photography: June 2-4. Learn about filters, cropping and Photoshop as you photograph the beautiful gardens. For ages 8-12.
“Portraits and People”: June 2-4. For the advanced drawer. For ages 12-adult.
Digital photography: June 9-11. Scavenger hunt for color in the gardens at The Art Park. For ages 4 1/2-7.
“Fashion Design”: June 9-11. Learn the basics of fashion design and figure proportions. For ages 8-12.
Duct tape creations: June 9-11. Create a wallet or purse. For ages 7-14.
Sewing and felting: June 9-11. In this beginner sewing class, students will learn hand stitches as well as work on a sewing machine. A pillow ornament and a “quadropus” will be sent home with students on the last day. For ages 7-14.
“Pencil 101”: June 16-18. Learn how to properly apply graphite pencils for three dimensionality and realistic drawing, including shading techniques. Students will draw from magazines, a still life and live animals. For ages 12-adult.
“Under the Sea”: June 16-18. Participants will cut, glue and paint underwater creatures. For ages 3-4.
“African Explorers”: June 16-18. Draw a giraffe, rhino and the king of beasts. For ages 4 1/2-7.
“Art in the Garden”: Draw from life in the gardens at The Art Park. For ages 8-12.
“Animals Are Yucky”: June 23-25. Learn some disgusting facts while you draw. Two sessions offered for ages 4 1/2-7 and 8-12.
“Fashion Design II”: June 23-25. Study and draw styles of the decades. For ages 12-adult.
“Awesome Architecture”: June 30-July 2. Draw the Sydney Opera House, Taj Mahal and St. Basil’s Cathedral. For ages 4 1/2-7.
“Gears and Gadgets”: June 30-July 2. Draw “Star Wars” characters, intergalactic robots and build a junk art recycled robot. For ages 8-12.
“Portraits and People II”: June 30-July 2. Create expressive portraits. For ages 12-adult.
“Christmas in July”: July 7-9. Draw a nutcracker, collage snowman and gingerbread village. For ages 4 1/2-7.
Mixed media: July 7-9. Acrylic, printmaking and watercolor animals. For ages 8-12.
Jewelry making: July 7-9. Design and cast pewter jewelry using a cuttlefish bone. For ages 7-14. Fee: $125.
Zoo animals: July 14-16. For 3-year-olds.
“Cool Girls in Books”: July 14-16. Draw girls from your favorite books. For ages 4 1/2-7.
“The Hobbit”: July 14-16. Draw your favorite characters while learning to use water-soluble graphite sticks. For ages 8-12.
“Draw From Life”: July 14-16. Learn 3D and shading while using acrylics, oil and chalk pastel. For ages 12-adult.
“Backyard Bugs”: July 21-23. Creepy crawlies and a bug lady. For ages 4 1/2-7.
“Man’s Best Friend Goofing Around”: July 21-23. Draw dogs doing hilarious things. For ages 8-12.
Sewing and felting II: July 21-23. Make a shabby-chic bag. For ages 7-14.
“Dino Days”: July 28-30. Draw and learn what daily life was like for the ancient reptiles. Ages 4 1/2-7.
“The Ancient World”: July 28-30. If you are a history buff, this is for you. For ages 8-12.
“Fun With Perspective”: July 28-30. Acquire new skills as you learn about one- and two-point perspective. For ages 12-adult.
“Mini Man Camp” Aug. 4-6. Learn how to use hand and power tools like a jigsaw to make a puzzle to take home. Two sessions for ages 4 1/2-7 and 8-12. Fee: $125.
“Truck Town”: Aug. 11-13. Draw Jack and friends from the Jon Scieszka book. For ages 4 1/2-7.
“Discover Mexico”: Aug. 11-13. Explore the Day of the Dead, make tin art and a clay Aztec sun. For ages 8-12.
Design and composition: Aug. 11-13. Learn how the history of design applies today. For ages 12-adult.
Fabric arts: Aug. 11-13. For ages 7-14.
12345 E. 21st St. North
Voice or piano lessons: Spend the summer taking voice or piano lessons from Michelle Henderson, head of Trinity’s vocal music program. By appointment. Cost: $70 per month, which includes four 30-minute sessions. For grades K-adult.
4235 W. Central
Lessons: The academy offers piano, keyboard, guitar, voice, bass, ukulele, violin, viola and saxophone lessons in a fun, safe environment. Instruments available. Lessons available throughout the summer. $84 per month. For ages 5 and older.
407 Osage, Derby
Summer music: For ages newborn-5. Taught by licensed Kindermusik instructor Elaine Short. June and July. Prices vary for each class.
546 N. Andover Road
Summer music camps: June 9-July 25. Each camp lasts two weeks and meets four days a week for one hour. Classes offered in guitar, voice, strings, rock jam, stomp and smash percussion, percussion speed and agility, jazz combo, preschool piano and rhythm, flute, clarinet, sax, trumpet and trombone. For ages 3-18. $99 per camp.
2111 North Maize Road
Open Gym: Wednesdays 7:30 -8:30pm and Saturdays 12:30 to 1:30pm Work on your gymnastic and cheer skills!,$3 (members) $10 (non-members).
300 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita
Air Capital Aviation Adventure: Design & Fly: 9 a.m.-noon June 23-27. Earn your wings as you delve deeper into the aerodynamics and propulsion of aviation concluding with the ultimate experience of flying. Prices for grades six to eight are $200 for members and $250 for nonmembers. Prices for grades nine to 12, who will work with a certified flight instructor, are $300 for members and $350 for nonmembers.
Code Academy: Build your programming skills as you explore and use the coding language that run computers, phones and other devices. For grades 6-12. 9 a.m. -noon. Aug. 4-8. Member, $125; nonmember, $140.
Digital Arts: Make photos look like paintings, watercolors and drawings as you create art projects using the computer in this new Pixel Time computer class. For grades six to 12. 1-4 p.m. Aug. 4-8. Member, $125; nonmember, $140.
Game Design: Don’t just play video games, learn to design your own. Create original characters, set up scoring and publish your games for your friends to play. For grades six to 12. 9 a.m.-noon, July 7-11. Member, $125; nonmember, $150.
Pixel Time Saturday-Only Camps: Game Design: For students entering grades 3-5. Classes meet from 9-11 a.m. Chose between session 1, which meets June 7, 14, 21 and 28 and session 2, which meets July 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2. Member: $125; Nonmember: $140
Pixel Time Saturday-Only Camps: Code Academy: For students entering grades 3-5. Classes meet from 1-4 p.m. Choose between session 1, which meets June 7, 14, 21 and 28 and session 2, which meets July 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2. Member: $125; Nonmember: $140
Stop-Motion Movies: You’re the writer, director and sometimes the star when you make your own animated movies and publish them online for the world to see. For grades six to 12. Class meets 1-4 p.m. July 7-11. Member, $125; nonmember, $150.
Pixel Time: Catch That Shot: Become a sports photographer and videographer for a week as you capture the action happening at the Board, Bikes and Balls Summer Camp as part of the Summerhero Science camps. Bring your own camera. For grades six to 12. Class meets 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 9-13. Member, $250; nonmember, $300.
Boards, Bikes & Balls: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 9-13. What do skateboarding, theme parks and paintballing all have in common? Physics! Explore the science of extreme sports and compete in the eXploration Games. For kids entering grades one to 12. Member, $125; nonmember, $140.
Bugs and Beetles: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 16- 20. Get down in the dirt and explore the creepy-crawlies that are all around us. For kids entering grades one through eight. Member, $125; nonmember, $140.
Disaster Strikes: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 2-6. Twisting tornadoes, slithery snakes and zany zombies are a few of the situations that you will learn how to survive this week. Will you make it until the end? For kids entering grades one to 12. Member, $125; nonmember, $140.
Gross Out: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 14-18. Try ooey, gooey experiments; dissect brains and vomit and play sloshy games while learning about the gross things in life. For kids entering grades one to 12. Member, $125; nonmember, $140.
Kitchen Chemistry: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 21-25. Break open the fridge and create taste sensations. Learn how to combine cooking and chemistry while you play with your food. For kids entering grades one to 12. Member, $125; nonmember, $140.
Paleontology: Can You Dig It? 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 7-11. Dig up the past and learn about the history of dinosaurs in Kansas. Walk in their footprints and see the world through prehistoric eyes. For kids entering grades one to eight. Member, $125; nonmember, $140.
Spaceflight Explorers: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1. Become a future space explorer by duplicating science experiments being done on Mars and exploring human spaceflight during this NASA-based camp. For kids entering grades one to eight. Member, $125; nonmember, $140.
Start Your Engines: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 23-27. From high-speed dragsters to aerial acrobatics, examine how things speed up, slow down and everything in between. For kids entering grades one to five. Member, $125; nonmember, $140.
Superhero Science: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 4-8. It’s a bird; it’s a plane; it’s a super camper. Fly into the world of superheroes and discover how to use your own super powers for good. For kids entering grades one to eight. Member, $125; nonmember, $140.
Starwoods Outdoor Learning Center
7800 S. 103rd St. West, Clearwater
These camps take place at Starwoods. All are day camps.
Splish Splash Daisy Day Camp: July 22-24. Bring plenty of sunblock and prepare to have a wet and wild time swimming, boating, water games, and learn to swim like a mermaid. Bring sack lunch, busing provided. For girls who have completed kindergarten and first grade. Members, $75; nonmembers, $90.
Outdoor Madness for Brownies: July 26. Make new friends and build you outdoor skills.Cook your meal over an open campfire. Gain basic skills such as knife safety, knots, hiking, and outdoor education. End the day with campfire and s'mores. Dinner and snack provided. For girls who have completed second and third grades. $15 for members, $30 for nonmembers.
Outdoor Madness for Daisies: July 26. Gain basic skills hiking, knots, outdoor education and knife safety, and outdoor education. Girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. Snack provided. For girls who have completed kindergarten or first grade. Members, $75; nonmembers, $90.
American Girl Daisy Day Camp: Learn about history while reading stories and playing with dolls from the American Girl collection. Afternoons will be spent outdoors and will include hiking and waterfront activities. For girls who have completed kindergarten or first grade. June 17-19. Starwoods Outdoor Learning Center, 7800 S. 103rd St. West, Clearwater. Cost: $75.
American Girl Day Camp: June 17-20. Learn history through reading and hands on with the American Doll collection. The afternoons with include outdoor activities, such as hiking, and waterfront. Girls will spend the night on Thursday night and fieldtrip on Friday. For girls who have completed grades 2-5. Cost: $125 members; $140 nonmembers.
Girl Power Daisy Day Camp: July 15-17. This week is all about you – helping you learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle. Afternoons include hiking, waterfront and more. Bring a sack lunch. Busing provided. For girls who have completed kindergarten or first grade. Cost: $75 for members; $90 nonmembers.
Girl Power Day Camp: July 15-18. This week is all about you learning to lead a healthy lifestyle. Thursday night you will spend the night and we will have a girl power dance party, then a Friday field trip to the Museum of World Treasures to explore women in history. For girls who have completed grades 2-5. Cost: $125 members; $140 nonmembers.
Splish Splash Day Camp: July 22-24. Bring plenty of sunblock and prepare to have a wet and wild time with boating, water games and learning to swim like a mermaid. Bring a sack lunch. Busing provided. For girls who have completed grades two to five. Cost: $75 members; $90 nonmembers.
Animals Day Camp: July 8-11. Let’s explore all things animals. Afternoons will be spent outdoors with hiking, waterfront activities and more. Thursday bring your favorite stuffed animal and spend the night. Field trip on Friday. For girls who have completed grades two to five. Cost: $125 members; $140 nonmembers.
Where the Sidewalk Ends: June 24-26. This program will give the first time camper an opportunity to explore the outdoors and the wonders of science. They will have a chance to be creative, learn teamwork and build confidence while enjoying the great outdoors. For girls who have completed kindergarten through third grade. Cost: $75 members; $90 nonmembers.
Girl Scout CSI: Forensic Science Series: Examine evidence, identify suspects and help solve the crime. Learn what real CSIs do in the field. From 1-3 p.m on Saturdays May 31, June 21 and June 28. For Girl Scouts of all ages. Offered in conjunction with Exploration Place at Camp Double E in Emporia, 794 Road 200, Emporia. Cost: $18.
Extreme Physics: 6 p.m.-10 a.m. July 1-2. Design your own skateboard, test skate park physics and witness universal collisions with Tony Hawk/ Rad Science and Violent Universe. Girl Scout Summer Camp-In at Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. For Girl Scouts of all ages. Cost: $33.
Mystery at Midnight: 5 p.m.-9 a.m. July 19-20. Grab your magnifying glass and get ready for an all-night crime solving spree. Work a scene from start to finish, just like a real CSI. Girl Scout Summer Camp-In at Exploration Place. For Girl Scouts entering grades two to 12. Camp takes place at Camp Double E in Emporia, 794 Road 200 Emporia. Cost: $42.
12345 E. 21st St.
How to Build a Computer: Learn what each part of a computer does and what it costs, and get hands-on experience assembling a computer from scratch. For students entering grades six to eight. 9 a.m.-noon, June 3-4. $50.
3313 N Hillside
Summer Critter Camp Learn about animals and have fun at the same time. Activities include games, tours, fun crafts, pet training, guest speakers, and walking dogs/socializing cats. Morning sessions: 8:30 a.m.-noon. Afternoon sessions: 1:30-5 p.m. June 2-Aug. 1. For ages 7-12. Cost: $125 per week.
9458 SE 40th St., Murdock, Kan.
Summer youth camps: June 8-Aug. 1. Camp Mennoschah offers camps ranging from a few days up to a week in the midst of God’s creation. Camps offer river play, crafts, swimming, campfire worship and interest groups. For those entering grades three to 12. Fee: $150-$190.
525 N. Broadway
Games Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 2-6. Built around God’s wonderful gift of play outdoors, Games Camp takes place at Whispering Winds Camp in Valley Center with transportation from First Presbyterian Church, 525 N. Broadway in downtown Wichita. For students who have completed kindergarten to fifth grade. Fee: $40.
3350 George Washington Blvd.
Take Flight Summer Camps: The Kansas Aviation Museum has three specially designed summer camp options. Ready pilots for students entering grades four and five, 9 a.m.-5p.m. June 23-27. Cost: $149 members; $169 nonmembers. Flying School Level 1 for grades six to 12, July 6-11. Cost: $850 members; $900 nonmembers. Boeing Engineering Challenge for students entering their senior year. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 21-25. Cost: $400 members; $450 nonmembers.
7230 E 29th St. North
Young Chefs Cooking Camps: Have fun making delicious, healthful desserts such as mixed up muffins, spice bread, chocolate mice cookies, Irish brown bread and crunchy clusters. Take home a personalized cookbook on the last day. For ages 5-12. 10 a.m.-noon, June 10-12. Cost: $150.
Young Chefs Cooking Camps: Join us for summer baking camps. We will make cranberry-hazelnut bread, easy cheesy crackers, turtle cookies, Irish soda bread and cheesecake. Take home a personalized cookbook on the last day. For ages 5-12. 10 a.m.-noon, July 29-31. Cost: $150.
Downtown YMCA, 402 N. Market, 316-264-9374
Andover YMCA, 1115 E. US Highway 54, 316-733-9622
East YMCA, 9333 E. Douglas, 316-685-2251
North YMCA, 3330 N. Woodlawn, 316-858-9622
Northwest YMCA, 13838 W. 21st Street North, 316-260-9622
South YMCA, 3405 S. Meridian, 316-942-5511.
Mom’s Day Out: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Days vary by location. Gym games, swimming, arts and crafts, playtime, stories and a snack for ages 2-10. Sack lunch, swim suit and towel required. Cost: $40 for a four-week session. Offered at the Andover, East, North, Northwest and South locations.
YMCA Summer Day Camps: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 27-Aug. 8. (Child care available from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Kids explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence and make lasting memories. Sport camps, teen camps, horse camps, adventure camps and special interest camps available. For children who have completed kindergarten up to 16 years of age. Cost: $115 a week and up. At Camp Hyde 26201 W. 71st St. South and nine additional Y locations. www.ymcawichita.org/camp. 316-264-1610.
YMCA Kiddie Camp: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Child care available 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.) May 27-Aug. 8. With weekly themes, campers will stay active as they learn through field trips, skill building activities and new friendships. For 4- and 5-year-olds. Offered at the Andover, East and South locations. www.ymcawichita.org/camp. 316-264-1610
Food and You Workshops: Meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month. Discover accurate nutrition information in a fun and interactive setting, empowering you to incorporate healthy eating into your daily life. Each month focuses on a new topic. For ages 16 and older. Cost: $10, preregistration required. Downtown YMCA. June 9, Intuitive Cooking Made Easy; July 14, Demystifying Sweeteners; Aug. 11, Sneaky Nutrition Simplified.
Kids in the Kitchen: Hands-on cooking classes for kids 6-11. As a group, kids will prepare two new recipes each class. From 5:45- 7 p.m. Mondays or 10-11:15 a.m. Saturdays at the Northwest YMCA. From 6:15-7:30 p.m. Thursdays or 10:15-11:30 a.m. Saturdays at the Andover YMCA. Classes meet four times during the month. June, Fruity-licious Desserts; July: All Things Green and August, Sunny Brunches
Toddler Time at waterparks: Special swim time for ages 6 and younger accompanied by a parent or guardian. 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 2-Aug. 8 and 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturdays from June 7-Aug. 30 at Andover, North, Northwest, North and South YMCAs. Cost: Free for members; day passes available for $18 per family.
1100 N. Plum, Hutchinson
Camp KAOS: Take hands-on learning experiences to new heights using authentic NASA astronaut training methods. Campers develop confidence, teamwork and leadership skills – connecting the dots between theory and application – while they construct and launch rockets, engineer robots, design space missions and more. Camp KAOS graduates increase their understanding of physics and the scientific method, evaluate problems and create solutions for technological design and implementation. Camps are for kids entering second grade through high school. Tuition ranges from $119 to $1,999 for a trip to the Edwards Air Force Base in southern California. See website for details.
835 E. First St., Wichita
Summer Adventure Camp: Two-day educational day-camps featuring paleontology, ancient civilizations, and museum apprenticeship. Sessions are divided by age group. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $80 plus tax. Discovering Paleontology: June 9-10, June 11-12, June 16-17, June 18-19. Discovering the Ancient World: July 7-8, July 9-10, July 14-15. Apprentice Adventure: July 16-17.
2801 N. Main St., North Newton
Uncle Carl’s Camps: Weeklong, educational, day camps on art, history or science. Morning or afternoon depending on camp. May 27-June 27. $65 members, $80 for nonmembers. Ages 4-18.
2626 S Rock Road, Suite 130
Summer Dance with Dance Vision In Motion: Dance Summer Camp ages 4-12 June 2-6 (Jazz), June 9-13 (ballet), June 23-27 (tap). 9 a.m.-noon ages 4-7, 1p-4p ages 8-12. $60 a week per student. June 2-6, June 9-13, June 23-27,$60 a week,4-7 (9a-noon) 8-12 (1p-4p).
2111 North Maize Road
School Age Day Camp: Program offers weekly themed activities, field trips 2 to 3 times per week, swimming (on premises), community service projects, regular use of gymnastic facility, hot lunch (optional) and snacks. May 27th - August 15th, $125 per week (hot lunch) or $105 (bring your own lunch); $100 one time activity fee,6 - 12 years old.
2260 N Ridge Rd
JazzerKamp: Jazzerkamp brings the fun of Jazzercise's dance fitness program to kids, and it involves much more than just a workout. Program highlights include: Dancing, Games, Crafts, Nutrition, end of week performance. June 2-5,$75 plus tax if paid by May 1, 90 plus tax after. Sibling discount available,4-12.
2919 W. Second
Community Garden: Volunteers work with master gardeners and adults with developmental disabilities in the Arc Rows of Sharing community garden. The large garden provides a variety of educational opportunities while supplying fresh garden items for community groups. July 28- Aug. 8. Ages 14 or older unless accompanied by adult.
9115 E. 13th St.
Summer Explorations: June 2-Aug. 8. Wichita Collegiate School is offering more than 200 classes in academics, visual arts, preforming arts, literature, writing, reading, math, science, technology, Legos, space, karate, sports camps, tennis, driver’s education and early childhood for ages 2-adult. Most classes begin at 9 a.m. Kids Club is available from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. A complete list of classes and fees is available on the website, wcsks.com.
8313 E. Douglas
316-686-0152, Ext. 145
Summer at Independent: Weekly classes include academics, arts, drama, sports, science and technology.
1865 W. Museum Blvd.
Chores and games on the farm: 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. June 26 or July 25. Farm kids worked hard helping the family, but when the work was done, there was time for fun. Experience some of their work and play and see if you could have been a farm kid. For grades 1-5. $3 per child.
Hunting and herding: 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. July 10 or Aug. 28. Hunters and cowboys had special skills that helped them live on the prairie. Try some of these different skills and see how well you would fare. For grades 1-5. $3 per child.
Victorian games and amusements: 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. June 12 or July 8. Victorian kids found ways to have fun without computers and electricity. You can try many different toys and games. For grades 1-5. $3 per child.
These Cowtown camps are for organized groups of 14 to 25 kids. Call 316-350-3323 to arrange times.
1870s Games and Past Times: June 3- Aug. 28. Got your marbles? Ready to climb Jacob’s ladder? Who is the fastest? Try out some of the ways children had fun long ago. For grades 1-5. $3 per child.
Buffalo and Beans: The Hunter and the Cowboy: June 3-Aug. 28. How do you survive on the prairie? How do you start a fire with no matches? How many things can you do with a rope? Buffalo hunters and cowboys made it look easy. Experience the tools they used and learn the tricks to living on the prairie. For grades 1-5. $3 per child.
What’s there to do on a farm? June 3-Aug. 28. Work, lots of work, but it wasn’t all about work. Play included Gee-Haw sticks, horseshoes and Graces. Try a few chores and amusements and games. For grades 1-5.
Camp Invention-Derby: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 2-6. During this weeklong summer program led by local educators, elementary school children are immersed in hands-on activities. For children entering grades 1-6. Fee: $220. Derby High School, 920 N. Rock Road, Derby.
Camp Invention-Maize: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 2-6. For children entering grades 1-6. Fee: $220. Maize Central Elementary School, 304 W. Central Ave., Maize.
Camp Invention-Andover: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 2-6. For children entering grades 1-6. Fee: $220. Cottonwood Elementary School, 1747 N. Andover Road, Andover.
Camp Invention-Garden Plain: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 9-13. For children entering grades 1-6. Fee: $220. Garden Plain Elementary, 700 Section Line Road, Garden Plain.
Camp Invention-Augusta: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 2-6. For children entering grades 1-6. Fee: $220. Robinson Elementary, 1301 Helen St., Augusta.
Camp Invention-Towanda: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 14-18. For children entering grades 1-6. Fee: $220. Towanda Primary School, 501 N. Sixth St., Towanda.
3805 E. Harry
Camp MindFire: July 14-18. Kids ages 8-10 become digital ninjas for the week as they make a movie, design a video game, create sound effects and more. Fee: $715.
Camp MindFire: July 21-25. Kids ages 11-14 become digital samurai. They’ll learn the basics of audio engineering, video games and more. Fee: $715.
901 S. Haverhill Road, El Dorado
Kids College: June 16-July 25. Choose from American Red Cross Babysitter Bootcamp, Gamemaker, App Design Wizards, Spanish, Scrubs, LEGO Mania, Fondant Fun, Pet Care and the Wonders of Water at Kids College at Butler Community College. Ages 5-14. Fee: $36-$135.
13303 W. Maple, Suite 143
Read to Your Own Rex: June 2-July 31. Summer Reading Program. Read at least five books to your pet – a dog, cat, turtle, fish – for prizes. Sign up starts June 2. Return reading log in August for prizes. Free for ages 12 and under.
6232 E. 29th St. North
Bake IT & Shake IT: 9-11 a.m. June 18. Discover how earthquakes affect the world we live in. Learn about the different kinds of rocks. Prepare some edible rock and take home a few collectibles. Registration required. For ages 9-12. Fee: $5 for members; $8 for nonmembers.
2939 N. Rock Road, Suite 150
Volcano Alert: Eruption Today: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. July 9. Build your own volcano, explore the science of eruptions and watch them erupt. An adult must stay in the store. For ages 6 and up. Fee: $10.
14700 W. Kellogg, Wichita
SummerFUN! 2014: The SummerFUN! program at WFS provides your child with enrichment and learning through play in a FUN! Themed-Based Activities, Play-Based Learning, Project Time, Field Trips and so much more! May 27-August 15, $135 per week, Ages 3 to 3rd Grade.
2111 North Maize Road
Basic Beginning: Program offers full educational curriculum, themed activities weekly, snacks, catered lunch, regular use of gymnastic facilities and field trips. Full-Time Preschool, June 2 - July 25, $70 - $100 (varies by class level), 2 1/2 yrs. to 5 yrs.
1600 E. Walnut Grove, Derby
All events are free unless otherwise noted.
Mr. Kneel, Hip Hop for Kids: Mr. Kneel is a professional speaker, hip-hop emcee and beatboxer. He uses his hip-hop talents to encourage and uplift children. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 29. All ages.
Eric Vaughn’s “Magic: Impossible”: Incredible outcomes and plausible predictions. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m June 5. All ages.
Drum Safari featuring percussionist Brandon Draper: Interactive performance in which children will be invited to join a musical “safari” using percussion instruments. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 10. All ages.
Monty Harper: Professional songwriter and performer will entertain with songs from the Science Frontier. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 17. Ages 4-12.
Jim Cosgrove “Mr. Stinky Feet” Family Concert: Kid-rocker Jim Cosgrove “Mr. Stinky Feet,” one of America’s leading family entertainers. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 19. All ages.
The Sugar Free Allstars: Sugar Free Allstars, a two-piece band, will present a family-friendly rock show with musical styles from around the country. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 24. All ages.
Mad Science of Kansas City’s Spin, Pop, Boom Show: A science-themed interactive show. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 26. Ages 5-12.
Jay and Leslie Laughing Matters “Chain Reaction”: Science with a side of silliness. Juggling balls become atoms and molecules as audience volunteers create a chain reaction machine. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 8. All ages.
223 S. Main
Alford, 3447 S. Meridian, 316-337-9119
Angelou, 3051 E. 21st St., 316-688-9580
Comotara, 2244 N. Rock Road, 316-688-9350
Evergreen, 2601 N. Arkansas, 316-303-8181
Linwood Park, 1901 S. Kansas, 316-337-9125
Orchard Park, 4808 W. Ninth, 316-337-9084
Rockwell, 5939 E. Ninth, 316-688-9361
Westlink, 8515 Bekemeyer, 316-337-9456
Baby’s First Storytime: Music, rhymes and stories for parents with babies ages birth to 9 months. 11:30-11:50 a.m. Tuesdays, June 3-July 22, Central; 10:30-10:50 a.m.Tuesdays, June 10-July 22, Westlink (registration required).
Nursery Rhyme Time: Music, rhymes, activities and stories for ages 2 and under with an adult helper. 10:15-10:35 a.m. and 11:15-11:35 a.m. Wednesdays, June 4-July 23, Central; 10:30-11:50 a.m. Tuesdays, June 3-July 22, Rockwell; 10:15-10:35 a.m. and 11:15-11:35 a.m. Thursdays, June 12-July 24, Westlink.
Toddle Time: Stories, rhymes and motion activities for 2-year-olds with an adult helper. 10:30-10:50 a.m. Thursdays, June 5-July 24, Rockwell.
Family Storytime: Interactive storytelling for ages 2-6 with their families. 10:30-11 a.m. Mondays, June 2-July 28, Alford; 6-6:30 p.m. Mondays, June 2-July 28, Linwood Park; 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays, June 11-July 23, Westlink.
Preschool Storytime: Stories, fingerplays and more for ages 3-6. 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays, June 3-July 22, Central; 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays, June 4-July 23, Rockwell; 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays, June 10-July 22, Westlink.
Cuentos Bilingues: Preschool Storytime: Stories, fingerplays and more presented in English and Spanish for ages 3-6. 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays, June 4-July 23, Evergreen.
Stories and More: Songs, activities, stories and a craft for ages 3-8 and their families. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Tuesdays, June 3-July 22, Central.
Special Preschool Storytime: On the library lawn, 10:30-11 a.m. June 3, Central.
Special Stories and More: On the library lawn, 6:30-7:15 p.m. June 3, Central.
Fizz Boom Pffft: On the library lawn; rocket launching using things as simple as balloons and as complex as chemical solutions. 2:30-4:30 p.m. June 4, Central. All ages.
“Fizz! Boom! Read!” Family Fun – Under the Tent (for Riverfest): Hang out, play games and sign up for the Summer Reading Program. 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 5, Central. All ages.
Look Up: See pictures in the sky like an astronomer. Experience deep space through photographs from the Hubble telescope, and create your own constellations. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 12, Central. Ages 5-8.
Minute to Win It contest: Do you have what it takes to keep a feather in the air for 60 seconds? 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 14, Central. Ages 9-12.
Goddard Puppet Ladies: “The Little Red Hen”: Learn about growing and harvesting wheat, how wheat flour is used to bake bread and the role of Kansas in wheat production. There will also be a sing-along after the story and a take-home project. 2:30-3:15 p.m. June 5, Rockwell; 2:30-3:15 p.m. June 6, Evergreen; 10:30-11:15 a.m. and 2:30-3:15 p.m. June 16, Central; 2:30-3:15 p.m. June 20, Alford. Ages 1-8.
Tornado Alley: Explore powerful twisters and figure out what makes them spin. Learn the recipe for the perfect storm, and make your own tornado. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 18, Central. Ages 9-12.
Da Vinci – Not Just a Painter: Leonardo Da Vinci was also an inventor who was fascinated by flying. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 19, Central. Ages 5-8.
Matt Sandbank’s Shadow Factory: “Rapunzel”: Set in contemporary times, this version of “Rapunzel” gently pokes fun at the fairy tale genre and offers audiences an opportunity to think more deeply about what they see and hear in the familiar stories. 6-6:45 p.m. June 19, Rockwell; 2:30-3:15 p.m. June 20, Westlink; 10:30-11:15 a.m. June 21, Central; 2:30-3:15 p.m. June 23, Alford. Ages 6 and up.
Color Your Summer Family Fun: Brushes are not the only things you can paint with, and paper is not the only canvas. 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. June 23, Central. Ages 3 and up.
Water, Water Everywhere: Experiment with buoyancy and make a boat for a contest. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 25, Central. Ages 9-12.
Be Sense-itive: Learn how the senses work together to give a complete picture. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 28, Central. Ages 5-8.
Mad Science: Spin, Pop, Boom: The Mad Scientist defies gravity and uses didgeridoo tubes, foaming hands and steaming chemical reactions to introduce children to chemistry. 10:30-11:15 a.m. July 7, Evergreen; 2:30-3:15 p.m. July 7, Alford; 6:30-7:15 p.m. July 7, Central. Ages 5 and up.
Just Dance: Learn moves to popular songs using the Wii. 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 9, Central. Ages 9-12.
Robots, Robots, Robots: Robots are everywhere. This activity creates robots from recycled and discarded items. 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 12 (registration required beginning June 25, 316-261-8512 ), Central. Ages 5-8.
Fun with Liquids: Discover the properties of liquids, from how things float to the gravity-defying rainbow. 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 17, Central. Ages 5-8.
Lego Makerspace Mania: Different Lego challenges. 2:30-4 p.m. July 19, Central. Ages 9-12.
Lego Ninjago Program: Practice ninja footwork, play Sensei Wu and build a ninja gadget. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 4, Alford; 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 11, Linwood. Ages 5-8.
Horse Rescue: Speaking for Those Who Can’t: Greenwood Stables and Equine Center will share information about horse rescue. Children will have a chance to meet one of the horses from their program. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 5, Alford. Ages 8 and up.
Forensic Science Sleuths: Solve a crime like Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys. Dust for fingerprints, write a note in invisible ink and crack a mysterious code to discover a secret message. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 11, Alford. Ages 8-11.
Preschool Dance Party: Make a dance wand and experience how rhythm and movement make learning fun. 3:30-4 p.m. June 12, Alford; 3:30-4 p.m. June 13, Linwood. Ages 2-6 with a parent or caregiver.
Silly Science: Get ready to be amazed by explosively foamy “elephant toothpaste” and have fun making your own stretchy rainbow slime. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 18, Alford. Ages 5-8.
Baby Play and Learn: Build your baby’s brain at this story time. Enjoy stories, bounces, rhymes and a mess-free art project with your baby. 10:30-11 a.m. June 20, Alford. For infants under 1 year old with a parent or caregiver.
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Journaling: Create your own journal like Greg Heffley from “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 25, Alford. Ages 8-11.
Sidewalk Masterpieces: Use chalk and a giant spirograph geometric drawing tool to create designs on the sidewalk outside the library or design your own masterpiece. 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 9, Alford. Ages 8-11.
“Ooey Gooey Icky Sticky”: A tactile exploration of textures. Be prepared to get messy at this drop-in program. 2:30-4:30 p.m. July 10, Alford. Ages 2-6.
“Fancy Nancy” Party: Come to a Fancy Nancy-inspired tea party wearing your most elegant clothes. You’ll learn about tea party customs and etiquette as you sip pink lemonade and nibble fancy cookies. 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 16, Alford. Ages 5-8.
“When Turtle Flew”: Storyteller Priscilla Howe tells some of her favorite (mostly silly) how-and-why stories. Howe will be joined by some of her favorite ridiculous hand-puppets. 10:30-11:15 a.m. July 17, Alford; 2:30-3:15 p.m. July 17, Angelou. Ages 3-11.
Avast Ye Scurvy Dogs: Pirates sailed the seas searching for treasure, but what did they use to acquire their booty? Learn about pirates in history and make some of the tools they used to overwhelm their opponents. 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 2, Linwood; 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 23, Alford. Ages 8-11.
Tangling with Tangrams: Think you know the story of “The Three Little Pigs”? Watch what happens when they meet triangles, rectangles, squares and parallelograms. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 4, Angelou (registration required beginning May 21; 316-688-9580); 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 5, Evergreen (registration required beginning May 21; 316-303-8181). Ages 5-8.
“Kick It with Chemistry”: Live Science Show and Hands-On Activity Stations: The science team from Exploration Place leads this show. Afterward, enjoy hands-on learning stations. 2:30-3 p.m. (hands-on session 3:30-4:15 p.m.) June 3, Linwood (registration required for the hands-on session, 316-337-9125); 2:30-3 p.m. (hands-on session 3:30-4:15 p.m.) June 11, Angelou (registration required for the hands-on session, 316-688-9580); 2:30-3 p.m. (hands-on session 3:30-4:15 p.m.) June 17, Orchard (registration required for the hands-on session, 316-337-9084). Ages 5-12.
Matt Sandbank’s Shadow Factory: “A Wild Goose Chase”: Shadow puppeteer Matt Sandbank will feature dancing pants, guitar rockin’ grandmas, mischievous spaceships and much more. 2:30-3:15 p.m. June 19, Linwood; 10:30-11:15 a.m. June 20, Evergreen; 2:30-3:15 p.m. June 21, Angelou. Ages 3 and up.
Rocket Balloons and More Fun with Air: Take away friction and you can make a CD hover over the table. 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 9, Angelou (registration required beginning June 25; 316-688-9580). Ages 9-12.
Take Home Craft: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Trees: Take home a packet of materials to make your own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree. Only simple supplies such as scissors, glue or tape will be required. Any time between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. June 10, Comotara. Ages 4-10.
Take Home Craft: Clothespin Crocodile: Take home a packet of materials to make a Clothespin Crocodile. Only simple supplies such as scissors, glue or tape will be required. Any time between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. July 10. Comotara. Ages 4-10.
Mysterious Magnets: Investigate whether there is iron in your cereal and how to turn other objects into magnets. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 19, Evergreen (registration required beginning June 4; 316-303-8181). Ages 5-8.
Electric Gelatin and Other Adventures with Static Electricity: Make sparks to charm snakes and roll cans. 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 3, Evergreen (registration required beginning June 18; 316-303-8181). Ages 5-8.
Kitchen Mix Up: We all know what happens with vinegar and baking soda. But what about yeast and sugar? Raisins and soda? Oil and rubbing alcohol? 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 17, Evergreen (registration required beginning July 2; 316-303-8181). Ages 5-8.
Rolling Pins and Baseball Bats: Rolling pins, baseball bats, hammers and see-saws are machines. Learn how other simple machines make life easier, and create your own pulley. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 12, Evergreen (registration required beginning May 28; 316-303-8181). Ages 9-12.
Cloud in a Jar and More About Weather: Research clouds and blizzards. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 26, Evergreen (registration required beginning June 11; 316-303-8181). Ages 9-12.
Rocket Balloons and More Fun with Air: Stab a potato and make a rocket. 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 10, Evergreen (registration required beginning June 25; 316-303-8181). Ages 9-12.
Magic Ketchup: Why do some things float and some things sink? Turn a water bottle into a terrarium. 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 24, Evergreen (registration required beginning July 9; 316-303-8181). Ages 9-12.
The Bug Lady and Friends: Meet Charlotte the Tarantula and Tucker the Amazon Parrot while learning interesting facts. Many animals and insects can be handled. 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 18, Evergreen. Ages 6-11.
Puppet Show: “The Mysterious Egg”: What is hatching out of the mysterious egg that Fox and Pig have found, and how are they going to take care of it? 10:30-11 a.m. July 30, Evergreen.
Two Frogs and a Turtle Puppet Company: “The Amazing Pig”: Can a pig who gives milk, lays eggs, provides bacon and catches fish also win the farmer’s son a princess bride? Find out during the interactive puppet presentation. 11:30 a.m.-noon July 16, Linwood; 2:30-3 p.m. July 16, Orchard. Ages 3-10.
Dinosaur O’Dell’s “Fizz, Boom, Take Me to Your Library”: Join Dino for a music and storytelling science adventure about stars, meteors and planets. Meet Grandpa O’Dell, Zar the space alien and Joe the cowboy stargazer. 11:15 a.m.-noon July 23, Linwood; 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 23, Westlink. Ages 5 and up.
Fizz, Boom, Bounce: Make our own bouncy balls and conduct experiments using household ingredients. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 25, Orchard (registration required beginning June 11; 316-337-9084). Ages 3-11.
Puppet Show: “The Three Bears, Three Ways”: Revisit “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” as they pop up in other familiar stories. 2:30-3 p.m. July 9, Orchard. Ages 3-8.
Robots Alive: Learn how robots work and help people. Use recyclable and craft supplies to build your own robot. Materials will be provided. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 3, Rockwell (registration required beginning May 21; 316-688-9361). Ages 7-10.
Grossology 101: Learn about all things gross and make your own slime. Eat a gross snack and play Gross Bingo. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 17, Rockwell (registration required beginning June 4; 316-688-9361). Ages 8-11.
Puppet Show: “Dragon Hunt”: A show about a prince who goes on a dragon hunt to find a “ferocious, man-eating, fire-breathing dragon.” 10:30-11 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 25, Rockwell. Ages 3 and up.
Draw a Toucan: A Monart Drawing Experience: Draw a toucan with teachers from the Monart School of Art. All supplies included. 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 27, Rockwell (registration required, beginning June 11, 316-688-9361). Ages: 6-10.
Under the Sea: Experience life under the sea through stories, crafts, and activities. 2:30-3:15 p.m. July 2, Rockwell. Ages: 3-6.
Craft-a-Palooza: Enjoy make-and-take crafts during this drop-in event. 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 8, Rockwell. Ages 3 and up.
Doc Gizmo Science Theatre: Doc uses his “Gimmicks and Gizmos” for his “Discrepant Science Demonstrations.” 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 11, Westlink; 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 14, Rockwell. Ages 7-11.
Puppet Show: “Chicks and Salsa”: A show about what happens when barn animals get tired of eating the same old barn food and decide to try out some new recipes. 10:30-11 a.m. and 2:30-3 p.m. July 16, Rockwell. Ages 3 and older.
Lego Mania: Join in a Lego building contest or just have some fun with Legos. 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 24, Rockwell (registration required beginning July 9; call 316-688-9361). Ages 5-9.
Fizz, Boom, Dance: Do “The Robot” and other popular dances. 10:30-11:15 a.m. June 13, Westlink. Ages 1-5 (adult helpers required for each child under 3).
To Bounce or Not to Bounce: Make bouncy balls using household ingredients and test the balls to get the best bounce. Pick up free tickets beginning June 5 at the Summer Reading desk. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 19, Westlink. Ages 8-10 (entering grades 3-5).
Astronaut Training: NASA-inspired activities and games. Pick up free tickets beginning June 19 at the Summer Reading desk. 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 3, Westlink. Ages 8-10 (entering grades 3-5).
Mystery Play: Watch a mystery unfold, look for clues, question the suspects and solve the case. Pick up free tickets beginning July 3 at the Summer Reading desk. 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 17, Westlink. Ages 8-10 (entering grades 3-5).
Outdoor Adventure: Explore the natural world through activities inside and outside the library. Pick up free tickets beginning June 12 at the Summer Reading desk. 2:30-3:15 p.m. June 26, Westlink. Ages 6-7 (entering grades 1 or 2).
Bubble Mania: Create bubble art and experience being inside a huge bubble. Pick up free tickets beginning June 26 at the Summer Reading desk. 2:30-3:15 p.m. July 10, Westlink. Ages 6-7 (entering grades 1 or 2).
The Magic of Weather: Join favorite literary characters on their adventures in extreme weather. Pick up free tickets beginning July 10 at the Summer Reading desk. 2:30-3:15 p.m. July 24, Westlink. Ages 6-7 (entering grades 1 or 2).
Puppet Show: “The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza”: The traditional tale takes on a new twist with a favorite food and audience participation. 1:30-3 p.m. July 25, Westlink. Ages 3-8.
Black Light Party: It’s the teen summer reading kickoff party, featuring the glow of black lights. Bring a white or neon-colored shirt and decorate it with fabric paint at the library. There will also be Neon Lemonade, Glow Twister and luminescent crafts. 6-7:45 p.m. June 2, Central. Ages 12-17 (entering grades 6-12).
Knit with Your Arms: Learn how to make an infinity scarf with chunky yarn, fleece scraps or old T-shirts – using your arms as knitting needles. 2-3:30 p.m. June 9, Central. Ages 12-17 (entering grades 6-12).
Stop Motion Animation: Make your own movie – create a set and characters and film your own story using a simple point-and-shoot camera or a cellphone. LEGO, action figures and other basic supplies will be provided, but you can bring your own, too. 3:30-5 p.m. June 17 and 3:30-5 p.m. June 21, Central. Ages 12-17 (entering grades 6-12).
Hack This Space: Materials will be provided – motors, clay, buzzers, Styrofoam and computers. Experiment with electrical circuits, programmable mini-computers and more. 2-4 p.m. July 8, Central. Ages 12-17 (entering grades 6-12).
I’ve Been Sherlocked: Dastardly deeds have resulted in a murder at the library that only teens can solve. Get the clues and identify the suspects. Special prizes for fastest solve time, most clues located and more. 6-7:45 p.m. July 14, Central. Ages 12-17 (entering grades 6-12).
Cupcake Wars: Take our cupcakes and decorations and turn them into a representation of your favorite book. Prizes. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 16, Alford (registration required beginning June 4; 316-337-9119); 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 20, Evergreen (registration required beginning June 11; 316-303-8181); 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 25, Angelou (registration required beginning June 11; 316-688-9580). Ages 12-17 (entering grades 6-12).
Jitterbugs: Build a jitterbug, a simple motorized toy made of a recycled CD and a DC motor. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 26, Alford. Ages 12-17 (entering grades 6-12).
Tower Building Challenge: Race to build the tallest tower out of Popsicle sticks and other materials in a timed challenge. 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 14, Evergreen; 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 24, Alford; 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 25, Linwood. Ages 12-17 (entering grades 6-12).
“Doctor Who”: Tardis, games and more. Dress as your favorite Whovian character. 2:30-4 p.m. June 18, Orchard (registration required beginning June 4; 316-337-9084). Ages 12-17 (entering grades 6-12).
Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide: Test your skills against the Zombie Apocalypse. Through games and crafts, see if you would survive a zombie attack. Receive a zombie hunting license – if you survive. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 11, Rockwell (registration required beginning May 28; 316-688-9361); 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 22, Westlink. Ages 12-17 (entering grades 6-12).
Rocket Blast: Design and build simple rockets from household items as a team or as individuals. Awards will be given for most creative design and longest flight. 2:30-4 p.m. June 24, Westlink (registration required beginning June 11; 316-337-9456); 2:30-4 p.m. July 15, Rockwell (registration required beginning July 2; 316-688-9361). Ages 12-17 (entering grades 6-12).
6232 E. 29th St. North, Wichita
Registration required, unless otherwise noted.
Children, Children, What Do You See?: Use the sense of sight to discover nature. Activities include music, art and movement. 10-11 a.m. June 3. $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Ages 4-7.
Oh! What’s that Smell?: Use the sense of smell to discover nature. Activities include literature, art and movement. 10-11 a.m. June 10. $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Ages 4-7.
Tasty Treats for Turtles: Use the sense of taste to discover nature. Special emphasis on turtles will include a hike in the park. 10-11 a.m. June 17. $5 members. $8 nonmembers. Ages 4-7.
Buggin’ Out: Search for insect diversity in the park. Make a Bug Jar to catch them and observe their behavior. 1-3 p.m. July 9. $5 members, $8 nonmembers, Ages 9-12.
Do you Hear What I Hear?: Explore nature using the sense of hearing. The session will include a special musical activity. 10-11 a.m. June 24. $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Ages 4-7.
Ecology in the Park: Would you like to make a difference in our community and learn something along the way? We invite middle and high school students to join us for four sessions that combine volunteering at the nature center with nature education. 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25. Free. Ages: 12 and up.
Froggy Fun: Hop in to learn about these amazing amphibians. We’ll make a frog craft and go on an adventure searching and listening for frogs. 10-11 a.m. June 19. $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Ages: 4-7
Full Moon Walk: Join us on an evening hike through Chisholm Creek Park under a rising full moon. 8 p.m. April 14; 8:30 p.m. May 14. Free. All ages.
Herp Hunt: Be prepared to get wet and muddy! We’ll go off the trails for snakes, frogs, turtles and toads (herps). Wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. 9-11 a.m. May 23, $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Ages: 8 and up.
Leaf Prints: Create beautiful patterns on various media with the many textures of leaves found in the park. 10 a.m.-noon June 5. $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Ages: 6-12.
Lost Again: Join us for beginning map skills and orienteering (use of maps and compasses to find markers on a plotted course). 9-11 a.m. June 28. $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Ages: 18 and up.
Naturalist in the Know: A different topic is presented every Saturday. 1-4 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 7. Free. No registration required. All ages.
Naturally Crafty: Here’s your chance to make terrific art projects using natural materials. 2:30-4:30 p.m. June 19. $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Ages: 6-12.
Nature Adventures: Each week one of our naturalists will share their knowledge of and experiences with nature and wildlife. The program will be repeated on Mondays and Thursdays each week. Registration not required. 1:30 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, June 2-July 31. Free. All ages.
Night With Wildlife: Explore Chisholm Creek Park in a different light. 9 p.m.-midnight July 23. $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Ages: 9 and up.
Ooey Gooey Touching Fun: Explore nature with the sense of touch. Dress for a messy, tactile activity outside. July 1. $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Ages: 4-7.
Outdoor Kansas Kids: Jump back in time to experience the pioneer era. Join us for a variety of fun activities including churning butter, natural tie-dying, fishing, archery, old-fashioned toy making, and animal presentations to explore and discover the history of Kansas. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 24. Free. Ages: 5 and up.
River Walk: Join us on this nature walk down the middle of the Arkansas River. 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. July 24. $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Ages: 9 and up.
Waddle, Waddle, Quack!: Waddle in to learn about duck feet, feathers and fun. We’ll make a ducky craft, sing a ducky song and feed the ducks. 10-11 a.m. July 17. $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Ages: 4-7 years.
Walk With Wildlife – 30th Annual Event: This annual event allows visitors of all ages a chance to view dozens of species of live native Kansas wildlife: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 14. $2. All ages.
Kids Fishing Clinic: While you are at the Walk With Wildlife, come learn to fish with members of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and The Wichita Eagle. For kids 12 and younger. Registration required. Contact email@example.com.
Web Weavers: Explore the mysterious world of the spider. Create a spider web craft. 9:30-11 a.m. July 2. $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Ages: 6-8.
Wigglin’ Worms: Learn about these compost masters. Make a worm abode. 10 a.m.-noon July 9. $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Ages: 8 and up.
Wily Web Weavers: Explore the mysterious world of the spider. Create a spider web craft. 9-11 a.m. July 3. $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Ages: 9-12.
Summer Learning Adventures: May 26-Aug. 4. Fees: 1.5-hour classes $55 for members, $70 for nonmembers; 3.5-hour classes $90 for members, $105 for nonmembers. Sign up for three or more classes and receive $5 off your total. Ages 3-10. https://www.scz.org/learning_adventures-summer_school.php
Zookeeper Apprentice Program: Freshman and sophomore levels begins June 9, June 30 or July 21. Junior and senior levels begin June 2. Freshman and sophomore level fees are $165 for members and $185 for nonmembers. Junior and senior levels are $110 for zoo members and $130 for nonmembers. Ages: 14 and up. www.scz.org/learning_adventures-four.php
701 Amidon, Wichita
Downing Children’s Garden: Enjoy a different activity or craft every day including Muddy Mondays, Taste It Tuesdays, Windy Wednesdays, Theatre Thursdays and Fun in the Sun Fridays. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 2-Aug. 15, Downing Children’s Garden. Free to members; nonmembers $7 adults, $5 kids 3-12. Ages: 1-8.
Seasonal Saturdays: Enjoy a different themed activity or craft every Saturday. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 23-Nov. 1, Downing Children’s Garden. Free to members; nonmembers $7 adults, $5 kids 3-12. Ages: 1-8.
Father’s Day Kite Festival: Bring your kites, blankets and lawn chairs and celebrate Dad with a day filled with kites, activities and fun. 1-5 p.m. June 15. Free to members; nonmembers $7 adults, $5 kids 3-12. All ages.
Art walk: Students will enjoy a guided walk each week to a special art installation with background information on the artist and his or her medium. Each walk will be followed by a corresponding craft. Class limit is 15 per session. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays, June 17-Aug. 5 (except July 8), Downing Children’s Garden. $10, $8 for members. Ages: 6-12. For reservations: call Karla Jahn at 316-264-0448, ext. 115.
Garden Sprouts: Themed programs allow kids to explore nature. June 10 Blooms and Berries; July 8 Herb Thyme; Aug. 12 Ladybug Picnic. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. $9, $6 for members. Ages 3-5. For reservations: call Karla Jahn at 316-264-0448, ext. 115.
1845 Fairmount St, Wichita
High School Aerospace Engineering Camp: An overnight camp at WSU campus, Lessons will focus on the four cores of aerospace engineering: aerodynamics, structures, stability, and control/propulsion. Participants will design and test their own aircraft. June 30-July3, 2014, $450/full scholarships available, 10-12th grades.
927 N. 343rd St. W., Cheney
Masters of the Sky: Private Guided Educational Tours to see many of Kansas's Birds of Prey. Eagles, Owls, Hawks, Falcons and Vultures will amaze and inspire. Restrooms, Parking lot and Covered Pavilion for picnics and snacks are onsite. May 1st thru September 1st,$5.00 per person,5 years (recommended) thru Adult.
Neighborhood Summer Activity Camps
It’s five days of non-stop fun with Wichita Park and Recreation. A neighborhood camp for kids 6-14 to stay connected with friends. This 9-week recreational and educational camp features weekly field trips, swimming, games, crafts and movies.
Evergreen Summer Activity Camp for Kids
7 a.m.-4 p.m. May 27-July 25th. No camp July 4. $10 one time initial fee per participant plus a $45 weekly fee per participant. Evergreen Recreation Center, 2700 N. Woodland. 316-303-8036
North East Summer Activity Camp for Kids 1-5 p.m. May 27-July 25. No camp July 4. $10 one time initial fee per participant. $20 weekly fee per participant. Lynette Woodard Recreation Center, 2750 E. 18th St. 316-303-8015.
Planeview Activity Camp for Kids 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 27-July 25. No camp July 4. $10 one time initial fee per participant. $45 weekly fee per participant. Colvin Recreation Center, 2820 S. Roosevelt. 316-303-8023
McAdams Summer Activity Camp for Kids, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. May 27-July 25. No camp July 4. $10 one time initial fee per participant. $45 weekly fee per participant. McAdams Recreation Center, 1329 E. 16th St. 316-337-9222.
Summer of Discovery
Wichita Park & Recreation will help your kids discover an action packed summer. Summer of Discovery for ages 6-13 is an 11-week program with fun provided from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Kids will enjoy field trips, swimming, games, crafts and more. Cost is $95 per week per child.
Edgemoor Summer of Discovery May 27-August 8. Edgemoor Recreation Center, 5815 E. 9th. $95 per week per child. 316-688-9392.
Linwood Summer of Discovery May 27-August 8, Linwood Recreation Center, 1901 S. Kansas. $95 per week per child. 316-337-9191.
Orchard Summer of Discovery May 27-August 8, $95 per week per child Orchard Recreation Center, 4808 W. 9th St. 316-350-3119.
3022 S. McLean Blvd.
Outdoor Adventure Camp Discover all the activities the great outdoors has to offer, such as fishing, archery, horseback riding and kayaking. Learn how to build a campfire and cook lunch, ride the paddle boats, play miniature golf and other fun outdoor games. Fee: $139.
Session 1: For ages 10-15. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 2-6.
Session 2: For ages 6-9. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 9-13.
6655 E. Zimmerly
Wichita Park & Recreation Specialty Camps
Weeklong themed camps at Boston Recreation Center that focus on one topic. Engage your child with physical and intellectual challenges, crafts and interactive games related directly to that theme. All camps are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Enroll at any recreation center or at www.Wichita.gov.
Project Runway Camp Do you have a passion for fashion? Campers will create some fierce fashion accessories, design their own T-shirt, learn about makeup and hair styling, and receive modeling tips and participate in a fashion shoot. On the last day you’ll rock the runway while showing off your new skills. June 2-6. Ages 6-13. Fee: $125
Creative Treasures Find your path to creativity and have a blast exploring your inner artist. Campers will create crafts such as polymer clay, decoupage, beaded jewelry, duct tape projects, soap making and more. June 9-13. Ages 6-13 Fee: $125
Camo Camp G.I. Joes and Janes, get ready for some action. Each squad will participate in archery, sling-shot firing ranges, Nerf contests, boot camp obstacle courses and tug-of-war competitions. Create your own camo shirts and learn more about military life. June 16-20 Ages 6-12 Fee: $119
Mad Scientists Make pop bottle rockets, gooey slime, invisible ink and other fun and wacky hands-on experiments that will bring science to life. June 23-27. Ages 6-12. Fee: $125
Sports Madness This action-packed week will introduce kids to the basic sports such as basketball, football, soccer and tennis. Also enjoy unique sports like floor hockey, water polo, track and field, gymnastics, volleyball, archery and dodge ball. Enjoy games, learn officiating skills and develop good sportsmanship. July 7-11. Ages 6-12. Fee: $119
Girl Power The perfect camp for girls to try new activities and make new friends. Girls will feel empowered and gain self-confidence through learning self-defense, getting creative with arts and crafts and being active with swimming, archery, Zumba, yoga, obstacle courses, dance and games. July 14-18. Ages 8-13. Fee: $119
Medieval Times Step back in time and have a royal blast. All Knights shall prove their bravery through archery, jousting and fun games like storming the castle. Create your own armor and coat of arms, design a catapult, learn to juggle like a jester and defend the castle against dragons and wizards. July 21-25 Ages 6-12 Fee: $125
So You Think You Can Dance? Join the dance party and learn some fun and easy hip hop moves, pom routines and create your own Stomp-style routines using brooms or other available items. Make your own props, design your own dance outfit and accessories and showcase your new skills during a final performance. July 28-Aug. 1. Ages 8-13. Fee: $119
Survivor Teams will participate in physical challenges along with mental contests such as puzzles, riddles and memory games as they try to outwit, outlast and outplay their fellow campers. August 4-8. Ages 6-13. Fee: $119
Derby High School, 920 N. Rock Road
Sixth Grade Center Cafeteria, 715 E. Madison Ave.
Camp Center Stage Schoolhouse Rock Live: The Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series is the basis for this musical. Young actors will learn many aspects of stagecraft including voice projection, singing and choreography as well as behind-the-scenes aspects of technical theater. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 2-July 28, Derby High School. $55. Ages 8-16.
Pre-Cool Creation Camps: Creation camp offers a four-day camp each week for exploring fun themes. Choose one week or sign-up for as many as you desire. Derby High School. 9-9:50 a.m. $28. Ages 3-5.
Week 1: As Fast As the Wind – How fast can you make the wind go? In this class you will use all kinds of everyday items to make art including marbles, toy cars and trucks, straws and maybe even a roller coaster. June 2-5.
Week 2: Recyclable Art – Egg cartons, cardboard tubes and chug containers are just a few of the things that will be transformed into art. June 9-12.
Week 3: Wild Things – Drawing inspiration will come from the book “Where the Wild Things Are.” June 16-19.
Week 4: Mud Pies – Spend a week in the mud! Make pinch pots, hand pressings, letter holders, and more. June 23-26.
Week 5: It’s a Bug’s Life – Using stories like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “A House for Hermit Crab,” make all kinds of crawling creatures. Use different types of materials to construct your creatures, including paint, glue and clay. July 7-10.
Week 6: All the Colors of the Rainbow – Using paper, paint, yarn and even ink, explore the world of color and its many possibilities. July 14-17.
Week 7: Planes, Trains and Automobiles – We will draw, paint, and create vehicles from unicycles to big trucks. July 21-24.
Art Discovers Creation Camp: Creation Camp offers a four-day camp each week for exploring fun themes. Choose one week or as many as you desire. 10-11:30 a.m. Derby High School. $28. Ages 6-9.
Week 1: Pop Art – From self portraits to animal collages, you will explore and create new works of art inspired by artist Andy Warhol. June 2-5,
Week 2: It’s a Breeze – Create whimsical clay wind chimes and catch summer breezes. Learn to make and use mosaic tiles to create these 3D works that can weather the great outdoors. Campers have opportunities throughout the week to work on the wheel. June 9-12.
Week 3: Super Heroes – Create your own super hero or create new stories for an old one. June 16-19.
Week 4: Seurat the Dot – If Seurat could dot, then so can you. Explore and create art work like artist Georges Seurat. Using rolled paper, paint, pastels and markers, you will discover worlds of dots and patterns. June 23-26.
Week 5: Van Gogh Places With Paint – Use painting media to explore the world of color inspired by artist Vincent Van Gogh. July 7-10.
Week 6: Make an Impression – Using a range of materials, explore the world of printmaking. Poke, tear, cut, pinch, scrape and press to create art. July 14-17.
Week 7: X-Ray Vision” – If you could take a photograph and turn it inside-out, what would it look like? In this class, you will use photographic imagery as a foundation for turning things inside-out. July 21-24.
“Recreation Station”: Games, crafts and a dive in the pool are all waiting for you. Participants need to bring a sack lunch, swimsuit and towel each day. Sign up for all 9 weeks and receive a season pass to Rock River Rapids. Pre-registration is required. Registration is open to kindergarten-fifth grade (2013-14 school year). 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., June 2- Aug. 1 (no camp July 4), Sixth Grade Center Cafeteria. $95 per week, $836 for all nine weeks. Ages: kindergarten through fifth grade.
Derby Kite Festival: Join us for an afternoon of kite flying. The day includes a candy drop, making your own kite, races, show kites, kite vendors and a food truck. 1-4 p.m. May 17, High Park, 2801 E. James. Free.
World’s Largest Swimming Lesson: In an attempt to break the Guinness World Record, Rock River Rapids will join aquatic centers from around the world as a part of the World’s largest swimming lesson. 10-10:30 a.m., June 20, Rock River Rapids, 1900 E. James. Free.
“Ice Cream Day”: Did you know that July is National Ice Cream month? Bring your family and friends out for a cool treat. 1-2:30 p.m., July 8. Hand Park, 633 S. Lakeview, S. Lakeview Drive; 6-7:30 p.m. Oaklawn Activity Center, 4804 S. Clifton. Free. 316-529-2677.
“SpongeBob Squarepants Day”: Bring your cameras to take pictures with SpongeBob. 1:30- 3:00 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m., July 24, Rock River Rapids, 1900 E. James. Regular gate admission. All ages.
Rock River Rapids 500: Be at Rock River Rapids for the Green Flag of the annual Rock River Rapids 500. When the doors open Styrofoam race cars will be available to purchase for $3 each, then head over to the “Detail Shop” where you can decorate your car for the big race. Cars do not have to be decorated, but must be purchased before 2 p.m. to be eligible for the race. 1-3 p.m. (race starts at 2:30 p.m), July 9, Rock River Rapids, 1900 E. James. Regular park Admission plus $3 per car. All ages.
Tot Time Exploration: Swim with your child without the big kids around. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., June 7-Aug. 16. Rock River Rapids, 1900 E. James. Two children per adult and regular admission is required. $8 under 17; $9 for 18 and up. Ages: 5 and younger, and they must be accompanied by someone 16 or older.
2014 Summer Fest: An outdoor hobby, activity and informational fair to introduce children, youth and families to healthy activities. Prizes, food, booths, hands-on activities. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. High Park, 2801 E. James, Derby, 316-371-3652. Free.
2111 North Maize Road
Birthday parties: Birthday parties every Saturday. Packages available: Gym, Cheer, Fun & Fit parties.,Birthday Parties,Every Saturday,$100,1 - 18 years old.
Sack lunch: Every Friday afternoon 11:45am to 2:00pm for 3 to 10 year olds. Late sign-up fee applies., Every Friday,$9 / $14 (late sign-up),3 - 10 year olds.
Kids Night Out: Just the thing for kids who love to play in our gym, 4 hours of supervised gym time, games, rates and FUN! Pizza and a movie included., Every third Saturday of the month,$20 (late fee applies),3 - 10 year olds.
Swim lessons: Learn proper swim techniques and life saving skills. 1 to 5 student ratioLevels: Parent / child to level 4, June 2 - July 31,$55 to $75,Tot and older.
Outdoor Xtreme Training: Group Fitness (Ages 5-11 yrs., 12-15 yrs., & 16-Adult).Personal Training, Military Preparation, Team Building / sports Team conditioning, Individual and Team Competitions, Birthday Parties & Fireman/Law Enforcement Conditioning., Call for details, Cost varies, 5 yrs. - Adult.
Ninja Warrior/Parkour: Learn Parkour using our Outdoor Xtreme Training Complex.,,Mon - 7:30pm-8:30pm, Fri 6:00pm - 7:00pm,$40 / month (1x week) or $75 / month (2x week) and $15 registration,10 yrs and older.
All Star cheer Tryouts: Tryout to be one our All-Star cheerleaders., Ongoing, Call for pricing, 3 and older.
12345 E. 21st St.
Baseball Camp: For boys entering grades 4-8. 9 a.m.-noon July 17-18. Fee: $55, includes T-shirt.
Basketball Camp: For boys entering grades 3-5. 12:45-2:45 p.m. June 10-13. Fee: $60, includes T-shirt.
Basketball Camp: For boys entering grades 6-8. 3-5 p.m. June 10-13. Fee: $60, includes T-shirt.
Basketball Camp: For boys entering K-2nd grade. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 11-13. Fee: $50, includes T-shirt.
Basketball Camp: For girls entering K-4th grade. 1-3 p.m. June 16-18. Fee: $50, includes T-shirt.
Basketball Camp: For girls entering grades 5-8. 3-5 p.m. June 16-19. Fee: $60, includes T-shirt.
Speed and Agility Camp: Improve sports performance by working on speed, agility and basic weight training. For students entering grades 2-8. July session offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 7-31. Choose 10:30-11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. session. Fee: $60, includes T-shirt.
Speed and Agility Camp: Improve sports performance by working on speed, agility and basic weight training. For students entering grades 2-8. June session offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 2-26. Choose 10:30-11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fee: $60, includes T-shirt.
Strength & Conditioning: For girls and boys entering grades 6-8. Offered from 9:15-10 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 9-July 31. No class week of June 30. Fee: $50, includes T-shirt.
Junior Knights Football Camp: Learn basic terminology, fundamentals and schemes for the upcoming season from Trinity’s head football coach, Jared McDaniel. For boys entering grades 2-8. 6:30-8 p.m. July 28-31. Fee: $50, includes T-shirt.
Soccer Camp: For students entering grades 5-8. 6-8 p.m. May 27-30 or June 24-27. Fee: $60, includes T-shirt.
Soccer Camp: For students entering kindergarten through 4th grade. 9-11 a.m. May 27-30 or June 24-27. Fee: $60, includes T-shirt.
Volleyball Camp: 1-3 p.m. June 23-25. Learn the fundamentals of serving, hitting, passing and setting from Trinity’s head volleyball coach, Marie Goscha. For girls entering grades 6-8. Fee: $55, includes T-shirt.
Wrestling Camp: 10:30-1:30 p.m. July 21, 22, 24, 25. For boys entering grades 4-8. Fee: $110, includes T-shirt.
Wrestling Camp: 8:30-10:30 a.m. July 21, 23, 25. For boys entering kindergarten through third grade. Fee: $50, includes T-shirt.
4201 E. 21st St., WSU
Braeburn Golf Camps: Coed camp for ages 8-16. Classes will be Monday through Friday during the months of June and July. Lessons will focus on chipping, putting, bunker play driving and the full swing. This camp is for all skill levels. Choose any 7 days for $100; 14 days for $200.
Northwest shore, El Dorado Lake
Summer Youth Sailing Program: Come sail with us. U.S. Sailing Certified instruction for ages 8-17. All boats, equipment, T-shirt, book and instruction included. No previous experience required, but students must be able to swim. Classes meet three days a week for three weeks. Sessions offered from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays June 9-26 and July 7-24. Cost per three-week session: $95.
2100 E. 45th St. N.
Summer riding camps: Week-long riding camps during June, July and early August for ages 4 and up. Camps are 8 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday. Students ride twice a day and show off their new skills on Friday during a horse show. Fee: $175 per week.
10727 E. 39th St. South, Derby
Summer Horsemanship Sessions: Daily educational activities and riding the horses. Indoor and outdoor arenas available. Class size is limited. 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, May 5-Aug. 4. Morning: $175/session, afternoon: $125/session. Ages: 5-8.
1551 N. Rock Road
854 N Socora
GFFT Tennis Clinics: Introductory tennis lessons underwritten by the Genesis Foundation for Fitness & Tennis. Fundamental skills are covered by tennis professionals at the Rock Road and West Central health clubs.
Classes are offered Monday through Thursday. Classes for ages 6-9 are 2-3 p.m. Classes for 10- to 15-year-olds are 3-4 p.m. Classes are offered June 9-12, June 23-26, July 14-17, July 21-24 and Aug. 4-7. Cost: $20 for four days. Tennis racquets are available for purchase for $10.
9115 E. 13th St.
wcsks.com. Click on summer exploration.
Kickin‘ Kids Karate: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays from June 4 to Aug. 6. A fast-paced, energetic class. Students will learn basic concepts of Goju Ryu Karate at their age level working on balance, coordination, listening skills, cooperation, respect and teamwork. Students will learn basic commands and counting in Japanese. For ages 4-7. Fee: $179.
MMA/Karate: Mondays only June 2-Aug. 4. Class focuses on sparring and wrestling, teaching punches, kicks, throws, take downs and submissions with techniques from karate, tae kwon do, wrestling, judo, jujitsu and aikido. For ages 10 and up. $79 for the summer or $42 per month.
Karate: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11 a.m. Saturdays. June 3-Aug. 9. Karate is for everyone, no matter your physical condition. The main focus is practical self-defense that works. We teach strength, endurance, coordination, balance and overall discipline. Karate classes may help students with ADD. No experience needed. Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate. For students 7 and older. New students $126 for whole summer, or $63 per month.
13303 W. Maple, Suite 143
Walk-My-Dog Program: June 1-July 31. Walk your own dog on your own schedule and on your own route and win prizes for distances walked. Free. For all ages.
Summer Sport Clinics: Kids can hone their skills on a favorite sport this summer as they work with local athletes, coaches and YMCA sport directors.
At the East YMCA, 9333 E. Douglas, 316-685-2251:
Volleyball for girls ages 7-10, 1-3 p.m. July 21-24. Fee: $50.
Basketball for boys and girls ages 6-12, 1-3 p.m. July 14-18. Fee: $50.
Soccer for boys and girls ages 6-12, 9-11 a.m. July 7-10. Fee: $50.
At Sierra Hills, 127th and Pawnee, 316-685-2251:
Golf for boys and girls ages 7 and older. Fee: $75 for a four-day session.
90-minute classes meet daily from 10-11:30 a.m. June 2-5, June 9-12, June 16-19 and June 23-26.
At the North YMCA, 3330 N. Woodlawn, 316-858-9622:
Basketball for boys and girls ages 7-9, 9-11 a.m. June 16-20. Fee: $50.
Basketball for boys and girls ages 10-13, 1-9 p.m. July 7-11. Fee: $50
Swimming lessons: Two-week and one-month classes available for ages 6 months to adult. Fees starting at $24. Available at all Wichita Y locations.
Junior Day Camp: Directed by Brad Louderback, WSU head men’s coach; Kevin Montisano, WSU assistant men’s coach. June 2-5, June 9-12, July 28-31. Full day: (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) $345; half day: $225. All skill levels. Ages 9-18.
Hershey’s Track & Field Game: Events include 50-, 100- and 200-meter dashes; 400-, 800- and 1600-meter runs, standing long jump and softball throw. Participants may enter two field events and one running event or one field event and two running events. Compete in basic track and field events in local, district and state meets, and qualify for the annual North American Final Meet held in Hershey, Pa. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., June 5, Derby High School Panther Stadium, 920 N. Rock Road. Free. Ages: 9-14.
Preschool Game Day: Bring your children for active games that provide fitness and healthy recreation. 10-10:45 a.m. June 11. Hand Park, 633 S. Lakeview; 10-10:45 a.m. July 9, Garrett Park, 1100 E. Chet Smith Ave.; 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Aug. 6, Rock River Rapids, 1900 E. James St. Free. Ages: 2-6.
Volleyball Camp: This three-day volleyball camp will be instructed by former Wichita State volleyball player Cori Broddle. The camp will teach the fundamentals of the game and team play. 10 a.m.-noon, June 16-Aug. 18. Derby Recreation Commission, 801 E. Market. $40. Ages: 4th-8th grade (2014-15 school year).
USSSA Softball Camp: Camp will cover all aspects of softball including hitting, bunting, proper techniques of throwing and catching, fielding, base running and more. All clinics will be instructed by local and state college coaches and current and former college players. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 12, High Park, 2801 E. James. $55. Ages: 7-15.
525 N. Broadway
Weird Animals, June 9-13. When kids feel weird, different or even lost, nothing compares to the love of Jesus. Camp includes an optional afternoon of swimming and fun. For those who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Fee: $40.
3224 N. Tyler Road
Weird Animals, 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. June 16-20. Kids discover that Jesus loves them no matter what. Bible-learning activities include “science-y fun experiments,” cool songs, team-building games, and treats. Pre-register at www.northwestfmc.blogspot.com. For kids who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Fee: $15 per child.
600 N. Greenwich Road
Blast Off, 8-11:30 a.m. June 2-6. Go to the moon and back learning about outer space, planets, stars, rocket ships and astronauts. Have fun in the S-O-N, learning how the same God who made the universe and put the stars in the sky knows each of us by name and loves us. For ages 3-5. Fee: $75.
Meridian Avenue Baptist Church, 200 N. Meridian, Wichita
Wilderness Escape Vacation Bible School, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Aug. 3-8. Free. For kids entering kindergarten through fifth grade.
3700 E. Mt. Vernon
Treasure Seekers: July 21-25, 9:00-11:30. Free to Children PK-6, please call 316-683-7535, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register.