How many of you remember the original “Wichitawesome” skit on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”?
The 2012 skit, which lampooned Wichita as a hip spring break destination, spawned a flurry of righteous indignation from Wichitans that year. The city even went so far as to create a video response to the skit, subjecting a cardboard cutout of Kimmel to decided debauchery here in town.
The original Kimmel video is nowhere to be found online, but the name stuck.
It’s five years later, spring break is once again upon us, and Wichitans are left with an existential question: Can spending spring break in town actually be “Wichitawesome”?
I’d submit that it’s indeed possible, if you follow a few of my tips.
A lot of these ideas revolve around getting outside and seeing the natural beauty of Kansas. Many newcomers to Kansas, and even lifelong Wichitans, never make an effort to get out and see the beautiful landscapes this state has to offer. Regardless of how long you’ll stay in Kansas, you won’t regret being able to say that you actually went to the effort to see all that the state had to offer geographically.
It’s not too hard to find a satisfying spring break activity in Wichita proper for the whole family, as many museums and other local attractions host special events nearly all week long.
Here are some of those events.
▪ Wichita Art Museum: During spring break, the Wichita Art Museum is hosting special events for students from elementary to high school, its own Artcation. All week long, there will be special projects in the museum’s Living Room and screenings of family films. Every day has a new theme. And, of course, the galleries are open. All students through college-age get in for just $1. Regular admission applies for adults.