Area activities, attractions and diversions

A College Hill Pool lifeguard with a very blue summer sky.
A College Hill Pool lifeguard with a very blue summer sky. The Wichita Eagle

Area attractions


All Star Adventures, 1010 N. Webb Road. Twenty-two attractions including 14 rides. Cost is per activity. Call for hours, 316-682-3700, www.allstarwichita.com.

All-Star Sports West, 8333 W. 21st St. Cost is per activity. Call for hours, 316-722-7529.

Laser Quest Wichita, 2120 N. Woodlawn, Shop No. 470. Open Mon.-Tue. by reservation only. Hours 6-9 p.m. Wed.-Thu., 4-11 p.m. Fri., noon-11 p.m. Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun. Admission $8, per game. Information, 316-652-9500.

The Edge Paintball Adventures, K-96 and Ridge Road. Outdoor park with nine paintball fields. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; weekdays by reservation. Play starts at $10 for all-day session; group rates available. Information, 316-773-0537 or www.wichitapaintball.com.

Wichita Ice Center, 505 Maple. Call for public skating hours. Admission $6, ages 4-under free; skate rental $2. Information, 316-337-9199, www.wichitaicecenter.com.

Historic fun

Augusta Historical Museum, 303 State St., Augusta. Open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Free; donations accepted. Information, 316-775-5655.

Butler County History Center & Kansas Oil Museum, 383 E. Central, El Dorado. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., May-September. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat., October-April. Museum admission $4, $3 for senior citizens, students $2, 5 and under free. Information, 316-321-9333.

Clearwater Historical Museum, 149 N. Fourth, Clearwater. Open 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sun. or by appointment. Free. Donations accepted. Information 620-584-2444.

Halstead Heritage Museum and Depot, 116 E. First, Halstead. Open 2-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. and by appointment. Free. Information, 316-835-2267.

Harvey County Historical Museum & Archives, 203 N. Main, Newton. Open 10-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat. (except major holidays). Admission $3, $2 youth ages 5-17, children 4 and under free. Information, 316-283-2221.

Kansas Aviation Museum, 3350 George Washington Blvd. Museum housed inside Wichita’s first municipal airport, opened in 1934. Includes hand-on exhibits, Sim Adventure Center, historic planes under restoration, flight simulator, Jimmie Allen Flying Club Exhibit, KC-135, B-52, 727 and other historic planes. Museum hours through Feb.: closed Mon. and Tue., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Admission $8, $7 ages 60-up, $6 ages 4-12, ages 3-under free. Information and Sim reservations, 316-683-9242.

Kansas Firefighters Museum, 1300 S. Broadway. Open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Private tours by appointment. Admission $3, senior citizens $2.50, students $2, under 5 free. To book a tour, call 316-264-5990.

Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in the Wichita Boathouse, 515 S. Wichita. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Free; donations accepted. Information, 316-262-2038.

Rose Hill Historical Museum, 106 S. Main, Rose Hill. Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on second and fourth Saturdays of each month or by appointment. Free; donations accepted. Information, http://rosehillhistoricalsociety.com/.

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 1-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Admission $4, $2 ages 6-12, under age 6 free. Information, 316-265-9314 or wichitahistory.org.


CityArts, 334 N. Mead. Hours 1-9 p.m. Mon., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tue. -Thu., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., and until 9 p.m. the final Friday of the month. Free. Information, 316-462-2787.

Coutts Museum of Art, 110 N. Main, El Dorado. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-4 p.m. Sat. Closed major holidays. Free; donations accepted. Information, 316-321-1212.

Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. General admission $9:50, $8 seniors, $6 ages 3-11, ages 2 and younger and members free. Exploration Park open dawn-dusk; free. Information, 316-660-0600.

Great Plains Transportation Museum, street-level visitors entrance at 700 E. Douglas. Outdoor railroad rolling stock displays, indoor displays. Admission $5, $3 ages 3-12. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. year-round and 1-4p.m. Sun. April-Oct. Information, 316-263-0944.

Kansas African American Museum, 601 N. Water. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat. Tickets $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors and students, $2.50 children 5-17, free for members. Information, 316-262-7651.

Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center, 1100 N. Plum, Hutchinson. Hall of Space Museum and Carey IMAX Dome Theater. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 12-5 p.m. Sun. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter). Single venue tickets $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for children, seniors over 60 and military. Full passes include: one IMAX film, one planetarium show, Dr. Goddard’s Lab and the Hall of Space Museum. Full passes are $18, or $16 for seniors, military and ages 4-12. Children under age 4 free when sitting on parent’s lap. Information, 620-662-2305 or 800-397-0330, www.cosmo.org.

Kansas Learning Center for Health, 505 Main, Halstead. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Admission $2, $1.50 students and senior citizens, family $5. Information, 316-835-2662.

Kauffman Museum, Bethel College, 27th and Main, North Newton. Hours 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Admission $4, $2 ages 6-16, 6-under free. Information, 316-283-1612.

Mid-America All-Indian Center Museum, 650 N. Seneca. Museum and gift shop hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Indian tacos available 5-8 p.m. Wed. Museum admission $7; $5 for ages 55 and up, ages 12-18, students ages 13 and up and military; $3 ages 6-12; ages 6-under free. Information and tours, 316-350-3340.

Museum of World Treasures, 835 E. First St. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Admission $8.95, $7.95 for senior citizens, $6.95 ages 4-12, children under 4 free. Tours and group rates available. Information, 316-263-1311.

Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd. Hours 9:30-4:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., noon-4:30 p.m. Sun., April 15-Nov. 15. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat., Nov. 15-April 15. Admission $7.75, $6.50 for seniors, $6 ages 12-17, $5.50 ages 4-11, free for under age 4 and members. Group rates available. Information, 316-219-1871.

Prairie Rose Chuck Wagon, 15231 SW Parallel Road, Benton. Gates open at 5 p.m. with horse-drawn wagon rides, old cowboy movies, Silver Screen Cowboy Museum. Dinner served at 6:30 followed by Orin Friesen & The Prairie Rose Rangers on Thu.- Sat., and Riders for the Cross on Sun. Jan.-March scheduled event shows only or by appointment. Tickets $30, $10 for ages 6-12, $5 for ages 3-5. Reservations required, 316-778-2121.

Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd. Summer hours (March-October) 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; winter hours (November-February) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $13.95, $11.95 for seniors, $8.95 for children, ages 2 and under free. Information, 316-660-9453.

Tanganyika Wildlife Park, 1000 S. Hawkins Lane, Goddard. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through August. Adults $13.95, $10.95 ages 60 and older, $8.95 ages 3-11, free for ages 90 and older and younger than 3. Information, 316-794-8954, www.twpark.com.


Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University. Outdoor sculpture garden open 24/7. Free. Information, 316-978-3664 or www.ulrich.wichita.edu.

Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed major holidays. Admission $7, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, free for children under 5. Saturdays always free. Information, 316-268-4921.

Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Open 1-5 p.m. Tue.-Sun., closed major holidays. Free. Information, 316-634-2787.


Botanica, 701 Amidon. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. year-round, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Tue. and Thu. and 1-5 p.m. Sun., April-October (except most major holidays). Gallery free; garden admission $7, $6 ages 62-up, $5 ages 3-12, under age 2 free. Information, 316-264-0448.

Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 W. Hickory, Hesston. Extensive wildflower plantings. Visitor and Education Center, open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. through October. Grounds open daily dawn to dusk, year-round. Self-guided tour brochure of the gardens available. Free. Information, 620-327-8127 or dyckarboretum.org.

Eagle Valley Raptor Center, 927 N. 343rd Street West, Cheney. Eagles, hawks, falcons, Spectacled and Eagle Owls, Birds of Prey Educational Tour, covered pavilion for picnics. Open 9 daily a.m.-dusk. Admission $5; ages 3-under free. Call 316-393-0710 for appointment, www.eaglevalleyraptorcenter.org.

Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th St. North. Koch Habitat Hall with interactive displays, aquarium, wildlife observatory, gift shop, animal presentations, two miles of wheelchair-accessible nature trails. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Sat. Gift shop hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Nature trail hours sunrise to sunset. Free. Information, 316-683-5499.

Lake Afton Public Observatory, MacArthur Road (aka 39th Street South) at 247th Street West. Admission $3, $2 ages 6-12, under 6 free. Hours 7:30-10p.m. Fri.-Sat. For program and observing hours, call 316-794-8995 or 316-WSU-STAR.

O.J. Watson Park, 3055 S. Lawrence Road. Park open for picnicking, fishing and playground usage, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Rides 5-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Park admission free. Miniature golf, paddle boats and train rides $2.50, pony rides $2. Information, 316-529-9940.