Happy three-day weekend! Don’t let the rain get you down, because this weekend is filled with activities. Here’s what’s happening in the Wichita area Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Elephant exhibit at the zoo: The beloved, long-awaited elephant exhibit is finally open. Wichita’s elephants traveled from Africa to live at the Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley exhibit at the Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd. Admission costs $9.95 for children, $14.95 adults. 316-266-8273.
Summer kickoff at the Waterfront: The Waterfront Plaza, at the 13th and North Webb, has many free events lined up Saturday. Join Whole Foods for yoga on the patio 9-10 a.m., then take a family-friendly boot camp class from Orange Theory 10-11 a.m. and treat your active self to a grill out, face painting, snow cones, live music and kids crafts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Businesses at the Waterfront Plaza will also give away drawing prizes.
Hopping Gnome anniversary celebration: Hopping Gnome, 1710 E. Douglas, will celebrate its anniversary Saturday with new beers, local food and live music. Wichitans 21 and older can eat lunch at noon from Chef Roberto Simmons and dinner starting at 6 p.m. from Hot-2-Trot Gourmet Hotdogs. A three-band lineup will play 6-8 p.m.
Dinosaurs at Exploration Place: Explore the new “Dinosaurs in Motion” exhibit at Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean, which opens Saturday. The educational exhibit doubles as a kinetic art gallery. Exhibit-goers can control 14 dinosaur sculptures – some controlled with motors and others with pulleys and levers. The exhibit will remain in Wichita from Saturday until Labor Day. Hours:10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Admission costs $9.50 for adults; $6 for ages 3-11; and $8 for 65 and older. 316-660-0620; www.exploration.org
Steampunk Day at Cowtown: Cowtown Museum will host its sixth annual Steampunk Day – a Victorian-style science fiction event that includes demonstrations, a costume contest, cannon duel, comedy shows and other activities. The event takes place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd. $5.50 ages 5-11, $6 ages 12-17, $7.75 adults. 316-219-1871.
Frank Lloyd Wright in Legos: Check out more than 20 Lego-form buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and other notable architects at the Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Models include Wright’s masterpiece Fallingwater and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Visitors can also create Lego masterpieces of their own. The models will be on display through Aug. 7, open 1-5 p.m. Tue.-Sun. with free admission. wcfta.com.
316 Music Festival: Head to McAdams Park on Saturday between noon and 7 p.m. for live music, bounce houses, free health screenings, free haircuts for kids and more. The genres of music run the gamut – jazz, hip-hop and R&B to name a few. Half of the event proceeds go to scholarships for young men involved with the annual Beautillion. For more information, visit www.strongwillenterprises.com. The event takes place at 1329 E. 16th St. $5 buttons are also available for a menu item from the smoke house and a chance to win a gift bag.