Keeper of the Plans

Things to do in Wichita with dad for Father’s Day 2017

Stearman Field is having its annual fly-in this Saturday, which you can watch from inside the Stearman Field Bar and Grill. The restaurant will be serving a limited menu.
Stearman Field is having its annual fly-in this Saturday, which you can watch from inside the Stearman Field Bar and Grill. The restaurant will be serving a limited menu. File photo

Editor’s note: Tickets to the Clint Black concert in Andover are only being sold online. A previous version of this story was incorrect.

This Sunday is Father’s Day, so now’s the time to start planning your weekend with dad.

While some dads would be perfectly content grilling out all day and taking a nice nap in the recliner, some are raring to go out and spend quality time with the family.

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Luckily, there are plenty of Father’s Day festivities planned around the Wichita area this weekend.

Check this listing below to see what’s going on in Wichita this weekend for dad’s big day:

Free things to do

▪ Wichita Art Museum (Saturday)

The Wichita Art Museum is free to all on Saturdays. The museum, at 1400 W. Museum Blvd., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

▪ Stearman Field (Saturday)

The annual fly-in car show is this Saturday at Stearman Field Bar and Grill. It’s free to come in and watch the planes come and go all day. It starts as early as 7 a.m., and there will also be a car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live band Lucky People will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight. The airport is at 14789 SW 30th Street in Benton.

▪ Old Cowtown Museum (Sunday)

Old Cowtown Museum is also free to all on Sundays. Both the admissions to Cowtown and the Wichita Art Museum are paid for by Colby Sandlian. The museum, at 1865 W. Museum Blvd., is open from noon to 5 p.m.

Saturday events

Donuts with Dad

10 to 11:30 a.m. Sat., CityArts, 334 N. Mead

Every dad loves donuts — at least CityArts is banking on that being true. The gallery will host a morning of arts-and-crafts activities for the whole family, including pinwheel-making and cross-stitch bow ties and ties. Best of all: While you’re working on those projects, you can enjoy free donuts from Paradise Donuts. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 316-350-3245.

$5 for kids, accompanying adults free.

Clint Black in Andover

6 to 10 p.m. Sat., Andover Central Park, 1607 E. Central, Andover

Country singer Clint Black is coming to Andover Central Park this Saturday evening for the fifth annual Concert in the Park. Special guest John Michael Montgomery will also be in attendance. Local 13-year-old songwriter Mollie Beaver, who recently sang the national anthem at a Kansas City Royals game, also will perform. Gates open at 6 p.m., concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are only being sold online at

$10. Children 12 and under free.

Day of the Dad

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Twister City Harley-Davidson, 5427 Chuzy Drive

American Legion Riders Post 4 will be selling $5 burgers and hot dogs with chips and holding raffles at this Saturday event at the Harley-Davidson dealership. There will be several vendors posted outside as well, along with $1 beers. Across the Pond will perform live from 1 to 3 p.m.

Free to attend. 316-440-5700

Sunday events

Father’s Day Car Show

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd.

This annual tradition is back at the Sedgwick County Zoo. See a variety of classic cars, antique autos and vintage hot rods in the parking lot, then go inside the zoo to check out your favorite animal exhibits. Dads get in free when accompanied by a paying child — or another admission.

Dads free with paid child’s admission. $15.95 adults 12-61, $11.95 children 3-11 and seniors 62+, free for children 2 and under., 316-660-9453

Wichita Wingnuts vs. Fargo-Moorhead Red Hawks

1:05 p.m. Sun., Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, 300 S. Sycamore

How about some good, old-fashioned baseball fun with dad? The Wingnuts are playing against the Fargo-Moorhead Red Hawks, and there’s a Father’s Day special: buy-one-get-one lower box tickets. You can purchase those ahead of time online, using the promo code: FATHERSDAY17.

$8-$15., 316-264-6887

Free admission at Tanganyika

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Tanganyika Wildlife Park, 1000 S. Hawkins Lane, Goddard

If dad is big into interacting with animals, this may be the option for you. Fathers get free general admission this Sunday at Tanganyika Wildlife Park. There is an additional cost for extras such as feeding animals.

Dads free, $19.99 for adults, $14.99 for children 3-11, $15.99 for seniors 60-89., 316-794-8954

Blues and BBQ with Moreland and Arbuckle

4 to 7 p.m. Sun., Bartlett Arboretum, 301 N. Line Street, Belle Plaine

At first, the idea of an outdoor concert this Sunday may seem crazy, but don’t worry — Bartlett Arboretum has plenty of trees to keep you cool and in the shade. The arboretum is hosting a concert by favorite local band Moreland and Arbuckle, who plan on breaking up in the near future. So if you like Moreland and Arbuckle, this is one of your last chances to see them. You can either bring food, or eat from Lyons Den BBQ, Luciano’s Italian Cuisine, and Little Lion Ice Cream — which will all be on scene.

$10., 620-488-3451

Father’s Day Ice Cream Social

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Kansas Aviation Museum, 3350 S. George Washington Blvd.

The Kansas Aviation Museum is hosting a special where fathers get in free with a paid child’s admission this Sunday, and perhaps coolest of all — literally — the museum is also hosting an ice cream social for the first 50 families in attendance. The museum opens at 10 a.m., and the ice cream is scheduled to start at noon.

Dads free with paid child’s admission. $9.50 adults, $7.50 children 4-12, $8.50 seniors 65+, free for children 3 and under., 316-683-9242