Get your weekend on with these great local events!
Thunder Hockey vs. Tulsa Oilers at Intrust Bank Arena, April 8
This Friday, come out and support the Wichita Thunder Hockey Team as they once again take on the Tulsa Oilers at Intrust Bank Arena. The game will begin at 7 p.m., and doors will open at 6 p.m. Prices for the event vary, but tickets are available for $11-$34.
April 8 is Batman vs. Superman Night presented by the Kansas Honor Flight. Guests will be able to enjoy a special guest visit from Batman himself! If that's not enough, it's also Learning Quest Reading Program Night presented by Eaton Place, United States Air Force, Newman University and Green Lantern. There will be a team photo giveaway, and it's a specialty jersey night, so you won't want to miss out!
Pajama Party at the Sedgwick County Zoo, April 8
Nothing says Friday night like a pajama party, and the Sedgwick County Zoo is ready to celebrate! From 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., children are invited to come to the zoo in their pajamas! The party, intended for children ages newborn to kindergarten will offer a discussion, a craft, a snack and a bedtime story, in addition to a one-of-a-kind zoo experience! The theme this week is tropic treasures, so stop by and check it out.
An admission cost of $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers will cover one child and one adult. An additional $4 will be required for each additional guest. Space is limited, so preregistration is required. Registration is now open for all classes.
Westside Food Truck Rally, April 8
Photo by the Brown Box Bakery Facebook page.
Catch some of Wichita's best food trucks on the west side this Friday night from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. This food truck rally began last summer, and it kicks off this year's food truck season!
The trucks will be at Reflection Ridge Plaza Center, at 7348 W. 21st St. The season's food truck rallies will be held on the second Friday of each month, and will highlight different trucks at different times. The event will also feature local live music.
Guests can expect to see Brickhouse BBQ, The Brown Box Bakery, B.S. Sandwich Press, The Flying Stove, Funky Monkey Munchies, Garden of Eatin’, The Kamayan Truck, Kind Kravings, Kona Ice, Let’m Eat Brats, and the Xclusive Booze Truck at the event.
Tulips, Forts and Fairies at Botanica, April 9
The annual event Tulips, Fairies & Forts returns to Botanica, and this year it promises a season filled with activities, crafts, games and, you guessed it! Tulips! The event runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each Saturday through April 16, and will! feature different activities for each session. This weekend things will get wild, as Tanganyika Wildlife Park brings some exotic animals! Poppy the Clown will also be present from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests will also be able to enter into a competition for a chance to win a free Botanica membership! The annual Fairy House Competition returns, allowing participants to build their very own fairy houses, and a free membership will be awarded to the designer of the best house! A copy of the Fairy House Competition form can be found here.
This activity is included with general admission ($7 adults, $5 kids, free for ages 3-12,) and is free for members. A variety of activities will be available each Saturday, including the Fairy House Competition and voting, crafts, Fairy dress up and photo props, bounce house and more!
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood at the Orpheum, April 9
Wichita's Historic Orpheum Theatre will host Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live on on April 9. Bring the kids out to see the performance which features interactive adventures, laughter, singing, dancing and fun! Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood serves to teach children about important social skills through creativity, imagination and music. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is a hit with both kids and parents, as it has been ranked the number two program for kids ages 2-5, and the number two program for and moms with young children in 2015.
The show begins at 3 p.m., and ticket prices range from $30 to $60. Upper balcony seating is available for $30, and tickets are $35 for seats in the lower balcony, $40 for seats in orchestra Rows E-W and $60 for VIP orchestra rows A-D seats. Tickets are available online through Selectaseat, or in person at the Intrust Bank Arena box office or select Dillon’s locations.
Paddle Battle at Sand Creek Station, April 9
Sand Creek Station hosts the second annual Paddle Battle fundraiser this weekend. The event begins at the boat dock on Fourth Street, located just west of downtown Newton. Participants in canoe and kayak races can opt to take either a one or two mile course. Registratin and check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and the race begins at 10 a.m. There is a $25 registration fee per paddler, and participants are encouraged to bring their own boats, as a limited number of rentals will be available. Boats can be reserved in advance by calling CaNewton at 316-288-5756. Online registration and race payment are available here. Proceeds from the race will support Heart 2 Heart Child Advocacy and Newton Rotary Club's scholarship fund.
CASAino Royale at Abode Venue, April 9
CASAino Royale returns to the Abode Venue this Saturday from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. The casino themed event will benefit CASA od Sedgwick County. CASA is a non-profit organization that advocates for children who have been abused or neglected, and as a result have been removed from their homes. CASA connects over 150 local children with volunteers who can provide them with positive guidance. The cost to attend the event is $100 per person. To enjoy a night of casino themed fun and support a great cause, come to CASAino at Abode!
The Workroom Third Anniversary Party and Artisan Market, April 9
The Workroom is celebrating its third anniversary, and you don't want to miss out! The party will feature seven live bands, 18 food trucks, over 50 craft vendors, and more. Featuring a few vendors that are new to Wichita, this event is sure to be a hit!
Catch The Brown Box Bakery, B.S. Sandwich Press,Charlie’s Pizza Taco, Chino’s Parrilla, Dappery Dodo’s Breakfast Burritos, Drink Local Truck, Funky Monkey Munchies, The Flying Stove, Garden of Eatin’, Hot-2-Trot Gourmet Hot Dogs, The Kamayan Truck, Kind Kravings, Let’m Eat Brats, Little Lion Ice Cream, Lynn’s Curbside Cookout, Mr Natural Soul Kitchen, Ms. Tosha’s Chicken, Sunflower Espresso, 86 Cold Press and the Xclusive Booze Truck at the party.
The Workroom is located at 150 N. Cleveland.
Verdi Requiem at Wichita Symphony Orchestra, April 9-10
Fans of the Orchestra are in for a treat this weekend, as the Wichita Symphony presents Verdi's Requiem. Guests will lose themselves in the music as it is expertly performed by soloists and a chorus in addition to the symphony orchestra. The performance of Verdi's requiem highlights soprano Barbara Shirvis, mezzo-soprano Sarah Heltzel, tenor Matthew DiBattista, and bass Samuel Ramey. In addition, the performance will highlight the Friends University Singing Quakers.
Verdi's Requiem will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday. The event will be held at Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center, and tickets range in price from $25 to $67.
Wichita Area Builders Association 2016 Parade of Homes, April 9-10
The Wichita Area Builders Association kicks off the 2016 Spring Parade of Homes. The three weekend long event showcases 113 brand new homes built by some of the area’s best builders. Featured homes will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during the parade. Each house will be staffed with real estate agents with information on the properties. Homes on the parade range in price from $100,000 to more than $1.5 million. Pick up a free SPring 2016 Parade of Homes magazine to view full listings, maps and descriptions of the homes.
Jazz Film + Sunday Jazz Brunch: The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith , April 10
The Tallgrass Film Association and and the Wichita Jazz Festival join to host a Jazz Film and and Sunday brunch at the Wichita Art Museum. The event will feature a rare film screening and live music. Come out and celebrate W. Eugene Smith, Wichita native photographer. Smith's photos were featured in Life Magazine in the 1940s and 1950s.
Brunch will be held in the Muse Cafe. Brunch reservations ar recommended, and can be made by phone at 316-268-4973. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., brunch will be accompanied by live Jazz music. The film screening will begin at 2 p.m.
The Wichita Art Museum is located at 1400 West Museum Boulevard.
Season Launch Party at Old Cowtown Museum, April 10
Old Cowtown Museum kicks off its season on Sunday with a season launch party! Guests will learn what new developments and exciting events will come to Old Cowtown in 2016.
The event will run from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m., and guests will be able to enjoy prizes and food! Old Cowtown Museum interpreters and volunteers will be present to further discuss the museums plans for the season. Come out and experience Wichita history and embrace Cowtown's future!
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