Wichita Outdoor & Virtual Spring Break Activities 2021
COVID-19 still has many of us Wichitans sticking closer to home for Spring Break, but there are still plenty of things to do! For this year's Wichita Spring Break Activities list, we've picked outdoor and virtual activities to enjoy with family or your "bubble." Many are low-cost, and some are even free!
Spring Break Sneak Peek at Field Station: Dinosaurs
All over Kansas, the critters are waking up from their long winter's naps, including...dinosaurs?! That's right! Head south to Derby to see over 40 life-size dinos, along with live shows and games. Your admission ticket also includes Jurassic mini-golf. Sneak Peek Week runs March 20–28, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tickets are $12 for all ages 2 and up.
Spring Break at Great Plains Nature Center
Hungry for some nature in your diet? Great Plains Nature Center (GPNC) delivers a week of virtual and in-person programming all about Predator vs. Prey! From March 22–26, the whole family can take part in virtual programs, outdoor animal encounters, story walks at Chisholm Creek Park, crafts and more. See the schedule on the Facebook event page.
Spring Break at Botanica
Get out of the house and into the garden! From March 22–27, the whole family can enjoy seeing early spring bulbs in bloom, finding gnomes (!), decorating with chalk and even naming Botanica's newest resident, a friendly tarantula! Spring Break activities are included with regular admission or a Botanica membership.
Artcation From Wichita Art Museum
WAM's popular Artcation program has gone virtual! From March 23–26, kids can take part in free and fun online activities. The interactive projects will use common art supplies you may already have at home.
Take an Outdoor Art Tour
You may already know about the Keeper of the Plains, Douglas Design District murals and the bronze sculptures downtown, but have you ever taken a walking tour to enjoy them up close and personal? Wichita State's Ulrich Museum of Art and the Wichita Art Museum also feature outdoor art installations and sculpture gardens.
Near the 13th street entrance of Sedgwick County Park you'll find the Art Walk, a beautiful meadow designated for interactive, family friendly environmental art. You can walk the Turtle Maze, a huge installation made of Kansas limestone.
Spend the Day at O.J. Watson Park
One of the largest parks in Wichita, O.J. Watson Park is 119 beautiful acres including a 40-acre lake. Pack a picnic lunch or something for the grill—you'll need energy to take in everything this park has to offer! Explore trails, play outdoor games and mini golf, rent a pedal boat, and even ride a miniature train! Admission to the park is free, with a fee for rides and some activities.
Mark Arts Virtual Workshops
Kids ages can create suncatchers, frames, mugs and paintings with art workshops held over Zoom! The cost of $25 per workshop includes materials. See the schedule here.
Take a Walking or Biking Tour
See Wichita in a whole new way, out from behind your windshield or passenger window glass. The Bike Walk Wichita app delivers a curated collection of self-guided walkable and bikeable routes right to your smartphone. You can explore the river path, parks and neighborhoods, see outdoor art and more. The app even points out historical information and points of interest.
Learn more about Wichita's history by taking the Wichita History Walk. The Wichita Public Library offers three different routes on the PocketSights app, including Historic Downtown, Wild West Delano and East Douglas Heritage.
Need more ideas?
If you're looking for ways to keep occupied at home, take a look at our Fun Ideas to Stay Entertained at Home article.