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YPW Ten Things To Do This Summer Blog

May 20, 2015

Top 10 Things to Do This Summer

By Shea Zuckerman, Ambassadors Action Team Member

Meg Foreman - YPW Program & Marketing Manager

As we thaw from the deep freeze of winter, let’s look at what our city has to offer this summer for those with a drive for some sun and fun with current friends and soon-to-be friends. Check out this list of some of the best options (but certainly not the only options, Wichita has a lot to offer if you know where to look). There’s something to suit most tastes here.


  • Movies at the Drive-in

Yes kids, drive-in theaters still exist, and we have one of the very best in the country. Some of the best action movies come out in summer, and why should you have to choose to stay inside a dark box to see them? Don’t do that; see the movie outside in the comfort of your car under the stars. It’s 3 movies for the price of 1 at the Starlight Drive-In.


  • 5K Fun Run Races

I used to have a strict policy of only running if something with teeth and claws was chasing me, but then I discovered the awesomeness that is a 5K. These are attainable races for anyone of any skill level, add elements such as neon paint at night or giant bags of colored flour and you get a themed event that is unforgettable, all while exercising! I recommend the Glow Run, Color Run, or Color Me Rad Run.


  • Run/Walk/Explore at the Nature Center

Out east is a park-ish place called the Great Plains Nature Center. It costs nothing to park there and walk or run the trails. I have never been without seeing some interesting wildlife. You can also take food out there and have a picnic. I think they even allow fishing from the boardwalk that spans across the pond.


  • Get schooled and become a grillmaster

All Things BBQ is a successful and growing local business in Delano that has recently added a state-of-the-art grill patio and store. In addition to these upgrades, they teach classes on grilling that range from proper smoking and traditional meat grilling, to grilling dessert. Yeah, you can do that!


  • Take me out to the ballgame!

It’s fun, it’s inexpensive (or nearly free on some nights), and you get to heckle and nobody looks at you funny. It’s Wingnuts Baseball! It’s a great way to unwind after work, and occasionally they will do fireworks to accompany the game.


  • Get local produce

May marked the beginning of the Saturday Old Town Farmer’s Market, where you can peruse a unique selection of produce and other goods straight from the farm to your hands. It doesn’t get more local than this. Check it out every Saturday morning from 7am-noon.


  • Get jazzed up!

I highly recommend the Bradley Fair Summer Concert Series. Every summer they put on jazz concerts for free in the center of the mall. It’s professional music, and amateur dancing (depending on who in the crowd has their dance shoes on). Bring chairs, drinks, food, and your dog. It’s all good and very cool at these concerts on Thursday’s from 7:30-9:30pm.


  • Slide down the street

Slide the City is coming to Wichita on July 4th! They will close a large section of the road and set up what amounts to a giant Slip-N-Slide. You get a tube at one end, and you fling yourself down the street as fast as you can! It’s an awesome time.


  • Tuesdays on the Terrace

Botanica Gardens has taken it a step farther than plants by offering an after work retreat into the garden for music, drinks, and food. Every Tuesday from 5:30-8pm, a regular $7 dollar admission gets you access to the garden and the concert. Garden members get in for $3.


  • KEYN Summer Concert Series

Starting July 10th at the Waterwalk Plaza, KEYN will host a free concert every Friday from 6-10pm. To add to the festivity, most of the famous Wichita food trucks will be at each concert to serve you. Bring chairs or sit on the lawn.

Photo via Flickr user BigSky4U

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