The start of the school year is fast approaching for Wichita so there’s a good bet your district is about to welcome students to a new year of learning, too. If you’re looking for a last-minute family getaway before school starts, here are a few events and attractions worth the trip to Wichita.

Exploration Place
For the family that wants a primer before heading back to class, we recommend Exploration Place. As Kansas’ premier science center, Exploration Place features traveling and permanent interactive and educational exhibits – as well as a few activities that are just plain fun for the whole family! A focus on STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – can be found in nearly every exhibit, whether the kids are learning about water conservation in Kansas, exploring nanotechnology or taking in an exciting live science show featuring the periodic table of elements. After taking an educational adventure through the museum, step outside for a round of mini golf and playtime in Exploration Park!

Featured Exhibits and Events

The Explore Kansas exhibit, open now through December 31, highlights Kansas’ land, water, weather and life with elements featuring bison, storm chasing and a new aquifer.

The Hall of Heroes exhibit, open now through January 1, 2018, is a superhero fan’s dream come true, featuring movie props, costumes, memorabilia and more.

To experience the Hall of Heroes without your favorite sidekick, RSVP for the adults-only Capes and Cocktails event 7-10 p.m. August 11!

Wichita Wingnuts
Take your family out to the ball game and catch the Wichita Wingnuts in action at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Week night games start around 7 p.m. so you have plenty of time to grab dinner at a nearby restaurant in Wichita’s Historic Delano District, such as Picasso’s Pizzeria, Delano Barbeque Company or Ruben’s Mexican Grill, before the first pitch. Every night has a special promotion, but Fridays are a real treat with post-game fireworks!

Upcoming Games

Back to School Events
Celebrate the end of summer with a high-flying kite workshop at CityArts’ Back to School Bash 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 12. Space is limited so call 316.350.3245 to reserve your spot. Children are $5 with an accompanying adult.

Find more fun Saturday, August 12, at Towne East Square with its Back to School Event 1-3 p.m. Free and kid-friendly, you can meet Wu Shock from Wichita State University, take photos in a photo booth and participate in a back pack giveaway. The Kansas Aviation Museum and the Wichita Public Library will also be in attendance.

Local boutiques and vendors are getting together 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, August 18, at the Wichita Boathouse for ICT Pop-Up Mall: Back to School Night. Free and open to the public, you can enjoy dinner from local food trucks while you shop fall styles and summer clearance.

Other Events in August
ICT Comic Con 2017

Captain ICT welcomes all things science fiction, comics, movies and fun to Wichita August 11-12 for ICT Comic Con 2017. Featuring panels, celebrity guests, gaming, an art contest, super heroes and Wichita’s only science fiction expo, ICT Comic Con ups the ante for its second year running.

All ages are welcome and admission is free for kids 12 and under both days – everyone gets in free Friday, August 11 and for just $3 Saturday, August 12.

Calling all cosplayers: Embrace your love for comics in Wichita

Wingapalooza 2017
Enjoy all-you-can-eat wings for just $20 ($25 day of) at Wingapalooza 2017 11 a.m.-3 p.m. August 12! A beer garden featuring local craft beer and music from a live DJ join more than 20 restaurants and chefs showcasing their culinary flare and vying for their wings to be known as the best in Wichita. The Anchor, Wings and Things and the Monarch, among other restaurants, are throwing their wings into the ring this year so don’t miss out on your chance to vote for the “Lord of the Wings.”

Try the best wings Wichita has to offer at Wingapalooza.

2017 Iron ChileHead Competition

Johnson’s Garden Center in Wichita sources Hatch Green Chiles for this food and beer competition: The 2017 Iron ChileHead Competition. Participating food trucks, including B.S. Sandwich Press, Let’m Eat Brats and Uno Mas, and breweries, including Hopping Gnome Brewing Company, River City Brewing Company and Wichita Brewing Company, create a special menu featuring the roasted chiles. Local food and beer judges will determine which menu item deserves the coveted Iron ChildHead trophy.

All ages are welcome noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug 19, to enjoy the food trucks and live music. The beer portion of the event is ticketed for adults 21 and older. Tickets are $25.

Wichita is the perfect weekend destination for families looking for last-minute fun before school starts. Plan your trip today!