Ready to burn some energy this winter? There is plenty to do in Wichita when it’s too cold or too dark to be outside. We have lots of indoor attractions and activities, many providing hours of family fun at an affordable cost.
In “Where to find indoor fun in Wichita Part 1” we covered Wichita’s array of museums, escape games and unique movie theaters. We’re following up that blog post with some ideas for active indoor pursuits. The next time you’re looking for something to do inside in Wichita, consider these options:
Bowling, laser tag, go karts and arcades
Get the family together for a few frames at one of Wichita’s bowling centers. Northrock Lanes has 48 lanes, West Acres Bowl has 36 lanes and The Alley Indoor Entertainment has 32 lanes. The Alley also has indoor electric go karts, a laser maze and an arcade.
Laser Quest offers a multi-level arena for live action laser tag, and in the same complex you can race go karts on one of the country's only indoor asphalt tracks at Xtreme Racing & Entertainment.
All Star Sports and All Star Adventures have large arcades. While both have go karts, they operate outdoors alongside the miniature golf. You can also play laser tag at the west location (All Star Sports).
For indoor miniature golf, the only game in town is GlowGolf, played under black lights with florescent golf balls and putters. They also have a laser maze challenge.
You’ll find ages 5 to 85 on the indoor foam dart battlefield at Dart Warz, a game similar to paintball but played with Nerf blasters. Players can bring their own dart blaster or use one of theirs. You’ll usually get in about 15 games in an hour. Prices are $8/hour per person weekdays, $10/hour per person weekends.
Besides hosting practices and tournaments for soccer, basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball, Wichita Sports Forum opens up its sports courts when they are not in use by teams. That includes beach volleyball every Saturday on the facility’s indoor sand volleyball courts. Call ahead to see what other courts are available for $10 open play.
All Star Sports offers a 25-foot climbing wall and for Wichita’s only full service indoor rock climbing gym, head to Bliss Bouldering and Climbing Complex. Bliss has a 38-foot top-rope and lead climbing area and a 15-foot bouldering area with top-outs. They welcome first-time climbers as well as experienced climbers.
Whether you’re into hockey, figure skating, speed skating or just looking to spend time with family, the Wichita Ice Center offers lessons and time on the ice at their indoor facility. They offer public ice skating sessions daily, check their schedule on Facebook for times. They rent skates and also operate a concession stand. Cost ranges $5-$10, including skate rental, depending on the day of the week. The center also offers a family skate package for $30, including admission and skate rentals for a family of four.
Urban Air Trampoline Park is a 30,000-square-foot indoor trampoline park and family fun center with a variety of activities on wall-to-wall trampoline arenas: foam pit, dodgeball court, slam dunk track and runway. They are open daily. If you plan to jump more than one hour, go to urbanairtrampolinepark.com for coupons for $15.99 all-day passes or a group fun pack.
Aviate Extreme Air Sports, inside Wichita Sports Forum, offers 20,000 square feet of foam pits, obstacle courses, flying trapeze and other aerial fun. They are open daily and offer specials most days of the week, from Monday’s Family Night package ($35 for four) to Club Aviate nights featuring black lights, glow lights, laser lights and music on Friday and Saturday.