Fun-Filled Family Activities For Free

Having fun with the family doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. These fun-filled activities and events in Kansas are all free.

Hutchinson Zoo

Hutchinson Zoo

Some of Kansas' zoos are completely free! One of our favorites is the Hutchinson Zoo. Though this zoo is relatively small (it sits on nine acres), it offers plenty for children to see and do. The prairie dog exhibit is popular among little ones, and kids will love to watch bison crossing the water through telescopes.

Location: 6 Emerson Loop E., Hutchinson, Kansas, 67501
Phone: 620-694-2693
Rates: Admission is free.
Website: hutchgov.com

Interactive Fountains

Wichita is home to many city parks, and several of them feature interactive fountains. Your kids will love to run, play and cool off in these popular water fountains that squirt high into the air. If you are looking for a fun, free activity this summer, head to one of Wichita's local parks.

Locations: Central Riverside Park, Lincoln Park and several others.
Phone: 316-268-4361
Rates: Admission is free.
Website: wichita.gov

KU Natural History Museum

Bring your whole family to the Natural History Museum located on the campus of Kansas University in Lawrence. Here, kids (and adults) can learn about creatures and cultures from around the globe. The museum is home to one of the world's largest dioramas. From dinosaurs to penguins and bugs to bison, no matter your kids' interests, they'll love exploring and discovering at this natural history museum.

Location: 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, Kansas, 66045
Phone: 785-864-4450
Rates: Admission is free.
Website: naturalhistory.ku.edu

Gage Park

A day at the park with the family is a great way to enjoy the weather, get some exercise and have a lot of fun. Gage Park in Topeka is a spectacular 160-acre attraction that is perfect for a picnic or just hanging out. The park also has a number of attractions -- including a carousel, mini-train, gardens, the Topeka Zoo, Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center and more.

Location: 635 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, Kansas, 66606
Phone: 785-267-1156
Rates: Admission is free.
Website: parks.snco.us

Wichita Art Museum Workshops

The Wichita Art Museum is a popular attraction for families to visit. In addition to their exhibits and galleries, they also host a number of free workshops for kids. The WAM Kids Workshops are held in the summer months for children ages 6 to 15. The activities include scavenger hunts in the galleries, art-making activities in the studio and much more. Throughout the school year, you can find a number of other workshops for kids as well, including Art Start for preschoolers and Artventures family drop-in art explorations.

Location: 1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, Kansas, 67203
Phone: 316-268-4921
Rates: Admission to the museum is free on Saturdays (and free every day to children ages 5 and under). The workshops are also offered for free.
Website: wichitaartmuseum.org

You can also find a number of other free activities and events throughout Kansas, including summer outdoor concerts, park events and cultural performances. Check with the local parks and recreation department or the city convention bureau for more information and event schedules.

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