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22 Things To Do in Wichita During COVID-19

April 10, 2020

Whether you're staying at home with kiddos or doggos, finding things to do is the name of the game. Consider this your COVID-19 bucketlist with activities to do in and outside of your home, including entertainment just for kids (and the young at heart). 

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Outdoor Odysseys

1. Appreciate local art by going on a mural crawl along Douglas Avenue or a sculpture walk through Wichita State University's campus. Have you seen the largest mural in the world by a single artist yet? Get to it!

2. Recreate the Wichita flag out of random objects such as twigs, pebbles, cereal or LEGOs.

3. Go for a walk or bike ride and compete with your family to see who can spot the most Wichita flags. Some neighborhoods have their own scavenger hunts and activities, like teddy bears in windows or driveway chalk drawings with uplifting notes.

4. Take advantage of Wichita’s 108 miles of bike paths by exploring a different part of the city.

5. Hammock by the Arkansas River, view the memorials and find the troll.

6. Get a glimpse of the early 1900s by going on a Wichita History Walk through downtown, Delano and College Hill. Download the Pocket Sights app and take a step back in time with historical photos, fun facts and audio commentary.

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Experience the Great Indoors

7. Recreate the artwork from the collections of the Wichita Art Museum and Ulrich Museum of Art in your home. The Wichita Art Museum has a plethora of resources for kids, including an iSpy game to play while perusing the Museum’s outdoor sculpture garden.

8. Check out the Douglas Design District’s #RelentlesslyOriginal murals online and color them, too.

9. Purchase postcards from a local business (like The Workroom) and send them to your loved ones near and far.

10. Learn how to sew face masks and donate them to Project Protect. (If that doesn’t go well, the organization takes monetary donations, too.)

11. Tune in to the Symphony at Home Broadcast Series by the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Radio Kansas. The program airs on 90.1 FM every Friday in April at 7 PM. 

12. Make a new friend by writing a letter to a resident at a senior living facility such as Kenwoodview Health and Rehabilitation.

13. Watch live videos by the Sedgwick County Zoo of flamingos, tigers, hippos and more. This is especially useful if you’re going through Tiger King withdrawals.

14. Listen to a new-to-you local band or musician such as Pretend Friend, Harrison Steele or 2020 American Idol contestant Arthur Gunn.

15. Try out a new podcast hosted by locals. The Wichita Eagle compiled a list of 14 regional podcasts hosted by authors, advocates and local professionals.

16. Buy a cookbook from Tanya’s Soup Kitchen and learn how to make their delectable soups, sandwiches and desserts. You can also support local business by ordering take out from a new restaurant or ordering locally roasted coffee online. See resources to support local below.

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For Kids and the Young at Heart

17. Perform your own science experiments with help from the Exploration Place’s daily Stay at Home STEM activities. Be sure to do your best – there’s a prize on the line for the most successful experiments.

18. Bring the Cosmosphere space museum into your living room with daily space history lessons and hands-on crafts.

19. Get creative with Botanica Garden's daily craft challenges, nature-themed photos and videos and live storytime every Tuesday and Thursday.

20. Draw dinosaurs with help from a Field Station: Dinosaurs expert.

21. Take on the Mark Arts Isolation Exhibition challenges – only the best exhibitions win a prize.

22. Unite baseball and math, geography and language arts with Wichita Wind Surge educational worksheets and coloring pages.