Festive Family Outing

Embark on a holiday adventure with your kiddos in Wichita’s downtown. Start the day with a visit to local favorite Old Mill Tasty Shop, a throwback 1920’s style soda shop with delicious breakfast items, blue-plate lunch specials or enjoy a slice of homemade carrot cake or a classic ice cream sundae. 

With full bellies and light hearts, head to visit Santa Claus and let the kids share whether they’ve been naughty or nice. Be sure to snap the classic Santa photo to send to Grandma and Grandpa. 

Afterwards, visit Exploration Place in the Museum District for educational and interactive activities that the entire family is sure to love. Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit by viewing the Kansas in Miniature display, which will be decked out for the Christmas season with lighting, holiday music and even a festive mini parade. 

While at the museum, enjoy the sights and sounds of “Let It Snow” playing in the Digital Dome Theater and Planetarium, a soaring 60-foot tall screen with an immersive 360-degree view. Lastly, let your imaginations run wild and engage in hands-on activities. Create your own airplane and fly a mission in the Design, Build, Fly exhibit or get inspiration for your Christmas list in the Toytopia exhibit, where you’ll find the world’s largest Etch-A-Sketch, a life-size dollhouse and a retro video arcade.

Discover winter adventures this holiday season in downtown with your family and make lasting memories.

Participate in this experience and enter to win a yearlong membership to the Botanica Gardens valued at $250, which includes admission for your family all year, admission to select special events such as BOOtanica, Tuesdays on the Terrace, Illuminations and more. 

Giveaway Guidelines

Share your unique experience on social media and be entered to win a prize worth $250. There will be one winner for each of the four experiences. Follow these three simple steps to win:

  1. Choose your experience: Festive Family Outing, Holiday Hoopla, Dazzling Date Night or Spirited Shopping Experience
  2. Post a photo of yourself participating in one of the experiences on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  3. Tag @downtownwichita and use #DiscoverWinterAdventures


Prizes Per Experience

A winner will be announced for each category on Monday, Jan. 7. Participants will be notified via their social media accounts. If you have any questions, please message Downtown Wichita on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Good luck!