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Our mascots will host several events throughout Wichita, visiting each of our six districts. Some events will be exclusive and some will be public events but have added perks for City Crew Members. Attending each event will earn you Barry's Bucks which will get you discounts off any class offered by Park and Recreation. Everyone will get to ride a city transit bus and see how different routes go through our entire city.

  • Feb 2
    Kickoff Event
    Riverside Tennis Center
    1 - 3pm

    Let's kick this year off with a bang! Join us at Riverside Tennis Center for our Kickoff Event, a chance for Crew Members to meet all of the mascots first hand, have photos taken with them and much more! Enjoy various activities that will be set up inside our heated bubble, such as a bounce house, SNAG-O-Potumus, pickle ball games, tennis drills, face painters, balloon artists, plus a DJ to keeps everyone groovin'!

  • Feb 16
    Fire vs Police Thunder Game
    Intrust Arena
    5 - 7:05pm

    Youth jerseys are given out to the first 1,000 kids. HUGE event for kids! City Crew Members get in free with badge. Parents pay $5 (regularly $25).

  • Mar 30
    Kansas Critters
    Great Plains Nature Center
    1 - 3pm

    Come visit some of Barry the Bison's Kansas friends and their habitats! City Crew members will be super busy with five different nature activities planned. 

    Coleman Auditorium: Learn more about our state symbols and play "Animal Jeopardy." 

    Critter Classroom: City Crew members will have a private experience and get up close and personal with a snake! Don't forget to check out the Box Turtle and Salamander which are both state symbols. 

    Nature Trail: A trained naturalist will lead a 20-minute nature exploration hike through Chisholm Creek park (weather permitting). 

    Koch Habitat Hall Hands-On Interactive Exhibits: See and feel animals native to Kansas and find out what tracks they leave behind. Don't miss the 2,200 gallon aquarium full of fish! Scavenger Hunt: Find as many things on the nature list as you can! Turn in your completed list before you leave a receive a prize!

  • April 27
    Firefighters in Training
    Fire Training Facility
    1 - 4pm

    ​City Crew members will experience what it’s like to be a firefighter at the Wichita Fire Department’s Fire Training Facility, here in southeast Wichita (4780 E. 31st South)! Sparky and his fire crew will teach fire safety tips, along with Barry and Sgt. Justice. Kids will be able to explore the WFD fire training tower and gain a better understanding of what to do in the event of a real fire, while in the MPEU (Mobile Prevention Experience Unit). The MPEU is a small version of a home that can simulate a fire by allowing smoke to come through the ceiling. Kids can learn first-hand when it’s time to evacuate, why smoke alarms are important and how to safely escape. Finally, hop inside multiple fire apparatus and see the view from behind the wheel just like the fireman do!

  • Jun 8
    Grillin' & Chillin'
    Riverside Park
    12 - 2pm

    Come out to Grillin’ & Chillin’ with your Wichita Police Department (WPD). Enjoy hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks and the opportunity to interact with WPD Officers and the City Crew Mascots! Additionally, there will be a dunk tank and your chance to dunk a police officer. Hope to see everyone there!

  • July 20
    Summer Splash
    Harvest Pool
    6:30 - 8:30pm

    ​During the summer what better way to cool off than taking a dip in a pool! Barry, Sgt. Justice and Sparky are excited to see the crew members at Harvest pool while everyone participates in splash contests, races, play games, free swim and enjoys pizza. The mascots are going to start looking for swimsuits now, we hope they can find something in their size…

  • Aug 24
    Fun in the Sun
    OJ Watson Park
    10am - 12pm

    ​Which mascot will win a challenging obstacle course? Attend Fun in the Sun to find out! You can also enjoy the course, participate in adventure games and check out a water rescue live at OJ Watson Park. Enjoy jumping around in a bounce house, then head over to the newly remodeled miniature golf course with the family. ALL ABOARD! Don't miss the train as it ventures through the 119 acre park and stops next to two awesome playgrounds to monkey around on. Barry, Sgt. Justice and Sparky are excited to be in the great outdoors and hanging with the crew.

  • Oct 19
    Skate Sensation
    Ice Center
    12 - 2pm

    ​As the season turns to cooler weather our mascots are learning to try new things, like ice skating! Join Barry, Sgt. Justice and Sparky at the Wichita Ice Center to receive ice skating demos and enjoy free skate time with the family. This will be our last event of the year and we will total up Crew Members Barry Bucks to offer discounts towards Wichita Park & Recreation activities and classes. Make sure to view the Barry's Bucks page and check out how to earn more points before the last event.

Wichita Park & Recreation
455 N Main, 11th Floor
Wichita, KS 67202
Wichita Fire Department
455 N Main, 11th Floor
Wichita, KS 67202
Wichita Police Department
455 N Main, 4th Floor
Wichita, KS 67202
Wichita Transit
777 E Waterman
Wichita, KS 67202