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Indian Center’s end-of-summer party full of twists

Contact: Angela Cato |

The Mid-America All-Indian Center is throwing an end-of-summer party that is just as unconventional as its name: “Museum Flip Flop: Stories in the Sun, Tours in the Dark.” The party will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22 at the Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca. It will include activities for adults and kids that have never taken place inside the Indian Center before. Admission is $3.50 plus tax for adults and youth ages 13 and older; children 12 and under will be admitted free.

“Our goal was to create an entirely new event built around the unexpected,” said Indian Center Director April Scott. “We’re still providing authentic American Indian experiences and educational opportunities; they’ve just been given fun twists to fit within a summer theme.”

Activities will include:

  • Campfire Stories Under the Flags
    This is a whole new take on American Indian storytelling, since it is traditionally done outdoors under the stars and nighttime sky. This time, the American Indian stories that have been passed down from generations will be told indoors by American Indian Elder Jan Brooks under the 73 flags of American Indian nations that hang inside the Indian Center’s Gallery of Nations.

  • Museum Tours in the Dark
    Visitors have never seen the Indian Center Museum with the lights off. On Aug. 22, however, that will change as staff lead flashlight tours through the Museum, whose exhibits take on a different feel in the dark. Flashlights will be provided by the Indian Center.

  • Meet and greet and pictures with Kneehigh the Miniature Horse
    Kneehigh is a 15-year-old, 33-inch-high American Miniature Horse who makes regular appearances around Wichita in his trademark “tennis shoes.” He may be half the size of the horses mentioned in American Indian history, but he has twice the personality.

  • Indoor Chalk Art
    Forget paper and markers, or even sidewalks for that matter! Kids of all ages will be invited to show off their creativity on the Gallery of Nations cement floor using sidewalk chalk. Indian Center staff aren’t certified Guinness record keepers, but this could turn into Wichita’s largest chalkboard.

  • Craft kits for kids and more surprises!
    You and your family will have to show up on Aug. 22 to find out what other surprises await you!

For more information about the “Museum Flip Flop: Stories in the Sun, Tours in the Dark” party, go to or call 316-350-3340.

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