Moms don’t always need an expensive gift, often the best gift is time spent together with their children and loved ones.  If you’re looking for some fun and FREE ways to enjoy time with your mother this weekend, several of Wichita’s favorite tourist spots will repeat their Mother’s Day tradition of providing free admission to mothers, with some providing free admission for the entire family. 

Wichita Zoo 

Visit the Wichita Zoo and enjoy their newest babies and their zoo moms and a great family atmosphere! All moms are admitted free when accompanied by a paying child. (If child is 2 and under, another paid admission will get mom free admission.  The zoo is open from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Mother’s Day. 

Go early for breakfast – from 9 a.m. – 1: p.m. at the Zoo Pavillion.  Enjoy a wonderful all-you-can-eat Chris Cakes pancake & sausage brunch for just $5 a plate.


Admission is free for mom at Botanica on Mother’s Day from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Addition to a tour of the gardens, there are several additional ways for mom to celebrate at Botanica. Moms can sip on a mimosa or wine while they enjoy the gardens.  Moms can also enjoy lunch at Mother’s Day Cafe provided by Friends of Botanica. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nothing fancy here just brats and hamburgers, with ala carte pricing. 

The Iris Club, Rose Society and the Prairie Winds Daylily Club will also be having a show and sale on Mother’s Day.

If you’re not a mother, tickets for adults are $7, $6 for seniors, and $5 for children ages 3-12. Admission for children ages 2 and under is free. 

Wichita Art Museum

Admission to the Wichita Art museum is free for everyone on both Saturday and Sunday. More than just art, Mother’s Day Weekend is always the Museum’s Annual Art and Book Fair. The art portion of the fair will feature national and regional artist outside the museum and inside hundreds of books will be on sale. Entertainment will be staged throughout the Fair.

Tents will be scattered around the museum’s grounds displaying a wide variety of works made by 50 artists from far away and local favorites. There are outstanding works of art in painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, 3-D and 2-D multimedia, fiber, wood, glass, and printmaking.

Book collectors from all over the region flock to this annual event to look for great finds in new, used, and rare books. Thousands of books in every conceivable genre will be available inside the Museum.

New for this year, in response to community requests, local book authors will be on hand to sign and sell their published works. A wide variety of subjects will be available, including children’s books.

Throughout the Fair there will be musical entertainment to enjoy as you stroll through the artist booths or browse the tables of books.

Hours for the museum this weekend are:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.


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