Social distancing doesn’t mean depriving yourself of entertainment and education. If you have a thirst for knowledge or simply want to see something interesting, there are several cool Kansas museums that you can tour virtually from the comfort of your computer.
The Kansas Museum of History
The Kansas Museum of History in Topeka is a must-see, even if you’re only visiting online. The museum offers virtual tours of a ton of past exhibits and breathtaking artifacts, including Game Faces: Kansans in Sports, All That Glitters: Dressing Up & Stepping Out, and our personal favorite, Cars: The Need for Speed.
Ulrich Museum of Art
Want to feel inspired? There’s an app for that, compliments of Wichita State University’s Ulrich Museum of Art. A free app available on the App Store and Google Play lets you visit the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection any time of day and take a self-guided tour of the museum’s many beautiful works of art. The app also features interactive maps that let you plan for your next in-person visit.
While nothing quite matches the awe you feel when you visit the Cosmosphere — found right here in Hutchinson — in person, the Cosmosphere Virtual Tour is a nice substitute. Whether you’re interested in the experience of being an astronaut or want to learn more about where we fit into the vast universe, the virtual tour helps entertain with high-quality images and supplementary audio and video.
Staying safe and healthy doesn’t have to carry the price of boredom. If your kids are feeling restless, sit down with them and take a virtual tour of one of Kansas’ best museums. For all your vehicle needs, contact the team at Midwest Superstore — we’re here to help during this trying time.
The holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s
almost time to trim the tree, hang stockings, and start your holiday shopping. Amid
all the bustle, take some time to enjoy the season with your loved ones at
these holiday events in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Nights Before Christmas at the Hutchinson Zoo: If you have little ones who love animals and the holidays, the Hutchinson Zoo’s Nights Before Christmas event is the place to be. Your family can enjoy a beautiful light show, photos with Santa, cookies with cocoa, and a festive train ride. The event opens Dec. 7 and is free for zoo members.
Cookie Exchange: If you’ve got a penchant for baking and a song in your
heart, consider attending the holiday Sing-A-Long and Cookie Exchange on Dec.
10 at the Hutchinson Recreation Commission. You’ll love swapping cookies and
singing carols with your Hutchinson neighbors at this holly jolly event.
Annual Free Craft Show: On Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., attend
Hutchinson’s largest craft fair in the Sunflower North building at the Kansas
State Fairgrounds. The show is free for all to attend and will host 104 booths.
Find the perfect trinkets for your loved ones or just enjoy being surrounded by
the creative works of your Hutchinson neighbors.
The holidays are one of our favorite times of year here at Midwest Superstore, and these local festivities are the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season.
Here at Midwest Superstore, one of the things we like best about fall is all the local autumn fests. Nearly every city and small town in Kansas hosts its own celebration, and each of these four fall festivals near Hutchinson is worth a visit.
Each year, the Church of the Blessed Sacrament hosts an Oktoberfest celebration. One of the highlights is the Run for the Poor 5K. This year’s race and festival will be held on Sept. 28.
The 12th Annual Rod Run Classic Car Show is coming to Hutchinson on Oct. 4-5. A free barbecue dinner will be offered on the evening of Oct. 4. On both days, there will be live music, craft beer, and fun activities for kids.
The town of Stafford will celebrate its 30th annual
Oktoberfest on Oct. 5. The festival includes delicious food, fun activities,
and live music. It all happens downtown.
Bethel College Fall Festival
Head east to North Newton and have fun at the annual Bethel
College Fall Festival. This year’s event will take place Oct. 12 and coincide
with the school’s first home football game of the month. The fun really starts Oct.
10 with the Taste of Newton, with fun activities across campus Oct. 11 and the
festival itself the next day.
Ever since it was first held here in 1913, the Kansas State Fair has been Hutchinson’s most anticipated annual event. Here at Midwest Superstore, we can’t wait for this year’s fair, which takes place Sept. 6-15. To get you ready, we’ve put together a brief preview of the music, food, and fun you can expect at the 2019 Kansas State Fair.
This year’s music lineup at the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand
will include acts like Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots with Nicolle Galyon;
Billy Currington; Skillet; Francesca Battistelli with Zach Williams; and Lauren
Alaina with Mitchell Tenpenny. Ticket prices vary depending on the artist, but
get yours as soon as possible to ensure that you’ll have a seat.
At the 2019 Kansas State Fair, you’ll also find exhibits for
agriculture, clothing and textiles, fine arts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and
more. Livestock exhibits will include a llama show scheduled for Sept. 6. Bring
your appetite along, because there will be plenty of food as well — everything
from deep-fried fair favorites to healthier options.
Excited yet? Start making plans to join the more than
300,000 people expected to show up this year — and get ready to take part in an
essential Kansas tradition.
Graduation time is here, and whether your grad is walking across the high school stage or the university stage, a car is the best gift you can give! Here are some reasons why your big gift for your grad should be a car from Midwest Superstore.
If your grad gets a car on his or her own, it might be the most economical option, but not the safest option. When you’re in control of what car you’re getting, you can ensure that your student will be behind the wheel of a safe vehicle.
When you give the gift of a car, you get to pick an option that
makes the most sense for your grad. While he or she might prefer a sports car
that has a lot of power, you know that a fuel-efficient vehicle with slightly
less power is a smarter and ultimately more helpful option.
If your graduate is going away to college, a car is a
perfect gift because it makes it easy to get to and from campus. You can choose
a car with enough space that’s perfect for hauling your student’s college gear
and, of course, for making the trip home to visit!
To take a look at our new or used inventory, visit us today at Midwest Superstore!
If you’re looking for fun ways to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, we’re here to help! Here are some festive Saint Patrick’s Day events in and around Hutchinson, Kansas.
ShamWalk 2019 (Hutchinson)
This yearly event lets you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in
a fun, group setting. This pub crawl is a group event that will give you a
“Punch Card” to use at participating establishments. There are giveaways,
activities, and t-shirts. The event typically takes place the weekend before
Saint Patrick’s Day, meaning the bars you visit won’t be too crowded.
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade (Wichita)
If you’re up for a short drive, you’ll love the Saint
Patrick’s Day Parade on March 16 in Wichita’s historic Delano neighborhood. This
parade is full of vintage cars, lively bands, and plenty of floats. A “Paddy’s
Parade Pit Stop” will take place at 810 W. Douglas, where you can enjoy food
trucks and games.
Aero Plains Brewing St. Paddy’s Day Block Party (Wichita)
Enjoy this block party thrown by Aero Plains Brewing, where the festive-colored beer will be flowing. Huffy and the Night Train and Ten Day Wish will perform live music. Five different food trucks will be on hand to serve yummy local eats. This event will take place on March 16 and runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To find out even more about some Saint Patrick’s Day festivities, or to celebrate with us, stop by Midwest Superstore!
Trunk or treat is rising in prominence in recent years, as more and more communities dedicate themselves to providing a safer and more reliable spot for young children to gather their candy on Halloween, surrounded by people they can trust. Part of the fun of trunk or treat is decorating your vehicle, so here are some ideas.
All you have to do for this one is get a green tarp with some giant googly eyes, stick some frog legs made of cardboard on the side, and have a long red tarp falling out of the mouth for a tongue.
If you want your theme to expand beyond your vehicle, this can be a fun one. Set up several tables with tablecloths in front of your open trunk, along with some small display cases for “bakery goodies,” or candy. You can nail home the cafe vibes by putting a fake awning on your liftgate.
Mad Scientists’ Lab
Stick some caution tape and a biohazard sign around your vehicle, then set up a table with beakers and vials full of water with food coloring. Don’t forget the white coat, gloves, or safety goggles!
This is a pretty simple one for somebody without much time, money, or artistic talent. All it takes is putting some giant vampire teeth on the trunk of your vehicle! You can find ways to spice it up with some giant eyeballs or bat wings.
If your car is scary without a trunk-or-treat costume, let the team here at Midwest Superstore find a ride that’s right for you.
Celebrate summer with these family-friendly outdoor activities designed to entertain the whole family.
One of the most tried-and-true things to do with your family is heading to the zoo, and the Hutchinson Zoo has plenty of fun activities and animals to see. You and your crew can hitch a ride on the train, check out the Prairie Dog Complex, marvel at the Lagoon Overlook, and visit with feathered creatures in the Wildlife Aviary.
Yoder Amish Community
An established community for over 125 years and with 100 Amish families, Yoder offers tourists the sight of horse and buggies and historical homes, as well as handmade goods and locally-grown, fresh food.
Dillon Nature Center
Get outside and in the midst of beautiful landscapes at the Dillon Nature Center. It features three miles of trails, a fishing pond, and a children’s play area, in addition to over 300 species of plants and 200 species of birds.
Want to get out of the house but stay out of the sweltering, hot weather? Strataca gives you and your family the unique experience of heading 650 feet underground to a salt mine beneath Kansas. A guided tour leads visitors through chambers and lets you collect your own piece of salt from the mine. Plus, the Underground Vaults & Storage chamber is used to securely keep many objects including movie props and costumes!
There are many more family-friendly outdoor activities in Hutchinson, but these should get you started on a great summer. To ensure your car is up to the driving challenges of summer, schedule a maintenance check with our trained technicians at Midwest Superstore.