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.
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.
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!
The best Christmas lights in the Hutchinson area are often widely advertised, but there are events just a short drive away you won’t want to miss, too. Check out these Christmas light attractions near Hutchinson!
Nights Before Christmas
Each year, the Hutchinson Zoo hosts the Nights Before Christmas where visitors can take in a spectacular light show via holiday train. The HCC automation engineer technology students produce the show each year. Families can take pictures with Santa, drink hot cocoa, and eat cookies while they take in a wonderland of Christmas lights. Nights Before Christmas is open on Dec.7, 8, 14, and 15, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person. Zoo members get to enjoy the event for free.
Wichita may be nearly an hour from Hutchinson, but Illuminations is worth every minute on the road. Located in Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, Illuminations may be Kansas’ best Christmas light display. More than a million lights illuminate the garden through Dec. 31. A beautiful fireworks display will close out 2018 in style. Garden members can purchase entry for $7. Non-members can get in for $10.
Holly Jolly Jurassic Holiday
What’s better than getting into the Christmas spirit? How about adding dinosaurs into the mix? At Holly Jolly Jurassic Holiday, that’s exactly what happens. Located in Wichita, this unique attraction features 44 dinosaurs wrapping gifts and decorating trees with lights and ornaments. This lighting event takes place through December 23, at Field Station.
To make sure your vehicle is ready for all your Christmas adventures, schedule a maintenance check with the trained service technicians at Midwest Superstore.
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.