Room 5 brought a taste of fall into the classroom learning to make their own homemade applesauce! Wichita is filled with many family-friendly events to help your family enjoy the season.
Homemade Applesauce Recipe
3 lbs. apples, cored and sliced (Granny Smith are excellent)
½ cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Simmer on high for 1½ hours. Mash when soft. Chill and serve.
Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular at Botanica, October 10-12
Throughout Botanica, there will be 500 uniquely carved pumpkins lit up for everyone to see, These pumpkins have been carved by volunteer groups and individuals in the Wichita community. They will have live music, local craft beer from some of your favorite breweries and food for purchase from local restaurants and food trucks. Tickets are $9 for non-members and $6 for members. Open October 10, 11, and 12 at 6:00 pm.
BOOtanica at Botanica, October 13
Join in the fun at Botanica’s spookiest celebration of the year, BOOtanica! The family-friendly event will be held at Botanica on Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Bring the kids out to see the entire garden filled with a variety of different stations featuring activities for children of all ages. The event boasts games, art projects, live animals and more! See into the future with the help of a fortune teller, or learn a little from the Bug Lady, and representatives from Exploration Place, and the Sedgwick County Zoo. There will be live music, demonstrations and more. General Admission is priced at $9 for the public and $6 for members.
Pumpkins at the Park at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Starting October 19
Another of Wichita’s Signature Halloween events, Tanganyika’s Pumpkins at the Park will be held October 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This event offers something for everyone in the family! Children
will enjoy trick-or-treating through the park, crafts and games. Older kids and teens can test their skills in a creepy cage maze, and try to survive in a zombie laser experience. The Witches Brew will have drinks for adults.
There are different ticket packages depending on the activities you want.
Spooky Science at Exploration Place, October 20th
This spooky spectacular returns to Exploration Place for another year! Kids will feel like they’re working in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab as they mix up ooey, gooey experiments. This event is fun for all ages, and costumes are encouraged. Spooky Science is included in general museum admission.
Night of the Living Zoo at Sedgwick County Zoo, October 26-28th
Enjoy a night of not-too-scary fun with your ghouls and goblins at Night of the Living Zoo! From 6:30-8:30 p.m. on October 26, 27, and 28, guests can participate in a variety of Halloween-themed activities throughout the zoo. Try your hand at pumpkin bowling, visit Dracula and fortune tellers, take a stroll down Jack-o-Lantern Lane, and more. Grab some goodies as you stroll through Candy Land, but don’t forget to say Trick or Treat! Costumes are welcome.
You may see some animals in their outdoor exhibits, but most animals will not be in attendance.Advance tickets can be purchased online and at area Quiktrip stores starting October 1. Tickets are priced at $7 for Zoo members and $9 for nonmembers. Children 2 and under do not need a ticket.