from Pat Bone, KSDE

The Sunflower Summer Program will be offered again this summer. Kansas children ages pre-K-18 years will have an opportunity to stay engaged in learning throughout the summer months while being able to tour some of Kansas’ great attractions – all for free. The program also is available to students in the 18-21 programs.

This 2022 Sunflower Summer program will launch May 28 and run through Aug. 14. During this time, adults can visit to learn more about the program. The updated app will be available to download May 28 to your phone or tablet device. People who retained the app on their device from last summer do not need to download another copy - they will receive an electronic notice to simply update their app to the 2022 version. The app is available for both iPhone and Android users. An adult will need to register their family members and include their county and school district. There are dozens of attractions to choose from across the state, including zoos, museums, historic landmarks, libraries and outdoor locations.

In addition to more than 80 attractions, this year’s Sunflower Summer program is offering the following bonus events:

 Sunflower Summer Family Campout – Kansas State Parks

Location and date to be determined.

Join us for an overnight camp loaded with fun activities for the family to enjoy, including fishing, archery, canoeing, campfire, s’mores and more.

Sunflower Summer Sundays with Wichita Surge at Riverfront Stadium

1:05 p.m. Sunday, June 26: Wichita Wind Surge vs. San Antonio 1:05 p.m. Sunday, July 17: Wichita Wind Surge vs. Arkansas

Enjoy a Sunday game with your family from the Berm seating area and a personal tour of the new baseball museum. (Museum doors open 15 minutes after last pitch). Offer good for one game per family on June 26 or July 17.

Riverfront Stadium is home to the Wichita Wind Surge, Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The new baseball museum pays homage to the history of baseball in the Wichita community originating from the 1920's teams (the Bulldozers and the Red Stockings), the Negro league and much more.

150th Anniversary of Dodge City, Celebration at Boot Hill Museum Friday, June 17

Come join us for the grand celebration in honor of Dodge City’s 150th anniversary. Fun activities include Old West reenactments, new exhibits, demos, cowboy band, storytelling, ice cream social and more.

Annual Thresher Show – Bird City Saturday, July 30 

 Celebrate our rural heritage and honor our nation’s military men and women. The day will feature military vehicles and equipment, military reenactments from WWll, demonstrations, steam engine races, tractor pulls, kid’s activities and more. Families can check out 14 steam traction engines, 30-plus buildings full of farm-related items and more than 200 antique tractors.

Funding for the Sunflower Summer program is limited, and tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Funding for Sunflower Summer is provided through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, #S425V210046. However, the content of this program does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the federal government.