This weekend has a little bit of something for everyone! Spend some quality time with your pooch by dressing up in costume and running a 5K, or take the kids to see the friendly gang of Sesame Street.

Or, if you’re in the mood for some shopping, southern food and the outdoors - - there are events for that too! There’s so much going on this weekend that we’ve added a few extra events to our list!

Read on for more information on this weekend’s picks for “Top 5 Things To Do In Wichita.” Make sure to also check out other Kansas events on KWCH’s Community Events Calendar: http://directory.kwch.com/events

1)   Sesame Street Live “Make A New Friend”

Date & Time:
6:30 PM – Friday, March 28
10:30 AM, 2:00 PM, and 5:30 PM – Saturday, March 29
1:00 PM and 4:30 PM – Sunday, March 30
Where: INTRUST Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman, Wichita
Cost: $19.00 - $35.00 (Gold Circle), $60.00 Sunny Seats
Info: http://www.intrustbankarena.com/events.asp?id=11&pid=553&task=display&seldate=

Why you should go: The whole Sesame Street gang is returning to INTRUST Bank for another exciting show that the kids will love, “Make A New Friend.”

Join Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and the rest of the crew as they welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street! Kids will learn all about sharing and making friends through all new songs and dance.

Show Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1xnW62IKnQ

2)   Bark Aid

Time: 8:00 AM
Date: Sunday, March 30
Where: Sedgwick County Park, 13th St. Entrance, Wichita
Cost: $15.00 - $30.00
Info: http://www.barkaid.org/

Why you should go: You and your four-legged friend can spend some quality time together at this year’s Bark-Aid 5K and Mile Fun Run.

BarkAid is a family/pet friendly FUN run (emphasis on the fun), that raises money for homeless animals and adoption organizations in all 50 states.

Also, make sure to dress yourself and your pooch up in costume and enter the pet costume contest! Prizes will be given out after the race to the best costume, most original costume, etc. Live music and refreshments will also be provided. 

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/BarkAID2010

3)   Girls’ Day Out Expo

Date & Time:
Saturday, March 29 – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 30 – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where:  Century II, 225 W. Douglas Ave., Wichita
Cost: $6.00 ($1.00 OFF w/ donation of nonperishable food item)
Info: http://www.gdoshows.com/

Why you should go:

Get some shopping done this weekend! Some of the most desirable products in fashion, food, beauty and home décor will be available at Century II over the weekend event, “Girl’s Day Out Expo.”

The expo will include over 120 vendors with a variety of items for sale, including new spring clothing from some of Wichita’s most fashionable boutiques. While you’re inside the expo, pamper yourself with a massage, get a makeover, do some wine tasting, take a dance lesson, and checkout various other interactive booths – all available at the Girl’s Day Out Expo!

4)   Piccadilly Circus

Time & Date:
Sat, Mar. 29: 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM, & 7:30 PM
Sun, Mar. 30: 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM, & 6:00 PM  
Where: Kansas Pavilions, 1279 E 85th St. N, Park City
Cost: $0.00 - $38.00
Info: http://www.thefuncircus.com/

Why you should go: The circus is rolling into town this weekend! The Piccadilly Circus will be returning to the Kansas Pavilions in Park City for six exciting performances.

What can you expect to see in the hour and a half performance? Performing Camels, Incredible Illusionists, Comedians, Acrobats, Children Rides and the Motorcycle Globe of Death are just a few things to see in the Piccadilly Circus.

5)   Tulips, Fairies & Friends

Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Date: Saturday, March 29 (Every Saturday until April 19)
Where:  Botanica Gardens, 701 Amidon St., Wichita
Cost: Event price covered with admission price
Info: http://www.botanica.org/events/childrens-program/tulips-fairies-friends

Why you should go: Spring has SPRUNG at Botanica! Every Saturday, Botanica will welcome visitors to celebrate the beauties of spring with their annual event, “Tulips, Fairies & Friends.”

The event includes a variety of crafts, activities, and games that will keep young children entertained. Live entertainment and performances will also be provided every Saturday.

While you’re out at Botanica, make sure that you don’t forget to walk throughout Botanica to see the 56,000+ tulips throughout the various gardens.

This Saturday, activities include: 1) casting your vote to name the new mascot for the  Downing Children’s Garden, and 2) a special visit from Poppy the clown and balloon artist (12 PM – 2 PM).

6)   Food Trucks at WaterWalk

Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Date: Sunday, March 30
Where:  Wichita Water Walk, 515 S. Main, Suite 114, Wichita
Cost: FREE to attend, food prices vary
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/712458532137954/

Why you should go: Some of Wichita’s favorite food trucks will join together at Wichita’s WaterWalk for an afternoon of delicious local cuisine.

Some of the food trucks participating in this event include: The Flying Stove, Cake Face Bake Shop & Deli, Let’m Eat Bräts, Ginger Lily Boutique, B.S. Sandwich Press, and Hopperoni Express.

Spend some quality time outdoors at the beautiful WaterWalk Pavilion, enjoy live New Orleans style jazz, post-Mardi Gras spirit, and homemade Cajun tasty specials.

7)   Final Friday

Date: Friday, March 25
Where: Various Locations
Cost: Price Varies
Info: http://downtownwichita.org/have_fun-first_final_friday.php

Why you should go: It’s the last Friday of the month, which means that March’s ‘Final Friday’ will be celebrated in downtown Wichita. If you’ve never heard of Final Friday, it’s a monthly event that celebrates the local arts and culture in Wichita. Every last Friday of the month, area art galleries, retail shops, museums and restaurants stay open late to welcome visitors.

Art galleries usually use the day to unveil new artwork or as a closing reception for a show. Since many of the Final Friday art galleries are close together, visitors can view several galleries all in one evening. Art shows aren’t the only things to see while out on Final Friday. You can also listen to live music at many downtown restaurants or participate in other unique Final Friday activities.

All Final Friday venues are free and open to the public. There is also a free Q-line trolley service that will transport art lovers to the Downtown venues. The trolley ride allows attendees to park once and visit as many Final Friday galleries/events as they wish.