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This weekend has plenty of kid-friendly events, which will make parents happy. And what makes these events even better is that most of these events are either FREE or fairly inexpensive!

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://www.kwch.com/community

1) 7th Annual Chalk Art Festival

Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Date: Saturday, August 2
Where: Old Town Square, 2nd and Mead, Wichita
Cost: FREE
Info: http://www.youthville.org/Default.aspx

Why you should go: Looking for a fun family event that’s FREE? The annual Chalk Art Festival will be making its way once again to Old Town Square in downtown Wichita.

Participate in the festival by designing your own sidewalk chalk masterpiece, or just sit back and enjoy watching talented local artists create amazing works of chalk art. The event will include live music and food. Artwork from the local artists will also be auctioned off.

This event aims to provide a fun outdoor event that people of all ages can enjoy… Kids included! This event is FREE and open to the public.

2) Some Enchanted Evening

Time: Times Vary
Date: August 1 – August 23, 2014
Where: Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas
Cost: Show Only $25 - $ $45, Dinner & Show $40 - $60
Info: http://www.crownuptown.com/

Why you should go: The popular Broadway show “Some Enchanted Evening” will run throughout the month of August at Crown Uptown Theatre.

The musical pays homage to the songs of 20th Century Broadway icons Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein. The show includes more than 30 songs from popular Roger & Hammerstein Broadway shows: Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, The King and I, South Pacific,  and Carousel.

Crown Uptown offers a dinner and show option, which will include a plated salad, main entrée dish, two side items and a dessert. Pricing for dinner and show range from $40.00 to $60.00, while pricing for the show only ranges from $25 to $45.

3) American Idol Live!

Time: 7:30 PM
Date: Saturday, August 2
Where:  Kansas Star Arena, 777 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane
Cost: Tickets from $38.00
Info: http://www.kansasstarcasino.com/whats-new/events/american-idol-live-2014

Why you should go: Fans of the hit series American Idol are in luck this weekend! The 41-show concert tour AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! will be at the Kansas Star Arena on Saturday, August 2.

The summer tour will include performances from the top 10 finalists of American Idol’s Season 13, including Caleb Johnson, Jena Irene, Jessica Meuse, C.J. Harris, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/american-idol-mulvane-kansas-08-02-2014/event/06004CA1EAA0E156

4) Aladdin

Time: Doors open at 11:00 a.m., buffet is at 11:15 a.m. and the show starts at 12:30 p.m. 
Date: Runs every Friday and Saturday through August 9
Where: Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas, Wichita
Cost: $15.00 per person
Info: http://www.crownuptown.com/

Why you should go: Come see your favorite characters from the hit animated Disney movie perform live at Crown Uptown. Aladdin, Jasmine, the Genie and the rest of the Aladdin gang will all be present as the children’s theatre recreate the classic story full of magic, song and dance, magic carpet rides, and mayhem.

Tickets cost $15 per person and include lunch fare:  chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, French fries, applesauce and a cookie. Lunch begins at 11:15 AM prior to the show.

5) Ice Cream Social

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Date: Friday, August1
Where: Cero’s Candies, 3429 E. Douglas
Cost: $1.50 a scoop
Info: http://www.ceroscandy.com/home/4583962000

Why you should go: Join Cero’s Candies for a special Ice Cream Social on Friday, August 1 at 6 PM. Cero’s makes their own Ice Cream using local cream and milk, making it one-of-a-kind! You can purchase your Ice Cream for $1.50 per scoop. The Ice Cream Social will also include live music, games and prizes, making it a great event for all ages.

6) Summer Concert Series 2014

Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Date: Fridays through August 15
Where:  WaterWalk, 515 S. Main
Cost: FREE
Info: http://www.keyn.com/Summer-Concert-Series-2014/19215326

Why you should go: Every Friday evening until August 15th the Wichita WaterWalk will host the annual Summer Concert Series. The summer event has become a favorite tradition for many Wichitans and offers a place where they can listen and dance to music on beautiful summer nights.

The FREE concerts will take place in the WaterWalk Commons, where food and drinks will be available for purchase. Concerts start at 8:00 PM. For the full concert schedule, check below:

Upcoming Shows:

  • Friday, August 1 – Annie Up
  • Friday, August 8 – The Funtones
  • Friday, August 15 – Across The Pond, Rockin’ Horse & Carson Mac