Sunflower Summer Launches; 90 places to visit and bonus events

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Kansas State Department of Education

TOPEKA – An educational program that gave more than 71,000 Kansans last summer free access to museums, zoos, historic sites and outdoor venues kicked off Saturday with even more places to help promote the family involvement and to allow students to continue learning during the summer months.

The Sunflower Summer Program, which is funded with federal COVID-19 money to provide summer enrichment activities for Kansas students, will kick off Saturday and run through Aug. 14.

The attractions of our region are as follows.

● Eisenhower Presidential Library, Abilene

●Glen Elder State Park

●Kanopolis State Park

● Lindsborg Old Mill and Swedish Heritage Museum

●Lovewell State Park

●Red Barn Studio, Lindsborg

● Rolling Hills Zoo, Salina

Meanwhile, adults can visit sunflowersummer.org to learn more about the program. The updated app will be available for download on May 28 on phones or tablets. People who have kept the app on their device since last summer do not need to download another copy – they will receive an email notification to simply update their app to version 2022. The app is available for iPhone and Android users. An adult will need to list their family members and include their county and school district.

“This program has helped more than 43,100 students stay engaged in learning throughout the summer months,” Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson said. “It allowed families to bond and some families to take a vacation they wouldn’t have had the resources for otherwise. It also boosted travel and tourism in Kansas. Families have told us the Sunflower Summer program has introduced them to new activities they’ve never tried before, and sites have noted that the program attracts summer visitors from areas of the state they don’t typically see. not. We are delighted to be able to offer Sunflower Summer again this year.

Each Kansas child under the age of 18, as well as students in the 18-21 programs and up to two accompanying adults can access a ticket voucher for each of the participating attractions in the Sunflower Summer app. Once a location has been selected, tickets can be claimed within the app. When attendees are ready to enter, the ticket can be activated and presented to the ticket taker.

After first use, the Sunflower Summer passport (in the app) will be stamped and the ticket will no longer be accessible.

More information, including a full list of participating sites and a frequently asked questions section, is available at www.sunflowersummer.org.

In addition to 90 attractions, this year’s Sunflower Summer program features the following bonus events:

Sunflower Summer Family Camp – Kansas State Parks
July 7, Milford State Park.

Join us for an overnight camp filled with fun family activities 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 the last throw). Offer valid for one match 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 from the 1920s teams (the Bulldozers and Red Stockings), the Negro League and more.

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

Come join us for the big celebration in honor of Dodge City’s 150th anniversary. Fun activities include Wild West reenactments, new exhibits, demonstrations, a cowboy band, storytelling, ice cream nights and more.

Annual Fox Show – Bird City
Saturday July 30

Celebrate our rural heritage and honor the military men and women of our country. The day will include military vehicles and equipment, WWII military re-enactments, demonstrations, steam engine races, tractor pulls, children’s activities and more. Families can discover 14 steam traction engines, over 30 buildings filled with farm-related items, and over 200 vintage tractors.

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

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Funding for Sunflower Summer is provided by a grant from the US Department of Education, #S425V210046. However, the contents of this program do not necessarily represent the policy of the United States Department of Education, and you should not assume federal government endorsement.

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