Things to do this weekend: Kansas Day at Exploration Place and more

By The Active Age | January 27, 2023

Chili feed at McCormick School Museum

Enjoy chili and fixings at a fundraiser 5-7 p.m. Saturday for the McCormick School Museum. Cornbread, cobbler and live entertainment are also on the menu. 

The suggested donation is $10, $5 for children under 12. The museum, housed in a historic former school, is located at 855 S. Martinson. 


Kansas film at EP

Celebrate the 162nd Kansas Day on Sunday with a free screening of Kansas: An Immersive Dome Experience at Exploration Place. For one day only, the Dome film is free with admission to Exploration Place exhibits, including members.

Kansas is showing at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Filmed from the perspective of a drone, Kansas: An Immersive Dome Experience (run time 30 minutes) presents the beauty the Sunflower State.

Before the Kansas film, enjoy a screening of the award-winning short film MicroKansas – Tribulation. The film documents the struggles of a young garter snake in central Kansas. MicroKansas – Tribulation was produced by Blue Barn Productions, based in Hutchinson, Kansas.

BAK coming to Kansas roadways

Registration for the 49th Biking Across Kansas, the annual celebration of all things cycling and the Sunflower State, opens Sunday.The riders will pedal the highways and byways June 10-17.

The full route from Colorado to Missouri covers 542 miles in the span of a week. Riders pedal between 50 and 80 miles each day.

Overnight stops this year include Elkhart, Satanta, Spearville, Stafford, Newton, Eureka, Chanute and Garnett, with a celebration picnic in Pleasanton. Cyclists will pass through Hugoton, Sublette, Dodge City, Kinsley, Partridge, El Dorado, Toronto, and Iola among others.

“BAK is an annual bicycle tour across the state of Kansas,” said David Rohr, BAK board president. “It promotes health and fitness through bicycling, as well as the history and beauty of the Kansas landscape, and the warm hospitality of the Kansas towns and people.”

Many bicyclists will return as repeat participants, some who bicycled the very first tour in 1975, he said. Others will take on the challenge for the first time.

In recent years, riders represented a wide age span— from 7 to 87 — and multiple generational families. Entries are anticipated from 30 or more states and several foreign countries. 

For more information, visit or contact BAK Director Stefanie Weaver at 913-735-3035 or email