May 24, 2023

Sunflower Summer program opens May 26th

Posted May 24, 2023 9:30 PM

Little Apple Post

MANHATTAN - From May 26 through August 13, 2023, Kansas residents with students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grades are eligible to access one free ticket per child to more than 100 Kansas attractions, museums, zoos or other venues as part of Sunflower Summer.

In Manhattan, residents can visit both the Flint Hills Discovery Center and the Sunset Zoo using the Sunflower Summer program.

Sunflower Summer is an educational program promoting learning and family engagement during the summer months.

"Sunset Zoo is excited along with the Flint Hills Discovery Center to offer a free visit to many who may not have been to either unique attraction here in Manhattan. Being a part of this program opens doors for visitors from all across Kansas to come see Manhattan and the surrounding communities. We are thankful to be a part of the program," said Scott Shoemaker, Sunset Zoo Director.

“We are thrilled to be part of Sunflower Summer for the third year in a row,” said Susan Adams, Flint Hills Discovery Center Director. “With Sunset Zoo joining the program and so many more great attractions across the Flint Hills region, this is the perfect opportunity for all families to get out and explore what Kansas has to offer."

Midwest Dream Car Collection and the Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, and the Oz Museum in Wamego are also participating in the Sunflower Showdown program. 

To find the full list of participating venues, visit