From museums and galleries to movies and bowling, you'll find something to do in Newton. Here are a few of our community favorites.
The Kauffman Museum offers an indoor/outdoor experience for its patrons. Inside, the museum features permanent displays about the cultural and natural history of the plains and the immigration of Mennonites to Kansas, including the "Save America's Treasures" collection of Mennonite immigrant furniture. A special exhibit, "Sorting Out Race," examines racial identity and stereotypes in thrift store donations. The museum shop offers puzzles and toys for children, wheat weaving, jewelry, books and items produced by local artists. The museum grounds also feature a tallgrass prairie reconstruction, an 1875 house and 1886 barn. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays and is located on the corner of 27th Street and North Main Street in North Newton on the campus of Bethel College. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children 6-16. Click here for more information.
Harvey County Historical Society & Museum
The Harvey County Historical Museum & Archives, 203 N. Main, features interactive exhibits including an 1887 furnished one-room schoolhouse, USO/World War 11 piano with more than 4,000 signatures and special exhibits. Interested in the 2017 anniversary of the Chisholm Trail? Check out the new exhibit. You'll also find maps and other research materials in the archive. The museum is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation. Click here for more information.
The Newton home of Bernhard and Mina Warkentin was built in 1886-87 and is a splendid example of the Victorian Period. This home offers a glimpse into the way the Warkentins lived, since 80 percent of the original furnishings remain. Interior details include Italian tiled fireplaces, Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers, Lincrusta-Walton wainscoting. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is located at 221 E. First Street. It is open by appointment in February and March. Tours are available with advance reservation. Admission is $4 for adults and teens and $2 for youth 5-12. For more information or to schedule a tour, call the Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau at 316-284-3642.
Carriage Factory Art Gallery
Carriage Factory Art Gallery features works by local and regional artists for sale in its three galleries and gift shop, special exhibits,The nonprofit gallery is located at 128 E. Sixth St., a block off of Main Street in downtown Newton in a historic carriage factory building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Admission to the gallery is free. Click here for more information.
Chisholm Trail 8 Theatres
The Chisholm Trail 8 Theater shows first-run movies on 8 screens daily. Movie choices range from family films to the latest comedy, drama and action movies. It also features a full-service concession stand with popcorn, sodas, candy, hot dogs, nachos and other treats. The theater is located at the Chisholm Trail Shopping Center, 601 SE 36th St. Ticket prices range from $6 for adult evening admission to $4.75for all matinee shows and children and senior tickets. College students with a valid ID can purchase $5 evening tickets. Click here for current showtimes.
Newton Recreation Commission
Newton Rec Center offers an abundance of recreation options to the community and visitors. The facility boasts an indoor pool, gymnasiums, exercise classroom space, racquetball courts, weight room and cardio theater. Visitors are welcome to use the amenities as well as drop in for classes. A class schedule is available online or at the rec center. Summer offerings include yoga, Zumba and strength training. Prices vary by length of class. The rec center is located at 415 N. Poplar St. Facility hours are 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday. More information and class schedules available at www.newtonrec.org.
The new Newton YMCA offers a wide variety of recreational amenities including cardio and strength equipment, an indoor pool, racquetball courts, family locker rooms, a drop in nursery, whirlpool, indoor track, basketball and volleyball courts. The Y is located near Newton Medical Center at 701 E. Wheatridge Drive. It is open from 4:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Group exercise classes are included with day passes and memberships. Group exercise schedules and more information is available at https://www.ymcawichita.org/locations/newton-ymca
Play-Mor Lanes Bowling Alley
Play-Mor Lanes offers traditional and cosmic bowling on its 24 lanes. It is located at 1105 Washington Road, south of downtown Newton, and is open at lunch and again in the late afternoon and evening from 4:30-10 p.m. The bowling alley also features a snack bar and game room. For more information about pricing, call 316-283-0095.