Special Events

35th Annual Christmas Market

Saturday, November 11th

SAVE THE DATE! Mark your calendars and join us for our 35th Annual Christmas Market. You can do all of your Christmas shopping in one day! Craft vendors will be here selling their unique & beautiful handmade items. Direct sales vendors will also be here, such as Paparazzi Jewelry, Color Street and Scentsy. Winners of door prizes donated by the vendors will be announced throughout the day.
Time: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: NRC Gymnasium
Admission: FREE
Note: Contact Candice Egizi-Sifuentez at cegizi@newtonrec.org or (316) 283-7330 for more information on reserving a booth. **Direct sales vendors MUST speak with Candice before registering for the event as space is limited and multiples of companies will not be allowed.** Vendor registration deadline Sunday, October 29th.


Christmas Light Tours

Mondays, December 4th or December 11th
Tuesdays, December 5th 

All aboard! Join us on the NRC Express for a special Christmas Light Tour! The bus will be decked out in Christmas lights and the music will be festive. Our driver knows the BEST places in Wichita to visit for a magical evening filled with millions of twinkling lights! We will visit several places including Reindeer Road, Candy Cane Lane, The Arc’s Lights, Lights on Texas, Faulkner Street and more! What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to sightsee as a family or with friends!
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
        approximately/loading begins at 5:50 PM . The bus will leave the parking lot at 6:00 pm sharp, please arrive early.
Fee: 4 yrs and Under FREE 5 yrs and Up: $12 per person; Family of 4: $35 (each additional person $6)
Ages: All Ages; all youth MUST be with an adult 18+
Location: Newton Rec Center; 415 N. Poplar St. (light tour will be out of town)
Registration Deadline: Thursdays, November 30th and December 7th
Minimum Enrollment: 15 Maximum Enrollment: 38
Note: Participants MUST pre-register. Tour is approximately 3 hours, including drive time. If a restroom break is needed this may add 30 minutes to our tour. There are NO restrooms on the bus.


Squeaky Soles - Running Club

Mondays & Wednesdays
March 18th - May 1st

Join NRC for seven weeks of fun and a motivational running club. On Mondays we will play games, you won’t even know you are running. Wednesdays we will set goals and run laps either
in the NRC gymnasium or at Themian Park. Squeaky Soles participants will end the program at the Battle of the Schools 1-Mile Fun Run. Registration and payment will be required for
the Fun Run.
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $39 one day a week; $69 two days a week (t-shirt & water bottle included in fee)
Ages: 3rd - 6th Grade
Instructor: Candice Egizi-Sifuentez & Becky Butcher
Location: NRC Gymnasium and Themian Park
Registration Deadline: Monday, March 11th
Minimum Enrollment: 8 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Note: Water bottles will be stored at the Rec Center. Participants will be able to take them home at the end of the program.


Battle of the Schools 1-Mile Fun Run

Saturday, May 4th

* The school with the most participants will receive a traveling trophy!
* 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards will be given to each grade.
* All 1st Place winners will be placed into a Grand Prize drawing!
* All participants who did not come in 1st place will be placed into a Grand Prize drawing!
Time: Check in at 9:15 AM, Line up at 9:45 AM; Run starts at 10:00 AM
Fee: $15
Ages: Kindergarten - 6th Grade
Location: Athletic Park
Note: Participants may register up to the day of the race but will not be guaranteed a t-shirt after deadline.
T-Shirt Deadline: Monday, April 15th


Where is Our Rabbit??

Monday, March 25th - Friday, March 29th

We need your help finding him! Participants will be required to register for this activity and join a private Facebook Group. A daily message will be posted in the private group for you to decode in order to find out where the NRC rabbit is hiding! Each day NRC's rabbit will be hiding in a different location somewhere in Newton. Once you find him you will pick an egg from his basket. Bring this egg to the Rec Center (415 N. Poplar) and see what you've won! Only 1 egg per day per participant.
Deadline: Monday, March 18th
Note: For rules & Information please visit Newton Recreation Commission


Friday, March 29th

Hunting Easter eggs is a tradition for youngsters. Join the NRC in celebrating this time honored activity. There is no egg limit with us! Eggs will contain candy, prizes or coupons. The fields will be marked off according to age for the hunts.
Time: 6:00 PM
Ages: Up to 12 years of age
Location: 12th and Boyd Soccer Complex