Special Events

Family Candy Scramble and Costume Contest

Thursday, October 27th

Grab your flashlights, load up the kids and head to Fischer Field where there will be thousands of pieces of candy scattered on the field. We will divide the kids into age groups for the children’s candy scramble and will have prizes for our costume contest winners in three age groups: Child I (9-12 years), Child II (5-8 years), and Tot (4 and under).

Time: 7:00 PM
Ages: up to 12 years old
Location: Fischer Field in Athletic Park
Note: Please pre-register by calling NRC and let us know how many will be attending. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian age 18 and over. Bring a flashlight and wear your costume!


34th Annual Christmas Market

Saturday, November 12th

SAVE THE DATE! Mark your calendars and join us for our 34th 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 Young Living Essential Oils 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 30th.


Christmas Light Tours

Mondays, December 5th OR December 12th
Tuesdays, December 6th OR December 13th

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)
Fee: 4 yrs and Under FREE; 5 yrs and Up: $12 per person; or $35 for Family of 4 (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 in Wichita)
Registration Deadline: Thursdays, December 1st and December 8th 
Minimum: 15   Maximum: 44
Note: Participants MUST pre-register. The bus will leave the parking lot at 6:00 pm sharp, please arrive early. Tour (including drive time) is approximately 3 hours. *There are NO restrooms on the bus.*