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2023 Sunflower Summer venues draw more than 14,800 visitors during first six days

Within the first six days of the 2023 Sunflower Summer program, more than 14,800 people visited venues across the state. With this pace, the program is on track to substantially exceed the number of participants from the first week of 2022. 

The educational program that promotes learning and family engagement kicked off Friday, May 26. From the kick-off date to Sunday, May 28, 4,752 children and 3,619 adults visited 11 participating libraries, 20 parks and 55 other attractions/museums, including the Cosmosphere, Boot Hill Museum, Flint Hills Discovery Center, zoos and more. 

Visitors were from 90% of the counties in Kansas. 

The Sunflower Summer Program, which is funded by federal COVID-19 money to offer summer enrichment activities for Kansas students, will run through Aug. 13 or until funding runs out, whichever comes first. 

The app is available for both iPhone and Android users. Adults will need to register their family members and include their county, school district and grade level of students. 

Each Kansas child pre-K-18 years of age, as well as students in 18-21-year-old programs, and up to two accompanying adults may each access one ticket voucher to each of the participating attractions in the Sunflower Summer app at no charge. Once a location has been selected, tickets can be claimed within the app. When attendees are ready to enter, the tickets can be activated and presented to the ticket taker. 

After the first use, the Sunflower Summer passport (in the app) will be stamped, and the tickets will no longer be accessible. 

More information, including a full list of 2023 participating venues and a frequently asked questions section, is available at sunflowersummer.org

Posted: Jun 1, 2023,
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Author: Ann Bush

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