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Beloved Gingerbread Village Event Returns to Exploration Place

October 26, 2022

One of Wichita’s favorite holiday traditions, is back in person for 2022

WICHITA, Kansas — Gingerbread Village, one of Wichita’s favorite holiday traditions, is back in person for the first time since 2019.

The beloved event – a partnership between Exploration Place and the Assistance League of Wichita – will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 12 and 13.

The cost is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $10 for children and $6 for Exploration Place members. Gingerbread Village tickets also include access to the Exploration Place exhibits for the day. New in 2022 is the ability to buy tickets for a specific time slot at Tickets are also available each day at the front desk. The event was canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gingerbread Village guests will receive a gingerbread house kit for each person. Each kit contains precut graham cracker pieces, icing and an array of candy for guests to use as they strategize, engineer, craft and build the ultimate sweet escape. This day is one that children will remember long after the last piece of candy has been plucked off of the rooftops of their gingerbread creations.

Visitors can also shop at the bake sale and admire fantastical gingerbread creations by local businesses and individuals. Another new option for 2022 is the option to reserve a room to avoid the hustle and bustle and have a private experience for your party. Two rooms that can accommodate 30 guests are available for rental. To reserve your private decorating room call 316-660-0600 and ask for Sydney.

About Exploration Place

The mission of Exploration Place, Kansas’ premier science center, is to inspire a deeper interest in science and technology through creative and fun experiences for all. Exploration Place is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and through 8 p.m. on Thursday evenings. For more information, visit

About Assistance League of Wichita

Assistance League of Wichita is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that is transforming lives and strengthening our community through philanthropic programs in Wichita. Member volunteers are dedicated to ongoing support and a long-term presence in the community through hands-on involvement and innovative philanthropic programs, including Operation School Bell (school clothing and hygiene items for children in need), scholarships, sexual assault survivor kids and Bear Hugs (teddy bears, totes and journals to child victims of violence.”