Select Page

Summer 2023 is complete!

Sunday, August 13th marked the end of this season

Since Memorial Day weekend, over 193,000 children, with their parents and caretakers, have used the app to explore Kansas historic sites, activities in the state parks, museums, zoos, and numerous other attractions across the state. We hope you’ve enjoyed your travels and wish everyone a terrific 2023-24 school year!

Sunflower summer home screen



Participating Locations

Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

What is this Sunflower Summer?

Sunflower Summer is a program of the Kansas State Department of Education and is designed to provide a wide variety of ways for families to get out, explore something new, and enjoy time together. We know that social interaction and exposure to a variety of activities support healthy development. Sunflower Summer is an experiential approach to learning that can support the transition of school-aged children into the fall school term.

Who can create a Sunflower Summer app account?

Kansas residents with students enrolled in Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, are eligible to access 1 free ticket per child to the 90 attractions, museums, zoos, and more.

Anyone, from anywhere, can download the app and track their Kansas summer travel fun, but are not eligible for free admission to ticketed venues. (p.s. The games are worth it ?!)

This How To Guide will help you get started.

How many times can I use my free tickets?

Via the Sunflower Summer app, each Kansas student and their parents are provided one free visit to each of the participating attractions per year. Your Sunflower Summer “Passport” (in the app) will be stamped and the ticket will no longer be accessible.

Do adults get free tickets, too?

Yes. Up to two adults may access a ticket voucher on the Sunflower Summer app, when accompanying Kansas students enrolled in Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade on a visit to a Sunflower Summer participating attraction.

I’m a grandparent, can I start an account for the grandchildren in my care?

Parents and legal guardians, which sometimes includes grandparents, can create a Sunflower Summer app account that includes their children. Once the adult account is created, the children are added. This becomes the family account.

Can we use my child’s free ticket if they are going to the attraction with another adult or out-of-school program?

Yes. There is an option in the Sunflower Summer app for you to transfer a child’s ticket voucher to another adult who also has downloaded the app. Each child will have one ticket for each participating attractions; when it has been used their passport is stamped and will no longer be accessible.

We have family visiting from another state, can their children take advantage of this program?

Sunflower Summer is a program of the Kansas State Department of Education. Tickets are designated specifically for Kansas students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Are all Kansas students included?

Yes. Kansas students in Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are included. Students attending public schools, private and faith-based schools, or who are home-schooled are included. Students enrolled in 18-21 Transition Programs are also eligible for free tickets via the Sunflower Summer program.

How do I enroll in the program?

Parents and guardians can download the Sunflower Summer app free from either Google Play (Android) or Apple (IOS) app stores. To register your account, you simply open the app and follow the prompts. Then it’s as simple as selecting your first attraction, and then tap and go.

I have a visual impairment (color blindness), can I use this app?

Yes. An efficient method inherent in all phones is to adjust the display feature on your device:

1. Open settings

2. Tap Accessibility 

3. Tap Display & Text Size

4. There are multiple display alternatives to moderate from this screen. For color blindness, the color filter is an excellent option. The other options cater to various other vision impairments. 

What do I do if I am having technical issues with the app?

Please contact for app support.

Teachers, Educators, Child Care, and Summer Programs FAQs

I’m taking a group of Kansas school children. Do I get a free ticket?

You can get a free ticket. You must download the app and ask parents to transfer the child’s ticket to you. Each adult that is accompanying the group should have at least one child transferred to their account.

Where is this funding coming from?

The contents of this website application were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, #S425V210046. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.