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On Saturday, January 14th, Exploration Place and TFA present the 5th annual Smallgrass featuring films for the young and young at heart. Movies will be screened in the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

The one-day festival is designed to offer a unique (and affordable) experience for families and to promote the communal aspect of movie-going. Smallgrass features a diverse array of programming, with selections from around the world, and introduces young moviegoers to a broad range of styles - from new animatoin to classic documentary.

Films are curated in conjunction with Exploration Place’s upcoming traveling exhibit Discover the Ice Age, opening on February 4. In the exhibit, travel back in time to a frigid world where woolly mammoths, dire wolves, saber-toothed cats and cave people roam.

Sponsors include 105.3 The Buzz, KMUW 89.1 Wichita Public Radio and KPTS Channel 8.

Official Selections

  • Collection of SHORTS FOR KIDS: (10 a.m.)
  • Animated favorite ICE AGE (11:30 a.m.)
  • Premiere of the new dome theater film TITANS OF THE ICE AGE (1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.)
  • Acclaimed documentary MARCH OF THE PENGUINS  (2:30 p.m.)


Admission also includes educational activities and access to Exploration Place’s 10 exhibit areas. Tickets can be purchased by calling Exploration Place (316-660-0620), online or at the door. (Doors open at 9:30 a.m.)

  • $7 General Admission for one film + admission to activities and exhibits
  • $5 for EP members for one film + admission to activities and exhibits
  • $2/person for each additional film
  • Children 2 and under, free

Food will also be available for purchase from:

  • Brown Box Bakery
  • B.S. Sandwich Press (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
  • Lil’ Bit Gourmet Burgers
  • Sunflower Espresso (2 - 4 p.m.)

About The Films

Shorts for Kids

New York Film Festival Shorts Program (2016) – 58 minutes; suitable for ages 4+

An eclectic mix of live action and animation featuring stories for everyone.  T

Ice Age

81 minutes; rated PG, recommended for ages 6+

2003 Academy Award Nominee for Best Animated Feature

Back when the Earth was being overrun by glaciers, and animals were scurrying to save themselves from the upcoming Ice Age, a sloth named Sid, a woolly mammoth named Manny, and a saber-toothed tiger named Diego are forced to become unlikely heroes. The three reluctantly come together when they must return a human child to its father while braving the deadly elements of the impending Ice Age.

Titans of the Ice Age

Experience the premiere of the new dome theater show...

Journey to a world lost in time, buried in ice and ruled by giants. Encounter some of the Earth's most awe-inspiring mammals, from saber-toothed cats and dire wolves to giant sloths and mammoths. Find out how these magnificent creatures were trapped in tar, preserved in time and are unearthed today.

March of the Penguins

80 minutes; rated G, recommended for ages 6+

2006 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins for penguins to find the perfect mate and start a family. This courtship will begin with a long journey—a journey that will take them hundreds of miles across the continent by foot, in freezing cold temperatures, in brittle, icy winds and through deep, treacherous waters.

They will risk starvation and attack by dangerous predators, under the harshest conditions on earth, all to find true love.

Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this Oscar-winning documentary was a surprising box-office hit, outgrossing that same year's "Best Picture" nominees.


This organization received funding for general operational support from the City of Wichita