Safe streets, welcoming venues, clean conditions, and exciting events all make for ideal family fun. But Lawrence businesses and public venues know that kiddos are more than fun-seekers; heck, they’ll soon be the ones writing up our reviews online and telling us where or not the city still has what it takes. So bring it on, Gen YOLO and kids of all ages. We’ve got the family covered. Start with the Calendar of Events at unmistakablylawrence.com. It’s a great resource to stay up on all of the activities in town.
The University of Kansas Natural History Museum features exhibits including live animals, insects, the famous Panorama and displays of fossils and Kansas wildlife. Participate in Museum Scavenger hunts, a museum checklist, summer camps and special events.
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department oversees 54 parks. Popular among them are South Park – including the wading pool for children 6 and under, Buford Watson Park, the Youth Sports Complex, Centennial Park and Clinton Lake Park.
Prairie Park Nature Center, part of Lawrence Parks & Recreation, incorporates wetlands, woodlands, and prairie habitats. The education building features natural habitat dioramas, displays and live animals. Mary’s Lake is just a short walk and is open for public fishing. Visitors may see native KS wildlife including beavers, deer, bobcats and birds of prey. Entry is free.
Lawrence Public Library is a kid-friendly spot where silence is not required. The kids’ area includes a Lego table, reading nooks and lots of fun programs. The Teen Zone has video games and social area. Reserve the recording studio to capture your own tunes or words. The fiction loop is a great place to relax and read.
Departing from Baldwin City, the Midland Railway trains feature a more than 20-mile round trip ride on vintage railway equipment. The trains travel through the scenic Eastern Kansas farmlands and woods. Their calendar includes special events such as “A Day Out with Thomas,” an Easter egg ride and hunt, and a Santa ride.
Lawrence also offers two great aquatic centers, bowling, pet stores aplenty, laser tag, and bounce houses ready to entertain the kiddos. Lawrence is a kid-friendly, great-place-to-raise-a-family town, and we’re happy to call it home.
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