Kids can experience how early settlers lived through program

Kevin PowellCity, Parks & Recreation

Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is offering a class for children ages 7 years-old to 12 years-old to learn how to build a mud fort.

Kids, Let’s Build a Mud Fort invites participants and their parents to travel back in time to pre-Civil War Lawrence to learn about the forts that were constructed to protect the town from border ruffians. This event meets 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Lawrence Visitors Center, 402 N. Second St. The group will then travel to Constant Park, 230 W. 6th St., to construct its very own mud fort.

An adult is required to participate with each child. Cost is $25 per team. Teams must pre-register to attend the class. Participants need to bring a sack lunch.

Registration for the class can be done online at or by visiting any Parks and Recreation facilities including: the Community Building; East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 East 15th St.; Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 West 27th St.; Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive; Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St., Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane  or the Administrative Offices in historic South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St. 

For more information, contact Jo Ellis, recreation instruction supervisor, at (785) 330-7355.