The Special Events Division operates out of Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St. For questions regarding special events, contact Duane Peterson, Special Events supervisor, at (785) 832-7940.


8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Feb. 22-23
Ages: 5-12.Min 10 / Max 50. Join LPRD for fun-filled days while school is out for in-service workdays. Your children will participate in arts and crafts, field trips and games. Participants will need to bring a sack lunch.
Medical Form (back of registration form) for camp enrollments – NEEDED PRIOR TO ATTENDING FIRST DAY
Kids Day Off

Ages: 5-12. They swim, you relax. Kids can jump right in and join us throughout the year for a ton of fun centered on a variety of themes. These kids-only nights always feature pizza, games, crafts and of course… swimming. Your kids will enjoy interactive activities in a safe and supervised environment at the pool while you take some time for yourself. Everyone should bring a towel and arrive with their swimsuits on. Pre-registration is required by the Tuesday before the event date, which is Friday, Feb. 23.
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Ages: 5-14. A Candyland Adventure. Down colorful pathways, over Rainbow Trails, past the Peppermint Forest and the Gumdrop Pass, you are invited to celebrate the 16th anniversary of our sweetest event. Little Sweeties and their favorite Gingerbread Man (dad, stepdad, grandpa,
uncle, older brother, etc.) are formally invited to our sweet 16 special event, Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Building 21. You will be treated like sweet royalty dancing the night away with dinner and dessert. The memorable evening will be captured with a keepsake photo and a flower. Enroll daughter only. Fee includes 5×7 photo, dinner, beverages, dessert, DJ and flower. Registration deadline: Thursday, Feb. 22. Beginning on Friday, Feb. 23, a late fee of $15 will apply. All registration after Feb. 28 must be done at Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane. For more information, contact Kristy Bellinger at (785) 330-7361.
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Ages: Any. Bring Fiddo to come hunt Egg’s in historic South Park Saturday morning Saturday, March 31. Each dog is allowed to hunt a limited number of eggs that are filled with dog treats. Once they find the egg and claim it with their nose, it goes in their basket to open later. Check in begins at 8 a.m.; the HUNT will begin at 9 a.m. sharp. Register each dog separately. Prizes available on site. Co-sponsored by the Lawrence Humane Society. Pre-registration is required. Deadline to register is Wednesday, March 28.
Pooch Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

Ages: 2-12.
Join us for our annual pool-wide egg hunt! The fun starts at noon with springtime crafts for the kids as we fill the pool with plastic eggs. We are pretty sure the Easter Bunny is planning to stop by with goody bags again this year, so he can say “hi” to all the boys and girls. Then, at 12:30 p.m. SHARP, kids can jump in and collect eggs in their basket. Some eggs will sink and some will float! Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for the special golden eggs! After the hunt, everyone is welcome to stay and swim for an afternoon of family fun. Pre-registration required by Wednesday, March 28, to secure crafts; may pay fee day-of to participate in egg hunt and swimming only. For more information, please call the Aquatics Division at (785) 832-7946.
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Ages: 3-12. Free to the public. LPRD invites your family to take part in the community’s annual Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. Children 3 years-old -12 years-old are eligible to participate. The “Hunt” will take place in historic South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St. Each participant is allowed to collect a total of five different colored eggs. There will be additional activities for children to participate in before and after the hunt.
Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

Ages 5 and Up. This timed race will also be a family run with timed runners starting first with families beginning five minutes later. Individual participants will receive a T-shirt. Entries submitted after Friday, March 30, are not guaranteed a T-shirt the day of the race. No shirts or timed results will be provided for family entries, but remaining shirts will be available for purchase. Fees are nonrefundable and must accompany the entry form. Additional $5 added to fee day of race. Co-sponsored by Langston Hughes Bobcat Marathon Club. For more information, please contact Sports Pavilion Lawrence at (785) 330-7355.
Date of Race:Saturday, April 14

Free and open to the public. Grab your pooch and kick off the morning with the Paw Valley 5K. Following will be the Skyhoundz Frisbee Disc Throwing Contest held in South Park on Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m. This event will be held in conjunction with the Humane Society’s Paw Valley Festival. Registration can be done online or the day of. Check in and registration open at 10 a.m. The Fourth Annual Paw Valley Festival will take place after the 5k from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will feature food, drinks, contests, local vendors, music and activities for two and four-legged friends of all ages. Additional information is available at Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th Street, (785) 832-7940. 5K and vendor information is available at the Humane Society, (785) 843-6835.
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Skyhoundz Frisbee Disc Championship

Free to the public and open to children ages 5 to 13. Anglers 13 and younger are invited to test their fishing expertise at Mary’s Lake (31st & Haskell Sts.) on Saturday, June 9, 8:30 a.m.-noon. A pre-derby meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. All anglers are asked to provide their own fishing poles and bait. Door prizes will be given throughout the morning. Supervision provided, however parents are asked to help out. Co-sponsored by Wal-Mart, Crown Casting Club and Outside for a Better Inside.
Kids Fishing Derby

Who wouldn’t love a fur-filled yoga class? This class is the purrrrrrfect way to get involved! Join us for a one-hour yoga class while a litter of adoptable kittens wander around and stretch with you! Proceeds benefit the Lawrence Humane Society. Participants will be able to get additional information about adoption, fostering and how to volunteer after the class. This is a B.Y.O.M. (bring your own mat) event. Dates and times vary as this program is hosted as litters of adoptable kittens are available from the Lawrence Humane Society. These pop up Kitten Yoga classes sell out quickly and space is limit! Follow Lawrence Parks and Recreation on Facebook to stay informed of upcoming programs and events. Please contact Holcom Park Recreation Center for more information, (785) 832-7940.
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Arts & Crafts Fairs

Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department hosts several arts and crafts fairs throughout the year for exhibitors to showcase and sell their work. The list below provides the dates/times of each of LPRD’s upcoming arts & crafts fairs. All Fairs are Free and Open to the Public.

For Exhibitor Deadlines/Information, please click here.

  • Spring Arts & Crafts Festival – Saturday, March 10 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fun Runs/Walks Results