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.
- KIDS FISHING DERBY
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 3, 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
- SKYHOUNDZ FRISBEE DISC CHAMPIONSHIP AND PAW VALLEY FESTIVAL
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 6, 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 Third 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.
- CONFIDENT, CAPABLE COMMUTERS
Ages: 16 and Up. Enrollment Min 3 / Max 16. Do you want to take advantage of all the benefits of commuting by bicycle but aren’t sure how to get started? Have you been riding for years but never received any instruction on the rules of the road? This class, taught by instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists, is designed to be beneficial to all levels of riders. Participants will learn how to ride safely in traffic and on the sidewalk, basic bike maintenance, and group riding skills. This course will have two class room sessions in the evenings and a Saturday morning outdoor session. Participants must provide their own bicycle and helmet. For more information, call (785) 832-7950.
- TAKE A KID MOUNTAIN BIKING DAY
Join the Parks and Recreation department and the Lawrence Mountain Bike Club for International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day: noon-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Lawrence River Trails in North Lawrence. Bike club members will lead group rides around the trail, giving tips on how to ride safely and have a good time. Members of the Lawrence Police Department Bicycle Patrol will make an appearance as well. Participants must provide their own bike and helmet. For more information, please call Stephen Mason at (785) 832-7950.
- 46TH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PAINT-IN
Free and open to ages 3rd grade and older. Must be pre-registered to participate. Come join us in spreading Halloween spirit! LPRD, Downtown Lawrence, Inc. and the Lawrence Breakfast Optimists Club will hold the Halloween Paint-In on Saturday, Oct. 21. Students and adults must submit a sketch to Holcom Park Recreation Center, from which participants will paint on local Lawrence merchants’ windows. There will be an organizational meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St.. All participants must attend the organizational meeting. Each participant will receive a Halloween Paint-In T-shirt. There will be additional Halloween activities celebrating our 45th Halloween Paint-In. Registration deadline: Wednesday, Oct.18, 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (785) 832-7940.
- ZOMBIE SCRAMBLE
Ages: All ages. Only a choice few can survive the zombie epidemic that has swept through Lawrence. Massive hordes of zombies roam the forest waiting for their next fleshy meal. Come test your survival skills with LPRD’s first Zombie Scramble. Bring out your costumes as we want you to look good and have fun while doing it! Participants are invited to join us in the Survival Zone after the race for food and beverage specials and enjoy zombie themed attractions.
- HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-TREAT NIGHT
LPRD recommends Trick or Treating on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Homeowners wishing to participate are asked to leave porch lights on for costumed youngsters. HAVE A SAFE HALLOWEEN!
- KIDS DAY OFF
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.
- LPRD GOBBLE WOBBLE RUN
Ages: All ages. Earn your Thanksgiving Day’s indulgences at the Gobble or Wobble Fun Run. More than just a holiday, Thanksgiving is about giving back. The Gobble or Wobble event is a fun way to do just that. We encourage our participants to bring a non-perishable food item to the event to support a local food pantry. We will combine the donated items with our month of giving event to help make everyone’s holiday special.
- BREAKFAST WITH SANTA-CHRIS CAKES
Ages: 3 to 12. Come have breakfast with your favorite jolly man. Santa will join us for a meal and holiday arts and crafts. We’ll enjoy pancakes, sausage, orange juice and water as we spread holiday cheer at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., in Downtown Lawrence. Registration to eat, participate in arts and crafts and visit with Santa. You may registration for just arts and crafts and visit with Santa without taking advantage of the breakfast at the price of $5 per person.
- CANDY CANE HUNT
Ages: 6 and Under. Rumor has it that Santa is going to be at Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St., hiding candy canes for children from 4-6 p.m. with the hunt starting at 4:30 p.m. After the hunt, we will warm up inside the center with some hot chocolate, cookies, and arts and crafts while listening to great holiday music. Registration deadline: Tuesday, November 28. For more information, contact (785) 832-7940.
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.
- Summer Fest – Sunday, June 25
- Fall Arts & Crafts Festival – Sunday, Sept. 10
- Holiday Bazaar – Sunday, Nov. 19
- Holiday Extravaganza – Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 2-3