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 8, 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 Crown Casting Club for Kids and Outside for a Better Inside.
OTHER KIDS FISHING DERBIES
LPRD helps to sponsor additional fishing derbies throughout the year, teaming up with Outside for a Better Insider and the Crown Casting Club for Kids to provide more fishing fun! This includes:
1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 28 – Family Fun Day
Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 N 1250 Road
9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 11 – Kids Fishing Derby
Bismarck Lake, 1616 N. 1700 Road
8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 8 – Kids Fishing Derby
Mary’s Lake, 2730 Harper Street
9-11 a.m. Saturday, September 14 – Kids Fishing Derby
KID’S NIGHT OUT – AQUATICS
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.
Find out when it’s available and enroll online this winter
Find out when it’s available and enroll online this spring
Kids Night Out
SKYHOUNDZ FRISBEE DISC CHAMPIONSHIP
Free and open to the public. Skyhoundz Frisbee Disc Throwing Contest held in South Park on Saturday, May 11, at 11 a.m. This event will be held in conjunction with the Humane Society’s Paw Valley Festival for your pet’s shopping needs and necessities. Registration can be done online or the day of the event. Check in and registration open at 10 a.m. Additional information available at Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th Street, (785) 832-7940.
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.
Breakfast With Santa Flyer
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.
Candy Cane Hunt Flyer
Ages: 2-12. The reindeer seem to be ahead of schedule this year and will be delivering Santa early to the Indoor Aquatic Center for some holiday fun. The craft room will be open for ornament making and stocking decorating at Noon. Then a special visitor will manage to stop by during his busy holiday season to review wish lists, give out presents and take photos with the children. Be sure to bring your camera! Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, Dec. 12, to secure crafts; may pay day-of to participate in the Santa visit and swimming. All children must be accompanied by an adult. If adults choose to swim, daily admission applies.
POOCH EGG HUNT EGGSTRAVAGANZA
Ages: Any. Bring Fiddo to come hunt Egg’s in historic South Park Saturday morning Saturday, April 20. 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, April 17.
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, April 17, 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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EGG HUNT EGGSTRAVAGANZA
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, April 20. 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
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.
SPRING ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Held at Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane. Free to the public. Sunday, March 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This arts and crafts show includes commercial and non-commercial items with lots of talented artits and crafters from all over Kansas and surrounding areas. Enjoy a festive spring atmosphere while you browse. Registration to be an exhibitor is available online. Deadline is Monday, Feb. 18, or until full. There is no charge for admission to the public. Concessions will be provided. For more information, please call (785) 832-7940
For Exhibitor Deadlines/Information, please click here.
- Summer Fest – Sunday, June 23
- Fall Arts & Crafts Festival – Sunday, Sept. 8
- Holiday Bazaar – Saturday, Oct. 26 – Community Building, 115 W. 11th St.
- Holiday Extravaganza – Saturday, Dec. 7, Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane