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.

Arts & Crafts Fairs
Fun Run Walks
Fun Days of Summer/End of Summer Flings


Saturday, Sept. 15, from 2-4 p.m. at Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane. Mark your calendars now! Join LPRD gymnastics staff for games, a moonwalk, open gymnastics, demonstrations, touch-a-truck and lots of fun! This is a free even open to all youth up to 14 years-old.
9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 – Kids Fishing Derby
Sandra J. Shaw Community Health Park, Second and Indiana Streets

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Nov. 8-9
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. Registration deadline: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.
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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All ages welcome. Jump right in to our floating pumpkin patch and swim in search of your favorite pumpkin! Once you pick your pumpkin, you can take it to our decorating stations and turn your pumpkin into a work of art. In addition, we will have apple cider, snacks, fall crafts, a fall photo booth, and inflatable obstacle course (contingent on weather). Come join in the fall festivities and participate in our first annual Pool of Pumpkins event. We will NOT provide any carving stations. All carving must be done in the comfort of your own home. Sunday, Oct. 14. Fee: $10 – access to all activities. $5 – Day of event; everything BUT pumpkin patch.
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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. 20. 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. 17, 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.17, 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (785) 832-7940.
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Halloween Paint-In Flyer

LPRD recommends Trick or Treating on Wednesday, 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!

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

  • Fall Arts & Crafts Festival – Sunday, Sept. 9
  • Holiday Bazaar – Sunday, Nov. 18
  • Holiday Extravaganza – Saturday, Dec. 1

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