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Ongoing Activities

Little Bears Gymnastics

Children and their parents explore different activities using various pieces of gymnastics equipment.  Late afternoons on Tuesday or Friday.  Ongoing sessions available throughout 2023.  Begin attending at the start of each month.  TYKES

Baker Wetlands Discovery Center

The Baker University Wetlands and Discovery Center is a paradise for children interested in biology, ecology, and nature in general.  Enjoy the stunning 927-acre natural habitat and numerous trails.  TYKES

Prairie Park Nature Center

Prairie Park Nature Center is a 100-acre nature preserve on the east side of Lawrence. The preserve incorporates wetlands, woodlands and prairie habitats and a five-acre lake.  Visitors may see a wide variety of native Kansas wildlife on the property including beavers, deer, bobcats and birds of prey.

Prairie Park offers walking trails for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts as well as educational programs.   TYKES

Lawrence Parks and Trails

The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department oversees a park system which includes 54 parks. The Lawrence Loop is a series of connected trails that provides residents and visitors alike a safe and secure way to experience Lawrence by walking, wheeling, or biking.  TYKES 

Watkins Museum of History

The Watkins Museum is full of fun interactive exhibits for children and families to enjoy. Visit the  Victorian Playhouse and try the Look Back Machine.  Pick up a scavenger hunt or a family guide for a map of all our family-friendly activities!  TYKES

KU Natural History Museum

The KU Natural History Museum is home to four floors of public natural history exhibits, including the historic Panorama, live snakes and insects, flora and fauna of the Great Plains, a 45-foot-long mosasaur and much more.

Lawrence Public Library and DOTTIE

In addition to numerous story times and other events, find kid-friendly spaces and activities whenever the downtown library is open.  Thanks to Dottie, the new bookmobile, the library has expanded its outreach efforts to bring books, movies, and more to a neighborhood near you. Check the schedule to see where Dottie will be next!   TYKES

Con Dottie, nuestra nueva biblioteca móvil, la Biblioteca Pública de Lawrence quiere llevar la biblioteca hasta usted.

Teen Zone Discord

The Teen Zone Discord server is a way for Lawrence teens grades 6th–12th to make new friends, share art or writing, and play games. Visit the Teen Zone without having to leave your house. Stop in and chat with us! Get an invite by filling out the form on

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