Wichita Family Day Trip: Things to Do in Lawrence KS with Kids

Sylas & Maddy's Ice Cream in Lawrence KS
Sylas & Maddy’s Ice Cream in Lawrence KS

If your family loves sports, food, and the feel of a college town, we highly recommend a day trip to Lawrence, KS! Here are some of our favorite things to do with kids.

Visit the KU Campus

The gardens, architecture, and buildings: KU does not disappoint. Stroll around the campus and go on a sculpture hunt. The kids will enjoy the displays of Jayhawk statues & you’ll get all your steps in for the day.

University of Kansas in Lawrence
University of Kansas in Lawrence

Be sure to check out the campus Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum. Learn about plants, animals, fossils and more. Parking can be a bit confusing, so check out this map before you get there.

KU Biodiversity Institure & Natural History Museum
KU Biodiversity Institure & Natural History Museum

KU Athletics

It’s no secret the KU Jayhawks are a basketball legacy. Plan a weekend to catch a game at Allen Fieldhouse, or another collegiate event! Check out the university athletics site for dates and tickets.

Booth Family Hall of Athletics at Allen Fieldhouse

If your family loves the Jayhawks, this is the place to stop for the University’s athletic  history.

Downtown: Massachusetts Street

A line up of shops, restaurants, art galleries and parks decorate Mass Street in Lawrence! Be sure to make a stop at Sylas & Maddy’s, a sweet shop with homemade ice cream, sundaes, and shakes!

Sylas & Maddy's Ice Cream in Lawrence KS
Sylas & Maddy’s Ice Cream in Lawrence KS

From here, it’s a quick walk to The Toy Store (3 levels of toys to browse!), Espuresso Café (a cat café where you can play with rescues while sipping a latte), and fun shops like Brits, Lucky Dog Pet Bakery & Grocery, and Love of Character.

The Toy Store in Lawrence KS
The Toy Store in Lawrence KS

Parks & Playgrounds

Lawrence has several playgrounds for kids needing to burn off energy!

Where to Eat

It’s hard to narrow down our favorite spots to eat in Lawrence! But here are a few:

Free State Brewing – Grab a brew & enjoy the patio! Delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere.

Merchants Pub & Plate – Incredible dishes with locally-sourced ingredients. Lots of gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetrian options.

Bill Mill – If you’re looking for classic kid fare like pizza nd burgers, this is the place!

The Mad Greek – For Greek & Italian, this spot is a favorite with the locals.

Events and Festivals

Check out the line up and plan a visit for one of Lawrence’s many special events. From Farmer’s Markets to celebrations of art, food and music, there is a lot to enjoy.

Grinter’s Sunflower Farm

Visit late summer when the fields are filled with the state flower. Free admission to visit, however, donations are appreciated. A shop is onsite as well to pick up some local goodies! Follow their Facebook page to see when the flowers are up and ready for visitors, and check out these other Sunflower Fields in Kansas!
Field of sunflowers at Grinter's Farm in Lawrence
Grinter’s SUnflower Farm in Lawrence KS

Clinton Lake State Park

You could spend an entire weekend here fishing, hiking, camping, swimming and boating!  25 mile hike/bike trail, 5 mile cross country ski trail, archery range, 18-hole disc golf course, swim beach, sand volleyball court, mountain bike skills course, 3-acre trout pond, 1-acre children’s fishing pond.

Nature Preserves

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