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

We enjoy hitting the road for a quick trips to Lawrence. I would highly recommend it for family fun. The town has a rich sports, outdoor, music, art, foodie and festival scene. Don’t overlook Lawrence when planning a quick getaway! Here are some ideas to add to your itinerary:

Visit the KU Campus

I love exploring college campuses. The gardens, architecture and buildings, each campus presents its own beauty and history. KU does not disappoint. Stroll around the campus and go on a sculpture hunt. The kids will enjoy the displays of Jayhawk statues.

Be sure to check out the campus Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum. Learn about plants, animals, fossils and more. The kids are sure to love the exhibits teaching about our environment past and present.

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. Take a stroll down and check it all out. We love to stop for lunch at Jefferson’s. This place has a great college town bar and grill feel. We LOVE the buffalo wings. The kids will enjoy the personalized $1 bill adorned walls. Be sure to make a stop at Sylas & Maddie’s, a sweet shop with homemade ice cream, sundaes, shakes and more.

And don’t miss the NEW Lawrence location of a local Wichita favorite: Love of Character! Gifts, party supplies, toys and more – pop in and say hi!

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.

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

Hi, I’m Nicole! I’m a mommy to two young kids: Scarlet and Easton, and wife to Justin. We also have 2 furbaby Labs. I am an Oklahoma girl, born and raised. I’ve been here in Wichita since October 2016. Moving from my home of Norman has been tough, but what a great community to relocate! We love to get out explore the area, finding fun family activities! In addition to mom and wife, I am speech-language pathologist. Some of my favorite things-being an OK girl, I am a die-hard OU football fan (Boomer!), being outdoors, traveling, friends and family, wine and coffee!