The last month of the year is upon us, and what’s more – the last month of the decade! It’s always a good idea to end the year with lots of fun and cheer and ring in the new year in the same way you’d like to live it out. What better way to spend the last weekend of the year than in Lawrence, surrounded by a warm, welcoming (and let’s face it, weird) art, food and entertainment scene?
Do you have a Jayhawk fan in the family? A future player, perhaps? Tickets for the Kansas Basketball Holiday Clinic are available now! The clinic is from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm and includes instruction by current Jayhawk players and coaches, an official camp t-shirt and one free ticket to the West Virginia game on January 4th. During check-in for the clinic, parents will have the option to buy additional general admission tickets for a discounted price of $50. There will also be an autograph session during check-in from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Parents and family are welcome to stay and watch, but if you are wanting to journey onward, then we have some ideas for you!
If you haven’t already seen them, pop into the Watkins Museum of History for some educational and exciting exhibits. Did you know that Kansas granted women the right to vote eight years before national suffrage? Enterprising Women: Lawrence in the Suffrage Movement will explain Lawrence’s position in this historic time period as we look back 100 years later. You can also see the newest exhibit, Opening Doors: A History of Accessibility in Lawrence, and learn about how those living with limitations in Lawrence have adapted.
Once you’ve gotten your history lesson for the day, and have something to talk about over dinner, meander down Massachusetts Street. You can pop in and out of the local shops and find everything you never knew you needed, from French hand towels to vintage jackets. Chances are you’ll also run into some art – it is a Final Friday, after all. Wonder Fair Art Gallery will be showing Gary Noland’s exhibit Would Work. Be Moved Studio will be showcasing art by Dan Phelps and hosting a free 5Rythms class afterward.
Does the dreary winter weather ever get you down? Never fear! Not only will your time in Lawrence be energizing in the best way, but you can also be sure to soak up some extra feel-good vibes. The Lawrence Public Library now offers “Light Reading” – they have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) lamps set up with comfy chairs. If you’re looking for the perfect Saturday afternoon activity to do after you finish brunch at one of the many delectable eateries downtown, then head to the library. The library boasts beautiful architecture, a wonderful children’s section, and now, lamps that will give you a little boost!
The library is downtown, so you can jaunt back over to Mass St. to pick up those hand-made soaps or that special art print you saw the night before and can’t stop thinking about. And if you really want my advice? Spend your day eating! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner – the food scene in Lawrence cannot be beaten. Whether you’re looking for pizza, crab cakes, homemade ice cream or an authentic po-boy, we have it all. Take advantage of your weekend in town and make allll the reservations. Find food here>