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Have kids, looking for prairie

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Have kids, looking for prairie

I'm in Lawrence for work for a week and am bringing along my little ones (9 months and 4 years). We live in the city so are looking to get out and about in nature -- hiking, swimming, and just about anything else. We are especially interested in prairie. Any hikes / nature centers / museums, etc you suggest with the younger crowd? Happy to travel up to an hour. Oh, and any amazing ice cream? Thank you!

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1. Re: Have kids, looking for prairie

The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve probably comes closest to being what you are looking for, though it is more like and hour and a half away.

Manhattan is a little closer, but still over an hour. It has a neat zoo, a Bug Zoo, Flint Hills Discovery Center, and about 7-8 miles southeast of town, Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area and Deep Creek Waterfall which I bet they will love. http://kansastravel.org/pillsburycrossing.htm

There are great museums in Topeka and the Kansas City metro, but you also have some neat places in Lawrence. They are likely to particularly like the Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas and the Prairie Park Nature Center.

For ice cream - Sylas & Maddy's Home Made Ice Cream in Lawrence, and the Call Hall Dairy Bar if you make it to Manhattan.

Edited: 16 April 2014, 04:00
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2. Re: Have kids, looking for prairie

I will second the recommendation for Sylas and Maddie's.

www.sylasandmaddys.com/Locations___Hours.html

You can plenty of prairie just a short distance away. Head south on the KS turnpike and within minutes you'll be in the Flint Hills. Amazing vistas and you don't even need to leave the car.

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3. Re: Have kids, looking for prairie

Fantastic, thank you for all of the great ideas!

The 9 month old really hates the car but some of those spots look good enough to give it a try.

Thanks for your suggestions!

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4. Re: Have kids, looking for prairie

We will be sure to check out the flint hills as well. Thank you!

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5. Re: Have kids, looking for prairie

In town you have several options.

The prairie nature center in east Lawrence has both explanations and some trails that are perfect for this age.

There are multiple trails around Clinton lake where you can walk plus it has swimming beach at blumington.

Other kids attractions in town: indoor aquatic center, museum of natural history, lough out loud -jungle gym, story time at the library, the pet store on 23rd has amazing variety of pets some they let kids pet. . Good ice cream was mentioned here. My kids love orange leaf frozen yogurt.

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6. Re: Have kids, looking for prairie

Thank you! Certainly sounds like we are coming to the right place for a week and will have a lot of fun exploring.

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You might drive over to Kanas City Kansas for supper one evening. The kids will LOVE the T-Rex Cafe! It is at the Legends, close to I-70 on the near side of KCK. You might also see if the T-Bones minor league baseball team are playing when you are here. They are also at the Legends, very inexpensive and family friendly.

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8. Re: Have kids, looking for prairie

Another place for the little ones indoor in Lawrence is Jump 4 Joy on 23rd street (probably can be combined with the prairie nature center.

T-Rex cafe can be great (though sometime too realistic and a bit scary for little ones). If you will go to Kansas city there is the crown center that have multiple thing in it including the kaleidoscope. Lego Land across the road and the aquarium.

Going back to nature around Lawrence on top of Clinton lake, there are also Perry lake and Lone Star lake. You can go to Bakers wetland https://www.bakeru.edu/wetlands which has many trails

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