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Lawrence Kids Summer, 2010

a resource guide for parents

Lawrence Kids Summer, 2010

a resource guide for parents

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Good For Your Brain While recent studies show that pregnancy and childbirth positively alter the brain chemistry of mothers, could parenting have a similar impact on men? The 2005 book The Mommy Brain documented research by Craig Kinsley and Kelly Lambert on female rats who were either pregnant or recent mothers, showing that motherhood sharpened their senses and increased their motivation and resilience. Susan Kuchinskas reports for Miller-McCune that this same team is now concentrating on fathers. Their research on mice, along with similar studies on monkeys and humans, suggests that fatherhood chemically alters men to make them better fathers. “Loving a woman and fathering her children changes a man’s body and brain in ways that make him more canny and resourceful,” Kuchinskas writes, “while improving his ability to handle stress. At the same time, living with the woman he loves alters a man’s hormones and neurochemistry to make him a better mate.” Examples in nature include: the California deer mouse, who stays around the home after mating to groom and look after his kids; the male marmoset, whose hormones cause him to gain weight along with his mate during pregnancy; and, the “highly monogamous” titi monkey, who mates for life and allows his offspring to cling to his body. In humans, studies have found that married men have lower levels of the hormone testosterone, while new fathers exhibit higher levels of prolactin. Both of these conditions positively influence a father’s parenting skills by increasing his sympathy and motivation to help his offspring. Interestingly, a study by the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center suggests that lower testosterone could actually be triggered by a newborn baby’s smell. Scientists at the center separated marmoset fathers from their families and then exposed them to scent from their babies’ genitals. Within 20 minutes, their testosterone levels dropped. Reprinted, with permission, from Utne Reader. Please visit their website at

Babies Don’t Keep forget the sweat and remember to savor the small stuff by Tasha Keathley

I came to the University of Kansas to begin my PhD just after earning my Masters Degree from the University of Montana. I was 23 years old. My husband and I moved to Lawrence with two-year-old twin girls and a baby on the way. Six weeks later Jack arrived. As a new PhD student with three children under three, I stood out. Every time I got in the elevator to go to class someone would ask, “How do you do it?” My husband would bring Jack to campus for me to breastfeed with his sisters skipping behind and my single twenty something colleagues would ask “Seriously? How do you do it?” When I would run through the check out at the market the cashier would raise a brow and ask “how do you do it?” I never knew what to say, we just did it. Everything was on a schedule. I took showers at the gym after a quick work out. The babies would fall asleep in their carseats on the way home. I planned my classes and teaching around mom’s day out and play dates. I did my studies from three to five (in the morning) seven days a week. My husband and I worked together to keep the family moving forward. Since then, we have added another bundle of joy to our brood. With four children, two jobs, a thousand activities and a million and one things to get done in a day, I sometimes ask, “how am I going to do this?” As much as I would like to be, I am not supermom. I always know I can get done what I have to in a day, but sometimes I have to remind myself that the other stuff can wait. In 1958, Ruth Hulburt Hamilton wrote a poem called Song for a Fifth Child, which was first published in the Ladies Home Journal. She told the mothers of her day to stop worrying about the housework, the chores, the shopping and the bills. She called the ladies of the Journal to enjoy their children while they were young.

It took me years to come to a place where my focus was not writing (the perfect) thesis, doing (all the) laundry, going to class (completely prepared), cooking dinner (from scratch), giving (the best) lecture, getting the girls to ballet practice (beautifully groomed), scheduling check-ups {months in advance) – you get the idea. Now I know what I absolutely have to do, I know what I want to do and I know what can wait because “babies don’t keep.” Here is how I do it. I make baby books for our children that include record of


their first milestones, doctor visits and celebrations along with photos and mementos of their earliest years. I also have a separate photo album for each child for each year of their life that I work hard to maintain. I take a shower (almost) every day. Sometimes I do not get to shower until three in the afternoon, but I do shower. I attend (nearly all) of my children’s games, programs, recitals and events. In fact, our entire family does. We raise our children hoping they understand that we are each other’s biggest fans. Whether they are making mud pies, making a goal, or finding a cure for cancer, we are so proud of their accomplishments. I sit on the floor and play with my baby every day. I cuddle my babies morning, noon and night no matter how many dishes need washing. I throw over-the-top birthday parties for my little ones. We pick a theme and I make customized invitations, bake an elaborate cake, decorate the venue, invite lots of family and friends and celebrate the guest of honor. I go through the drive thru occasionally, take full advantage of the Book-It pizza certificates and take care to make healthy options available for the family when I cannot make a full meal. I don’t make my bed unless we are going to have company. I don’t volunteer for everything at my children’s school, for their sports teams or at the church. I divide household responsibilities with my husband and children. Dad makes dinner some nights, takes out the garbage and knows how to run a washing machine. The children set the table, put their own dishes in the dishwasher, their own clothes in the hamper and their own

coats on the hanger. We share carpooling duties with other families. Most importantly, I try not to sweat the small stuff, but I am still a work in progress. One thing I know for certain is that “The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow. But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep! I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.”

Song for a Fifth Child by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth, Empty the dustpan, poison the moth, Hang out the washing, make up the bed, Sew on a button and butter the bread. Where is the mother whose house is so shocking? She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking. Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue, Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo. Dishes are waiting and bills are past due Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue? Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo. The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep! I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep. Tasha lives in Lawrence with her husband and four children.

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down home cookin’ four local chefs/parents discuss cooking with their kids

For Hilary Brown, it’s a no brainer. “Considering it took me most of 30 years to figure out what my dietary needs were doing to me, it was clear that when I had my son, we would be cooking at home,” she said. Brown, known in Lawrence as the mastermind behind Local Burger, and her toddler son Nello spend hours together in the kitchen. He may be too young to cut or dice, but he can experience time with mom. “I know just having him around food preparation will help him appreciate good food,” Brown said. As much as Lawrence is know for its burgeoning culinary scene, four local chefs (and parents) spend much of their day constructing a menu not for their restaurant tables, but for their dinning room tables.

Countless recent studies have proclaimed the benefits of eating, and cooking, with your children. Subarna Bhattachan, father of 2 and owner of Zen Zero, La Parrilla and Genovese, thinks the fast food culture of America is doing irreparable harm to our children. “We need to encourage kids to eat healthy,” he said. “There is no better way to do that than by having your kids help in the kitchen. Cooking with your kids isn’t as easy has getting a happy meal, but the benefits are unmeasurable.” “Kids are, whether we encourage it or not, conditioned to eat easy foods,” Brown said. “The key to having your kids eat a more healthy meal is easy: make it look good and taste great. And yes, that is


much easier said than done.” Bhattachan said his sons, Amitav (2) and Avalok (7), benefit from having his mother cook recipes from her native Nepal. “My boys eat as much lentils and curry as anyone,” he said. “My mother and wife are fantastic cooks, and having family meals is one of the most important parts of our day. That being said, Avalok would trade anything we make at home for chicken nuggets.” Rick Martin, chef at Free State Brewery, thinks parents need to take more control of their children’s diet. He and his son Miles cook together as often as they can. “I really think cooking with your kids is one of the most beneficial things parents can do,” he said. “You can teach your kids math and chemistry and encourage their imagination. Best of all, of course, is that you get to eat what you create.” “Yeah, cooking with your kids is great,” said Ken Baker, chef/owner of Pachamama’s. “But you also have to remember that they are kids, and kids typically aren’t very experimental eaters.”

“Cooking with your kids isn’t as easy as getting a happy meal, but the benefits are unmeasurable.” ~ Subarna Bhattachan

Baker sites Jamie Oliver’s recent television show Food Revolution as an example. “You can just put a plate of organic bangers and mash in front of kids and expect them to enjoy it,” he said. “Kids are kids, they want to eat good, easy food. Our responsibility as parents is to make that good, easy food as healthy as possible.” Baker and his wife have been concious of what they feed their son, Andy, since he was born. “We make a real effort to feed him as much fresh, local produce as possible.” Brown extolls the benefits of eating locally produce food everyday. “Knowing where your food comes from is so important,” she said. “If you can walk up to a producer or farmer and have them tell you exactly what the growing conditions were for a carrot or a chicken, you don’t have to worry about what chemicals and pesticides your kid might be eating.” Utilizing locally grown ingredients is a good start, Martin thinks, but the benefits go even beyond producer accountability. “Want your kids to eat better? Grow a garden,” Martin said. “Kids will eat almost anything they help plant, water and pick. Miles and I have a backyard garden and use something from it almost every time we cook.” (cont.)

easy lentils

fresh boule

homemade pizza

blueberry dessert

Boule / Ken Baker Makes 4 1-pound loaves 3 cups lukewarm water 1 ½ tbsp granulated yeast (1 ½ packets) 1 ½ tbsp coarse kosher or sea salt 5 ½ cups unsifted, unbleached, all-purpose white flour Cornmeal for pizza peel 1. Heat water to just warmer than body temp. 2. Add yeast and salt in a 5-quart bowl. Don’t worry about getting it all dissolve 3. Mix in flour by gently scooping it up, then level w/out patting down. Mix until uni formaly moist. Don’t knead! This step is done in a matter of minutes and yields a we dough loose enough to conform to the container. 4. Cover loosely. Do not use screw-topped jars. Allow the mixture to rise at room temperature until it begins to collapse – approximately two hours. A portion of the dough can be used any time after this period On Baking Day 1. Prepare a pizza peel by sprinkling it liberally w/ cornmeal to prevent the loaf from sticking. Slide into oven. 2. Place the ball on the pizza peel. Let it rest, uncovered, for about 40 minutes – some rising may occur. 3. Twenty minutes before baking, preheat oven to 450 degrees w/ a baking stone on the middle rack. Place an empty broiler tray for holding water on another shelf. 4. Dust top of loaf liberally w/ flour. Slash a ¼-inch deep cross, scallop or tick-tacktoe pattern into the top. 5. W/ forward jerking motion, slide the loaf off the pizza peel and onto baking stone. Quickly but carefully pour about a cup of hot water into the broiler tray and close the oven door to trap w/ steam. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the crust is browned and firm to touch. When you remove the loaf from the oven, it will audibly crackle, when initially exposed to room temperature air. Allow to cool completely. 6. Refrigerate remaining dough in your lidded (not airtight) container and use it over the next two weeks. Even one day’s storage improves the flavor and texture of your bread. The dough can also be frozen in 1-pound portions in an airtight container and defrosted overnight in refrigerator.

Recipe for Dal (Lentils) / Subarna Bhattachan 1 tbl veg oil 2 bay leaves 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 inch ginger minced 1 cup yellow lentils (toor dal) * 5 cups water 1/4 tsp tumeric powder 1/4 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp salt or to taste

1. Wash the lentils with water. 2. Heat oil in a pot on med heat. Remove from heat. Add the bay leaves, garlic & ginger. Saute for 1 minute. 3. Add washed lentils. Put pot back on the stove on med heat. Stir & saute for 2 minutes. 4. Add water, spices & salt. 5. Bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low. Let is simmer for 3040 minutes until the lentil is soft. 6. Serve with white rice. *Plain Toor dal available from the Quick Trip gas station on 23rd St, opposite of Dillions.

Homemade Pizza / Rick Martin Blueberry Cheesecake in a Bowl / Hilary Brown Fresh blueberries** Dollop of sour cream (or yogurt of choice)* sprinkle of brown sugar

1. Clean fresh blueberries. 2. Place 1/2 cup to 1 cup of blueberries in a bowl and dollop with sour cream (if you have dairy allergies select non-dairy sour cream or yogurt of choice ~ vanilla is nice). 3. Sprinkle with brown sugar. 4. With sour cream this dessert tastes amazingly like cheesecake - great for kids but also a very nice dessert for a formal yet casual get together. **Pick your own local blueberries in Winchester at Rocky Hills Elk Ranch - U-Pick usually starts after around the beginning of July. It’s fun, inexpensive and just beautiful out on their farm - great for kids 913-774-4506 - call them for directions.

This pizza takes some time to properly mature the dough, but the end result is worth the wait and kids can get involved in every part of the process. Day 1

1 cup room temperature water 1 packet of Hodgson Mill Dry Active Yeast 2 teaspoons of local honey Stir honey into the water and dissolve yeast in the water honey mixture. Add 1.5 cup Heartland Mill unbleached white flour, or any all purpose flour 1/8 teaspoon of fine sea salt Stir into water mixture and let rise for an hour or two. Add 1 cup more flour 1/8 teaspoon more salt Mix with flour-dusted hands until all flour is absorbed. Form into a softball size ball, cover and refrigerate until needed the next day.

Day 2

Preheat oven and pizza stone to 500 degrees. With floured hands, knock down the dough and fold over 3 or 4 times. Begin working the dough into a crust shape on a floured surface. Let the dough relax for 10 minutes after each time you stretch it. This may take 3 or 4 stretches with hands or a rolling pin. Be patient! In a small saucepan, Combine: 1- 8 ounce can of organic tomato sauce 2 Tablespoons of water 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt Optional ingredients would be garlic, crushed red pepper, fennel seed, olive oil and black pepper, depending on tastes. Let this simmer on low for 20 minutes, then cool to room temperature. This could be made hours or days ahead of time.

Shred 8 ounces of the family favorite cheese. Work your crust to a desired thickness. Open the oven door, extent the rack that your pizza stone is on, and transfer the crust to the stone by folding in half, then unfold on the stone. Let the crust bake for one or two minutes and remove with a pizza peel. Smear the sauce on the crust with the backside of a large spoon and everyone is free to top the pizza with anything they wish! This will also give the oven time to reheat. With pizza peel, move pizza to the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Getting children involved in the cooking process will not only help encourage healthy eating decisions, it will also encourage their curiosity. “One of the easiest ways to encourage kids to expriement with food is having them help cook it,” Martin said. “Think about it,” Baker said. “If you get your hands on something, and you know exactly what seasonings and spices and flavors are included, you’re more excited to eat it. That is amplified with kids. I’m not saying they should be in the kitchen cutting calamari, but if your kids only eat chicken strips, have them help prepare a whole roasted chicken.” “My son isn’t old enough to be cutting and dicing,”

“Want your kids to eat better?Grow a garden. Kids will eat almost anything they help plant, water and pick.” ~ Rick Martin Brown said. “But he can help wash fruit and stir mixtures. That alone gets him excited to eat.” Younger kids can wash and stir. Older kids can learn basic, but essential, cutting techniques. “My boys love helping with pancakes,” Bhattachan said. “They help measure and poor ingredients. Then they stir the batter.” “Nello loves to stir,” Brown said. “Sometimes if we’re cooking, we’ll find any reason to stir.” Obviously cutting can be dangerous, but if taught correclty, appropriately aged kids can cut vegtables. “The reason techniques are emphasized is to keep it safe,” Martin said. “If you don’t prepare and act appropriately in the kitchen, you can get hurt. That goes for kids and adults. But that’s great lesson for life.” As important as getting kids involved in food preparation and selection is, remembering to enjoy the process trumps all. “I don’t think forcing your kids to eat certain things is healthy,” Baker said. “Of course healthy eating is important, but if you force certian ingredients or dishes, chances are you’ll just turn your kids off for life.” “Yeah, we get fast food occasionally,” Bhattachan said. “But it’s all in moderation. We really try to make the food we prepare at home as appetizing as anything that comes in a box with a toy.” For more kid-friendly recipies, please visit the Lawrence Kids facebook page.


Death of the Road Trip by Derek Helms

My college buddies and I traveled a lot. It was nothing to decide at 1 am on Friday that we would spend the weekend biking in Colorado or watching football at some stadium in Texas. We sent ourselves postcards and proudly hung them on our apartment wall. I was always up for a road trip, the more spontaneous the better. Then I had kids. Just out of college, when my wife and I had our first babies; my friends didn’t even have girlfriends. They lived the single life in cities across the country and I changed my twin daughters’ diapers in Lawrence. To them it was common, even comical, for me to get a voice mail on a random night. “Hey Mr. Mom, we’re heading to Vegas for the weekend,” they would say. “Drop the dirty diapers and get on a plane.” Or... “Just scored 4 tickets to the Radiohead show in Chicago tomorrow night. Put down the teddy bear and pick up your bag.” Every call ended the same way. I was called a silly little girl or was compared to various body parts. It never seemed to matter that my wife and I had two girls in preschool and a newborn son. Any extra money (and there was none) went to birthday presents or new shoes. As time passed, the late night phone calls came less often. My friends slowly started to get married and “settle down.” Though they still took spur-of-the moment trips, they involved more wine and wives and less whiskey and dirt. When word came that Dan, the unofficial leader of the trips, and his wife were expecting their first child, I thought maybe his perspective would change. About four months before their son Drew was born I got a voice mail at work. “Ahh, Helmsy,” Dan said. “Julia and I are looking at daycares for this kid that’s coming. And, uh, well,” he continued cautiously. “Well, I just want to apologize for all those times I called you names because you wouldn’t meet us in Vegas for a bender. I get it now.” Dan and Julia are now expecting their second child. Dan has cancelled his Wisconsin football tickets in order to save money. Derek travels in his minivan with his wife and 4 kids.


We searched backyards, front yards and alleys across Lawrence for the best tree houses in town. After countless walks and drives, we selected our favorites. What did we miss? Email pics of your favorite local tree houses, and we’ll post them on our facebook page.


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previous page / The pirate ship tree house in Old West Lawrence has become a community icon. Neighbors and strangers alike stop for photos and a quick trip to fantasy land.

right / A few blocks from Deerfield Elementary, the red tree house features a window-filled loft and windows that latch to protect from the elements.

below / The Northwest Lawrence tree house is

simplistic and functional. The “convertible top� and spy holes let the imagination run wild.

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White-trimmed windows, a 15-foot slide and front porch make this North Lawrence tree house a complete original.

below / Tucked away in East Lawrence, the sliding door and 360 degree windows make picnics and parties an elevated affair.


heart of the city unique shops, unique people and unique events shape Downtown Lawrence

For Rod Smith, owner of White Chocolate Board Shop, there is no other place to do business. “It’s all about the atmosphere and the community,” he said. “Downtown Lawrence is the only place in town where we could operate White Chocolate.” With its diverse shops, various restaurants and pedestrian-friendly nature, Downtown Lawrence is one of the best destinations for families. “What’s great is that mom, dad, the teenage son and daughter have something to interest them,” Smith said. Summer in Lawrence brings even more life to the downtown area. The Farmer’s Market, weekly city band concerts in South Park and numerous festivals fill the calendar and give families bountiful opportunities to take

advantage of the summer months. “During summer, we love to bring the kids down in the late afternoon,” said Anne Bellante, mother of three. “We’ll have dinner, walk down Massachusetts Street with an ice cream cone and window shop until dark. It’s really one of the best parts of living in Lawrence.” “Oh, it’s all about the pool,” said Mark Page, father of two. “Keeping kids happy in July and August can be pretty brutal,” he said. “But the Aquatic Center and a stroll down Mass are always entertaining. I mean think about it, what do kids like more than people watching?” For a full list of summer events and activities, please contact Downtown Lawrence, Inc at or call 842-3883.

Start you summer planning here! May

KU Baseball: KU v. Oklahoma

Cosmopolitan Diabetes Golf Classic

Saturday Downtown Farmers Market

Friday, May 21 - Sunday, May 23 Hoglund Ballpark

Friday, May 28 Alvamar County Club (Public)

Saturdays / May - October Downtown Lawrence With more than 80 vendor members, the Farmers Market in Downtown Lawrence has become the premiere place to obtain the freshest, most nutritious locally produced agricultural products.

Thursday Farmers Market Thursdays / May - October Sixth & Wakarusa

Art Tougeau Parade Friday, May 21 - Saturday, May 22 Lawrence’s own wheeled art parade featuring art cars and wheeled art creations from national, regional and local artists.

It Starts With Art Saturdays, May 22 - July 31 Spencer Museum of Art Art classes for children and teens ages 5-14 combine art study with hands-on activities. Call for more details.

Memorial Weekend Backyard Bash Class Thursday, May 27 The Bayleaf Dust off you outdoor grill and throw a BBQ Bash this weekend. Grilled Shrimp with Chile-Lime Sauce starts the celebration off right. Barbecued Pork Tenderloins, Blue Cheese Cole Slaw, etc.

4 Person scramble to fight diabetes by raising money for the Health Care Access Clinic.

Annual Nash Dash Saturday, May 29 Lawrence Visitors Center The Nash Dash is a fundraiser for the WRAP Program, which places mental health professionals from the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in schools in Baldwin City, Eudora and Lawrence.

June Lawrence City Band Concerts Wednesdays, June 2 - July 14

South Park Free outdoor summer concert series. Performances begin at 8 p.m.

Dawn at Black Jack Wednesday, June 2 Black Jack Battlefield , Baldwin City Meet just before dawn to take a lantern guided tour of the Black Jack Battlefield looking through the eyes of John Brown and Henry Clay Pate.

Brown Bag Concert Series Thursdays, June 3 - July 33 9th & Mass - Downtown Lawrence Local and regional musicians play sets beginning at noon.

Annual Downtown Lawrence Film Festival Thursday, June 3 Downtown Lawrence Screenings of classic films in Historic Downtown Lawrence. Film: Holiday starring Cary Grant.

Day Out with Thomas the Train Friday, June 4 - Sunday, June 6 & Friday, June 11 - Sunday, June 13 Midland Railway, Baldwin City The classic storybook Engine chugs into Midland Railway. Enjoy a 25-minute ride with Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt.

154th Anniversary Battle of Community Merc Chef Paige Vandegrift will inspire you Black Jack to create a menu featuring the best of Saturday, June 5 Black Jack Battlefield

what’s available at the Farmers Market.

See the first battle of the American Civil War come to life on the original battlefield for the first time since the smoke World’s Largest cleared in 1856. Tuesday, June 8

Crown Fun Fest Saturday, June 5 Crown Toyota/Chevrolet/Scion


Shenk Sports Complex Don “Red Dog” Gardner will once again lead the community-wide workout event.

Fun for the whole family Numerous events for everyone to enjoy (Moon Walk for the kids, the Lawrence Corvette Car Club, etc).

Food & Beer Pairings with Free State Brewery Beer

Kansas Ironman 70.3

Join Chef Rick Martin and Brewer Kevin

Wednesday, June 9 Community Merc

Sunday, June 6 Prescott for five pairings, each demonClinton State Park; Bloomington strating the key components of beer Park and how they match with food. Ironman 70.3 Kansas - 1.2 mile Swim, 56 Mile Bike, 13.1 Mile Run

River CIty Cook-Off Sunday, June 6 Abe & Jake’s Landing

Annual Downtown rence Film Festival


Thursday, June 10 Downtown Lawrence

dium,” and a current flame.

Annual Downtown rence Film Festival


Thursday, June 17 Downtown Lawrence Film: His Girl Friday starring Cary Grant.

Dinner from the Farmers Market Friday, June 18 Community Merc

Join us for another special evening with Chef Paige Vandegrift. Bring a bottle of wine if you’d like and enjoy the best local produce the season has to offer.

Annual Downtown rence Film Festival


Thursday, June 24 Downtown Lawrence Film: The Philadelphia Story starring Cary Grant.

An evening of local music, local food Film: Bringing up Baby starring Cary and education that’s a fundraiser for the Grant. Friends of the Kaw.

St. John’s Mexican Fiesta

Lawrence Relay For Life Farmers’ Market Cooking Friday, June 11 - Saturday, June 12 Free State High School Track Class

Authentic Mexican food, live entertainment, games and so much more!

Tuesday, June 8

Friday, June 25 - Saturday, June 26 St. John’s Catholic Church

Douglas County Relay For Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Summer Smash Baseball Tournament

Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission’s 22nd Annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition

Friday, June 25 - Sunday, June 27 Clinton Sports Complex/ YSI

Saturday, June 12 Lawrence Arts Center / Downtown

Cooking Together – A Hands-On Class for Parent and Child Monday, June 14 Community Merc Join Hilary Kass for this hands-on class where we’ll make four healthy snacks that you and your family and friends will love!

KU Trumpet Ensemble Wednesday, June 16 Swarthout Recital Hall

Blithe Spirit Thursday, June 17 - Sunday, June 20 Lawrence Community Theatre This classic comedy offers us a cantankerous novelist haunted by the ghost of his first wife, a visiting “happy me-

Annual Historic Lecompton Territorial Days Saturday, June 26 - Sunday, June 27 Lecompton The highlight of the year in Lecompton, KS, Territorial Days began as a celebration with the dedication of Constitution Hall as a National Historic Landmark.

Night on the Kaw Saturday, June 26 Riverfront Park- De Soto A country music festival presented by the De Soto Chamber of Commerce. Acts include Matt Snook 6 pm, Jason Jones 7 pm, Tracey Lawrence 9 pm and others.

KU Symphonic Band & University Band Tuesday, June 29 Lied Center


Annual Downtown Lawrence Film Festival Thursday, July 1 Downtown Lawrence

August Civil War on the Western Frontier

Film: Arsenic and Old Lace starring Cary Grant.

Saturday, August 7 - Saturday, August 21 Throughout Lawrence

Tour of Lawrence

Living history events that focus on historic Lawrence and Douglas County during the early Territorial days and the Civil War.

Friday, July 2 - Sunday, July 4 Throughout Lawrence Enjoy bicycle racing at its best in beautiful and historic Lawrence.

Salute! 2010 Thursday, July 8 - Saturday, July 10 Throughout Lawrence Salute! - A Festival of Wine and Food is a three-day benefit that offers something for wine lovers of all levels and tastes.

Annual Downtown Lawrence Film Festival Thursday, July 8 Downtown Lawrence Film: The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. starring Cary Grant.

Lawrence MAYB Basketball Tournament Friday, July 9 - Sunday, July 11 Gyms in and around Lawrence Annual Lawrence Mid-America Youth Basketball Tournament.

International Institute for Young Musicians

Lawrence Busker Fest Friday, August 20 - Sunday, August 22 Downtown Lawrence Street performers sing, dance, do magic and daredevil stunts in Downtown Lawrence.

Lied Center Family Arts Festival Friday, August 20 Lied Center The annual Free Family Outdoor Concert and arts festival features Louisiana natives Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys performing their own brand of sensational contemporary zydeco and tangy country.

September KU Football: KU v. North Dakota State

July 11 - July 30

Saturday, September 4 Memorial Stadium

Talented pianists from across the world train and compete. Public performances are Wednesday evenings, and July 11 & 12.

KU Football: KU v. Georgia Tech

Annual Sidewalk Sale Thursday, July 15 Downtown Lawrence Come early and shop the bargains galore as merchants slash prices on their inventory.

Van Go’s 2010 Benchmark Friday, July 23 Van Go Mobile Arts 2010 Bench Unveiling!

Douglas County Free Fair Saturday, July 31 - Saturday, August 7 Douglas County Fairground Live music, carnival, 4-H exhibits, demolition derby, antique tractor pull and a variety of races and contests.

Saturday, September 11 Memorial Stadium

KU Football: KU v. New Mexico State Saturday, September 25 Memorial Stadium

Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway Thursday, September 30 Lied Center 100 Years of Broadway shines the spotlight on some of the finest theatrical moments from the greatest musicals of the century. Featuring five of Broadway’s finest stars. All events subject to change w/out notice.

the family that plays together... Katie Euliss and Mike West of Truckstop Honeymoon play hi-octane songs about interstates, pinball arcades and true love. Their cutting honesty, biting humor and harmonies make their music perfect for both micro breweries and minivans. When Hurricane Katrina hit their hometown New Orleans in 2005, the duo and their daughters were on tour. With their home underwater (check their song The Cover Of The N.Y.T.) the family traveled until settling in Lawrence. Katie and Mike have since carved an indelible mark in town. They play benefits, fund raisers and bars, bringing their infectious Mardi Gras spirit to landlocked Lawrence. We love dancing to their records (see Johnny & June). When not entertaining at a pre-school or a honky tonk, Truckstop Honeymoon dance around the living room with their kids. Katie and Mike let us know what gets them moving... (cont.)

Truckstop Honeymoon’s songs for living room dancing...

Katie and Mike share their favorite records for family listening.

Randy Kaplan - Five Cent Piece & Loquat Rooftop “Roots rocker Randy Kaplan is one of those happy-they-exist people you can’t quite tell is playing kids’ music. And yet he is.” -NEW YORK MAGAZINE

Laura Freeman - A Baker’s Dozen & Color Wheel Cartwheel With marvelous musical chops and styles as varied as jazz, R&B and country, Texasbased folk singer Laura Freeman and deft Louisiana musicians serve up an effervescent odyssey through the world of color — yellow “melts like butter on a cob of corn on a hot day in July,” orange is a cha-cha lesson in color mixing and blue is a sweet and wacky progression from a sad whale to Bluebeard the pirate and his mom. - The LA Times

Farmer Jason - Rockin’ in the Forest The kid-friendly universe inhabited by country-punk hero Jason Ringenberg gets bigger, weirder. A Day at the Farm boasts “A Guitar Pickin’ Chicken”--obsessively rural fun.

Mozart - Magic Flute The timeless opera performed in two acts, composed in 1791

Diana Ross - Diana Ross’11th studio album, and the biggest-selling studio collection of her career.

Irma Thomas - Time Is On My Side The unrivaled Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas ranks among Crescent City R&B’s greatest and most enduring musical ambassadors.


Lawrence Kids

Parent Resource Guide

SCHOOLS Broken Arrow Elementary 2704 Louisiana Street 832-5600 Bishop Seabury (private) 4120 Clinton Parkway 832-1717 Central Junior High 1400 Massachusetts Street 832-5400 Century School (private) 816 Kentucky Street 832-0101 Cordley Elementary 1837 Vermont Street 832-5640 Corpus Christi (private) 6001 Bob Billings Parkway 331-3374 Deerfield Elementary 101 Lawrence Avenue 832-5660

Hillcrest Elementary 1045 Hilltop Road 832-5720

New York Elementary 936 New York Street 832-5780

South Junior High 2734 Louisiana Street 832-5400

Kennedy Elementary 1605 Davis Road 832-5760

Pickney Elementary 810 West Sixth Street 832-5800

Southwest Junior High 2511 Inverness Drive 832-5550

Langston Hughes Elementary 1101 George Williams Way 832-5890

Prairie Moon Waldorf 1853 East 1600 Road 841-8800

St. Johns Elementary (private) 1208 Kentucky Street 843-9511

Lawrence Diploma Completion Center 711 West 23rd Street 830-9119

Prairie Park Elementary 2711 Kensington Road 832-5740

Sunflower Elementary 2521 Inverness Drive 832-5870

Quail Run Elementary 1130 Inverness Drive 832-5820

Sunset Hill Elementary 901 Schwartz Road 832-5880

Raintree Montessori 4601 Clinton Parkway 843-6800

Sunshine Acres Montessori

Lawrence Free State High 4700 Overland Drive 832-6050 Lawrence High 1901 Louisiana Street 832-5050 Lawrence Virtual School 2145 Louisiana Street 832-5620

Schwegler Elementary 2201 Ousdahl Road 832-5860

see ad on pg. 30 2141 Maple Lane 842-2223 (cont.)

Veritas Christian (private) 256 North Michigan 749-0083 Wakarusa Valley Elementary 1104 East 1000 Road 832-5900 West Junior High 2700 Harvard Road 832-5500 Woodlawn Elementary 508 Elm Street 832-5920

ART ACTIVITIES Lawrence Arts Center see ad on pg. 38 2141 Maple Lane 842-2223 Lawrence Community Theater 1501 New Hampshire 843-7469 Spencer Museum of Art 1301 Mississippi Street 864-4710 Sunfire Ceramics 1002 New Hampshire Street 749-2828



Central National Bank

Astrokitty Comics & More 15 East 7th Street 856-8607

see ad on pg. 39 711 Wakarusa Drive 603 West 9th Street 800 Massachusetts Street 2321 Harper Street 3140 Nieder Rd. Walmart Supercenter 838-1893 (Wakarusa)

Borders 700 New Hampshire Street 331-3226 The Dusty Bookshelf 708 Massachusetts 749.4643

Douglas County Bank 300 West 9th Street 865-1000

Half Price Books 1519 W. 23rd Street 856-4253

KU Credit Union 3400 W. 6th Street 749-2224

Signs of Life

Lawrence Bank 3500 Clinton Parkway 838.9704 Peoples Bank 4831 West 6th Street 842-4300

BOARD SHOPS White Chocolate 933 Massachusetts Street 856-9246

see ad on pg. 29 722 Massachusetts Street 830-8030 The Raven 8 East 7th Street 749-3300

CHILD SERVICES Community Living Opportunities see ad on pg. 18 1424 Elmwood Street 856-5527

Lawrence Memorial Hospital see ad on back cover 325 Maine Street 505-3300

CLOTHING Baby Gap 643 Massachusetts Street 838-3234

Blue Dandelion

see ad on pg. 27 841 Massachusetts Street 856-8210

Brown’s Shoe Fit

see ad on pg. 28 829 Massachusetts Street 842-8142


see ad on pg. 27 716 Massachusetts Street 830-9100 Old Navy 3234 Iowa Street 865-3748 Vanny Bean 877-948-3332

COMPUTER DoctorDave Phone: 785-841-8766 Toll Free: 877-699-3721

DANCE / GYMNASTICS Dance Gallery 4940 Legends Drive 838-9100 Dazzlers Christian Dance 928 Iowa Street 749-2251 G Force Athletics 725 North 2nd Street 843-5387

Lawrence Arts Center see ad on pg. 38 2141 Maple Lane 842-2223

Lawrence Gymnastics Academy 4930 Legends Drive 865-0856

DENTIST / ORTHODONTISTS Enhance Dental Care 4930 Legends Drive 832-2882

Growing Smiles

see ad on pg. 6 1425 Wakarusa Drive, Suite D 856-5600 Jayhawk Dental 826 Iowa Street 843-9122

McColm Orthodontics 12 West 8th Street 832-0809 Oread Orthodontics 1425 Wakarusa, Suite C 856-2483

Ranjbar Orthodontics see ad on pg. 3 4828 Quail Crest Place 832-1844 River Rock Family Dental 1100 East 23rd Street 856-8600 Smiles Family Dentistry 2348 Iowa Street 842-7645 Wilkerson, Saunders & Anderson 831 Vermont 843-6060

LIBRARY Lawrence Public Library 707 Vermont Street 843-3833

MUSEUMS Haskell Cultural Center 155 Indian Avenue 832-6686 KU Natural History Museum 1345 Jayhawk Boulevard 864-4450

Rolling Hills Zoo & Wildlife Museum

see ad on pg. 19 625 N. Hedville Road 785-827-9488 www.rollinghillswildlife. com Spencer Museum of Art 1301 Mississippi Street 864-4710 Watkins Community Museum 1047 Massachusetts Street 841-4109

MUSIC Americana Music Academy

see ad on pg. 4 1419 Massachusetts Street 830-9640

Meadowlark Music Together

see ad on this page 1001 Alabama Street 841-4468

Music Clubhouse

see ad on pg. 36 2201 W. 25th Street, Suite M 865-0884

OPTOMETRIST Crandon and Crandon 1019 Massachusetts Street 843-3844

Lawrence Family Vision 3111 West 6th Street 841-5288

G-Force Athletics 725 North 2nd Street 843-5387

Peoples Optical 2600 Iowa Street 842-6999

Googols of Learning 500 Rockledge Road 856-6002

The Spectacle 935 Iowa Street 832-1238

Holiday Inn - Holidome 200 McDonald Drive 841-7077

Wink Jr. Eyewear 4 East 7th Street 841-1113

Kansas Athletics

PARTIES Castle Tea Room 1307 Massachusetts Street 843-1151

Cici’s Pizza

see ad on this page 2020 West 23rd Street 832-1110 Gambinos Pizza 3514 Clinton Parkway 856-5577

see ad on pg. 10 1651 Naismith Drive 864-7976

Lawrence Arts Center see ad on pg. 38 2141 Maple Lane 842-2223 Lawrence Gymnastics Academy 4930 Legends Drive 865-0856 (cont.)

Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center 4706 Overland Drive 832-7946 Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center 727 Kentucky 832-7990

South Park Wading Pool 1131 Massachusetts Street 832-7920 Sunfire Ceramics 1002 New Hampshire Street 749-2828 Vinland Valley Nursery 594-2966

Music Clubhouse

see ad on pg. 36 2201 W. 25th Street, Suite M 865-0884

Rolling Hills Zoo & Wildlife Museum see ad on pg. 19 625 N. Hedville Road 785-827-9488

Royal Crest Lanes

see ad on pg. 8 933 Iowa Street 842-1234 Southwind 12 Theater 3433 Iowa Street 832-0880

PEDIATRICIANS Amber Belt, ND 901 Kentucky, Suite 108 218-0606 First Med 2323 Ridge Court 865-5300 Haskell Health Care 2415 Massachusetts Street 843-3750 Health Care Access 330 Maine Street 841-5760 Lawrence Family Medicine 1220 Biltmore Drive 331-1700 Mt. Oread Family Practice 3510 Clinton Place 842-5070

Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine 346 Maine Street 842-4477

PHOTOGRAPHY Anne Dillon Photography see ad on pg. 9 (913) 952-4370

Creative Images Photography 936 Avalon Road 842-5049

The Crystal Image see ad on pg. 7 1201 Wakarusa 393-1958

Insight Photography 729 1/2 Massachusetts Street 865-4334 J. Gladman Photography 613 North 2nd Street 842-1233 Kruger Photography 1117 Stonecreek Drive 842-7078

Maria Hays Photography 6318 West 22nd Court 727-9911

White Lotus Photography see ad on pg. 2 1405 Massachusetts Street 856-5588

POOLS Alvamar Country Club (private) 4120 Clinton Parkway 841-0681 Lawrence Country Club (private) 400 Country Club Terrace 843-2938 Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center 4706 Overland Drive 832-7946 Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center 727 Kentucky 832-7990 South Park Wading Pool 1131 Massachusetts Street 832-7920 Stranger Creek Pools Franklin Park Circle (913) 645-3135

Swims & Sweeps

see ad on pg. 6 1033 Vermont Street 841-7787 Waterfront 2004 East 23rd Street 749-1995

PIZZA 23rd Street Brewery see ad on pg. 14 3512 Clinton Parkway 856-2337

Cici’s Pizza

see ad on pg. 37 2020 West 23rd Street 832-1110

Gambinos 3514 Clinton Parkway 856-5577 Glory Days Pizza 4821 West 6th Street 841-5252

Pieroguys Pierogies

Henry Doorly Zoo 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE (402) 733-8400

Rolling Hills Zoo & Wildlife Museum

see ad on pg. 17 3516 Harrison Boulevard Kansas City, MO (816) 252-1575

Papa Keno’s Pizzeria 1035 Massachusetts Street 841-7272

Sylas & Maddy’s 1014 Massachusetts Street 832-8323

Pizza Shuttle 1601 West 23rd Street 842-1212

Tad’s Tropical Snow Cone 939 Iowa Street 865-0112

Rudy’s Pizzeria 704 Massachusetts Street 749-0055

Yummy’s Over the Top Frozen Yogurt 1119 Massachusetts Street 838-3600

Wheat State Pizza 711 West 23rd Street 865-2323 The Wheel Pizza Company 507 West 14th Street 749-4335

TRAVEL PLANNING Lawrence Travel Center 3320 Peterson Road, Suite 102B 841-7117 Travel Leaders 4104 West 6th Street Suite A 842-4000 Travellers, Inc 831 Massachusetts Street 749-0700

TREATS Ben & Jerry’s 818 Massachusetts Street 841-0015 Dairy Queen 1835 Massachusetts Street 843-3588 2545 Iowa Street 842-9359

Juice Stop

see ad on pg. 17 812 Massachusetts Street 3514 Clinton Place 4821 West 6th Street 331-3300 (West 6th Street) Penny Annie’s Sweet Shoppe 845 Massachusetts 843-5544

ZOO Kansas City Zoo 6800 Zoo Drive Kansas City, MO (816) 513-5700

see ad on pg. 19 625 N. Hedville Road Salina, KS 785-827-9488 Sunset Zoological Park 2333 Oak Street Manhattan, KS (785) 587-2737 Topeka Zoo 635 Gage Boulevard Topeka, KS (785) 368-9180

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Lawrence Kids  

a resource guide for Lawrence families

Lawrence Kids  

a resource guide for Lawrence families