Events Calendar

All events are free and open to everyone unless otherwise noted. See individual listings for events that require registration.

October 18

Activity

WORLD OF BUGS

2PM – 3PM
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 707 VERMONT ST

Learn about the strange and wonderful world of bugs with biologist Stephen Baca from the University of Kansas Natural History Museum! Create symmetrical butterfly art with the Spencer Museum of Art.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library

October 19

Activity

ART CART LIGHT IT UP!

1PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, DOLPH SIMONS FAMILY GALLERY, 316

The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where children and grown-ups enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original works of art on view. Experience the wonder of work by artist Danielle Roney in the exhibition knowledges and create your own freestanding light sculpture.

October 23

Activity

HAUNTING HUMANITIES

6PM – 9PM
ABE AND JAKE’S LANDING, 8 E 6TH ST, LAWRENCE, KS 66044

This unexpected humanities fair brings art, literature, history, classics, theater, and more out of the shadows and into downtown Lawrence for a night of haunting fun for all ages. Stop by the Spencer Museum station to take part in an ancient samurai ritual and test of courage—if you dare. Our version of the ghost story game Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai or “Gathering of 100 Supernatural Tales” starts with 100 candles. One by one, the flames disappear as you share a haunting haiku inspired by images of Japanese prints on view. Throw down your last spooky syllable to extinguish one candle. When the last candle goes dark, will the spirits appear?

Sponsored By: Hall Center for the Humanities

November 23

Activity

ART CART HOME-HOLDER

1PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LARRY AND BARBARA MARSHALL FAMILY BALCONY, 404

The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where children and grown-ups enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original works of art on view. Create a mixed-media “home-holder” by using materials to visualize what home means to you.

December 07

Activity

TAILS AND TRADITIONS FAMILY FESTIVAL

9AM – 12PM
WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY, 1047 MASSACHUSETTS ST

Visit the Watkins Museum to create and celebrate holiday traditions with your family at this free annual event. The Spencer Museum will be on hand to lead a special art activity.

Sponsored By: Watkins Museum of History