Family Activities

Fun Interactives

The Watkins Museum is full of fun interactive exhibits for children and families to enjoy. Check out the highlights below. Then visit the museum and pick up a scavenger hunt or a family guide for a map of all our family-friendly activities!

Fall & Winter Programs

Tiny Tours

Each month throughout the school year, the Watkins Museum’s education team offers interactive and hands-on activities based on Lawrence history for children ages 3-5 who have not entered school. Children must be accompanied by an adult during Tiny Tours. There is no cost for these activities, but donations for supplies are appreciated.

Scavenger Hunt Saturdays

Every Saturday at the Watkins is Scavenger Hunt Saturday: Drop by the museum to search for objects around the building and turn in your sheet for a fun prize. A new scavenger hunt will be available every season.

Summer Programs

Pocket History Packets Summer Program

In 2023, the Watkins Museum offered a new program for Douglas County students (K-5th grade) called Pocket History Packet Program. Although the in-person program is over. Students can still access digital packets using the link below! Each packet includes a lesson an activity students can complete at home.

Annual Events

Tails & Traditions

A family-friendly event with free crafts and activities for children at the Watkins Museum. The event is in connection with The Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade.

Halloween at the Watkins

Free trick or treating and activities for families at the Watkins Museum on Halloween night. The event is in connection with Downtown Lawrence Trick or Treating.

Tails & Traditions
Halloween at the Watkins Museum