Ever since last summer when the Musical Swings made an appearance in Lawrence, everyone has been asking when they’ll be back. That’s right, this fun installment that visited for a month last summer was a precursor to the highly anticipated Lawrence Cultural Campus.
Families stopped by and pumped their legs back and forth on these colorful swings to create musical notes. In the evenings, you could see the bottoms of the swings all lit up, adding to the whimsical feel of it all. The beautiful musical notes sound like wind chimes in the breeze, interrupted only by the sounds of kiddos laughing or begging their adults for a push.
How do we know the swings are returning? Well, it popped up on the Arts for Lawrence Website, linked below. Also, this is old news. In May 2019, we shared with you details from this correspondence from Judy Byron, Executive Director of Arts for Lawrence; “The designer of the Musical Swings is a traveling art installation by Daily Tous Les Jours, out of Montreal. They will design a permanent installation just for us that will be incorporated into the Cultural Plaza going in the same general area as the Swings.”
If you’re looking for things to do while you’re waiting for the musical swings (estimated to be complete by 2023), the east side has a plethora of places to go! Stephanie Greenwald recommends a visit to Fort Harrison State Park where you’ll find horseback riding, playgrounds, walking trails, bike trails, fishing, hiking and so many things to do.
Incrediplex is right down the street and they have so much for kids to do. The musical swings would be a great stop on the way to or from Incrediplex.
Jessica Young recommends several dining options in the area: Jockamo’s (yummy pizza!), Cafe Audrey (yummy breakfast food!), and Triton Brewing & Bistro (haven’t got to try yet) are all within walking distance of the musical swings. We’d like to add Hacienda Mexican Restaurant to the list, especially for their outdoor patio dining.
Indy with Kids favorite, Table + Tea is across the parking lot from the musical swings. Table + Tea has refreshments during regular hours and lots of fun programming for kids.