Conner Prairie is Open for Springtime Fun

Rounding up the sheep at Conner Prairie

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Indiana’s only affliated Smithsonian Institution, opened it’s outdoor areas for the 2012 season on March 31,2012. The spring calendar is filled with special events and standard on-the-prairie fun. We were able to enjoy our first outdoor visit of 2012 this past weekend.

The Fox practices his camera skills on this mama and her lamb.



April is Animal Extravaganza month, and during our visit, it was all about the sheep during their sheep-to-blanket weekend. We saw sheep herded by border collie, an ewe being sheared ,and that fleece being spun into wool. The whole process was fascinating, and the Kahuna kids appreciated being so close to the action.

We also finally got the chance to check out the 1863 Civil War Journey, and I am so glad we did. This is the newest area in the park, and it uses technology in an innovative way. The kids loved the new indoor/outdoor play area (at the DuPont General Store), and I learned a lot about Indiana during the Civil War. MaM and I also had fun learning how to send a telegraph (it’s not as easy as it sounds).

Awesome Advice: My advice to you is if you are there with young children and more than one adult, let the kids play while the adults take turn experiencing the General Store and the Raid presentations. (These presentations are loud and unnerving, especially to young kids)

Montessori Moment: Learning Morse Code at the schoolhouse will interest kids learning to read and write. Go hang out in the Animals Encounters barn to get up close and personal with all kinds of animals!

Admission: Youth (2–12) $9 | Adult (12-59) $14 | Senior (65+) $13
Hours: see website for current hours (will vary with season) @connerprairie
13400 Allisonville Road, Fishes, IN 46038
(317) 776-6006

See our Conner Prairie info page for more events at this location.

Disclosure: My family was given free passes to visit Conner Prairie this month in exchange for this blog post.

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