Rediscover Prairietown!

If you’ve been to Conner Prairie lately, you’ve probably walked through Prairietown on your way to their newest exhibit, the 1863 Civil War experience. This summer, on your way out to what the Kahuna kids call ,”The War”, stop on in at Prairietown.

At the new Outfitters Station, reset your mind to be a part of 1836. Choose an activity that will guide you through Prairietown, where you can learn how these settlers worked hard to insure their town would make it.

Earlier this spring, my crew was invited out to try some of the new activities. We chose a “Seek and Find” booklet, which was designed for families with small children in mind. MaM read each guide card, and we followed along through Prairietown. We talked to the blacksmith and the school teacher, helped the store keeper load boxes into a covered wagon and cooked in a prairie kitchen.

The activities gave the kids a focus in each house, and on the way home they talked about all that they had experienced.

For older guests, there are other challenges to accept, including Adventure Guidebooks and Achievement Cards.

“We developed the new experiences based on the methodology behind video games,” said Aili McGill, director of operations. “With assistance from Ball State University, we researched what works in video games, such as being rewarded for clusters of experiences, and overlaid those concepts onto1836 Prairietown, without the technology.”

This weekend, Prairietown will celebrate it’s renewal with special events and activities all weekend long.

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. We strongly recommend checking the Conner Prairie website for updates on routes to the museum, there’s a lot of road construction on the northeast side of town!

Disclosure: My family was invited to Conner Prairie to experience some of the new Prairietown activities before they were available to the general public. The fun we had was all our own!


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