Melissa Raveed - Manager, School Services
Spring is here and Conner Prairie has been open for over 2 weeks now. In those days, much has already happened- a robbery in Prairietown, sheep shearing and the birth of many cute and fuzzy animal babies. This time of renewal and birth brings me fond memories of last year- as I was not at Conner Prairie to open the season, but a home starting a new season in my life as a mother to a now energetic and curious 13 month old.
While I cannot believe that it has already been a year since my daughter was born, there are many things I cannot wait to do with her now that she is entering toddlerhood. Sharing the world with my daughter has been one of the greatest joys of my life. From introducing her to new foods to teaching her to roll a ball across the floor, I cannot get over how excited she is to conquer tasks which are so simple as an adult.
I am especially excited for her to start to explore what Conner Prairie has to offer the toddler set. The good thing is that I have been able to do some great “reconnaissance” by just observing and interacting with families with little ones while at work!
Just last week, my husband brought my little girl to Conner Prairie to say hi to Mommy, and to introduce her to the Animal Encounters
Barn. If you have a toddler- it is a MUST to take them out to the barn! The baby animals are just the right size so that your toddler can interact with them without being intimidated. During our visit, a 4-day-old calf was snoozing on the floor. I sat down next to the calf and called my daughter to come see. Without hesitation, she walked right up to the calf, looked at me and smiled. After a little encouragement, she patted the calf on the head and laughed. I was surprised at how gentle she was with the calf as if she knew it was a baby and needed special care.
I love that we can provide these kinds of learning moments to our youngest guests. Those 5 minutes with the calf exposed her to an experience I cannot readily duplicate at home (unless we move to a farm!) And to see the big grin on her face… priceless.