I had family visiting from out of town in July, so naturally I wanted to bring them to Conner Prairie. It was a hot Sunday afternoon, but we still had a good time as we watched the interpreters come up with innovative ways to keep cool.
While in Prairietown, we observed two of the youth volunteers (children in costumes who play various parts) engaging guests’ children in a water game. It appeared to be a relay of sorts. The only tools required were two buckets of water at each end of a path and tin cups, and the object of the game was to balance a cup of water on the head until it either spilled on the child or was deposited in the bucket at the other end. My family and I watched with amusement, and although lots of water was spilled (which may not have been a bad thing on that blisteringly hot afternoon), both youth volunteers and guests were laughing and having a great time.
When guests come to the ticket desk anticipating an outdoor visit, naturally they inquire about air conditioning.
So here is what we recommend to stay cool yet enjoy your time with us: The climate-controlled Conner Homestead; The Animal Encounters
Barn, “air-conditioned” by huge blowing fans; a tram ride to the 1863 Civil War Journey
, which takes you through a shady wooded area; certain buildings in the 1863 Civil War Journey that are air-conditioned; the water play area in 1863; and of course a hot-air balloon ride, where there is a nice breeze at 350+ feet.
It’s almost August, and soon some local schools will be reconvening. As a teacher, I know that once back in school, the over-riding question will be, “How was your summer?” WAS? Hey, it’s still summer for another six weeks or so! Conner Prairie Interactive History Park has lots of activities still going on during August and September. We hope you’ll buck tradition by checking the 2011 Events Guide at the ticket desk instead of the school schedule, and come out for a fun afternoon or weekend visit. You’ll find ways to keep cool and enjoy yourselves at the same time!