Conner Prairie opens for 2015 outdoor season Thursday with new exhibit, weekend appearances by Sid the Science Kid


    Duane Brodt
    Director of Public Relations
    Conner Prairie
    (800) 966-1836

    FISHERS, Ind. (Monday, March 23, 2015/Conner Prairie) – Conner Prairie opens for the 2015 outdoor season Thursday with the debut of a new outdoor exhibit focused on Indiana’s history in air mail delivery and appearances this weekend of popular PBS Kids’ character Sid the Science Kid.

    Thursday: New 1859 Balloon Voyage exhibit
    A new exhibit that shares the story about the first successful air mail delivery in the U.S., which happened in 1859 in Lafayette, Ind., will open Thursday. Interactive store fronts representing downtown Lafayette are part of the new 1859 Balloon Voyage exhibit. Visitors can explore the science and technology of gasworks used to inflate and fly a balloon, learn about balloonist John Wise and details of his historic flight in Indiana and explore the science of ballooning today before taking their own flight aboard the park’s new helium balloon sponsored by Reynolds Farm Equipment. Touring the exhibit is free for members and included with paid general admission to Conner Prairie. Flights cost $12 for members and $15 for non-members.

    Saturday-Sunday: Sid the Science Kid
    Meet PBS Kids’ Sid the Science Kid at the top of each hour from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Welcome Center and discover the science behind Conner Prairie’s new helium balloon with a variety of fun, hands-on activities designed especially for preschoolers. Young children can discover how many pennies a helium-filled party balloon can lift and see what happens to a party balloon when a fan blows on it. They can also make paper airplanes and kites and search for simple machines in Conner Prairie's outdoor areas. Sid's new DVD, "Sid the Science Kid: Encyclopedia of Discovery” will be playing each day in Lilly Theater.

    Partnership with Peoplocity
    Conner Prairie is partnering for the season with Peoplocity, a customer feedback service that will connect Conner Prairie visitors directly with customer service representatives for real-time response through an app. Should they want to provide feedback, get help, have a complaint, wish to share praise or have a general question, visitors can send a quick, text-like message and receive a timely, private response. Visitors can download the Peoplocity app free from iTunes and Google Play.

    Starting Thursday through April 12, Conner Prairie will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The park will be closed April 5 for the Easter holiday. The park is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday April 14-30.

    Admission is $16 for adults, $15 for seniors age 65 and older and $11 for youth ages 2-12. Members and children younger than age 2 are free. For more, visit connerprairie.org.
    Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park located in Fishers, Ind., welcomes more than 340,000 guests of all ages annually. Five outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces combine history with science, technology, engineering and math and offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.


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    Conner Prairie is a nationally acclaimed interactive history park. Its mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiencing. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s only Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call 317.776.6000 or 800.966.1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate. Connect with Conner Prairie on Facebook at facebook.com/connerprairie, Flickr at flickr.com/people/connerprairie, YouTube at youtube.com/user/ConnerPrairie and Twitter at twitter.com/connerprairie.