Winter Festivals AND EVENTS

Please note that Allisonville Rd. at 146th St. will close for 90 days beginning on or around March 1. Traffic to Conner Prairie from 146th St. and Allisonville Rd. might be heavier than usual.

Enjoy winter at Conner Prairie

With new discoveries just around the corner, grab the boots and mittens and explore our newest seasonal adventure, Winter on the Prairie!

All indoor and outdoor experiences are currently closed November 27 - January 17. Beginning January 18, enjoy the beauty of the season at Winter on the Prairie.
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Winter on the Prairie

Thursdays through Sundays, January 18 through March 26

Join us beginning January 18 for an amazing place to play both indoors and outdoors! Winter on the Prairie is a one-of-a-kind way to experience everything Conner Prairie has to offer. Grab your boots and mittens as you set journey across acres of land. Discover the tranquility and beauty that can only be found after a fresh snow. Then, join the community of Prairietown to warm up by the hearth as you take in the smells of the food on the fire. Make new friends as you learn how winter was embraced with parlor games and time spent indoors with friends and family, much like it is today. Check out our two indoor play spaces featuring elements of Discovery Station and other play invitations!

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Upcoming Programs & Events

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Wheel Thrown Pottery: Daytime Sessions

February 12, 19, 26 & March 4

Discover the basics of wheel thrown pottery. Students will be able to practice all aspects of throwing and shaping pottery. Whether a beginner or intermediate student, you will be able to progress at your own rate and develop your skills.

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Wheel Thrown Pottery: Daytime Sessions

February 15, 22, 29 & March 7

Discover the basics of wheel thrown pottery. Students will be able to practice all aspects of throwing and shaping pottery. Whether a beginner or intermediate student, you will be able to progress at your own rate and develop your skills.

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Wheel Thrown Pottery: Evening Sessions

February 13, 20, 27 & March 5

Discover the basics of wheel thrown pottery. Students will be able to practice all aspects of throwing and shaping pottery. Whether a beginner or intermediate student, you will be able to progress at your own rate and develop your skills.

Past Events

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Breakfast with Santa

November 25 - 26 and December 2–3, 9–10, 16–17

Breakfast With Santa is our annual holiday tradition. Gather as a family for a memorable experience and enjoy a special breakfast with an opportunity to visit with Santa. Santa will regale the room with lively tails of Christmas past before moving to a special stage where he can visit with each family’s youth individually.

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Fun in the Forge

December 2

Take history home with you by completing several projects such as barbeque skewers, a flint and steel firestarter and a dinner bell.

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Sensory Friendly Santa

December 9

Visit with Santa in a Sensory Friendly environment. Santa welcomes people to visit with him and tell him their Christmas wishes but at your own pace and comfort level. Each visitor will receive a small gift and a cookie to decorate.

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A Merry Prairie Holiday ASL Tours

December 9 and 16

For guests who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing, we will be offering ASL tours. Each tour will be guided by an ASL interpreter who will communicate between guests and historical interpreters.

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A Merry Prairie Holiday

November 24 - December 17, 21 - 22

Across acres to explore, surround yourself amongst thousands of lights, capture the magic of the holidays in Prairietown and enjoy festive family fun to celebrate the season!

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Winter on the Prairie: Architectural Tour

January 18, 20, 25 & 27

 Join us for a journey through time as we explore the architecture that defines Conner Prairie's rich history. Our Architectural Tour will take you on a guided walk through our grounds, showcasing the various styles and designs that have shaped the buildings on our grounds.

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Winter on the Prairie: Owl Pellet Dissection

January 18, 20, 25 & 27

Discover how owls connect to their habitats with our Owl Pellet Dissection program. Owl pellets are the undigested part of the owl’s food. Through the dissection process, find undigested contents such as bones and fur throughout the pellets. This program encourages all participants to gain a better understanding of an owl’s diet, habitat, and hunting patterns.

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Winter on the Prairie: Loose Part Art

January 18, 20, 25 & 27

Let your creativity guide you through the artistic process of Loose Part Art. Loose parts are materials which can be combined, moved, carried and redesigned during the artistic process. This form of transient art allows guests of all ages to enjoy the movement, change, design/re-design and experimentation with loose parts. Choose the parts you want and start creating.

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Winter on the Prairie: Tile Storyboarding

January 19, 21, 26 & 28

Let your creativity guide you through the artistic process of Loose Part Art. Loose parts are materials which can be combined, moved, carried and redesigned during the artistic process. This form of transient art allows guests of all ages to enjoy the movement, change, design/re-design and experimentation with loose parts. Choose the parts you want and start creating.

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Winter on the Prairie: Wonder Walk

January 19, 21, 26 & 28

Expand your sense of wonder in nature. From the birds soaring through the sky to the wildlife nestled in the ground and everything in between, our Wonder Walks give you the time, space, and freedom to connect with nature. Engage your senses and ignite curiosity as you explore natural habitats using scientific tools.

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Winter on the Prairie: Animal Encounters

January 20, 26 & 27

Throughout Winter in the Prairie, enjoy exclusive visits with a selection of the animals from Animal Encounters. Learn about the importance of our Heritage Breeds and how the conservation and awareness of these rare and endangered breeds of livestock impact the world around us.

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Fun in the Forge

January 27

Take history home with you by completing several projects such as barbeque skewers, a flint and steel firestarter and a dinner bell.

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Wheel Thrown Pottery: Daytime Sessions

January 9, 16, 23 & 30

Discover the basics of wheel thrown pottery. Students will be able to practice all aspects of throwing and shaping pottery. Whether a beginner or intermediate student, you will be able to progress at your own rate and develop your skills.

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Wheel Thrown Pottery: Daytime Sessions

January 8, 15, 22 & 29

Discover the basics of wheel thrown pottery. Students will be able to practice all aspects of throwing and shaping pottery. Whether a beginner or intermediate student, you will be able to progress at your own rate and develop your skills.

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Introduction to Lathe Turning

February 10 & 11

In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of setting up a lathe, tooling, stock selection and basic operations of using a gouge, skew chisel and parting tool. Along the way, you’ll discover some of the secrets of getting a tool properly sharpened and getting a professional finish on your work.

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Stay & Play

February 12

We invite you to join us for STAY & PLAY! A special time to reap the benefits of play and take in the beauty of winter from a beautiful, cozy indoor spot on the Prairie! Students in Preschool through 5th grade will experience intentional and thoughtful play invitations set up in a relaxing environment that will inspire curiosity, ignite creativity and promote inquiry and discovery.

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Cheers to Chocolate

February 13 and 14

Join us for Cheers to Chocolate! We’re playing matchmaker with some perfect pairings: chocolate & whiskey and chocolate & wine. Perfect for dates – or friends!

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Basic Blacksmithing

January 22, 29, February 5, 12 & 19

Discover the basis of blacksmithing. We'll be using traditional coal fired forges, hammer and anvil to make several simple projects that will teach the fundamentals of this ancient craft.

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Fun in the Forge

February 24

Take history home with you by completing several projects such as barbeque skewers, a flint and steel firestarter and a dinner bell.

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Winter on the Prairie: Architectural Tour

February 1, 3,8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 & 29

 Join us for a journey through time as we explore the architecture that defines Conner Prairie's rich history. Our Architectural Tour will take you on a guided walk through our grounds, showcasing the various styles and designs that have shaped the buildings on our grounds.

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Winter on the Prairie: Owl Pellet Dissection

February 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29

Discover how owls connect to their habitats with our Owl Pellet Dissection program. Owl pellets are the undigested part of the owl’s food. Through the dissection process, find undigested contents such as bones and fur throughout the pellets. This program encourages all participants to gain a better understanding of an owl’s diet, habitat, and hunting patterns.

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Winter on the Prairie: Loose Part Art

February 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29

Let your creativity guide you through the artistic process of Loose Part Art. Loose parts are materials which can be combined, moved, carried and redesigned during the artistic process. This form of transient art allows guests of all ages to enjoy the movement, change, design/re-design and experimentation with loose parts. Choose the parts you want and start creating.

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Winter on the Prairie: Tile Storyboarding

February 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25

Let your creativity guide you through the artistic process of Loose Part Art. Loose parts are materials which can be combined, moved, carried and redesigned during the artistic process. This form of transient art allows guests of all ages to enjoy the movement, change, design/re-design and experimentation with loose parts. Choose the parts you want and start creating.

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Winter on the Prairie: Wonder Walk

February 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25

Expand your sense of wonder in nature. From the birds soaring through the sky to the wildlife nestled in the ground and everything in between, our Wonder Walks give you the time, space, and freedom to connect with nature. Engage your senses and ignite curiosity as you explore natural habitats using scientific tools.

Photo of Tunis Sheep in the winter

Winter on the Prairie: Animal Encounters

February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24

Throughout Winter in the Prairie, enjoy exclusive visits with a selection of the animals from Animal Encounters. Learn about the importance of our Heritage Breeds and how the conservation and awareness of these rare and endangered breeds of livestock impact the world around us.

Traditional Arts & Arms Making Workshops: Folding Knife

Knifesmithing

February 28

Under the guidance of Nathan Allen, you'll learn about the history and creation of a traditional hand-forged knife. Topics include proper steel selection, use of a coal forge and anvil, filing, and finishing a handle. You can expect to complete at least one knife during class.

Stay & Play

February 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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We invite you to join us for STAY & PLAY! A special time to reap the benefits of play and take in the beauty of winter from a beautiful, cozy indoor spot on the Prairie! Students in Preschool through 5th grade will experience intentional and thoughtful play invitations set up in a relaxing environment that will inspire curiosity, ignite creativity and promote inquiry and discovery. Come when you can, stay as long as you'd like, and leave when you need to.
Each child must be pre-registered and must be accompanied by an adult at no charge.
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A Merry Prairie Holiday

November 24 – December 17, 2023, and December 21 – 22, 2023

Across acres to explore, surround yourself amongst thousands of lights, capture the magic of the holidays in Prairietown and enjoy festive family fun to celebrate the season!

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Breakfast with Santa

2023 Dates
November 25 and 26
December 2 - 3, 9 - 10, 16 - 17

Gather as a family for a special holiday meal and visit with Santa.

Santa will regale the room with lively tales of Christmas past before moving to a special stage where he can visit with each family’s youth individually. We hope you’ll join us for this annual holiday tradition.

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