Winter on the Prairie

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 116th St. might be heavier than usual.

Please enter through the festival gates located near the Apple Store used for Symphony on the Prairie and Headless Horseman.

Dates:
2025 dates coming soon

Hours:
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Café on the Common:
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tickets:
2025 ticket prices coming soon

Some individual activities may not be available due to weather and for the safety our guests. In general, Conner Prairie will only close when the outdoor air temperature or wind chill is below 10 degrees, a Winter Storm Warning is issued by the National Weather Service, or freezing rain or sleet is forecasted during operation hours. Updates will be posted on our Facebook page and website.

Join us for special programming highlighting the beauty of winter! 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 journey across acres of nature to explore. Discover the tranquility and beauty that can only be found after a fresh snow. Then, join the residents of Prairietown and 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.

Looking for a place to play? Check out our two indoor play spaces featuring elements of Discovery Station and special programming that celebrate creativity and play!

Schedule

March

Indoor Experiences

Special Activities in Bayt Pavilion

  • 10 a.m. – Noon: Owl Pellet Dissection (Thursdays and Saturdays) Owls are a very important part of our ecosystem and through owl pellets, we can better understand how they connect to their habitats. Through this new program, gain a better understanding of an owl's diet, habitat and hunting patterns through exploratory and hands-on learning.
  • 10 a.m. – Noon: Loose Part Art (Thursdays and Saturdays) Using loose parts — materials that can be combined, moved, carried and redesigned — to envision and create art opens up a whole set of learning and play experiences. Our Loose Part Art program is a form of transient art that allows you to use loose parts to create a masterpiece that can be changed, moved, designed/redesigned and experimented with. Just choose the parts you want and start creating!
  • 10 a.m. – Noon: Tile Storyboarding (Fridays and Sundays) Everyone has a story to tell. The power of storytelling has connected cultures and history across time. Design your very own storyboard tile through inspiration of the Lenape people or choose your own favorite tale. This innovative process allows you to explore the many ways that people share and preserve their stories.

Play Spaces

  • Early Learning Play Space in Featherston Barn: This is a temporary space for Discovery Station/Anything Can Happen Art, and will include the Rig-a-ma-jig, blocks, books, Play Invitations and Art Invitations.
  • River Crossing (indoor playspace only)

Interactive Buildings

  • Origins Cabin
  • William Conner House
  • Dr. Campbells' House
    • Healing in the Home: Treating illness in the 1800s was a serious business. Discover the medical remedies from the time with your gallery guide.
    • Acting the Part: Winter brings people inside, leaving more time to focus on learning and self-improvement. Join residents of Prairietown and our historical interpreters for lessons in spelling, writing and etiquette.

  • Golden Eagle Inn
    • Hearth Conversations: Hearth cooking has similarities and differences to the types of cooking we do today. Explore the kitchen at the Golden Eagle Inn with one of our guides to see how making, baking and cooking in the 1800s was like.
    • Amusing History: Winter days pass more quickly with a good game or story. Join residents in Prairietown and our historical interpreters in telling stories or riddles before playing a parlor game or two.
  • Carpenter's Shop
  • Morgan's Raid in the Mayfield Nichols store in 1863 Civil War Journey
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WinterCP 0018 Layer 9

Indoor Experiences

Special Activities in Bayt Pavilion

  • 10 a.m. – Noon: Owl Pellet Dissection (Thursdays and Saturdays) Owls are a very important part of our ecosystem and through owl pellets, we can better understand how they connect to their habitats. Through this new program, gain a better understanding of an owl's diet, habitat and hunting patterns through exploratory and hands-on learning.
  • 10 a.m. – Noon: Loose Part Art (Thursdays and Saturdays) Using loose parts — materials that can be combined, moved, carried and redesigned — to envision and create art opens up a whole set of learning and play experiences. Our Loose Part Art program is a form of transient art that allows you to use loose parts to create a masterpiece that can be changed, moved, designed/redesigned and experimented with. Just choose the parts you want and start creating!
  • 10 a.m. – Noon: Tile Storyboarding (Fridays and Sundays) Everyone has a story to tell. The power of storytelling has connected cultures and history across time. Design your very own storyboard tile through inspiration of the Lenape people or choose your own favorite tale. This innovative process allows you to explore the many ways that people share and preserve their stories.

Play Spaces

  • Early Learning Play Space in Featherston Barn: This is a temporary space for Discovery Station/Anything Can Happen Art, and will include the Rig-a-ma-jig, blocks, books, Play Invitations and Art Invitations.
  • River Crossing (indoor playspace only)

Interactive Buildings

  • Origins Cabin
  • William Conner House
  • Dr. Campbells' House
    • Healing in the Home: Treating illness in the 1800s was a serious business. Discover the medical remedies from the time with your gallery guide.
    • Acting the Part: Winter brings people inside, leaving more time to focus on learning and self-improvement. Join residents of Prairietown and our historical interpreters for lessons in spelling, writing and etiquette.
  • Golden Eagle Inn
    • Hearth Conversations: Hearth cooking has similarities and differences to the types of cooking we do today. Explore the kitchen at the Golden Eagle Inn with one of our guides to see how making, baking and cooking in the 1800s was like.
    • Amusing History: Winter days pass more quickly with a good game or story. Join residents in Prairietown and our historical interpreters in telling stories or riddles before playing a parlor game or two.
  • Carpenter's Shop
  • Morgan's Raid in the Mayfield Nichols store in 1863 Civil War Journey

Outdoor Experiences

Special Activities meet at Bayt Pavilion

  • 11 a.m. – Noon: Prairie Architecture Tour, meet at Bayt Pavilion (Thursdays and Saturdays) Take a journey through time as you experience history of the architecture that defines Conner Prairie. Join your guide and a resident of prairietown to examine various architectural styles and designs and see how the buildings of the past have an influence today.
  • 11:00 a.m. – Noon: Wonder Walk, Meet at Bayt Pavilion (Fridays and Sundays) Select from a variety of observation tools and let curiosity guide you as you form a deeper bond with the natural world.
  • 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Animal Encounters at Bayt Pavilion (Fridays and Saturdays) Our Agriculture Department will feature our heritage breeds animals for you to visit with and discuss how the conservation and awareness of these rare and endangered breeds of livestock impact the world around us.

Experiences

  • Treetop Outpost (weather permitting)
  • Habitat
  • Tubing Hill (weather permitting)
  • Ag Adventures Playground (weather permitting)
  • Prairietown est. 1836
  • 1863 Civil War Journey
  • 1859 Balloon Voyage exhibit — The balloon will not be flying

 

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6D WOTP001 20240126 R 4096 3000

Outdoor Experiences

Special Activities meet at Bayt Pavilion

  • 11 a.m. – Noon: Prairie Architecture Tour, meet at Bayt Pavilion (Thursdays and Saturdays) Take a journey through time as you experience history of the architecture that defines Conner Prairie. Join your guide and a resident of prairietown to examine various architectural styles and designs and see how the buildings of the past have an influence today.
  • 11:00 a.m. – Noon: Wonder Walk, Meet at Bayt Pavilion (Fridays and Sundays) Select from a variety of observation tools and let curiosity guide you as you form a deeper bond with the natural world.
  • 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Animal Encounters at Bayt Pavilion (Fridays and Saturdays) Our Agriculture Department will feature our heritage breeds animals for you to visit with and discuss how the conservation and awareness of these rare and endangered breeds of livestock impact the world around us.

Experiences

  • Treetop Outpost (weather permitting)
  • Habitat
  • Tubing Hill (weather permitting)
  • Ag Adventures Playground (weather permitting)
  • Prairietown est. 1836
  • 1863 Civil War Journey
  • 1859 Balloon Voyage exhibit — The balloon will not be flying