Family Event

Upcoming Events

Last Supper Drama

April 17, 2014 - 7:00 pm at West Des Moines United Methodist Church
720 Grand Avenue

Make your Lenten season more meaningful by attending a performance of the Last Supper Drama, presented by the men of the West Des Moines United Methodist Church, 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 17, at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church, 720 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, Iowa.

 

2014 YESS Duck Derby

May 3, 2014 - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Jordan Creek Town Center
101 Jordan Creek Pkwy

Join us at Jordan Creek Town Center on Saturday, May 6, 2013 for the 6th Annual YESS Duck Derby , presented by the Healthy Skin & Laser Center at Des Moines Plastic Surgery . Sponsor a yellow rubber duck for just $5 and watch it race against thousands of others in an effort to win spectacular prizes, including the chance at $1 million. All proceeds benefit the youth and families who turn to YESS.

For more information, visit www.YESSDuckDerby.org

Tractor Day

May 10, 2014 - 11:30 am - 3:30 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Ride & Drive presented by Van Wall: Our friends from Van Wall Equipment are all about tractors! They will be bringing an impressive display of new and antique John Deere tractors to our front lawn, along with other fun tractor related activities. All activities for this Family Day event are on the front lawn of the Farms, and are free to the general public. Admission is required to visit Living History Farms, which is always FREE for current LHF members.

Flynn Barn Dance

May 10, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Kick up your heels in the historic lantern lit Flynn Barn. Bring the entire family for a rollicking good time with good old-fashioned, toe-tapping, foot-stomping entertainment! No experience is necessary, and no need to bring a partner. Refreshments and nibbles included.

Prices: $15/adult, $5 child aged 5-15, children under 5 free.  Members receive a 20% discount.

Decoration Day

May 24, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Come experience Memorial Day, once known as Decoration Day, in Living History Farms’ 1875 town of Walnut Hill. March in a procession to the town cemetery and listen to honorary speeches about the brave Union soldiers who died in war. After the ceremony, cheer on the Walnut Hill Bluestockings as they compete in an 1870s-rules baseball game at 1:30pm.

Historic Baseball Game

May 24, 2014 - 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Watch our home team, the Walnut Hill Bluestockings, compete in an 1870s-rules baseball game. Cheer the batters or “strikers” as they call their pitch and “Leg it” to first. The team makes sure kids have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Living History Farms

June 7, 2014 - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Bring your well-behaved pup to tour the museum in the morning, and enjoy an afternoon in Walnut Hill with activities and demonstrations for dogs and their people from 11-4.  You and your pooch will have a doggone good time bobbing for wieners, playing musical hoops, and more! Dogs must be on standard (non-retractable) leashes, and must remain outside buildings and away from livestock.

www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

 

Historic Baseball Game

June 14, 2014 - 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Watch our home team, the Walnut Hill Bluestockings, compete in an 1870s-rules baseball game. Cheer the batters or “strikers” as they call their pitch and “Leg it” to first. The team makes sure kids have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Pioneer Wedding

June 21, 2014 - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Meet LHF’s own June bride as you join the 1850 farm staff for a recreated pioneer wedding celebration, including a wedding ceremony and cake for the guests! Weddings brought the pioneer community together for traditional foods and fun. Discover the most popular gifts for a pioneer bride and watch the groomsmen ride the groom on a rail to celebrate his new good fortune. Help in the “shivaree” and play a good-natured, very noisy, prank on the wedding couple. LHF visitors will become part of the day’s fun, with ceremonies at 11:00am and 1:30pm. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

 

Independence Day

July 4, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth with a historic Independence Day celebration in the town of Walnut Hill. Fun for the entire family including pie eating contests, foot races, spelling bees, watermelon seed spitting contests and more! Games begin at 11am; then enjoy historic entertainment, a patriotic procession, and an 1875-rules baseball game at 2:30pm. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

 

Historic Baseball Game

July 4, 2014 - 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Watch our home team, the Walnut Hill Bluestockings, compete in an 1870s-rules baseball game. Cheer the batters or “strikers” as they call their pitch and “Leg it” to first. The team makes sure kids have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

All American Ice Cream Float Day

July 5, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Join us for an all-American treat – a root beer float! In the Gazebo, musician Bob Welch entertains all with his unique program of Civil War era stories and songs. Traditional family games and a children’s craft round out the fun! www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Ioway Culture Day

July 12, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

The people of the Ioway nation were some of Iowa’s first farmers! Explore the language, tools and foodways of this Native American culture which gave Iowa its name. Hands-on activities and guest presenters offer visitors an opportunity to experience the ways the Ioway built their homes, prepared food, and farmed. Play an Ioway game and try using hand-made tools! Learn a phrase in the Ioway language and listen to some of the cultural stories passed down to Ioway descendants. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Election Day

July 19, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Will there be a town temperance law or not? Will the new mayor run on a dry ticket? The 1875 town of Walnut Hill makes a decision at the polls and you’re invited to help get out the vote! At noon, join candidates for an 1875 style mayoral debate! Try your own hand at swaying votes by delivering an election stump speech! At 1:30, have tea in the millinery and chat with frustrated 1875 women suffragists. Print a ballot in the Advocate Newspaper Office. Museum guests may cast their own fictional vote for mayor and share in the fun of past political processes! Visit the traveling exhibition Spirited: Prohibition in America to discover what happens to the temperance cause after 1875. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Grain Harvest

August 2, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Experience the many methods used to harvest oats and wheat from 1850 to the present and help bring in the harvest that will feed our animals throughout the winter. From hand power to horsepower, witness it all as you hear the smash of the flail and the roar of the steam-powered thresher. Demonstrations will be weather dependent. In the town of Walnut Hill from 11am-4pm, enjoy children’s crafts, free popcorn and lemonade, and a 1:30pm historic baseball game. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Historic Baseball Game

August 2, 2014 - 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Watch our home team, the Walnut Hill Bluestockings, compete in an 1870s-rules baseball game. Cheer the batters or “strikers” as they call their pitch and “Leg it” to first. The team makes sure kids have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Victorian Birthday

August 9, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

You’re invited to an 1875 Victorian birthday party at the Flynn Mansion! Upon your arrival visit the parlor to sign the birthday girl’s autograph book or leave a poem in her scrapbook. Look around at the birthday decorations on the main floor and be sure to explore the boys’ and girls’ bedrooms upstairs to discover the clothing, toys, and daily life of a privileged Victorian child. Make a party favor to take home, partake in a game of croquet, and enjoy a sweet party treat in the side yard. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Living History Farms’ Annual Homeschool Days

August 27, 2014 - 12:00 am at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Nothing is a constant in history like food. During the events on these two days, explore in a fun way how food and nutrition have been a constant in history, from too little food to too much. Discover the impact that changes in technology had on how people produced, prepared, and preserved food that they ate. Learn how technology changed the tasks people did. How many calories do you burn off playing checkers vs. printing with a foot-powered press? How much horsepower does your body generate, compared to a tractor or car? How long does it take to turn cream into butter, or to cook in an open hearth vs. a microwave?

* Pre-registration required; pre-registration for each day is limited to the first 500 people

www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Historic Baseball Game

August 30, 2014 - 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Watch our home team, the Walnut Hill Bluestockings, compete in an 1870s-rules baseball game. Cheer the batters or “strikers” as they call their pitch and “Leg it” to first. The team makes sure kids have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Living History Farms’ Annual Homeschool Days

September 3, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd

Nothing is a constant in history like food. During the events on these two days, explore in a fun way how food and nutrition have been a constant in history, from too little food to too much. Discover the impact that changes in technology had on how people produced, prepared, and preserved food that they ate. Learn how technology changed the tasks people did. How many calories do you burn off playing checkers vs. printing with a foot-powered press? How much horsepower does your body generate, compared to a tractor or car? How long does it take to turn cream into butter, or to cook in an open hearth vs. a microwave?

* Pre-registration required; pre-registration for each day is limited to the first 500 people www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

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