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2012 Opening Weekend at Conner Prairie

The opening weekend of the outdoor season at Conner Prairie historical park in Fishers, Indiana is March 31-April 1. Visitors can take in favorites such as the 1836 Prairie Town, the Lenape Indian Camp, and last year’s debut exhibit 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana.

The beginning of spring could bring baby animals to the Animal Encounters Barn (my kids’ favorite). Opening weekend will also bring the opening of the 1859 Balloon Voyage, weather permitting. Check out the Conner Prairie website for updated information about the Balloon Voyage.

The outdoor experiences at Conner Prairie are open through October 31. But there are three good reasons to visit during Opening Weekend.

1. Get a sneak peek at the Barker Brothers’ Pottery Shop in Prairietown. Officially opening in June, the pottery shop will give visitors a chance to watch a master potter at work and even try out the pottery wheel themselves.

2. Compete in the Amazing Race Through Time, a physical and mental skills challenge that will take racers across Conner Prairie’s five outdoor historic areas. The first 50 people to finish the race each day will win a prize.

3. Catch the Science of Football during its last weekend. On exhibit in the Welcome Center, the Science of Football uses hands (and feet) on activities to explain the physics behind the pigskin. With passes from Conner Prairie, I took my biggest football fan to catch this exhibit and he had fun giving each activity a try. Truth be told, getting him to stop long enough to consider the science behind a winning field goal was no easy feat, but the activities kept his attention for at least 30 minutes. He went back to some of the activities several times.


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Written by : Amy moved to Indiana for college in 1988 (Go Bulldogs!) and has never left. Married with three children, she's always on the lookout for fun and affordable things to do in Indiana. Elsewhere on the web, you can find Amy at The Fourth Frog Blog and All Things Aging. Amy receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.