CURRENT HOURS: Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–4p.m.

Barnyard Readers

Enjoy a morning at Living History Farms with your preschooler! Join us for 90 minutes of reading and activities. Open to children ages 3 to 5 with a paying adult.

October 2022: Alice in Wonderland

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Lewis Carroll penned “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” in 1865—5 years before our Flynn Mansion was built. This tale of a girl’s fantastic journey to a fairytale world quickly became a hit with young and old alike in Victorian England and the United States. Now you and your child can hear snippets of the story in the historic setting of the mansion, then tour the house and participate in hands-on crafts and/or activities. Different program each week.

PURCHASE TICKETS

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Details

  • Time: 9:30­–11 a.m.
  • Please arrive 5 minutes early so program may begin on time
  • Location: Flynn Mansion (meet at Visitor Center)
  • $17 members, $15.30 members
  • Each child must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • Dress for weather—program occurs indoors and outdoors

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Sessions

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Alice Meets the White Rabbit
Wednesday, October 5

Don’t be late for this program that gets “curiouser and curiouser”! Hear the beginning of Alice’s tale—how she meets the White Rabbit and follows him to Wonderland.

Alice Meets Strange Characters & Dances!
Wednesday, October 12

This movement-based program continues the story as Alice has adventures with all sorts of creatures and animals. Children and adults will get up and move.

Alice Meets Tweedledee, Tweedledum, and the Cheshire Cat
Wednesday, October 19

Alice meets a pair of storytelling twins, a disappearing cat, talking flowers, and nursery rhyme characters like Humpty Dumpty. Share her wonder as she meets these strange characters and tries to find her way home.

Alice Meets the Queen of Hearts (and Gets Out of Wonderland!)
Wednesday, October 26

Following the White Rabbit through the forest, Alice arrives at the court of the Queen of Hearts, who is not very nice, then finally finds her way home. Children and adults will play games that were popular in Victorian times.

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November/December 2022: Holidays on the Farm

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How have farm families celebrated holidays through the years? Explore different traditions around fall and winter holidays. Hear tales and stories from the 19th century, participate in hands-on farm activities, and enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride (weather permitting).

PURCHASE TICKETS

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Details

  • Time: 9:30­–11 a.m.
  • Please arrive 5 minutes early so program may begin on time
  • Location: 1900 Farm (meet at Murray Conference Center)
  • Each child must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • Dress for weather—program occurs indoors and outdoors

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Sessions

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Thanksgiving on the Farm
Wednesday, November 16

Lydia Maria Child wrote “Over the River and Through the Wood” in the 1840s. She used the poem to share her memories of visiting her grandparents’ farm in winter. We’ll use it to explore farm families’ traditions for celebrating and giving thanks for the harvest.

Christmas on the Farm
Wednesday, December 21

Clement Moore wrote “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (better known by its opening line, “’Twas the night before Christmas…”) as a gift for his children in 1823. We’ll use the poem as a starting point to explore the history and traditions of different holidays that fall at the end of December.

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Ticketing information

  • $17 non-members, $15.30 members
  • Child(ren) must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • Please read our cancellation policy here

 

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