CURRENT HOURS: CLOSED FOR GENERAL SEASON; OPEN MAY 1, 2018

Winter Break Camp

Spend a fun winter break exploring life in the past, visiting Living History Farms’ historic sites, and getting busy with hands-on activities. Choose from 1-day and 3-day camps for kids in grades 2-6, as well as a 1-day camp for the whole family.

 

Winter Break Camp logoCamp Schedule

December 27-29, 2017

Camps hours are 9am-4pm. Camps are offered as 1-day or 3-day experiences.

 

2017 Camp Fees

Members receive a 15% discount and exclusive early registration! Make sure your membership is up to date! Purchase or renew your membership

Camp Member Price Non-member Price
Historic Holidays (1-day) $44.20 $52
Iowa Statehood Day (1-day) $44.20 $52
Day in the Life of a Kid (1-day) $44.20 $52
Victorian Ladies & Gentlemen (3-day) $132.60 $156
Victorian Ladies & Gentlemen (1-day) $44.20 $52
Flynn Family Camp (1-day)
1 adult and 1 child**
$35.70 $42
Flynn Family Camp (1-day)
1 adult and 2 children**
$51 $60

* All camp fees include a non-refundable $10 processing fee.

** “Family” is loosely defined and can include grandparents bringing grandchildren. “Family” does not include your child’s friends, but can include cousins.

Scholarships are available to cover a portion of camp fees. Find out more

 

girls set the table at Flynn MansionRegistration Information

Registration Dates

Member registration opens November 1, 2017 at 10am. Registration opens to the general public on November 8, 2017 at 10am. Registration closes December 14 at noon.

Requirements to attend camp

Please review our Winter Break Camp Policies before you register for camp. Each child registered for camp must complete a health and consent form (not required for Flynn Family Camp). Please read the Winter Break Camp FAQ for answers to the most frequently asked questions.

 


2017 Camp Descriptions

Christmas tree at Flynn MansionHistoric Holidays

Grades: 2-3
Duration: 1 day camp, 9am-4pm
Dates: Dec 27, 2017

Register for Historic Holidays
Registration starts Nov. 1 at 10am for members, Nov. 8 at 10am for non-members

Our holiday traditions help connect us to the past. Explore how Queen Victoria influenced the ways that we celebrate Christmas today. Did Halloween start as an American tradition? You’ll discover the history of several holidays through hands-on activities, creative crafts, and visits to historic sites.

Activity Highlights: Bake gingerbread cookies, make a Valentine’s card.

 

1850 log house in winter, covered by snow

Iowa Statehood Day

Grades: 2-3
Duration: 1 day camp, 9am-4pm
Dates: December 28, 2017

Register for Iowa Statehood Day
Registration starts Nov. 1 at 10am for members, Nov. 8 at 10am for non-members

Iowa became a state on December 28, 1846. In this camp, you’ll find out what Iowa was like the year it was was admitted to the Union. Experience “pioneer life” in and around 1846, through hands-on activities, crafts, and visits to historic sites.

Activity Highlights: Build a small scale log home, try your hand at making a quilt square.

 

kids baking in the Tangen kitchen

Day in the Life of a Kid

Grades: 2-3
Duration: 1-day camp, 9am-4pm
Dates: Dec 29, 2017

Register for Day in the Life of a Kid
Registration starts Nov. 1 at 10am for members, Nov. 8 at 10am for non-members

What was daily life like for a kid 1875? Explore what kids in 1875 did when they were at home, at school, at work, and in their free time. Hands-on activities, crafts, games, and visits to historic sites will bring the daily routines of a child in 1875 to life.

Activity Highlights: Try making molasses candy, make an old-fashioned doll.

 

kids pose with historic interpreter at flynn mansion

Victorian Ladies and Gentlemen

Grades: 4-6
Duration: 3-day camp, 9am-4pm, or you may sign up for 1-day
Dates: Dec 27-29, 2017
Themes: Wednesday – Social Graces, Thursday – Socialization, Friday – Home Amusement

Register for Victorian Ladies and Gentlemen
Registration starts Nov. 1 at 10am for members, Nov. 8 at 10am for non-members

What did it mean to be a lady or gentlemen in Victorian times? Discover the games and activities that children played during the Victorian era. Create your own persona and practice the proper etiquette for young ladies and gentlemen. Through hands-on activities, crafts, games, and visits to historic sites, you will learn about the life of Victorians. Show off your new skills at the end of camp by hosting a “Home Amusement” for an invited guest! Guests invited to arrive at 2:45pm on Friday, December 29.

Activity Highlights: Learn to waltz, prepare refreshments for Home Amusement.

 

family enjoys tea at Flynn MansionFlynn Family Camp

Ages: All
Duration: 1 day camp
Dates: Dec 28, or 29, 2017 9am-4pm (same camp offered 2 different dates)

Register for Flynn Family Camp
Registration starts Nov. 1 at 10am for members, Nov. 8 at 10am for non-members

Learn about the Flynn family with your own family. Compare the roles of parents, grandparents, and kids then and now. Play with the toys that the Flynn kids would have had, learn how a baby would have been cared for, and participate in proper 1875 etiquette by preparing and serving a tea.

 

American Camp Association Accredited

Living History Farms Day Camp program is accredited by the American Camp Association, the only nationwide organization that accredits all types of organized camps.