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Winter Break Camp

flynn mansion in the snowSpend a fun winter break exploring life in the past, visiting Living History Farms’ historic sites, and getting busy with hands-on activities. Choose from camps for kids in grades 2-6, or a camp for the whole family.

 

Need to Know

 

2020 Camp Registration

  • Registration opens for members on November 3, 2020 and registration opens for non-members on November 6, 2020. Registration closes December 16, 2020.
  • Members receive a discount and exclusive early registration! Make sure your membership is up to date! Purchase or renew your membership

 

Camp Fees

  • One-day camps are $55/person or $50/person for members. Family camps are $25/person or $20/person for members. All camp fees include a non-refundable $10 processing fee.
  • Scholarships are available to cover a portion of camp fees. Find out more

 


2nd-3rd Grade Camps

school houseDay in the Life of a Kid

Date: Dec 28, 2020, 9am-4pm

What was daily life like for a kid 1876? Explore what kids in 1876 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 to life daily routines of a child in 1876.

Activity Highlights: Try making molasses candy, make an old-fashioned doll, visit the Tangen House and go to school like they did in 1876.

Register for Day in the Life of a Kid

 

flynn mansion christmas treeHistoric Holidays

Date: Dec 29, 2020, 9am-4pm

Holidays are a fun way to celebrate the past with special traditions. Explore the ways that Queen Victoria influenced how we celebrate Christmas today.  Is Halloween an American tradition? Discover the history of several holidays through hands-on activities, crafts, and visits to historic sites.

Activity Highlights: Bake holiday cookies in a woodburning oven, make a garland, make a Valentine’s card.

Register for Historic Holidays

 

1850 log house in winter, covered by snow

Iowa’s Birthday Party

Date: Dec 30, 2020, 9am-4pm

Iowa became a state on December 28, 1846. Take a look at the way Iowa was when it was admitted to the Union. Experience “pioneer life” in and around 1846, through hands-on activities, crafts, and visits to historic sites.

Activity Highlights: Make a corn husk doll, create a quilt pattern, design a 2-D log home.

Register for Iowa’s Birthday Party

 

behind the scenes collections departmentMake an Exhibit for your Pet

Date: December 31, 2020, 9am-4pm

Learn how curators develop museum exhibits, see secret behind-the-scenes spots, and develop your own super cool exhibit to take home to your favorite pet or stuffed animal.

Activity Highlights: Visit Drug Store and Red Barn Gallery, do a scavenger hunt, design and build an exhibit.

Register for Make an Exhibit for your Pet

 

 

4th-6th Grade Camps

kids in print shopVictorian Holidays

Date: Dec 29, 2020, 9am-4pm

Europe influenced many of the holidays we celebrate today. Many of these holidays were brought to popularity during the Victorian Era. Have you ever heard of Boxing Day? Find out about the traditions of various other Victorian holidays through hands-on activities and visits to historic sites.

Activity Highlights: Bake gingerbread cookies, make a Jacob’s Ladder, visit the Print shop

Register for Victorian Holidays

 

exhibit at living history farms

Jr. Curator

Date: Dec 30, 2020, 9am-4pm

Have you ever wondered who puts together museum exhibits? Learn what it takes to create an exhibit and then create one! Visit our sites to discover the hidden details that bring history to life and dig through artifacts to determine what makes a good exhibit.

Activity Highlights: Visit Tangen Home and General Store and design your own exhibit.

Register for Jr. Curator

 

log house in snowIowa Statehood Day

Date: Dec 31, 2020, 9am-4pm

Iowa became a state on December 28, 1846. Take a look at the way Iowa was when it 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 3-D log home, design and sew a quilt sampler, and dip a candle.

Register for Iowa Statehood Day

 

Family Camp

girls set the table at Flynn MansionFlynn Family Sampler Camp

Date: December 28, 2020, 9am-12pm or 1-4pm

Learn about the Flynn family with your own family! Compare the roles of parents, grandparents, and kids in the Victorian era and today. Learn how a baby would have been cared for, what kinds of toys they had, and participate in proper 1876 etiquette by having a tea party.

Register for Flynn Family Sampler Camp

 

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.