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

Barnyard Readers

Summer 2022 Themes

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June, Thursdays: Story Time at the 1700 Ioway Farm

July & August, Wednesdays: Farm Animal Series

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Story Time at the 1700 Ioway Farm

June 

New for summer 2022!  You and your child can explore stories told by various indigenous peoples who have called the Midwest home. Each program includes stories, crafts, activities, and a chance to explore the 1700 Ioway Farm.

Dress to be outside!

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Powwow: A Modern Ojibwa Story

Thursday, June 9

This movement-based program features the story “Bowwow Powwow” by Brenda J. Child. 

Windy Girl, who has a vivid imagination, attends a powwow with her uncle and her dog, Itchy Boy. After a wonderful night learning about traditions and dances, she falls asleep and dreams of a powwow where all the dancers are dogs. In her dream she sees the importance of the dances and celebration of a powwow. Buy tickets

 

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Sky Spirits: Ojibwa and the Northern Lights

Thursday, June 16

The night sky will never seem the same after this program! Through the story “Sky Sisters” by Jan Bourdeau Waboose, participants will learn about the Northern Lights, or Sky Spirits. Two Ojibwa sisters set off for the cold north country to see the Sky Spirits dance at midnight. As they wait, the younger sister learns the values of stillness and patience. Buy tickets

 

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Greet the Dawn: The Lakota Way

Thursday, June 23

Starting anew at the beginning of every day is an important part of Lakota values. Through the story “Greet the Dawn: The Lakota Way” by S.D. Nelson, participants will explore the Ioway farm with their senses. Mother Earth and Sister Meadowlark join all the animals to greet the dawn, experiencing colors, sounds, sights, and smells. Buy tickets

 

 

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Buffalo Bird Girl, A Hidatsa Girl

Thursday, June 30 

Buffalo Bird Woman was a Hidatsa born in 1839. Through the story “Buffalo Bird Girl” by S.D. Nelson, participants will learn about her life as a child and how it compares to the lives of children today. Growing up along the Missouri River, she and her family depended on farming to survive. Learn about the crops they grew and the foods they ate. Buy tickets


Farm Animal Series

July & August 

It’s story time with the animals at Living History Farms! Each program features a specific farm animal. Begin by reading a book or two about that farm animal, do activities or crafts inspired by the stories, then board a tractor cart to one of our farms to meet the animal and its friends.

Dress to be outside!

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Sheep

Wednesday, June 29 & Wednesday, August 3

Pigs are incredibly intelligent! Hear stories about mischievous pigs, make a pig-inspired craft, and then visit the pigs on our farm. Buy tickets for June 29 or August 3

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Pigs

Wednesday, July 6 & Wednesday, August 10

Pigs are incredibly intelligent! Hear stories about mischievous pigs, make a pig-inspired craft,
and then visit the pigs on our farm. Buy tickets for July 6 or August 10

 

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Cows

Wednesday, July 13 & Wednesday, August 17

This moooo-ving program will teach you about the two types of cows—milk and beef. Hear stories about silly cows, then head to the farm to see them! Buy tickets for July 13 or August 17

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Horses

Wednesday, July 20 & Wednesday, August 24

These horses are not for riding! They do the heavy work on the farm, pulling wagons, plows, and other machinery. Hear stories about horses, and then visit the farm to meet them! Buy tickets for July 20 or August 24

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Oxen

Wednesday, July 27

Learn what it means to be “strong as an ox.” Oxen are cows that are trained to work on the farm, so they have to be very strong. Learn how they are trained and what they do. Buy tickets

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Ticket Prices

Non-member: $15 per person

Member: $13.50 per person (10% discount)

*Children must be accompanied by an adult. All adults and children are required to purchase a separate ticket.

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Program Schedule

  • Meet at the Visitor Center.
  • Please arrive on time so the program may begin on time.

9:30 a.m.—Introductions, craft, stories
10 a.m.—  Travel to 1700 farm for Ioway programing or farm for animal programing

10:15 a.m. — Explore
10:45 a.m.—Board cart back to Visitor Center
11 a.m.—Depart

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Program Policies

Please read our program policies before signing up.

Please email registration@lhf.org if you would like to be added to the waitlist for Barnyard Reader’s Programs.

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Fall 2022 themes to be announced.

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