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Autumn Programs Abound at Conner Prairie

Consider from many educational and entertaining programs and special events at Conner Prairie, the interactive history park in Fishers, this month and December:

Guests 18 years and older can join fellow photographers, artists, bird watchers and early risers for Conner Prairie at Dawn on November 15 from 7 to 10 a.m. The grounds are opened early for adults to look at and explore the beautiful settings to take photos, paint, sketch, hike or just enjoy the park before it opens to the general public.

For the little ones, Prairie Tykes is a series of programs for children ages 2 to 5. On the second and fourth Thursdays and Fridays, participants connect with each other while making crafts, dancing, singing and taking part in the day’s special activity. Children can make a drum while learning about Lenape Indian culture, grind corn while learning about pioneer foods, meet the Gingerbread Man and decorate a cookie, and dance with Santa and make a decoration to take home at the Holiday Party.

At the Indiana Indians program, celebrate Lenape Indian culture by learning about wigwams and Lenape clothing. Make a drum and listen to Indian songs. Programs take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m., November 6 and 7 plus 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the second day.

The Happy Harvest Festival will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on both November 20 and 21, along with 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the second day. Grind corn, have a cornbread snack and learn about pioneer foods at this harvest celebration.

Find out how gingerbread is made, listen to the gingerbread man story, decorate a gingerbread man cookie and meet the gingerbread man at the Gingerbread Jamboree from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. on December 5.

At the Holiday Party from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m., December 12, attendees will enjoy a holiday story, make a fun holiday decoration to take home and dance with Santa.

Admission for Conner Prairie at Dawn is $10 for non-members and $9 for members. Space is limited; tickets can be purchased online at ConnerPrairie. org. Admission for Prairie Tykes is $12 for non-members and $11 for members; children must be accompanied by an adult (at no extra charge). Location: 13400 Allisonville Rd. Reservations are required for Prairie Tykes programs and can be made by calling Conner Prairie Guest Services at 317-776-6006 or visiting ConnerPrairie.org.
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