Emma St. Dennis - Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
May 29th is Ella’s eighth birthday so I’d like to share (brag) about my middle granddaughter in this month’s blog.
When Ella gets to Conner Prairie she heads straight for Discovery Station
and the store front area to sell veggies and loaves of bread. For a girl this age, there is nothing more fun than playing “dress up” and “grocery store.” She and I always have a tea party and she can never leave the area before milking the cow!
Then we can head out to 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana
. We again, play dress up and grocery store in the River Crossing area as well as splash around the water table on the Alice Dean. Ella never tires of selling Mamaw the pretend fruits and vegetables and I never tire of making the pretend purchase! We take the opportunity to chat about healthy eating habits or practice our math skills while we are having fun.
As we walk through the covered bridge back to Prairietown we discuss what trees and flowers we see along the way. We see, touch, hear and smell all kinds of discoveries.
I’m the type of Mamaw that takes the opportunity to turn everything into a teaching moment. All the kids can identify a sycamore tree at quite a distance! We walk on stilts, go to school in Prairietown and check out all the gardens. After a while we are on the move again towards the Animal Encounters
area, as a visit to Conner Prairie would not be complete without stopping to cuddle all the baby animals. My favorite is always the brown calf. Ella loves the lambs and chicks. A lot of “isn’t he adorable Mamaw!” and “Mamaw, take my picture with this baby animal” can be heard in the barn. I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker. You should see how many pictures I have of these grandkids and their Conner Prairie visits!
Please continue to follow the adventures of this lively group of grandkids this spring. We promise to have lots of fun and hope to have you join us at Conner Prairie – Happy Birthday Ella – Mamaw loves you!