River Crossing Play Area
The outdoor experience areas of Conner Prairie, including Prairietown, Lenape Indian Camp, Animal Encounters, 1859 Balloon Voyage, 1863 Civil War Journey and the Conner Homestead, are closed for the season and will reopen March 28, 2013. Enjoy year round fun and adventure indoors in the Science Lab, Discovery Station and Craft Corner.
At the River Crossing Play Area at 1863 Civil War Journey, families have an engaging spot for children ages 2-10 to play in a Civil War-themed environment. With both indoor and outdoor play areas and activities featuring boats, Civil War dress-up, climbing structures, and water play, there is plenty to do and plenty of places for parents and caregivers to interact with their children or take a break and watch. Families can compare the present to the past together and explore the lifeways of those who lived in Civil War times.
Explore the rest of 1863 Civil War Journey
Alice Dean Steamboat
Clamber aboard this 1860s-era replica steamboat, the vessel that John Hunt Morgan commandeered to cross the Ohio River into Indiana. Steer with the wooden wheel and climb high to explore.
Water Play Table
Experiment with the movement of water as kids guide boats among movable gates, differing currents and obstacles around the 'river'. Take a break from the sun under the canopy and watch the kids splash and play. (Open Memorial Day - September 30).
Water Cannon Splash Play Area*
Start a (civil) war of the water-shooting kind with water cannons capable of soaking your opponent if you aim right. Get wet in the water splash zone too. (Open Memorial Day - Labor Day)
In this kid-size space, stock the shelves or 'shop' for essentials.
Role-play comes alive here - pretend to be a soldier going through daily life.
Civil War-themed Play Table
Indoors, run trains over tracks, build forts and manipulate toy soldiers across the battlefield.
Civil War Dress-up Area
Give these dresses, coats and hats a try. Kids and adults alike can become a civil war-era family.
*A family restroom is available inside the River Crossing Play Area. Please bring a change of clothes if your family plans to get wet in the water splash area. Swimwear is not allowed. Children who are not toilet-trained must wear swim diapers covered by pants with tight-fitting elastic at the waist and legs.