For Kids Only: Explore Conner Prairie this Summer

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February 2019


Writer // Janelle Morrison                  Photography // Courtesy of Conner Prairie

The snow won’t be around forever. Before you know it, school will be out, and kids are going to be ready to explore the 1,000 acres of prairie, woods and waterfront at Conner Prairie. If your child hasn’t experienced horseback riding, ziplining, hiking, and/or science or archaeology camp on the grounds of one of the region’s largest attractions and most visited outdoor museums in the country, then now is the right time to register for one of Conner Prairie’s Specialty Camps or its Adventure Camp.

Specialty Camps are for ages 8-12 and include a variety of camps, such as Science Camp for Girls, Science Camp for Boys, Archaeology Camp, Photography Camp, Art Camp and Maker Camp. Kids will explore science and engineering at Science Camp and will investigate ancient cultures while testing their excavation skills during Archaeology Camp. Learn focal points, lighting, exposure and composition during Photography Camp and build, create and innovate through fun with hands-on projects at Maker Camp. For the budding artists, express your creativity and expand your artistic talents with various media at Art Camp.

Adventure Camps are for ages 5-15. Enjoy a week’s worth of outdoor, action-packed excitement and experiences with skilled counselors in a unique environment. Try out the zip line or climb the tire tower. Scale the cargo net, go for a swim or casually float the time away on water mats under the supervision of certified lifeguards. Enjoy the 9-hole disc golf course, ride a line-led horse and then cool down with homemade ice cream before calling it a day. Kids will hike the woods of Conner Prairie, fish for largemouth bass or take your best shot in archery. There is much more for kids to see, do and experience at Conner Prairie this summer while building confidence, friendships and memories.

Christine DeJoy, director of public affairs, shared, “What’s great about our programs is that they happen on our property, and during summer camps, we explore all over the grounds. The kids are immersed in nature – touching, exploring and interacting with it. They’re not stuck inside all day doing a few activities. They are literally getting their hands dirty, making things, ziplining, taking pictures and so much more. There is something for everybody at our summer camps.”

Don’t have a membership to Conner Prairie? Join now to enjoy membership discounts for summer camps and the chance to register for your favorite camps a day before registration opens to the general public. Plus, enjoy additional membership perks and discounts for other events held at Conner Prairie throughout the year.
Summer Camps at Conner Prairie run May through August 2019. Registration for Plus-level members and up opens February 4. Open registration begins February 5. Register online at; call 317-776-6000 or 800-966-1836; fax 317-776-6014 daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or in person at the Guest Services Office daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.