We found two very fun and educational field trips in Des Moines. The first was Homeschool Day at the Living History Farm. We’ve been to several living history farms and this was by far the most authentic and had the largest scope. We visited farms from 1700 (Ioway Indians), 1850 (pioneers), 1900 (horse-powered), and the 1875 town of Walnut Hill.
Filling Ben the Horse’s bucket with dry field corn to crack for feed.
Not too clear, but the kids got to jump on the hay in the hay loft. Fun!!!
Thinking of uses for those cobweb-laced tools?
The town, as well as the rest of the farm, was charmingly authentic. There were no annoying ropes up around the furniture, etc. to keep kids out. They got to experience each building as if they were living there.
The broom maker’s shop. They actually sell the brooms they make here!
The blacksmith shop—really working to make spikes.
The millinery was one of our favorites—beautiful ribbons and flowers for hats and dresses, with a charming dressmaker to tell us how she creates her specialties.
The print shop, where they really print brochures and flyers using authentic equipment.
These little guys were cute beyond words. I guess the one on the end didn’t want to pose along with the others.
We loved how all the town’s “residents” (docents) were actually hard at work. It was HOT day and this lady was out in the garden really pulling weeds, in her bonnet and big dress.
Time for school!
If you get Sweet Pea’s newsletter, you’ve seen a picture similar to this—anyone spot all the differences there?
Super fun all day!!
Our second field trip was to the Science Center of Iowa . Plenty of hands-on opportunities to learn about physics concepts, rocketry, native Iowa animals, fluid dynamics, and more!
Balls floating on air!
I never did figure this one out, but the kids did!
These were giant “air drums” that could be aimed at the wall of hanging medallions in the background, so that we could see where the air “hit” as the medallions wobbled.
So much fun in one day! We were surprised at all Des Moines had to offer, and I’m sure there was much more than what we saw—fun city!