By Pete Smith
Conner Prairie plans to have events for the whole family during its Easter Celebration on April 19.
Kids will have the chance to collect candy and Easter eggs, compete in egg-and-spoon races and egg rolling, and other historical games. And older kids can watch the ubiquitous and nearly indestructible Peeps marshmallows as they fizz, freeze and inflate during a science demonstration.
“Easter in Prairietown is fascinating,” said Jason Adams, Conner Prairie’s manager of science interpretation. “We’re making some fun crafts out there.”
And of course the Easter Bunny will be there, too. But make sure to get to Conner Prairie early so kids can enjoy breakfast while they pose for pictures with the furry rodent. Breakfast settings are available at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m., but reservations are required.
The Science of Peeps events start at 11 a.m. at the welcome center, and new presentations begin on the hour through 4 p.m. For the finale of each presentation, kids will see how the Peep responds to a high impact crash by shooting them out of a potato cannon.
It’s all part of an increased focus on science at Conner Prairie, Adams said, noting that Conner Prairie was an experimental farm itself until the 1970s.
And his mind, the science experiments fall into that tradition. And when else would kids get to expose the indestructible common American Peep to radiation or extreme acidic conditions?
“The candy activities will be really fun, too,” Adams conceded.
The Egg-Stravaganza events take place at the Overlook Lawn starting at 2 p.m. The most important of which – for candy fans – is the egg drop, which is broken down by age group.
And don’t forget to watch artist Laura Clack as she decorates eggs with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resistant (batik) method from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
And it wouldn’t be Conner Prairie without a fun way to learn about history. So in 1836 Prairietown kids can discover how the Zimmerman family dyes Easter eggs. The citizens of the town are preparing for spring and there’s a lot of planting to be done, flower arranging at the Campbell House, and “tussie-mussies” to make at the Gregory’s. People can also taste delicious maple gingerbread at the Campbell House starting at 1:30 p.m. until quantities run out.
Easter Celebration ● Conner Prairie ● 13400 Allisonville Rd. in Fishers ● 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 19 ● Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for kids age 2 to 12 and free for children under 2 ● For more information call 776-6006 or visit www.connerprairie.org