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Laura Ingalls Wilder Days Mean Family Fun


Two girls attired in prairie dresses get acquainted with Old World Wisconsin's oxen team

One of the most popular special events of the year at Old World Wisconsin is the annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Days Plus Farm Power event, when the outdoor museum of rural immigrant life celebrates the life and times of the beloved author of the "Little House" books and her family. This year the event kicks off on Saturday and Sunday, July 23–24 from 10 am to 5 pm each day. Kids dress the part and take part in many of the same kinds of games and chores that Laura would have done in her youth. And this year is no exception, except that there's more in store for adult visitors too, with the addition of a variety of farm power demonstrations ranging from gasoline engines to horse-powered treadmills.

Activities for the Whole Family to Enjoy

Families can enjoy their time together doing laundry by hand, jumping in haystacks, working as apprentices in the wagon shop or hand cranking homemade ice cream. They can also see the many ways that farmers threshed grain. Other visitor activities include: a hymn sing, seeing oxen at work, helping in the gardens using 19th-century tools, witnessing the power of hit-and-miss engines, flailing grain, and trying a fanning mill and winnowing basket to remove the chaff from the wheat.

After-Hours Activities on Saturday

There's plenty to do after hours on Saturday as well. Visitors may enjoy a Farmhand Buffet from 4 to 7 pm (adults $13, children 5-12 $6, children under 4 free). Also on Saturday, the museum will host a Barn Dance from 5 to 8 pm (adults $8, children 5-17 $5). Reservations are recommended and are available online through Friday, July 22, at noon.

If You Go

For complete details on hours, admission fees, locations and directions, and other details, see our Plan Your Visit pages.


:: Posted July 18, 2011

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