On September 21, 2023, Conner Prairie announced plans for a $33 million dollar experience center transformation. The experiences in the Conner Prairie indoor area will be closed beginning November 27, 2023, as the building is prepared for construction. The Museum Experience Center will continue to be used for special events, ticketing and membership sales, and as an entrance for A Merry Prairie Holiday through the end of 2023. The entire building will close beginning February 5, 2024, and is expected to reopen to the public in 2025.
Conner Prairie’s outdoor experiences will open to the public on January 18, 2024, with new winter hours. During this time guests can participate in activities throughout the grounds including Prairietown and the William Conner House.
Discovery Station, Conner Prairie Indoor Area sparks creative and imaginative play
The Welcome Center at Conner Prairie is open for all to experience! The Conner Prairie indoor areas are a place for the family to explore and create together. With Discovery Station and Spark!Lab, guests will engage in various activities that provide a place for hands-on learning.
Learning through play is one of the most important and best ways to learn for kids. As an adult, I’m going to just throw it out there that it’s the most productive way to learn too. Discovery Station, one of the experiences in the Conner Prairie indoor area, is the perfect place for guests through the age of nine to create, climb, explore, play, and pretend! Included in this Discovery Station is the Anything Can Happen Art craft corner, a space with materials and project ideas with staff supervision. Guests of all ages can create art with whatever materials they wish without the pressure of expectation or desired results.
Designed for children 9 and under, families will love exploring every nook and cranny as well as making new ones. In the blanket fort area, move sheets to hooks and knobs well placed throughout the hideaway area – the perfect space with the best materials for making blanket fort-like tunnels and hiding spaces. I love that many of the areas and things designed for this area were made by Conner Prairie employees!
Build and create and play at the train tables and block tables. Climb ladders and explore in the wooden play space. Read and relax in the beehive block structure. There is also a special area for infants to roll, crawl, and investigate with age-appropriate toys and materials.
Play pretend in the barn, the store, the farm field and the kitchen. Kids can dress up in costume appropriate for that area or try on a whimsical costume.
Discovery Station is included in Conner Prairie admission and is open throughout the year. Find current admission prices and hours on the Conner Prairie website.
Find more places to play inside in Indianapolis in our Indy Indoor Play Guide.
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