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Enjoy hands on farm activities Thursdays in June and July! Collect Trading Cards of Wild West Characters at each Thursday night. Trading Cards are limited to the first 100 kids.
June 14 Horse Power and 1860s Recreation 5-8 p.m.
Learn all about horses by visiting the grooming station, get a close up look at draft power with the site's horse treadmill and see why Mr. Mahaffie was a successful farmer. Horse Pull demonstrations will be at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m, and 7:30 p.m.. New Horizons Ranch will have Theraputic Riding Demonstrations at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. After helping with the horses, play 1860s games such as croquet, graces or rolling hoops. Learn about a Thaumatrope and make one to take home with you ($).
June 21 Modern Marvels 5-8p.m.
The 19th Century was a prime time for many modern inventions. Learn about the science of the cannon and telegraph and shoot rubberband cannons. Make something to take home in the blacksmith shop ($), make a paddle boat ($). As always, see what's cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's stove, try your skills at a variety of games typically played by children in the 19th century, and don't forget a stagecoach ride around the site!
June 28 19th Century Fireworks! 5pm-dark
Enjoy a concert by the Olathe Civic Band at 7:30 p.m. and stay for the 19th Century Fireworks beginning at dark (approximately 9:30 p.m.) Enjoy an 1860s baseball game at 6:30 p.m. Show your American spirit by decorating your bicycle, wagon, or stroller to join our parade on the Mahaffie grounds at 7:00 p.m. Bring your picnic, chairs and blankets to kick off Independence Day!
July 5 Hit the Trails 5-8p.m.
Learn about the travelers on the Oregon, Santa Fe and California Trails. Pan for gold ($), write in an Oregon Trail Diary ($), and learn about what a Bullwhacker did on the Santa Fe Trail.
July 12 Border War Showcase 5-8p.m.
It was a time of uncertainty on the Kansas/Missouri Border when Kansas Territory was opened for settlement in 1854. Learn about a soldier's life in camp, write a letter home ($), and walk through an artillery drill. Other Civil War era sites from around the KC metro will be on hand to encourage learning more about life on the border.
July 19 and July 26 Kansas Farming 5-8p.m.
(wheat harvest tentative for 7/26)
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is open 5-8 p.m. Thursday nights in June and July - with free admission. ($) A fee will apply to some activities. Activitiy tickets will be available for purchase in the Heritage Center or on the historic site. Stagecoach rides and blacksmithing are offered each Thursday for a small fee.
Enjoy a variety of historic-themed activities each week. Scheduled activities are subject to change based on staffing and weather.