Earlier in the month we went on a field trip with another home school family to Old World Wisconsin. I was obsessed with Little House as a girl so I love visiting outdoor pioneer/settlement museums. Anytime, there is a chance to visit one I'm on board. Luckily, my kiddos seem to enjoy them too.
I was super impressed with Old World Wisconsin. I would say it's our favorite pioneer museum we've visited. There were a ton of hands-on-activities. I love walking around and looking at too old and too rare antiques but with a bunch of kiddos that can get old pretty fast. Old World Wisconsin had plenty of don't touch treasures, but they also had lots of things kids could put their hands on and try.
Little Lady is similar to how I was as a little girl and loved every bit of the museum. If she could she'd go back in time and be a pioneer. Her favorite activities were combing wool and visiting the school house. She was excited to try everything though. I found it it particularly amusing how entranced she was watching the blacksmith demonstration. Other times she's hasn't cared much for the blacksmith but this time the blacksmith was a woman - Little Lady and her friend were mesmerized.
BabyZ favorite part was definitively the wooden shoes at the German farm. I was admiring the dining room when all the sudden BabyZ is on the floor beside me begging to have his shoes taken off. I thought at first their must me a rock or something in them making him uncomfortable. He, however, had just spied some of the other kids trying on the wooden shoes and had to join the fun.
I love this ↓ picture of BabyZ and his little buddy watching so intently along with their siblings.
Big Buddy and Mini Man's favorite part had little to do with the history. They were delighted by all the nature they found: grasshoppers, toads, frogs, salamanders, etc. I had to keep helping them refocus on the actually museum exhibits. At first this was a little frustrating; then I just decided to embrace it...this is probably what 8 and 10 year-old pioneer boys would have been doing anyways.