Living History Farms in Urbandale

Place/Event: Living History Farms
Location: 11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322
Cost: $9-15 – see website
Grade/age range: Prek-12
Group size: large or small
Hands-on: Yes
Stroller friendly: Yes but the trail between farms is a dirt trail
Bathrooms: Yes
Food: Yes, but I have never tried it. We have always brought a picnic lunch.
Water: Yes

ok, FORGET big signs with lots of information or artifacts behind glass – you won’t find anything like that at this museum! It’s all about Hands-On History!

I spent the winter reading aloud the complete Little House on the Prairie series to my children and then spent the summer experiencing history! I found my daughter a very long flower dress at the thrift store and made a little white apron. The gift shop at LHF sells bonnets but I figured she wouldn’t wear one anyway, so we skipped that.

LHF- feeding the pigs

real “slop” to feed the pigs

Several people stopped my girl and told her how cute she looked and she was SO excited. She thought everyone would think she worked there. I didn’t mention that the yellow membership sticker on her dress was highlighting she was just a visitor.

LFH Horse grinding feed

the horse is grinding real corn for the real chickens

So is everyone noticing the REAL part of LHF?

LHF - 1850 Pioneer Farm Beating Wheat

threshing grain

LHF - 1850 Pioneer Farm Barn

working with real tools

LHF- the fire is HOT

Blacksmith shop – real fire. real iron. real awesomeness!

LHF - one room school house learning

school time

We got a double membership to both LHF and SCI because of their reciprocal program benefits. You can also add in Blank Park Zoo!

LHF- pump the water

Flynn Home in town – real water coming out of pump

LHF- old scale

old scale

We just LOVED LHF! It’s a very big place and you can easily spend all day! If you live in the area, I would recommend a membership and to come often. Sometimes we would just visit the town, or the farms. It’s hard to get everything done in one trip!

***Growing up in Boone, our home school group took an annual trip to LHF every fall. We went back in the day before they changed the location of the 1700’s farm. When I was a kid, that farm was down a ravine in the woods and I LOVED it! It seemed so real and authentic. I now LOVE the LHF as an adult, but with a new perspective. As a kid, the place was larger than life, another world…almost like a dream…What did the LHF feel like to you when you were a kid?


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