Family Fun at Arkansas Frontier

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 in Activities | 3 comments

This year, the Little Rock Mamas were invited to spend at afternoon at Arkansas Frontier’s Living History Farm.

So I — Arkie Mama — Hubs and the kids headed up to Quitman to check out not only the interactive historical displays, but also the duck races, pumpkin patch and Enchanted Forest.

Did we have fun? Yes. So much so that the children very nearly had to be physically dragged to the car when it was time to leave.

First, an overview: Arkansas Frontier was founded by teachers 14 years ago. At the farm, children can visit a one-room schoolhouse, mine for gems, laugh at various farm animals’ antics and play with the type of toys enjoyed by kids in the 1800s.

Ours especially loved the wooden stilts, the button buzzers and corn husk dolls. Pioneer schoolteacher Miss Hannah also entertained us with descriptions of the rules set for pioneer teachers — no hanging out in ice cream shops or courting! — and how a one-room schoolhouse operated. The E-man and Tootie were fascinated and asked a ton of questions.

We all tried our hand at the duck races (I lost) and had a lot of fun wandering through the Enchanted Forest along a meandering trail decorated with fairytale characters and a few spooky Halloween ghouls.

The kids LOVED the Frontier Mining Company. After picking up a bag of “mining rough” at Pappy’s Mine Shack, the children — under the supervision of Pappy himself — headed to the mining sluice, where they discovered amethysts, garnets, rose quartz and other gems in their rough.

We also went on a hayride and picked up some pumpkins from the patch.

There’s still time to make it this year if you hurry! Go here for times and dates.

If you can’t schedule a visit this year, definitely put this place on next year’s autumn activity list. (Arkansas Frontier also is the perfect spot for school field trips and home school groups.)

Below, is a tour in photos —

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Learning about animal skins.

Grinding corn.

Grinding corn.

 

Uh-oh.

Uh-oh.

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Hayride!

Selfies.

Selfies.

Off into the Enchanted Forest...

Off into the Enchanted Forest…

Note wolf in background.

Note wolf in background.

Creepy spiders!

Creepy spiders!

Graveyard

Graveyard

Eek.

Eek.

 

Which of these is not like the others?

Which of these is not like the others?

Duck races!

Duck races!

 

Lessons in a one-room schoolhouse.

Lessons in a one-room schoolhouse.

Pioneer toys.

Pioneer toys.

 

Time out, old-school.

Time out, old-school.

Time to mine...

Time to mine…

Gems begin to emerge.

Gems begin to emerge.

Animals included rabbits, pigs, goats, guineas, chickens, donkeys and ponies. Oh, and geese and turkeys...

Animals included rabbits, pigs, goats, guineas, chickens, donkeys and ponies. Oh, and geese and turkeys…

 

Cute!

Cute!

Tire-walking...

Tire-walking…

Slides!

Slides!

 

Mastering stilts

Mastering stilts

 

PIcking pumpkins!

Picking pumpkins!

 

 

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  1. hwhite

    That looks like a lot of fun, and I love that little piggy!

  2. Yavonda

    That looks like so much fun. I think it is definitely going on the list for next year!

  3. Lee Cooper

    The farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Saturday for “Family Day.” The cost is $6 per person and free for children under the age of 2. Admission includes access to the farm, attractions and special events.