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 —