Calendar

May
23
Sat
Decoration Day @ Living History Farms
May 23 @ 9:00 am
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Be a part of America’s early Memorial Day traditions! At 1:00pm, March in a procession to the town cemetery for a moving pageant of Victorian ceremony and speeches, honoring the Union’s fallen heroes. After the ceremony, watch the Walnut Hill Bluestockings compete in an 1870s-rules baseball game at 1:30pm. Event activities are included in regular admission to Living History Farms.

Historic Baseball Game @ Living History Farms
May 23 @ 1:30 pm

Watch the origins of “America’s Greatest Pastime” by catching a Walnut Hill Bluestockings 1875-rules baseball game. The team, made up of LHF volunteers, follow Gentleman’s rules, which include: no mitts allowed; the batter, or “striker”, gets to call the pitch; and no cussin’ or spittin’. Kids in the crowd will have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! Arrive early to tour the rest of the museum before the game in the afternoon. Game is included with regular admission to Living History Farms.

2020 Schedule

All games are played at 1:30pm, except July 4 (2:30).

Saturday, May 23
Sunday, June 21
Saturday, July 4 (2:30pm)
Saturday, August 1
Saturday, September 26

Interested in playing our team? We are always looking for volunteer teams to play the Walnut Hill Bluestockings. For more information, contact Jan Milroy, at 515-278-5286.

Jun
5
Fri
Into The Woods Jr @ Class Act Productions
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm

Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s groundbreaking musical fairy tale about wishes and the choices we make.

Performances June 5 – 14, 2020
(Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm)

Day Care / Summer Program Group performances at 10am and 1pm on select weekdays.

Be careful what you wish for, as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairy tale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch — in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.

The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse, and wind up changed forever.

This Jr version concludes with bright and cheery “Happily Ever After” ending (which is the end of Act I in the full version).

Jun
6
Sat
Into The Woods Jr @ Class Act Productions
Jun 6 @ 7:00 pm

Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s groundbreaking musical fairy tale about wishes and the choices we make.

Performances June 5 – 14, 2020
(Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm)

Day Care / Summer Program Group performances at 10am and 1pm on select weekdays.

Be careful what you wish for, as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairy tale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch — in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.

The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse, and wind up changed forever.

This Jr version concludes with bright and cheery “Happily Ever After” ending (which is the end of Act I in the full version).

Jun
7
Sun
Into The Woods Jr @ Class Act Productions
Jun 7 @ 2:00 pm

Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s groundbreaking musical fairy tale about wishes and the choices we make.

Performances June 5 – 14, 2020
(Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm)

Day Care / Summer Program Group performances at 10am and 1pm on select weekdays.

Be careful what you wish for, as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairy tale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch — in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.

The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse, and wind up changed forever.

This Jr version concludes with bright and cheery “Happily Ever After” ending (which is the end of Act I in the full version).

Jun
12
Fri
Into The Woods Jr @ Class Act Productions
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm

Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s groundbreaking musical fairy tale about wishes and the choices we make.

Performances June 5 – 14, 2020
(Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm)

Day Care / Summer Program Group performances at 10am and 1pm on select weekdays.

Be careful what you wish for, as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairy tale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch — in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.

The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse, and wind up changed forever.

This Jr version concludes with bright and cheery “Happily Ever After” ending (which is the end of Act I in the full version).

Jun
13
Sat
Pioneer Wedding @ Living History Farms
Jun 13 @ 11:00 am

Wedding Ceremonies at 11am and 1:30pm

Visit the 1850 Pioneer Farm for a recreated pioneer wedding! Travel out to the farm to meet Living History Farms’ June bride as you join the 1850 Farm staff for a wedding celebration, including a wedding ceremony and cake for the guests! Weddings brought the pioneer community together for traditional foods and fun. Discover the most popular gifts for a pioneer bride, help in the “shivaree,” and play a good-natured, very noisy prank on the wedding couple. Visitors will become part of the day’s fun, with ceremonies at 11:00am and 1:30pm.

Event activities are included in regular admission to Living History Farms.

Into The Woods Jr @ Class Act Productions
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm

Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s groundbreaking musical fairy tale about wishes and the choices we make.

Performances June 5 – 14, 2020
(Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm)

Day Care / Summer Program Group performances at 10am and 1pm on select weekdays.

Be careful what you wish for, as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairy tale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch — in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.

The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse, and wind up changed forever.

This Jr version concludes with bright and cheery “Happily Ever After” ending (which is the end of Act I in the full version).

Jun
14
Sun
Into The Woods Jr @ Class Act Productions
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm

Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s groundbreaking musical fairy tale about wishes and the choices we make.

Performances June 5 – 14, 2020
(Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm)

Day Care / Summer Program Group performances at 10am and 1pm on select weekdays.

Be careful what you wish for, as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairy tale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch — in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.

The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse, and wind up changed forever.

This Jr version concludes with bright and cheery “Happily Ever After” ending (which is the end of Act I in the full version).

Jun
20
Sat
Pollinator Fest @ Reiman Gardens
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am

Visit Reiman Gardens and celebrate National Pollinator Week. There will be many collaborators and fun activities to make sure this day is educational and plenty of fun!

More information to come!

Jun
21
Sun
Historic Baseball Game @ Living History Farms
Jun 21 @ 1:30 pm

Watch the origins of “America’s Greatest Pastime” by catching a Walnut Hill Bluestockings 1875-rules baseball game. The team, made up of LHF volunteers, follow Gentleman’s rules, which include: no mitts allowed; the batter, or “striker”, gets to call the pitch; and no cussin’ or spittin’. Kids in the crowd will have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! Arrive early to tour the rest of the museum before the game in the afternoon. Game is included with regular admission to Living History Farms.

2020 Schedule

All games are played at 1:30pm, except July 4 (2:30).

Saturday, May 23
Sunday, June 21
Saturday, July 4 (2:30pm)
Saturday, August 1
Saturday, September 26

Interested in playing our team? We are always looking for volunteer teams to play the Walnut Hill Bluestockings. For more information, contact Jan Milroy, at 515-278-5286.

Jul
1
Wed
Teacher Appreciation Day @ Living History Farms
Jul 1 @ 9:00 am

Living History Farms says thank you to all of the teachers who put in the time and effort to bring learning to life for their students. If you’ve never been to Living History Farms with your students, come out to preview what the museum has to offer. Or if you’ve already visited many times with students, enjoy exploring at a leisurely pace. Education staff will be on hand to lead short informational sessions on incorporating an educational visit or program into your classroom.

Teachers admitted free; family members pay regular admission fee. Teachers must present school ID to receive free admission.

Jul
2
Thu
Yankee Doodle Pops @ West Terrace, Iowa State Capitol
Jul 2 @ 8:30 pm

Join us for the Des Moines Symphony’s 27th annual Yankee Doodle Pops, Iowa’s largest single-day concert event! This family-friendly and patriotic concert concludes with the area’s premier fireworks display over the downtown Des Moines skyline, and best of all, it’s FREE! Bring your picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs, or purchase food from an array of vendors at the concert.

Cost

FREE! No tickets required.

Time

6:30pm: Concert Prelude
8:30pm: Des Moines Symphony’s 27th annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert

Jul
3
Fri
Independence Day Fireworks @ Reiman Gardens
Jul 3 @ 6:00 pm
July 3 from 6:00 p.m. until the close of the fireworks

If it rains on July 3, Ames’ fireworks will be moved to July 5.  In that case, unfortunately Reiman Gardens will NOT be open late for fireworks.

Reiman Gardens is open all day on July 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to the conclusion of the fireworks display which is across the street from the Gardens.

Visitors may bring their folding chairs, coolers with food and drinks. No fireworks or sparklers are allowed inside the Gardens.

Reiman Gardens will also be open on July 4th, so bring your family for some fun.

Jul
4
Sat
Historic Independence Day Celebration @ Living History Farms
Jul 4 @ 9:00 am

Enjoy an old-fashioned fourth with an iconic, historic Independence Day celebration in the town of Walnut Hill. 1876 marks the first centennial of the United States, and Living History Farms’ Independence Day activities truly show what this day meant to those in the 19th century – a day of family fun. Families can take part in pie eating contests, foot races, spelling bees, the town parade, watermelon seed spitting contests, and more! To fit everything in, be sure to arrive early to tour our historic farms, enjoy the town activities, and still have time to catch the Walnut Hill Bluestockings baseball game at 2:30pm.

Historic Baseball Game @ Living History Farms
Jul 4 @ 2:30 pm

Watch the origins of “America’s Greatest Pastime” by catching a Walnut Hill Bluestockings 1875-rules baseball game. The team, made up of LHF volunteers, follow Gentleman’s rules, which include: no mitts allowed; the batter, or “striker”, gets to call the pitch; and no cussin’ or spittin’. Kids in the crowd will have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! Arrive early to tour the rest of the museum before the game in the afternoon. Game is included with regular admission to Living History Farms.

2020 Schedule

All games are played at 1:30pm, except July 4 (2:30).

Saturday, May 23
Sunday, June 21
Saturday, July 4 (2:30pm)
Saturday, August 1
Saturday, September 26

Interested in playing our team? We are always looking for volunteer teams to play the Walnut Hill Bluestockings. For more information, contact Jan Milroy, at 515-278-5286.

Jul
11
Sat
Ioway Culture Day @ Living History Farms
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am

The people of the Ioway nation were some of Iowa’s first farmers! Explore this Native American culture which gave Iowa its name. Visit our 1700 Ioway Farm where farm staff will present hands-on activities to showcase how the Ioway built their homes, prepared food, and farmed. Guest presenters will share their own personal expertise in Ioway culture and technology. Be sure to allow time to ride the tractor cart out to the 1700 Ioway Farm! The last tractor cart to reach the Ioway Farm will depart at 2pm.

Event activities are included in regular admission to Living History Farms.

Jul
25
Sat
Victorian Birthday @ Living History Farms
Jul 25 @ 9:00 am

What was it like to be a guest at a birthday party in 1875? Join us for a child’s birthday celebration at the Flynn Mansion and find out! Play historic games on the lawn, then explore the house to peek at Victorian-style presents, party decorations, and hands-on children’s activities.

Open 9:00am-4:00pm; Activities 10:00am-3:30pm. Event activities are included in regular admission to Living History Farms.

Aug
1
Sat
Election Day @ Living History Farms
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am

It’s Election Day in Walnut Hill. The 1875 town makes a decision at the polls and you’re invited to help get out the vote! Join candidates for an 1875 style mayoral debate, try giving a stump speech and cast your ballot. All activities are included in regular admission to Living History Farms.

Grain Harvest @ Living History Farms
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am

Living History Farms’ “original” community event! Get your hands dirty and help our interpreters bring in this year’s grain harvest, using hand power, horsepower, and steam. Witness it all as you hear the smash of the flail and the roar of the steam-powered thresher. Demonstrations will be weather dependent. Event activities are included in regular admission to Living History Farms.