I was really very excited when I heard that the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum was actually going to start hosting theme birthday parties for kid at the museum. This is often a good money maker for museums and it’s a great opportunity to get a unique experience and an inside look at the museum. I immediately determined that we had to take my niece and nephew up to experience it. Our family got to have one of their very first parties.
Listen to my roving report about it here:
Burr Oak, Iowa is a little bit out of the way to transport a group of children, but you can also book one for a family group which I think could work even if you had to come from a distance and stay overnight in nearby Decorah, Iowa. They haven’t yet, but if there is interest I would hope they might partner with one of the hotels in Decorah to create a
- Dress up for kids and adults and wagon group photos
- Undress up – May want to bring your own bonnets or plan on buying a bonnet for each girl or suspenders for each boy along
- Scavenger Hunt/Tour of Hotel
- Historic Games (for example pick up sticks)
- Snack – Lemonade in tin cups and heart cakes (not for keeps, can buy one in gift shop)
- I suggest you let kids pick out something in the gift shop, but that’s not included
- Take photo in heads cut out board as the Ingalls Family
See the article about our party here:
Read more about how to book a party at Burr Oak here:
General updates about the Burr Oak Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum. Director Steve Luse has been replaced by a long term staff member. The flood during their Laura Days last June did damage the heater/air-conditioner for the Visitor Center and took out part of the play equipment in the park, but the damage has been repaired. They have returned the dolls that formerly sat in the front room to the family of the former board member who made them. They’ve reorganized the historic display. Come check out all the changes for yourself.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.