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Jul 27, 2016
10:00am

Help bind wheat shocksFrank and Ella were the names of the youngest Mahaffie children. They grew up on the Mahaffie Farm in the 1870s, participated in many farm chores but enjoyed games too! Our summer program features a different theme of activities each week. Preschools, day cares, summer youth groups and visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy 1860s living history activities. Activities go on throughout the day and please allow an average of 60 minutes for your visit. Activities featured for Harvest on the Farm may include: 

  • Help with the horse powered potato harvest at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Enjoy horse powered grinding demonstrations at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Vote for your favorite Mahaffie animal! Stickers are distributed at the Heritage Center
  • Stagecoach rides
  • Craft
  • Coloring contest

Cost is $5/youth ages 5 & up, one free adult admitted with each paying youth, (stagecoach rides are $2/adult). Additional adults: $5. Registration encouraged for groups of 10 or more and payment is due the day of your program. When you visit, pay your admission in the Heritage Center, pick up your map and walk less than one quarter of a mile to the historic Mahaffie grounds. Groups and visitors are welcome to bring their own lunch to enjoy under the white tent. All youth under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for their visit. Activities are not part of a structured summer camp where youth are accompanied by a camp instructor. If you have further questions, please call 913-971-5111. Thank you

Jul 28, 2016
10:00am

Help bind shocks of wheatFrank and Ella were the names of the youngest Mahaffie children. They grew up on the Mahaffie Farm in the 1870s, participated in many farm chores but enjoyed games too! Our summer program features a different theme of activities each week. Preschools, day cares, summer youth groups and visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy 1860s living history activities. Activities go on throughout the day and please allow an average of 60 minutes for your visit. Activities featured for Harvest on the Farm may include: 

  • Help with the horse powered potato harvest at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Enjoy horse powered grinding demonstrations at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Vote for your favorite Mahaffie animal! Stickers are distributed at the Heritage Center
  • Stagecoach rides
  • Craft
  • Coloring contest

Cost is $5/youth ages 5 & up, one free adult admitted with each paying youth, (stagecoach rides are $2/adult). Additional adults: $5. Registration encouraged for groups of 10 or more and payment is due the day of your program. When you visit, pay your admission in the Heritage Center, pick up your map and walk less than one quarter of a mile to the historic Mahaffie grounds. Groups and visitors are welcome to bring their own lunch to enjoy under the white tent. All youth under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for their visit. Activities are not part of a structured summer camp where youth are accompanied by a camp instructor. If you have further questions, please call 913-971-5111. Thank you

Jul 28, 2016
6:00pm

Horse Drawn ReaperEnjoy a different theme of 1860s living history each week during our Family Fun Nights. Kansas Wheat Harvest* features activities similar to when the Mahaffie Farm harvested wheat in the 1860s. FREE admission. Stagecoach rides are $3/person ages 3 & up. Some activities require an extra fee. 

  • Help bundle wheat after the horse drawn reaping demonstrations
  • Help flail wheat (knock off the kernels)
  • Enjoy samples of Saratoga Chips when you visit Mrs. Mahaffie's Cookstove 
  • Make an 'S' hook in the blacksmith shop, ages 8 & up ($3)
  • Cool off with a root beer float ($2) 
  • Lemonade for sale from the Questers
  • Visit the Mahaffie House, exhibits in the Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn, and the Heritage Center

 

Sep 8, 2016
10:00am

Learn about Roping at Fall Home School DayHome school families are invited to participate in 1860s hands-on living history activities from our school programs with other home school families. This open house format allows students to participate in each activity at their own pace. Two sessions are offered: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Registration encouraged and payment is due the day of the program. Walk up registration is accepted the day of the program. Cost is $5/home school student ages 5 and up, accompanying adults are free ($2/adult for stagecoach rides).

Here are some reminders:

  • Activities take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and are self-guided. Mahaffie staff and volunteers dressed in 19th century clothing will be at each station explaining the activities. Please ask questions of the staff and volunteers as they enjoy sharing their knowledge. We are implementing a break from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. to give the horses a rest from stagecoach rides. Activities will pause during this time, however, the exhibits in the Heritage Center are available.
  • Home school students are encouraged to explore at their own pace.
  • When you arrive, please park in the Heritage Center parking lot.
    • If the surface lot is full, you may park on the gravel ring on the outside of the surface parking lot.
    • If the gravel lot is full, overflow parking is available across the street in the Olathe Community Center parking lot-please be careful crossing Kansas City Road.
    • Overflow parking is also available in what is referred to as the Mahaffie house lot. To reach the Mahaffie house lot, please turn right at the stop sign, go on Kansas City Road west to the first entrance and parking is available in this lot. Please use the paved bike trail to reach the Heritage Center to pay your admission as this gate will be closed
  • Please pay your admission in the Heritage Center and pick up your map of the historic Mahaffie grounds listing all the activities going on throughout the morning.
    • Cost is $5/home school student ages 5 & up, children ages 4 and under are free
    • Accompanying adults are free, stagecoach rides are $2/adult. All who ride the stagecoach will receive one token for their one ride. The student admission includes one stagecoach ride. Please be in line no later than 11:45 a.m. for your stagecoach ride for the morning session and no later than 2:45 p.m. for the afternoon session.
  • Special activities focus on Kansas Cowboys! Activities may include roping, cowboy gear and more! 
  • Other activities include: visiting the Mahaffie house, 19th century games, laundry, visiting the Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn, blacksmith, and cookstove demonstrations.  
  • You are more than welcome to explore the exhibits and Mahaffie Market gift store in the Heritage Center
  • Please dress for the weather as most activities take place outdoors. Please wear sturdy shoes, the grounds have pathways but they are not paved to reflect the 1860s farm activities
Sep 11, 2016
12:00pm

Cookstove DemonstrationEnjoy 1860s hands-on living history activities such as stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations and see what is cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's cookstove. Fill out a family tree with your grandparents to learn more about your family! One grandparent admitted FREE with every paid grandchild admission. Regular site admission applies $7/adults, $4/children ages 5-11, Olathe residents receive $2/off admission. 

Sep 24, 2016
10:00am
  • Wicked LiarsEnjoy this two day annual fall event featuring LIVE entertainment from the Whip Guy, the Wicked Liars, Gunsmoke and Petticoats and more! Saturday September 24 & Sunday September 25
  • Lots of hands-on children's activities for the whole family. 
  • Please park at Olathe North High School, 600 E. Prairie where a free shuttle brings you to the Heritage Center. Shuttle operates from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday to help accommodate Omelet Fest. Last shuttle promptly leaves the Heritage Center at 4:30 p.m. Handicapped parking available at the Heritage Center with state issued permit
  • Cost is $5/person ages 5 & up or a special family rate of 5 tickets for $20! 
  • Cash, VISA or MasterCard accepted in the Heritage Center for admission. The Children's Mercantile accepts cash, VISA or MasterCard for activity tickets and merchandise. Cash only for the Food Vendors. Unfortunately, there is no ATM on site.
  • Admission includes:
    • one stagecoach ride brought to you by the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau
    • All live entertainment on the grounds! 
    • Chuckwagon Cook Off (Saturday only) 
    • Visiting encampments
    • Visiting the Alpacas from the Tails of Tranquility Alpaca Ranch and Levi and Sampson, the oxen from Grassy Ridge Oxen
    • 1860s Living History activities including: cookstove demonstrations, 19th century laundry, roping, 19th century games, and more!
    • Visiting the Mahaffie House, exhibits in the Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn and Heritage Center
  • Activities requiring an extra fee:
    • Tickets for activities are $1/ticket or a special rate of 12 tickets for $10 (activity tickets are non-refundable) Tickets are available for purchase at the Children's Mercantile with cash or VISA or MasterCard
    • Rubberband Gun Gallery ($1) (all ages)
    • Gold panning, leather stamping, Rocking M Miniatures where children can experience driving a wagon with miniature horses or donkeys ($2) (all ages) air gun shooting gallery, ages 8 & up ($2)
    • Branding ($3) all ages
    • Making an 'S' hook in the blacksmith shop, ages 8 & up ($4) 
    • Tomahawk Thorwing ($1) per three throws, ages 8 & up, must sign waiver
  • Food and concessions available for purchase: Doc's Root Beer, the Olathe Noon Optimist Club, Boy Scout Troop 494 and Butterfluff Popcorn (activity tickets not accepted at the food vendors) Cash only for the food vendors
  • Saturday only: come early for the Omelet Fest presented by the Olathe Santa Fe Trail Rotary Club. Cost is $8/omelet and includes admission to Wild West Days! Omelet Fest is 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Heritage Center
  • Thank you to our sponsors for 2016 Wild West Days: Olathe Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau, Olathe Ford Lincoln Mercury, Olathe Bass Pro Shops, Olathe Noon Optimist Club and Zoomin' Market
  • Service animals permitted, however no pets allowed (for their safety)
Sep 25, 2016
11:00am
  • BrandingEnjoy our annual fall event featuring LIVE entertainment from the Whip Guy, the Wicked Liars, Gunsmoke and Petticoats and more! 
  • Lots of hands-on children's activities for the whole family
  • Please park at Olathe North High School, 600 E. Prairie where a free shuttle brings you to the Heritage Center. Shuttle operates 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The last shuttle leaves the Heritage Center promptly at 4:30 p.m. Handicapped parking available at the Heritage Center with state issued permit
  • Cost is $5/person ages 5 & up or a special family rate of 5 tickets for $20! 
  • Cash, VISA or MasterCard accepted in the Heritage Center for admission. The Children's Mercantile accepts cash, VISA or MasterCard for activity tickets and merchandise. Cash only for the Food Vendors. Unfortunately, there is no ATM on site.
  • Admission includes:
    • one stagecoach ride brought to you by the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau
    • All live entertainment on the grounds! 
    • Rose Marie's Fiesta Mexicana Dancers (Sunday only)
    • Visiting encampments
    • Visiting the Alpacas from the Tails of Tranquility Alpaca Ranch and Levi and Sampson, the oxen from Grassy Ridge Oxen
    • Visiting the Mahaffie House, exhibits in the Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn and Heritage Center
  • Activities requiring an extra fee:
    • Tickets for activities are $1/ticket or a special rate of 12 tickets for $10 (activity tickets are non-refundable) Tickets are available for purchase at the Children's Mercantile with cash or VISA or MasterCard
    • Rubberband Gun Gallery ($1) (all ages)
    • Gold panning, leather stamping, Rocking M Miniatures where children can experience driving a wagon with miniature horses or donkeys ($2) (all ages) air gun shooting gallery, ages 8 & up ($2)
    • Branding ($3) all ages
    • Making an 'S' hook in the blacksmith shop, ages 8 & up ($4) 
    • Tomahawk Throwing, three throws for ($1), ages 8 & up
  • Food and concessions available for purchase: Doc's Root Beer, the Olathe Noon Optimist Club, Boy Scout Troop 494 and Butterfluff Popcorn (activity tickets not accepted at the food vendors) Food vendors are cash only.
  • Thank you to our sponsors for 2016 Wild West Days: Olathe Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau, Olathe Ford Lincoln Mercury, Olathe Bass Pro Shops, Olathe Noon Optimist Club and Zoomin' Market
  • Service animals permitted, however, no pets allowed (for their safety)

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