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Sep 8, 2016
10:00am

Learn about Roping at Fall Home School DayDue to the demand for the morning session, we have added another session Friday September 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with the same activities! Please register for this session or the afternoon session Thursday September 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Registration for the morning session only Thursday September 8 is now closed.  

Our theme is Kansas Cowboys! Home 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: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Kansas Cowboys activities may include: chuck wagon cooking, roping, and learning about cowboy gear. 
    • Students can participate in an Auction at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Learn how farmers would sell their livestock
    • Learn about Cowboy firearms at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
    • Other activities include visiting the Agricultural Heritage Barn, Mahaffie House tours, blacksmith and cookstove demonstrations. 

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 when you visit Thursday September 8

  • 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. 
  • 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 9, 2016
10:00am

Learn how to Rope during Fall Home School Day Due to the demand for the morning session on September 8, we have added another session Friday September 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with the same activities! Please register for this session or the afternoon session Thursday September 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Registration for the morning session Thursday September 8 is now closed.  

Our theme is Kansas Cowboys! Home 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.

  • Kansas Cowboys activities may include: chuck wagon cooking, roping, and learning about cowboy gear. 
    • Students can participate in an Auction at 11:30 a.m. Learn how farmers would sell their livestock
    • Learn about Cowboy firearms at 11 a.m.
    • Other activities include visiting the Agricultural Heritage Barn, Mahaffie House tours, blacksmith and cookstove demonstrations. 

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 when you visit Friday September 9

  • Activities take place from 10 a.m. to 12 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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, 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 Throwing ($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, and Olathe Noon Optimist Club.
  • 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, 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, and Olathe Noon Optimist Club.
  • Service animals permitted, however, no pets allowed (for their safety)
Oct 13, 2016
7:00pm
  • Mahaffie Family Cemetery StoneLearn more about early Olathe history by meeting some of the characters resting in the historic Olathe Memorial Cemetery
  • The theme this is year is Early Olathe Politics where you may meet the first mayor, a presidential candidate and a governor. 
  • Tickets are $6/person ages 5 & up and may be purchased by calling 913-971-5111
  • Tours last approximately one hour, are limited to 30 participants and involve a lot of walking
  • Tour times are 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. (no 8:30 p.m. tour Saturday)
  • Please park at Northview Elementary School 905 N Walker the evening of the tour
  • Thursday night is Scout night where a special Mahaffie Cemetery Tour patch is included with ticket admission
Oct 14, 2016
7:00pm
  • Cemetery Tour CharacterLearn more about early Olathe history by meeting some of the characters resting in the historic Olathe Memorial Cemetery
  • The theme this is year is Early Olathe Politics where you may meet the first mayor, a presidential candidate and a governor. 
  • Tickets are $6/person ages 5 & up and may be purchased by calling 913-971-5111
  • Tours last approximately one hour, are limited to 30 participants and involve a lot of walking
  • Tour times are 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. (no 8:30 p.m. tour Saturday)
  • Please park at Northview Elementary School 905 N Walker the evening of the tour

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