One of my favorite things about October in Kansas City is the chance to get outside and live in the moment. We’ve finally contained the scramble to get to soccer, volleyball, and all of the many start-of-school activities and practices that seemed to overtake our daily lives in September, and now we get to enjoy what I consider the best season in Kansas City.
One way to slow down the pace of life is a visit to Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm. This somewhat hidden gem in Olathe, KS, is a working 19th century farm where you and your family can enjoy some of the daily activities that took place on the farm, complete with a stagecoach ride! The entire farm allows you to experience and explore 1860s farming, frontier life and stagecoach travel, and truly offers something for all ages and interests.
For your little history buffs, the interactive museum that begins the tour is informational and interactive (read, fun for kids). Try on costumes, learn about the tools they used around the farm, and even a little Kansas/Santa Fe Trail history while you’re at it. Then, get ready for the experiential fun: Visit the farmhouse, including the still-working basement kitchen where stagecoach travelers took their meals, the livestock barn to check out the work horses, blacksmith demonstrations, the wash house (yes, even doing laundry is fun at Mahaffie!) and the games area. Your kids won’t even notice that they haven’t been on a device for hours! Click here to plan your visit.
As an added bonus, this month is Harvest Month at Mahaffie, showcasing how the Mahaffie family prepared for winter in the 1860s. Experience harvesting crops, grinding corn, pressing cider, and all the other work needed to get ready for winter in Kansas. Check out their Calendar of Events for a complete listing of weekend events.
Mahaffie Farm is open seven days a week, but the weekends offer much more in the way of interactive activities. Regular admission includes all activities: $7/adults, $5/children ages 5 to 11, under 4 are free. For more information, click here...and enjoy your time on the farm!
Images courtesy of Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm.