Old Fashioned Family Fun at Old World Wisconsin

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This post is sponsored by Old World Wisconsin. We love sharing fun experiences for families from all over the greater Milwaukee area with our readers!

Fall Fun on the Farms at Old World Wisconsin

This is not your typical fall family experience! Go on a time travel adventure as you lend a hand in our bustling farm kitchens and fields all without the help of electricity! From making beer soup and turning cabbage into sauerkraut to seeing horse-powered machines harvest grains and plow fields, there’s fun for everyone this fall! See the beautiful Kettle Moraine fall color and taste hot apple cider from the award-winning Quednows Apple Orchard.

My family had the opportunity to visit Old World Wisconsin last weekend along with a friend and her brood — 2 adults vs. 6 kids! We went on a sunny yet crisp fall day perfect for exploring and traveling back in time. The kids in our crew ranged from age 6 to 12 and they absolutely LOVED it!

The people working there were dressed in old-fashioned clothing and they were both incredibly informative and wonderful at interacting with young children. One of my favorite interactions was when my son asked a worker how old he was. I hung my head in parent shame, but he laughed and responded “When I was young, dirt was clean.” Quizzically, my little one asked “But how old, specifically?” After a good laugh, he kindly answer and went on to teach the group of children all about the farm horses.

I was surprised at how many hands-on activities they had – it reminded me of an outdoor children’s museum–and how much fun it was for adults, too! There were plenty of opportunities for learning about history while also allowing visitors to truly experience what life was like in the 1800s.

A few PRO TIPS:

  • Tokens. Purchase a few at admission. You can purchase them from the tram drivers, but only with cash. Use your tokens in the General Store or for soda water. We purchased a few so the kids and used it as incentive to be good listeners.
  • Pack a lunch. There are tons a great spots to break and have a snack. We stopped at the creamery where there was air conditioning and flushing toilets. There are also plenty of cute spots to break in the sunshine.
  • Take the tram at the end. We started the day by walking to the far back of the property, exploring as we went. By the end of the day, our legs were all tired. The kids were excited to finally ride the tram, and the mamas were thankful for minimal complaining that little legs were tired.
  • Go with a friend. There is so much to explore and the kids loved all the activities. It gave lots of opportunities for mom chats. Not to mention, it was great to have an extra set of eyes.

See what’s happening below this fall at Old World Wisconsin.

For more information about Old World Wisconsin, visit their website!


FALL PLOWING WEEKEND (Sept. 7 & 8)

A farm is a busy place! See the power of 19th- century machines, pulled by horses, harvest grains and plow fields. Explore the scents wafting from the fields and gardens as summer turns into fall.

BEER BREWING WEEKEND (Sept. 14 & 15)

Help harvest the hops, thresh barley, and see how beer can be used in cooking and baking! Join us on Sunday as we focus on Home Brewing today and in our historic kitchens.

*Beer Brewing on September 14th

WINTER IS COMING WEEKEND (PART 1) (Sept. 21 & 22)

Get ready for Winter as we explore what it takes to fill the pantry for a long WI winter. Learn how make sauerkraut, how to pickle and preserve produce, and help pack the root cellar before the snow flies!

WINTER IS COMING WEEKEND (PART 2) (Sept. 28 & 29)

Get ready for Winter as we explore what it takes to take care of yourself and you things during a long WI winter. Learn how make home remedies like salves and syrups, how to care for leather, and help stuff a straw tick mattress before the snow flies!

*Beer Brewing on September 28th

BUTCHERING WEEKEND (Oct. 5 & 6)

A farm is a busy place. At our immigrant farms you can see traditional butchering, and the kitchens will be bustling with autumn preparations. On Saturday, Oct. 5, join author Kathleen Ernst for a book signing of “Fiddling with Fate” from 12-5pm.

Please note, we will be openly processing freshly butchered livestock at our 1860s Norwegian Immigrant Farm.

APPRENTICE WEEKEND (Oct. 12 & 13)

Join us as we celebrate the close of another season of Fall Fun on the Farms with hands-on mini-apprenticeships (5-10 minute activities for all ages) across the site- help make sausage, help harvest in the gardens, help in the woodshed, shoe shop, general store, and more!

*Beer Brewing on October 12th

HALLOWEEN LEGENDS & LORE

Oct. 18-19 & 25-26

Troves of supernatural tales brought to Wisconsin over the generations come to life as you explore the Crossroads Village after dark at this always spooky, sometimes scary, family-friendly Halloween event.

About Old World Wisconsin

Step back in time to rural 19th century and meet the immigrants who flocked to Wisconsin to call it home. From hands-on activities in original 19th century buildings to guided tours to our unmatched eight ethnic farms, there’s something for everyone at Old World Wisconsin.

Located less than an hour from Milwaukee, Old World Wisconsin is a perfect day trip for families to get outside and explore what life was like in 19th century Wisconsin.

  • Location: W372 S9727 Hwy 67 Eagle, Wisconsin
  • Website: oldworldwisconsin.org
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: 262-594-6301
  • Admission: Adults (18-64): $19, Children (5-17, children under 5 are free): $10, Seniors (65 & older): $16
  • Parking: Parking is free. Admission includes all-day unlimited access to our tram transportation.
  • Hours:
    • Spring: Open on weekends in the spring from 10am-5pm
    • Summer: Open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10am – 5pm
    • Fall: Open on weekends in the fall from 10am – 4pm
    • Winter: Closed for the season but please join us for our special event, An Old World Christmas the first three weekends in December

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