There are tons of friendly grandpas/grandmas that dress up like pioneers. They LOVE kids and kids LOVE them! This couple happens to be good friends of mine. She was the secretary of the whole place and he re-upholstered the furniture and fixed up the wagons.
If you can, this is a great road trip. We always give Anthony gifts to unwrap as we go. We haven't needed a portable DVD player yet. See how happy he is?
They have covered wagon rides for free. Some are led by real oxen, others by horses, and still others by you! The handcarts filled up before we could sign up, so next time we'll go straight to the visitor's center in the wee hours of the morning.
This was one of the less exciting buildings we visited (again for free), but we had fun pretending to give speeches.
Here's a picture of an ox in the field! So fun! We also got some "prairie diamonds" (nails that are made into a ring shape) from the Blacksmith's shop, saw a free play given by the older pioneer couples, attended a free concert given by the Hughes Brothers from Branson, Missouri, and so much more. Everything was right up Anthony's alley, because the concert was outdoors and the play was only an hour long.
We paid NOTHING but gas and hotel, for the whole trip! You can count on a return visit from us (maybe memorial day - May 30th?); we just didn't have time to do everything and it's less than 6 hours away from Omaha.