Watkins Mill Events
Spring on the Farm or Fall on the Farm - One of these events will be presented annually-
Spring on the Farm- April 21 Noon - 5PM
Come celebrate the arrival of spring at the Watkins farm and join us for a day filled with fun and learning! Witness 1870’s style sheep shearing, stroll through our heirloom garden as it’s prepared for spring planning, and participate in activities and chores that were commonplace in the 1870s. Activities will include woodstove cooking, cross-cut sawing, rag doll making, toy making, ropemaking, laundry, blacksmithing, weaving and more! Admission is free for the event. There will be a free open house at the Watkins Family Home and a limited number of mill tours will be offered for a fee. For more information, contact the park at (816) 580-3387.
Living History Farm Program – SeasonalThe historic site’s Living History Farm Program runs on Saturdays and Sundays from May 26 through August 5. Costumed interpretive staff present life in rural Missouri in the late 19th century: gardening, woodstove cooking, laundry, waving and children's games. Tours of the Woolen Mill and Watkins house are offered. Call the park office for details: 816-580-3387.
Watch a classic movie on a 12' X 16' theater-size outdoor movie screen. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Come out to the park and enjoy the great outdoors while enjoying a free movie and popcorn. For more information please contact the park office at (816) 580-3387.
Halloween Campout- October 20, 2018
Bring the family to the park for camping Halloween style. Participate in the spookiest campsite contest, costume contest for K-9's, campsite trick or treating, and a spooky nature program. Regular camping fees apply. For further information please contact the park office at (816) 580-3387.
Christmas on the Farm- December 1, 2018
Admission is free for the event and there will be an open house at the Watkins family home for the duration of the event. Activities at the home will include holiday caroling, reading of family letters, free samples of traditional holiday treats, plum pudding flaming demonstrations, and an opportunity for children to visit with Father Christmas. Activities at the visitor center will include kids crafts, live traditional holiday music, and a performance by the Lathrop Singing Mules grade school choir. For further information contact the park office at (816) 580-3387.
The Banjo is just one of the instruments you
can enjoy at Fall or Spring on the Farm. A long-time volunteer greets visitors at Christmas on the Farm.