Department of Parks
Family Fun Day Planned At Wickliffe Mounds on June 12
WICKLIFFE, Ky. -- Family-friendly, hands-on activities and demonstrations will be presented at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site from 9:30 a.m. to Saturday, June 12, during the annual Family Fun Day.
Wickliffe Mounds is the archaeological site of a Native American village of the Mississippian culture, dating back to 1100 A.D. This event provides a fun learning experience for kids and families while participating in crafts and skills that Native people would have used. Archaeologists learn about people in the past from physical evidence they leave behind, such as mounds and artifacts. This event demonstrates how various tools and techniques were used.
Participants can learn how Native Americans made bows and arrows and try out youth-style bows made of cane. Use blow guns, spears and atlatls and watch a flintknapper make stone tools before your very eyes. Make and take home your own pottery, corn shuck dolls and bead necklaces. Play Native American games. Discover how past cultures are studied at the archaeology adventure station. Try grinding corn with stone grinders for yourself at the Mississippian foods display. Weave together a fun bracelet at the Cherokee stick weaving table.
Visitors can take a guided tour of the archaeological excavations, features, museum displays and historical highlights. Explore the wildlife, bird viewing and flora on the Woods Walk Trail. Teachers’ packets for educators, activity sheets for kids and archaeology handouts available. General museum admission price of $5 for adults; $4 for kids age 6-12; and $1 for kids age 3-5 will give visitors access to the special events and all activities. Call Wickliffe Mounds for more information at 270-335-3681 or visit the Kentucky State Park website at www.parks.ky.gov . The historic site park is in the Wickliffe community on highway 51/60 along the Mississippi Great River Road in Ballard County, Ky.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov