Baby farm animal, bearded mountain men, train rides and activities for children will highlight the season opening of Heritage Village at This Is the Place Heritage Park May 2 and 3.

"Animal babies were so popular at our 2007 opening that we're doing it again," said Matt Dahl, the park's executive director. "We're also adding puppet shows, more pioneer crafts for kids, and our Mountain Man Rendezvous is always popular with everyone."

Opening weekend visitors also will notice other changes in the park's programming, Dahl said.

The Brigham Young Forest Farmhouse will be better utilized, with tea parties for kids and picnics on the lawn. The large barn across the lane from the home now houses a new exhibit of wagons, carriages and other 19th century horse-drawn vehicles.

The Ottinger firehouse, Ashby "dugout" home and the pioneer cemetery now will be accessible via walking tours beginning at the Huntsman Hotel. Craft and trade presentations have been revamped to improve historical accuracy and educational value, he said.

"Our staff and volunteers have worked hard to make sure that every visitor, young or old, experiences pioneer life with all five senses," Dahl said. "There's something here for every Utahn to enjoy."

Admission to Heritage Village is $8 for adults, $6 for children 3-11 and seniors 55 and up. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The park is open Sundays with programming limited to the visitors' center, train ride and walking tour.

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