The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum offers many educational, age-appropriate field trip programs that offer students the chance to explore various images and artifacts unique to the American West. Students can find their place in the West. While the museum isn't currently offering guided tours, there are plenty of opportunities for self-directed free-choice exploration. Ask about the family guides and scavenger hunts when you arrive. These encourage kids and parents to look a little closer at objects and artwork.
During traditional school break weeks, they offer drop-in activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by for a make-and-take art/craft project. No reservations are required but activities are only available while supplies last so don’t miss out! On the first Saturday of the month, they also offer Kids Take Over the Cowboy from 10 a.m. to noon. Families have the chance to explore the museum and participate in activities related to Western culture. It may be a celebration of women in the West, trying your hand at traditional Native games or learning more about a special exhibition through craft activities and story time.
NOW OPEN - Liichokoshkomo’ at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Liichokoshkomo’ (pronounced Lee-cho-kosh-ko-MO) is the museum’s brand new backyard playscape, where STEAM activities and kinesthetic play meet cultural diversity. Families can explore Native dwellings such as a Pawnee earth lodge or Chickasaw Council House, learn to rope a steer in the rodeo arena, tap out a message with the telegraph or determine how often the geyser rockets out of the waterfall pool. Parents can take a break while they watch the kiddos play at the Friess Family Playground. The completely enclosed play space allows kids to run and climb, all within a parent’s line of sight.