Learning takes place in Museums when challenging programming is integrated with exhibitions, technology and research to encourage the natural curiosity within all people. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City strives to offer educational opportunities for all levels of learning in different mediums. Our goal is to encourage and instruct a broad audience, to give them the tools and information to elevate their expectations and achieve their dreams.
Western Explorers Summer Camp
June 19 – July 28, 2017
Western Explorers Summer Camp, June 19 – July 28, offers opportunities to learn, play, and create at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Led by experienced teachers, each week-long, small-group session features age-appropriate themes, crafts, games, art projects, snacks, and stories. Campers explore the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, gardens, and trails, which inspires their imaginations and provides the foundation for fun-filled, creative self-expression. All supplies are included in the children’s sessions. Find engaging daytime and evening activities just for grown-ups too! Half-day and full-day sessions offered every week, with extended before and after camp options. Click here for more information including registration!
January 7, 2017
Saturdays for Kids: New Year’s Saddle Bag
10:00 a.m. – Noon
Make this your child’s best year yet by taking part in this fun and thoughtful activity! Decorate a saddle bag to hold a “bucket list” of ideas for the New Year. Encourage your child to fill the bag with activities and goals. Designed for children ages 4 – 12. Free for children and accompanying adults. Reservations requested by noon on Friday, January 6; call (405) 478-2250 ext. 264.
January 9 – March 31, 2017
After School Art Program: Winter Session
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
The Museum’s free After School Art Program can be tailored to any level of elementary students. Activities include visits to the Museum’s galleries with related art projects and guest speakers/performers. Activities may include printmaking, weaving, flute making, soap carving/sculpting, roping, working in clay, watercolor painting, and experiencing a one-room school house. Programming will meet select Oklahoma Academic Standards depending on programs, activities, and needs. Free bus transportation for those who qualify. To reserve space for your school, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (405) 478-2250 ext. 264.
Second Saturdays in February – May, 2017
“Artful Tours for Fours & Fives”
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Look, listen, and share ideas while exploring Native American stories and art. Movement, drawing, and other gallery activities provide everyone the chance to participate. Make a bead-and-bone necklace to take home. Other siblings are invited to come along, but the program is age-appropriate for 4 and 5 year olds. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission. Offered on the second Saturday of each month through May with a new theme each session.
Third, Fourth, and Fifth Saturdays in February – April, 2017
“Circle of Stories”
10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Organized by Patrick Redbird (Kiowa), join Native American storytellers in the Power and Prestige Children’s Gallery and discover powerful new stories at every session. Circle of Stories is held on the third and fourth Saturdays in February, March, and April, as well as the fifth Saturday in April. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.
February 4, 2017
Saturdays for Kids: Power and Prestige Children’s Gallery Community Opening
10:00 a.m. – Noon
Be among the first to explore the new Power and Prestige Children’s Gallery! Enjoy storytellers, music, and food samples as well as hands-on, minds-on activities including a mapping journey, story station, and make-and-take projects that focus on the universal concepts of community, diversity, artistry, respect, bravery, and pageantry. Designed for children ages 4 – 12. Free for children and accompanying adults. Reservations requested by noon on Friday, February 3; call (405) 478-2250 ext. 264.
March 4, 2017
Saturdays for Kids: Tales from the Trails Comic Books
10:00 a.m. – Noon
A 2016 Western Heritage Awards winner, Texas Trails Illustrated: The Trail Drives by Mike Kearby and illustrated by Mack White, is an innovative retelling of the cattle drive in the style of the classic comic book. With engaging narration and intriguing detail, this comic captures all of the historical drama and danger of trailing cattle. After viewing paperback illustrations featured in the exhibition The Artistry of the Western Paperback, and tools of the trade along the Western frontier in the Museum’s galleries, kids are invited to hear the story Texas Trails Illustrated: The Trail Drives, and then create their very own comic book! Designed for children ages 4 – 12. Free for children and accompanying adults. Reservations requested by noon on Friday, March 3; call (405) 478-2250 ext. 264.
March 13 – 17, 2017
Spring Break Week Drop-In Activities
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Except Where Noted)
It is Spring Break week for Oklahoma City Public Schools and surrounding districts! Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities inspired by different temporary exhibitions on view in the galleries. Create make-and-take activities each day while supplies last. Perfect for homeschoolers too, these activities are free to Museum members or with Museum admission.
March 13 – Bandanna Decorating: Decorate your very own bandanna in honor of the Museum’s new exhibit A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna.
March 14 – Fun with Illustration: Become a junior illustrator by making your own paperback book cover inspired by the exhibit The Artistry of the Western Paperback.
March 15 – Threadwork Bracelets: Learn the art of wrapping thread as seen in the exhibit Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains.
March 16 – Paisley Pop Art: Learn about the origins of the decorative element seen on most contemporary bandannas and design your own paisley canvas pop art based on the exhibit A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna.
March 17 – Hollywood Hunt
Screening Times: 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater and Museum Galleries
Join us for a special screening of The Cowboys starring John Wayne. After the film, partake in a scavenger hunt that takes families through the temporary exhibit Hollywood and the American West and the Museum’s Western Performers Gallery to explore the classic icons of Western films.
There are many free or discounted ways to visit the Museum. Click here to learn more!