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February 2020

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Pinch Pots

February 1 Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Pinch Pots 10:00 a.m. – Noon Lincoln Hallway Pinch pots are both beautiful and useful. Learn the fun pottery technique “pinching” while creating a pot of your own. Caddo potter Chase Earles will discuss the process of harvesting and processing clay, and demonstrate different pottery techniques. Try your hand at pottery puzzles, create your own pottery design, enjoy storytelling and a showing of the claymation film, Chicken Run. Free for members or with…

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Perked-Up Playdate February

It’s freezing outside, so come play inside the Museum! Enjoy complimentary  lattes for adults and hot cocoa for children in the saloon area of Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s indoor 19th-century boomtown, sponsored by EÔTÉ Coffee Company.         Participants can also: Try a virtual reality (VR) headset and experience the Museum’s temporary Dorothea Lange exhibition in a new way Make a soapbox car with your child Build a snowman indoors together Participate in a special story time Get…

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Oklahoma Heritage Concert – The Dirty Thirties

Watch Oklahoma history come to life at the National Cowboy Museum with stage performances by Rodeo Opry. This interactive program teaches Oklahoma history, music and culture with an emphasis on Woody Guthrie, the Dust Bowl, and the 1930s and the special exhibition, Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing. Follow up the concert with self-exploration of Museum galleries. Free admission to the program and Museum for students and chaperones (one per seven students). Concert runs one hour. Suitable for older elementary through…

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March 2020

Weatherschool

NewsChannel 4 and the National Cowboy Museum are teaming up to present Weatherschool, a great way for kids to learn about Oklahoma’s ever-changing weather in a lively format with the KFOR 4Warn Storm Team. Following Weatherschool, explore the Museum’s exhibitions to discover the role of weather in the West. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy after the 45-minute presentation, then explore weather-related art in the Museum galleries. Admission is free for students and chaperones (one per seven students). Ask about…

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Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Picturing the Past

Photographer Dorothea Lange captured images of Americans, including many Oklahomans, as they struggled through the Great Depression. Listen to stories about her life and work at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., create Depression-era toys including a rag doll and mini soapbox car, partake in a derby down the Museum hallway and sample food. Wrap up with a showing of Kit Kitteridge: An American Girl. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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Drop-In Drawing: Leaders Downfall

On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side, practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork in the galleries and gardens. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing and learning with other artists. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Spring Break Sneak Peek Week – Taste of the West

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A day of food demonstrations with traditional cuisines from throughout the American West. Sample foods like hardtack, cornbread, fry bread and grape dumplings.

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Spring Break Sneak Peek Week – Crafts at The Cowboy

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Children can become makers by participating in crafts, including pottery, basket weaving, beading, silversmith arts and leatherwork.

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Spring Break Drop-in Activities

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Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities. Create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required and activities are available while supplies last. Free with Museum admission. For more information, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/kids. March 16        Andy Warhol-Inspired Pop Art March 17        Western Landscape Art March 18        Spring Beadwork March 19        Hands-On Clay March 20        Andy Warhol-Inspired Pop Art

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Spring Break Sneak Peek Week – Perked-Up Playdate on the Friess Family Playground

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Plan to meet up with friends to play together on the new playground equipment. Lattés for parents and hot cocoa for children will be offered without charge, thanks to our sponsor: EÔTÉ Coffee Company .

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Spring Break Sneak Peek Week – Rhythm and Rhyme

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Children can touch and try musical instruments, listen to music, watch folkloric and native dance demonstrations, participate in square dance and more. Blackbird Dance Troupe, Jim Garling, Eterna Primavera Guatemalan dance group and Estrella Chapina marimba band will be among the live performers present.

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Spring Break Sneak Peek Week – Picnic and Planting Day

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Pack a picnic and experience the first official day of spring in Liichokoshkomo,’ with seasonally-themed activities that celebrate the outdoor space’s natural elements and intentional greenspace. Plant wildflowers seeds along Liichokoshkomo’s tree line with provided seed packets. Check out how they’re growing at a future visit!

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Spring Break Sneak Peek Week – World Storytelling Day

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Families can explore the art and methods of storytelling and the passing on of oral traditions from one generation to the next. Listen to cowboy poetry, tell your story at the open mic session and create your own travel journal and six-word story.

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Late Night at the Museum

Enjoy an evening of fun! Paint an Andy Warhol-inspired canvas and explore Prosperity Junction on a flashlight tour. Bring your pillows and blankets and curl up for a showing of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Popcorn provided! An adult must accompany children. $35 per child for ages 4 and up, $20 per adult.  Register Here

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April 2020

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Pop Art Prints

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Visit the temporary exhibition Warhol and the West, then join artist from ARTSPACE at Untitled in the Museum classrooms to create a Warhol-style silk screen print to take home. Enjoy storytime with stories written by Andy Warhol’s nephew. Finally, stay for a showing of The Muppet Movie.  Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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May 2020

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Liichokoshkomo’ – Let’s Play!

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Check out the Museum’s newly opened outdoor learning experience! Visit Native American dwellings, view Western vistas and explore the playground. Learn about ancient and contemporary Native American traditions, explore the role of trading posts in the West and play with traditional Native American toys. Enjoy storytime and stay for a showing of The Legend of Lobo. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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Living History Performance – York, Explorer

York: Explorer is the story of the enslaved man who traveled west with the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1803. As a Corps of Discovery member, York found his spirit of freedom and was an important team member. That new spirit nearly killed him when he returned to “civilization” at the expedition’s conclusion. York was never permitted to tell his story, but the expedition journals, William Clark’s letters and other accounts provide a sketch of the man and his importance…

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June 2020

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Western Landscape Art

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The National Cowboy Museum is home to many works of art showcasing beautiful Western landscapes. Grab a paintbrush and create your own masterpiece. It could get a little messy, dress appropriately or bring an apron. Create a landscape pop-up card, enjoy storytime and stay for a showing of Homeward Bound. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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July 2020

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Independence Day at Prosperity Junction

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Celebrate Independence Day in Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s Western frontier town. With a cake walk and a variety of other activities, there is something for all ages. Enjoy storytime and stay for a showing of An American Tail. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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August 2020

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Moving Day – Western Luggage

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The history of the West tells the stories of people’s movement. From nomadic Native American tribes, to explorers like Lewis and Clark, to settlers moving West in wagons, they all needed something to carry their belongings. Pack a wagon like a settler, assemble a no-sew leather pouch of your own, experiment with Native American travois, enjoy storytime and stay for a showing of Wild Country. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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September 2020

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Cowboy Duds Tie-Dye Bandanna

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Do you like to dress like a cowboy? Wear your best hat and boots and come make a one-of-a-kind bandanna through a fun dying process, learn about the many ways you can use it and make a paper bag Western vest. Enjoy storytime and stay for a showing of Rango. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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October 2020

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Día de los Muertos

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Día de los Muertos is a Mexican festival celebrated every year from October 31 - November 2 in commemoration of deceased friends and family members. Create a colorful sugar skull rock, a unique twist on a holiday tradition. Make tissue paper marigolds and papel picado, colorful symbols of the holiday. Enjoy storytime and stay for a showing of Coco. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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November 2020

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Our Universe: Star Peoples of Skidi

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Walk through and discover constellations important to the Pawnee people. Map your own chart and listen to star stories. View the Pawnee lodge and identify directional points. Stay for a showing of Dreamkeeper. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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December 2020

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Holidays at the Museum

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Celebrate the holidays in Prosperity Junction, a turn-of-the-century frontier town. Make Western-inspired ornaments, pine cone birdfeeders, decorations, meet historical Western figures, sample frontier food or mosey up to the sarsaparilla bar before dropping off your holiday wish list with Santa! Find Howe and Dee the Cowboy Elves to earn your own special badge. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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