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October 2018

Wild Weather Camp

The Museum hosts David Payne’s Wild Weather Camp, a fun and interactive weather safety program developed by David Payne and the News 9 Weather Team for elementary students. Kids will learn about severe weather events and what to do in different scenarios.  Bring a sack lunch to enjoy after the 45-minute presentation, then explore weather-related art in the Museum galleries. Wild Weather Camp will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free for students and chaperones (1 per 7 students).…

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February 2019

Saturdays for Kids: Comic Book Art

Lincoln Hallway In the 1950's, the Chisholm Kid, a black cowboy from Oklahoma, was the first to be featured in a comic book. Discover more about this comic and create one of your own. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last.

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Signature Tour

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Docent-Guided Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) From Albert Bierstadt's glowing landscape Emigrants Crossing the Plains to pieces by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, see some of the finest Western art in the country. View ethnographic material from Native Americans and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the working cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture. Walk away with…

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Signature Tour

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Docent-Guided 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) From Albert Bierstadt's glowing landscape Emigrants Crossing the Plains to pieces by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, see some of the finest Western art in the country. View ethnographic material from Native Americans and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the working cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and…

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Bison Opening Weekend Celebration

10:00 a.m. - Noon Museum Galleries Let's get this stampeded started! There is a herd on 63rd and you're invited!! Join the Thunder's Rumble the Bison at the community opening of The Bison Exhibit. Hear Rumble's unique story, make an illustration of events in your life, discover what is made from a bison, and learn about the great American mammal's the remarkable powers. Visit the new exhibition and celebrate with bison-themed sweets courtesy of Platt College Culinary Arts.

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Oklahoma Heritage Concert

Special Events Center 10:30 a.m. Students can celebrate the Oklahoma’s 111th birthday and watch history come to life at the National Cowboy Museum with stage performances by Rodeo Opry, using an interactive program to teach Oklahoma history, music and culture. This educational music experience takes participants through trials and triumphs, including Native American heritage, the Dust Bowl, state symbols and famous Oklahomans. Follow up the concert with self-exploration of Museum galleries. Visit select gallery stations to learn more about art and…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Weather School

Special Events Center 10:30 a.m. NewsChannel 4 and the National Cowboy Museum are teaming up to present Weather school, a great way for kids to learn about Oklahoma’s ever-changing weather in a lively format with the KFOR 4Warn Storm Team. Following Weather school, 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. Weather school will begin promptly at…

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March 2019

Saturdays for Kids: Bison Art

10:00 a.m. - Noon Museum Galleries Make a colorful piece of bison art on canvas. An artist will guide you through all the steps. Free for children and accompanying adults. For more information, email education@nationalcowboymuseum.org This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

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Bison Film Fest: Bless The Beasts & Children (1971)

2:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Director Stanley Kramer brings to the screen the important story of six wealthy misfits who, while attending a summer riding camp, set out to free a herd of buffalo scheduled to be shot the next day. The boys find their lives turned around by Cotton, who, in a hot-wired pickup, challenges them to join efforts to save a herd of buffalo and rediscover themselves in the process. 1 h, 41 m, PG. Free…

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Bison Bonanza: Family Sleepover

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 a.m., with Rumble stopping by from 9:30 – 10:00 p.m. Begins at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ends at the OKC Zoo Explore the magnificent American bison at this family sleepover! Trek through The Bison Exhibit after dark for a fun, hands-on evening of discovery! Each child makes an enrichment snack for bison MaryAnn who live (and sleep) at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Before bedtime enjoy the Disney Channel family drama, Buffalo Dreams (2005, 90 min). To top…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Bison Film Fest: Buffalo Dreams (2005)

2:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater After accepting Josh Townsend, a transplant from Chicago who just moved to the community with his family, into his circle of friends, Thomas Blackhorse is hurt and angry when Josh betrays a confidence and reveals the location of a sacred Navajo landmark to vandals. To save his friendship with Thomas and preserve the local customs, Josh challenges the leader of the vandals to a dangerous mountain bike race. Josh and Thomas must work…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Spring Break Drop-in Activities: Make a Tipi

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., while supplies last Various Museum Locations It is Spring Break across the Oklahoma City Metro area! Drop by and participate in family friendly activities inspired by the Museum’s exhibits. March 18 Make a Tipi Nomadic Plains Indians followed their food sources and had to pack up and move quickly. Portable shelter, like tipis, made this easier. Make your own miniature version!

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Spring Break Drop-in Activities: Canvas Art

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., while supplies last Various Museum Locations It is Spring Break across the Oklahoma City Metro area! Drop by and participate in family friendly activities inspired by the Museum’s exhibits. Canvas Art Create your one-of-a-kind work of art with a canvas and acrylic paints. Paint a bison, landscape, or whatever your heart desires. Hang it on your wall or gift it to someone special. This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert…

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Spring Break Activities: Parfleche

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., while supplies last Various Museum Locations It is Spring Break across the Oklahoma City Metro area! Drop by and participate in family friendly activities inspired by the Museum’s exhibits. Parfleche Many Plains Indian tribes were nomadic – traveling the Great Plains on horseback and on foot. A common item used for packing was the parfleche bag. Made from rawhide, these durable storage bags protected a variety of items. Create a parfleche bag and use it…

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Spring Break Activities: Cherokee Storyteller Gayle Ross

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., while supplies last Various Museum Locations It is Spring Break across the Oklahoma City Metro area! Drop by and participate in family friendly activities inspired by the Museum’s exhibits. Gayle Ross – Cherokee Storyteller Storyteller Gayle Ross shares Cherokee tales from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Following the storytelling session, try out traditional Native American games including Game of Grace, ball and cup, and more.

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Spring Break Activities: Bison Gallery Hunt

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., while supplies last Various Museum Locations It is Spring Break across the Oklahoma City Metro area! Drop by and participate in family friendly activities inspired by the Museum’s exhibits. Bison Gallery Hunt Bison were essential to the lives of Plains Indians. Their meat, hide, and bones provided food, shelter, clothing, and other important items. The Museum’s galleries contain many examples of items made from bison as well as artwork celebrating them. This gallery hunt will…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Bison Film Fest: Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison (2010)

2:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Facing the Storm is the epic account of the tempestuous relationship with the iconic symbol of wild America. The American bison once dominated the plains of North America, numbering in the tens of millions. Native Plains Indians shared a sacred relationship with the species that went far beyond survival and sustenance. Then, in the 19th century they were nearly eradicated from the continent, and an entire Plains culture was forever changed. 78 minutes. No…

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Bison Film Fest: The White Buffalo (1977)

2:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater At the close of 1874, a haunted, dying Wild Bill Hickok teams up with a grieving Crazy Horse to hunt a murderous albino buffalo. Along the way, he meets Crazy Horse, who is also searching for the giant white buffalo, and they team up to kill the elusive animal. An offbeat movie that combines the expected western movie clichés, rip-roaring adventure, and monster movie conventions, 1 hr, 37 m. Rated PG. Free to…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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April 2019

Home School Day

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The National Cowboy Museum has planned an exciting day of learning and exploring the new exhibition Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit. Families can explore the meaning and significance of the iconic bison from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800s through the commercial and national symbol of the present. Use your imagination in the Interactive Education Gallery and hear from the Museum's Curator of Ethnology and Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art.…

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Saturdays for Kids: Bison Tales

10:00 a.m. – Noon Museum Hallway and Galleries The bison were once essential to the lives of many Plains Indians. Hear intriguing tales about bison and other Western wildlife and create a craft to take home. Stories begin at 10:15, 10:45, 11:15 and 11:45 a.m. Free for children and accompanying adults.   This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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May 2019

Saturday for Kids: Oklahoma Animals

Classrooms A & B 10:00 a.m. – Noon Meet Oklahoma animals at a special 45-minute presentation by the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens at 10:15 a.m. Following the presentation, make a fun animal craft and see what animals you can find represented in the Museum’s art collection. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last. This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

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Teddy Roosevelt: The Cowboy President and the Return of Bison

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room Enjoy a first person presentation with Teddy Roosevelt as he discusses his travels to the Dakotas to find bison “before they were all gone.” He tells the story of how his time in the West changed his life, from a thin, young city slicker to a robust and adventurous cowboy. Stories include saloon fights, encounters with wild people and animals, and how these experiences gave him the insight and courage to protect and…

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Living History Performance: Winning the West: Teddy Roosevelt

Join Teddy Roosevelt as he tells the story of his travels to the West, and how his time here changed his life from a thin, young city slicker to a robust and adventurous cowboy. Stories included encounters with wild people and animals and how these experiences gave him the insight and courage to protect and preserve the West. Free admission to program and Museum for students and chaperones (1 to 7 students). Program runs one hour and includes time for…

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June 2019

Saturdays for Kids: Cowboy Life

Lincoln Hallway 10:00 a.m. – Noon Cowboy life was not all about taking care of cattle. Out on the range or on long cattle drives, cowboys also had to take care of themselves. Discover how they cared for their day-to-day needs and what they did for entertainment. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last. This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.  

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Summer Break Group Specials

Day Care / Day Camp Summer Break Specials Galleries and Classrooms A & B Visit the National Cowboy Museum for a fun, interactive experience with your children’s group. Group Rates start at $3.50 per child. Select one of the following programs or choose a self-directed tour. Wild in the West Monday-Friday Animal Tracks, ages 4 – 6 Best of the West, ages 7 – 12 "Wild in the West" engages children pre-K through second grade in tracking different animals in…

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Art & Food Trucks

Noon – 2:00 p.m. Hungry for local cuisine and a look at the 2019 Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale? Enjoy a variety of food trucks and shop The Museum Store. Join Prix de West-themed Art Moments—10-minute spotlight talks offered by Museum docents. 

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July 2019

Kids Take Over The Cowboy – Daily Fun for Kids

There’s never a bad time to bring your kids to The Cowboy, but July is especially packed with activities that will keep your little ones busy for hours while keeping everyone in the cool indoors.   Kids-Only Secret Messages Exploring the Museum has never been more fun! Each kid gets a decoder spy glass which will allow them to “decode” secret messages next art and artifacts throughout the Museum.   Kid Food at the Grill There's an expanded kids menu…

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Weekly Story Time

Join us every Tuesday in July at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for a special story time in the Museum Store.

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Saturdays for Kids: FREE Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate Independence Day on the frontier at the National Cowboy Museum. With a cake walk and a variety of other activities, there is certain to be something for guests of all ages. FREE for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last. This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

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American Cowboy Warrior

Cowboys face whatever challenges come their way, and now kids can test their mettle against slightly more modern challenges at the National Cowboy Museum. As a part of our month-long Kids Take Over The Cowboy experience, kids will have the chance to work their way through an inflatable obstacle course. After burning off some energy, your family can cool down with FREE snow cones. Activities are free with Museum admission and free for members. While supplies last.

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Cowboy Road Trip

Along with the opening of our new exhibit Passport, we invite you to take a trip across the American West, all within the walls of the Museum. Each child will receive their very own passport, with the chance to collect a prize as they leave. Bring Your Toy to The Cowboy Because you can’t leave home without your favorite toy, we’re inviting all children to bring their favorite stuffy or doll along for the ride. "Roadside" photo-ops will be scattered…

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National Day of the Cowboy

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Join in a fun day of cowboy-themed activities like rope making and bandanna decorating as the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum celebrates National Day of the Cowboy. Sample sarsaparilla and delicious jerky courtesy of G.O.A.T. Beef Jerky Company. Enjoy pony hop races in the Special Events Center. Cowboy Jim Garling will serenade visitors and Cowboy Mike will be on hand to discuss the life of a cow poke. Activities are free with Museum admission and free for members. While…

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August 2019

Saturdays for Kids: Create a Brand

10:00 a.m. - Noon Lincoln Hallway Ranchers use brands to show which cattle are theirs. Learn how to read a brand and then create your own design. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last. This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

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Neighborhood Block Party

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Neighborhood Block Party August 25 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Sam Noble Special Events Center Persimmon Hill, Park Estates North/Cashions, Wildewood, Wildewood Hills/Heights, Ravenswood Manor neighbors and the Millwood Academy School community are invited to mingle at the National Cowboy Museum. This event features complimentary hamburgers, chips, soft drinks and cookies. At 5:00 p.m., enjoy the film, Buck and the Preacher (1972). Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and Ruby Dee star in this adventure Western about a wagon master who becomes a…

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September 2019

Saturdays for Kids: Native American Games

10:00 a.m. - Noon Western State Plaza Many modern games have Native American roots. Test your skills as you play traditional games like Game of Grace, ring toss, and more. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last. This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

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Cherokee Cultural Celebration

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. In partnership with the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the National Cowboy Museum presents a Cherokee Cultural Celebration. Students will experience a variety of activities related to 19th century Cherokee culture and lifestyle. Hands-on participation in Cherokee games such as blow gun shooting, stickball playing, marbles, and chunkey will be presented. Demonstrations in pottery making, basket weaving, and finger weaving will show the unique Cherokee lifestyle of this time period. Other activity stations will…

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October 2019

Kids Take Over The Cowboy: Little Buckaroos Round-up

Kids Take Over The Cowboy: Little Buckaroos Round-Up/ Pequeño Redondo de Vaqueros 10:00 a.m. – Noon Western States Plaza Do you have what it takes to be a cowboy or cowgirl? A caballero o vaquero? Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and discover the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the heritage and culture of the west. Test your skills at the Little Buckaroos Round-Up. Put on your favorite cowboy gear and join us for stick horse barrel races, roping,…

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Fall Break Drop-In Activities for Kids

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. October 17 - Fall Leaf Suncatchers October 18 - Foil Art October 21 - Clay Art

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Turn the Town Upside Down!

10:00 a.m. – Noon Prosperity Junction Fun and fantasy abound when the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum welcomes friends to the transformed Prosperity Junction Western town! Begin Halloween with imaginative, kid-friendly activities. Families can sample sarsaparilla in the Silver Dollar Saloon, create a spooky woven matt, make a lantern, color a trick-or-treat bag and more. Come in costume! You may see your favorite creatures and characters turn the town upside down! Free to museum members or with museum admission.…

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Wild Weather Camp

The Museum hosts David Payne’s Wild Weather Camp, a fun and interactive weather safety program developed by David Payne and the News 9 Weather Team for elementary students. Kids will learn about severe weather events and what to do in different scenarios. 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 a bus travel reimbursement. Space is limited…

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November 2019

Kids Take Over The Cowboy, Colors of Clay  Celebration

10:00 a.m. – Noon Lincoln Hallway Enjoy storytelling, crafts and create clay coasters utilizing one of three traditional designs featured in the Colors of Clay exhibition. This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

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Oklahoma Heritage Concert

Celebrate Oklahoma Statehood Day and watch Oklahoma history come to life in a performance by Rodeo Opry. This virtual program teaches Oklahoma history through music and culture. Follow along with the downloadable listening guide to reveal interesting facts about Oklahoma. This will be a virtual event with the videos available from November 16 – November 30. Suitable for older elementary through high school students. To register, visit click here or call (405) 478-2250 ext. 241.

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December 2019

Kids Take Over The Cowboy: Holidays at the Museum

10:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m. Come celebrate the season with Santa in Prosperity Junction, our turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find Howe and Dee the Cowboy Elves to earn your own special badge! Get photos with Santa and drop off your wish lists Craft Western-inspired ornaments, pine cone birdfeeders, Christmas tree decorations and more Sample frontier cowboy cornbread and sarsaparilla Meet Western wildlife from the OKC Zoo's Zoomobile Interact with a cast of Western characters including Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln and Annie Oakley…

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities for Kids

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. Holiday Card Shop December 23 and 29, 2019 Create your own special card, gift tag or thank you note from a variety of art materials. Santa’s Scavenger Hunt December 24 and 31, 2019 The elves have hidden clues around the Museum! Explore the galleries and dig a…

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January 2020

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Horsin’ Around

Horses have long been an important element of Western lifestyles. Celebrate these majestic animals with horse-related crafts, including a horseshoe picture frame, storytelling and a showing of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.

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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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June 2020

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Western Landscape Art

Welcome back to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum! Join us for our first post-quarantine Kids Take Over the Cowboy with extended activity hours. We’re rolling out everything we didn’t get to share while safely sheltering-in-place. Be among the first to explore Liichokoshkomo’, the Museum’s brand new outdoor playscape. Determine what to pack in your covered wagon, explore Native American dwellings, and figure out how frequently the geyser erupts! ARTSPACE at Untitled artists will be onsite to help you create a screen print inspired by Warhol and the West, on exhibit through July 5. Local artist Courtney Abbott will show how to grab a paintbrush and create your own Western landscape masterpiece just like the ones you’ll find throughout…

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Adventure Days at the Cowboy: How Does Your Garden Grow?

June 29 – July 25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Join Adventure Days at the National Cowboy Museum June 29 – July 25 and explore different themes and self-directed activities each week. Weekdays, take part in instructed crafts from 11:00 a.m. – Noon, and 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Month long activities will culminate in the National Day of the Cowboy Celebration. Free with general admission or to Museum members. All activities while supplies last. Explore the newly opened Liichokoshkomo’…

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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, storytime and a variety of other activities, there is something for all ages. Free for members or with Museum admission. All activities available while supplies last.

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Adventure Days at the Cowboy: Camp Bug Love

June 29 – July 25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Join Adventure Days at the National Cowboy Museum June 29 – July 25 and explore different themes and self-directed activities each week. Weekdays, take part in instructed crafts from 11:00 a.m. – Noon, and 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Month long activities will culminate in the National Day of the Cowboy Celebration. Free with general admission or to Museum members. All activities while supplies last. How much do you love…

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Adventure Days at the Cowboy: Birdapalooza

June 29 – July 25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Join Adventure Days at the National Cowboy Museum June 29 – July 25 and explore different themes and self-directed activities each week. Weekdays, take part in instructed crafts from 11:00 a.m. – Noon, and 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Month long activities will culminate in the National Day of the Cowboy Celebration. Free with general admission or to Museum members. All activities while supplies last. Bird is the word! This…

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Adventure Days at the Cowboy: Native at the Cowboy

June 29 – July 25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Join Adventure Days at the National Cowboy Museum June 29 – July 25 and explore different themes and self-directed activities each week. Weekdays, take part in instructed crafts from 11:00 a.m. – Noon, and 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Month long activities will culminate in the National Day of the Cowboy Celebration. Free with general admission or to Museum members. All activities while supplies last. Celebrate and explore the diverse…

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Perked Up Playdate July

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Meet up with friends within a safe community space at the all-new Friess Family playground. During these playdates, friendships will form, a community will develop and conversations will take place while children are actively engaged in structured playtime. Enjoy iced refreshments for both adults and littles provided by EÔTÉ Coffee Company!

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National Day of the Cowboy

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Join in a fun day at the Museum’s celebration of National Day of the Cowboy, honoring cowboy culture and pioneering heritage. Embrace your inner-cowboy/girl and dress up in your Western duds and enjoy crafts and activities. The first 300 kids receive a Sheriff’s badge. Decorate a pinwheel, design your own rodeo bib, create a pool noodle stick horse and more! Partake in jerky and hard tack samples while exploring Prosperity Junction and Liichokoshkomo’s Town Square. Enjoy entertainment from the Ward…

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Cowboys: A Documentary Portrait

Cool off indoors with a screening of Cowboys: A Documentary Portrait, directed and produced by John Langmore and Bud Force (2019, NR, suggested PG-13, seating socially distanced). 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Following the film, join Langmore for a book signing of his latest book Open Range: America’s Big-Outfit Cowboy.

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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 and enjoy storytime. Free for members or with Museum admission. All activities available while supplies last.

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Perked Up Playdate August

Meet up with friends within a safe community space at the all-new Friess Family playground. During these playdates, friendships will form, a community will develop and conversations will take place while children are actively engaged in structured playtime. Enjoy iced refreshments for both adults and littles provided by EÔTÉ Coffee Company!

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September 2020

Perked Up Playdates September

Meet up with friends within a safe community space at the all-new Friess Family playground. During these playdates, friendships will form, a community will develop and conversations will take place while children are actively engaged in structured playtime. Enjoy iced refreshments for both adults and littles provided by EÔTÉ Coffee Company!

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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, and enjoy storytime. Free for members or with Museum admission. All activities available while supplies last.

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Fall Break Drop-In Activities: Fall Tree Finger Painting

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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 for Museum members or with Museum admission. Thursday, October 15 – Fall Tree Finger Painting  Create a Fall foliage masterpiece using just your hand!

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Fall Break Drop-In Activities: Foam Fall Leaf Wreath

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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 for Museum members or with Museum admission. Friday, October 16 – Foam Fall Leaf Wreath Assemble a beautiful wreath of colorful fall leaves to spruce up your home (Get it? Spruce … leaves).

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Fall Break Drop-In Activities: Beaded pumpkin

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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 for Museum members or with Museum admission. Monday, October 19 - Beaded pumpkin ‘Tis the season of pumpkin-spiced … crafts? Make your own seasonal gourd with beads and pipe cleaners.

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Perked-Up Playdates

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Meet up with friends within a safe community space at the all-new Friess Family playground. During these playdates, friendships will form, a community will develop and conversations will take place while children are actively engaged in structured playtime. Enjoy iced refreshments for both adults and littles provided by EÔTÉ Coffee Company!

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Steampunk Fall Celebration

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Come in your best Steampunk (or Halloween) get-up for the Museum’s fall celebration. Create your own Steampunk accessories: goggles and wrist-top time-machine cuffs. Explore the Design-a-Robot maker space and create your own mini ‘bot out of everyday objects. Color a thaumatrope (a what?!), try your hand at fast draw target practice, look out for a penny-farthing and learn a dance or two. Activities are free for Museum members of with Museum admission. While supplies last. Need some accessories to complete…

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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.

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Fall Oklahoma Heritage Concert

Celebrate Oklahoma Statehood Day and watch Oklahoma history come to life in a performance by Rodeo Opry. This virtual program teaches Oklahoma history through music and culture.  This will be a virtual event with the videos available from November 16 – November 30. Suitable for older elementary through high school students. To register, visit click here or call (405) 478-2250 ext. 241.

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Perked-Up Playdates

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Meet up with friends within a safe community space at the all-new Friess Family playground. During these playdates, friendships will form, a community will develop and conversations will take place while children are actively engaged in structured playtime.  

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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. Pick up Take-and-Make Western-inspired ornament and decoration kits, meet historical Western figures, and complete a gallery Scavenger Hunt. Drop off your holiday wish list with (socially distanced) Santa! Find Howe and Dee the Cowboy Elves to earn your own special badge. Free for members or with Museum admission. All activities available while supplies last.

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Perked-Up Playdates

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Meet up with friends within a safe community space at the all-new Friess Family playground. During these playdates, friendships will form, a community will develop and conversations will take place while children are actively engaged in structured playtime.  

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities: Handprint Reindeer Cards

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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 for Museum members or with Museum admission. Give someone you love a hand this holiday season by creating a one-of-a-kind card using your handprint.

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities: Jingle Bell Sticks

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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 for Museum members or with Museum admission. Ring in some holiday cheer with these simple, yet effective, holiday noisemakers. You’ll never get tired of hearing it!

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities: Pop-Up Holiday Cards

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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 for Museum members or with Museum admission. Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a personal, hand-made card in the mail.

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities: Holiday Necklaces

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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 for Museum members or with Museum admission. Come create the latest in high-fashion holiday neckwear.

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities: Holiday Craft Grab Bag

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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 for Museum members or with Museum admission. We’re cracking open the craft vaults to bring back some oldies-but-goodies. There’s no telling what craft treasures will pop up in our grab bag.

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities: Scavenger Hunt and Candy Cane Reindeer

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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 for Museum members or with Museum admission. Come make a candy cane reindeer (cute and minty fresh). Then grab a scavenger hunt and explore the Museum to see what you can find.

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities: 3D Snowmen

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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 for Museum members or with Museum admission. I don’t know if there’ll be snow, but there will definitely be snowmen at The Cowboy!

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Drop-In Drawing: Pop-Up Holiday Cards

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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 for Museum members or with Museum admission. Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a personal, hand-made card in the mail.

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities: Handprint Reindeer Cards

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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 for Museum members or with Museum admission. Give someone you love a hand this holiday season by creating a one-of-a-kind card using your handprint.

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities: Scavenger Hunt and Candy Cane Reindeer

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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 for Museum members or with Museum admission. Come make a candy cane reindeer (cute and minty fresh). Then grab a scavenger hunt and explore the Museum to see what you can find.

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January 2021

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Women of the West

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The wild, untamed West was a place where women could often reach beyond what societal norms established back east allowed. They could often own land, run businesses and even vote in many places before the 19th Amendment. Come celebrate the contributions of women in the West. Take your shot at the Annie Oakley Markswomanship Shootin’ Gallery, try your hand at some rodeo events and enjoy storytime at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available…

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