Let’s play! Come celebrate the debut of Liichokoshkomo,’ a place for children and families to learn and play right in the Museum’s backyard, during a spring break sneak peek, March 14 – 20, 2020.
Saturday, March 14
Taste of the West
A day of food demonstrations with traditional foods from across the American West. Sample foods like hardtack, cornbread, fry bread and grape dumplings.
Monday, March 16
Crafts at the Cowboy
Children will become makers for the day by flexing their creative muscles with crafts, pottery, weaving, beading, silversmithing techniques and leatherwork.
Tuesday, March 17
Perked-Up Playdate on the Friess Family Playground
Plan on meeting up with friends to play at the all-new Friess Family playground in Liichokoshkomo’ for the first time. Complimentary EÔTÉ Coffee for parents and hot cocoa for children will be provided.
Wednesday, March 18
Rhythm and Rhyme Day
Children can touch and try musical instruments, listen to music, watch folkloric and native dance demonstrations. The Blackbird Dance Troupe, Cowboy Jim Garling, Eterna Primavera Guatemalan dance group and Estrella Chapina marimba band will all be performing live.
Thursday, March 19
Picnic and Planting Day
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 green space. Plant wildflowers seeds along Liichokoshkomo’s tree line with provided seed packets and check out how they’re growing at a future visit.
Friday, March 20
World Storytelling Day
Families can explore the various types of storytelling and the passing of oral traditions from one generation to the next. Listen to cowboy poetry, learn from a Kiowa storyteller, tell your story at the open mic session and create your own travel journal and six-word story.
Liichokoshkomo’ (pronounced Lee-cho-kosh-ko-MO) is a Chickasaw phrase for “Let’s play,” a trailblazing play space dedicated to providing learning through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) as children explore and try new things. The outdoor experience was thoughtfully designed to engage both the hands and minds of visitors for hours of family entertainment. The space also proudly showcases the many cultural influences that came together to build the American West.
The $15 million project includes an intertribal village that represents seven tribes (Caddo, Chickasaw, Hopi, Kiowa, Navajo, Pawnee and Ancient Puebloan), rail car and train depot, trading post, pioneer wagon, sod house, playground, waterfall and much more. Families will be able to create their own American West stories as they interact with the various features within the adventurous space such as exploring a prairie schooner wagon for a “journey” West, grinding corn, adding to a community loom weaving and an assortment of other daily activities.