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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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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 thaumotrope (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.

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November 2020

Late Night at the Museum

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Enjoy an evening of social-distanced fun! Paint a canvas inspired by Tom Palmore’s Royal Family from the Museum’s contemporary art collection 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. Reservations required by November 3, to register click here.

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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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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. All activities available while supplies last.

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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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