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September 2021

Perked Up Playdate

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Meet up with friends on the third Tuesday of the month April through September 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 engage with each other and explore the playground. Enjoy refreshments for both adults and littles. Kids also can take part in a craft activity, while supplies last. Free for members or with Museum admission.  

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October 2021

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 mask and enjoy other unique crafts to celebrate this holiday tradition. Contribute to a communal ofrenda and enjoy storytime at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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Fall Break Activities – Pumpkin Treat Bag

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Drop by and participate in family friendly activities. Create a different make-and-take craft each day. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last. Get ready for Halloween! Make an adorable pumpkin-shaped bag to hold your treasures.

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Fall Break Activities – Matryoshka Dolls

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Drop by and participate in family friendly activities. Create a different make-and-take craft each day. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last. In honor of the many Russian-born artists that were a part of the Taos and Santa Fe artist colonies, create a matryoshka: traditional Russian dolls that nest one inside another.

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Fall Break Activities – Landscape Pop-Up Cards

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Drop by and participate in family friendly activities. Create a different make-and-take craft each day. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last. Use the many beautiful landscape paintings in the exhibition New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West as inspiration for making your own pop-up landscape card.

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Fall Break Activities – Deer Dancer Figures

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Drop by and participate in family friendly activities. Create a different make-and-take craft each day. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last. Inspired by Agnes Sims’ abstracted wooden sculptures, Deer Dancers, in New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West, kids can create their own Deer Dancer figure.

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Fall Break Activities – Moving Eyes Portraits

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Drop by and participate in family friendly activities. Create a different make-and-take craft each day. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last. To celebrate the spooky month of October, create your own portrait whose eyes follow you wherever you go.

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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: bowtie or broach and goggles. Explore the Design-a-Robot maker space and create your own mini ‘bot out of everyday objects. Try your hand at fast-draw target practice, look out for a penny-farthing and learn a dance or two. While supplies last. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission. Costume and Weapon Policy The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum values guest…

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November 2021

Kids Take Over the Cowboy – Land and Sky Art

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Explore the colorful landscapes in New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West, then tear, shred and strip colored paper to design a unique layered landscape and create rain art. Kids will learn about background, middle ground and foreground in this fun activity. Enjoy storytime at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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December 2021

Kids Take Over the Cowboy – Holidays at the Museum

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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, pinecone birdfeeders, Christmas tree decorations and more. Interact with a cast of Western characters including Stagecoach Mary, Teddy Roosevelt and Annie Oakley and complete a Scavenger Hunt. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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