Programs for Kids

Learning takes place in Museums when challenging programming is integrated with exhibitions, technology and research to encourage the natural curiosity within all people. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City strives to offer educational opportunities for all levels of learning in different mediums. Our goal is to encourage and instruct a broad audience, to give them the tools and information to elevate their expectations and achieve their dreams.

 

Winter Break Drop-In Activities

December 17 @ 10:00 am - December 24 @ 2:00 pm
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 2:00 p.m. Various Museum Locations It is Winter Break across Oklahoma! Load up the family and explore the Museum using family friendly Museum Quests to visit the galleries and Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find and assemble giant floor puzzles and strike your best pose…

Foil Art and Metalwork Hunt & Find * Winter Break Drop-in Activities

December 17 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
10:00 a.m. ­– 2:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 2:00 p.m. December 17 – 24 and December 26 – 31 Various Museum Locations It is Winter Break across Oklahoma! Load up the family and explore the Museum using family friendly Museum Quests to visit the galleries and Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find and…

Beaded Snowflake Designs * Winter Break Drop-in Activities

December 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
10:00 a.m. ­– 2:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 2:00 p.m. December 18 – 24 & December 26 – 31 Various Museum Locations It is Winter Break across Oklahoma! Load up the family and explore the Museum using family friendly Museum Quests to visit the galleries and Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find and…

Holiday Jigsaw Puzzle * Winter Break Drop-in Activities

December 19 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
10:00 a.m. ­– 2:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 2:00 p.m. December 19 – 24 and December 26 – 31 Various Museum Locations It is Winter Break across Oklahoma! Load up the family and explore the Museum using family friendly Museum Quests to visit the galleries and Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find and…

Card Collage * Winter Break Drop-in Activities

December 20 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
10:00 a.m. ­– 2:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 2:00 p.m. December 20 – 24 and December 26 – 31 Various Museum Locations It is Winter Break across Oklahoma! Load up the family and explore the Museum using family friendly Museum Quests to visit the galleries and Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find and…

Beaded Candy Canes * Winter Break Drop-in

December 21 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
10:00 a.m. ­– 2:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 2:00 p.m. December 21 – 24 and December 26 – 31 Various Museum Locations It is Winter Break across Oklahoma! Load up the family and explore the Museum using family friendly Museum Quests to visit the galleries and Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find and…

Scratch Art * Winter Break Drop-in Activities

December 22 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
10:00 a.m. ­– 2:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 2:00 p.m. December  22 – 24 and December 26 – 31 Various Museum Locations It is Winter Break across Oklahoma! Load up the family and explore the Museum using family friendly Museum Quests to visit the galleries and Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find and…

Beaded Charm Pins * Winter Break Drop-in Activities

December 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
10:00 a.m. ­– 2:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 2:00 p.m. December  23 – 24 and December 26 – 31 Various Museum Locations It is Winter Break across Oklahoma! Load up the family and explore the Museum using family friendly Museum Quests to visit the galleries and Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find and…

Cowboy Slim & Sure Shot Annie and Kids West Quest * Winter Break Drop-in Activities

December 24 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
10:00 a.m. ­– 2:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 2:00 p.m. December  24 and December 26 – 31 Various Museum Locations It is Winter Break across Oklahoma! Load up the family and explore the Museum using family friendly Museum Quests to visit the galleries and Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find and assemble giant…

Beaded Snowflake Designs * Winter Break Drop-in Activities

December 26 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
10:00 a.m. ­– 2:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 2:00 p.m. December 26 – 31 Various Museum Locations It is Winter Break across Oklahoma! Load up the family and explore the Museum using family friendly Museum Quests to visit the galleries and Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find and assemble giant floor puzzles and…

Card Collage * Winter Break Drop-in Activities

December 27 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
10:00 a.m. ­– 2:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 2:00 p.m. December 27 – 31 Various Museum Locations It is Winter Break across Oklahoma! Load up the family and explore the Museum using family friendly Museum Quests to visit the galleries and Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find and assemble giant floor puzzles and…

Jeweled Rodeo Belt Buckles * Winter Break Drop-in Activities

December 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
10:00 a.m. ­– 2:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 2:00 p.m. December 28 – 31 Various Museum Locations It is Winter Break across Oklahoma! Load up the family and explore the Museum using family friendly Museum Quests to visit the galleries and Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find and assemble giant floor puzzles and…

Scratch Art * Winter Break Drop-in Activities

December 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
10:00 a.m. ­– 2:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 2:00 p.m. December 29 – 31 Various Museum Locations It is Winter Break across Oklahoma! Load up the family and explore the Museum using family friendly Museum Quests to visit the galleries and Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find and assemble giant floor puzzles and…

Beeswax Candles * Winter Break Drop-in Activities

December 30 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
10:00 a.m. ­– 2:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 2:00 p.m. December 30 – 31 Various Museum Locations It is Winter Break across Oklahoma! Load up the family and explore the Museum using family friendly Museum Quests to visit the galleries and Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find and assemble giant floor puzzles and…

Cowboy Slim & Sure Shot Annie and Kids West Quest * Winter Break Drop-in Activities

December 31 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
10:00 a.m. ­– 2:00 p.m. December 31 Various Museum Locations It is Winter Break across Oklahoma! Load up the family and explore the Museum using family friendly Museum Quests to visit the galleries and Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find and assemble giant floor puzzles and strike your best pose at the Selfie…

Weather in the West - Saturdays for Kids

January 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lincoln Hallway 10 a.m. – Noon Western weather can be wild! Tornadoes, hail, blizzards, and extreme temperatures are just a few of the elements that impact humans and animals living there. Make a tornado in a bottle and participate in other weather-related activities. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last. This program…

Hearts for Art

February 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - February 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Open Museum Hours All Galleries One day to celebrate love in not enough! Visit the Museum any time during February 1 – 14 and show your love for your favorite piece of art or artifact. Pick up a heart at Visitor Services, leave it by your selection, and share on social media using #MyWest and…

Comic Book Art - Saturdays for Kids

February 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lincoln Hallway 10:00 a.m. – Noon In the 1950, 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. This program is made possible with support…

Hearts for Art

February 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday noon – 5:00 p.m. All Galleries One day to celebrate love in not enough! Visit the Museum any time during February 1 – 14 and show your love for your favorite piece of art or artifact. Pick up a heart at Visitor Services, leave it by your selection, and share on social media using…

Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit Opening Weekend Celebration

February 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
10:00 a.m.  – Noon Museum Galleries Let’s get this stampede started! There is a herd on 63rd and you’re invited! Join the Thunder’s Rumble the Bison at the community opening of Ancient. Massive. Wild – The Bison Exhibit. Hear Rumble’s unique story, make an illustration of events in your life, discover what is made from…

Bison Bonanza: Family Sleepover

February 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - February 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am
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…

Oklahoma Heritage Concert

February 21, 2019 @ 10:30 am
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…

Weatherschool

February 27, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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…

Bison Film Fest: Buffalo Dreams (2005)

March 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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…

Spring Break Drop-in Activites

March 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - March 22, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
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….

Make A Tipi - Spring Break Activities

March 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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. Nomadic Plains Indians followed their food sources and had to pack up and move quickly. Portable shelter, like tipis, made this…

Canvas Art - Spring Break Activities

March 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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…

Parfleche - Spring Break Activities

March 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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…

Cherokee Storyteller - Spring Break Activities

March 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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…

Bison Gallery Hunt - Spring Break Activities

March 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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,…