Western Wednesdays at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Beat the heat this June with family-friendly Western Wednesdays at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West! Each Western Wednesday, the museum will have engaging and educational activities for children ages 6 through 14. Cost per person for adults and children ages 6 and older is $5. Children 5 and under are free. Drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to join in the fun!

Western Wednesday activities are listed below. Children can choose which activities they’d like to participate in, and the order in which to enjoy them. All activities are self-guided by the children’s accompanying adult(s).

June 7 – Home on the Range: Life as a Cowboy/Cowgirl of the West
Step into the boots of a cowboy or cowgirl for the day! Children will make and throw a lasso, design their ranch’s brand, round up balloons, and hear stories around a lifelike campfire. In addition, children will hear from living historian and award-winning author Lee Anderson about the responsibilities of working ranchers of the Old and New West. Through a gallery exploration, children will be able to apply what they’ve learned by seeing authentic Old West tools of the trade, including spurs, Stetson hats, saddles and ropes.

June 14Western Bound: Traveling by Covered Wagon       
Children will step back in time to better understand the pioneers’ courageous journeys west from Independence, Missouri on the Oregon Trail. Participants will learn through first-hand experiences such as mapping and journaling their journey, creating a covered wagon from canvas and wood, and exploring the museum’s gallery of Old West artifacts. Other immersive activities will include making a burlap-covered journal, playing pioneer bingo, and learning how to draw a horse and covered wagon step-by-step!

June 21Outlaws and Lawmen of the Wild West
The history of outlaws and lawmen of the Old West is the origin of many American tales. In this program, children will learn about the exciting past through stories of heroic sheriffs, drifting outlaws, livestock thieves, and the origin of the wanted poster. Children will see an expansive collection of authentic Old West sheriffs’ badges, enjoy a variety of exciting activities, and search for “stolen” saddle bags hidden in the museum gallery.

June 28Exploring Native American Art and the Animals of the West
This eye-opening program engages children through stories and activities that will help them gain knowledge and an understanding of Native American art, culture and customs. They will learn the story of Sacajawea and the importance of animals to the Native Americans. Hands-on activities will include learning how to draw an American bison, and creating an animal-themed mobile they can take home. Other craft activities will include basket weaving and beadwork, during which they’ll learn about the materials and techniques used to create Native American clothing and art.

If you plan to attend one (or multiple!) of the programs, please RSVP to education@scottsdalemuseumwest.org. We hope to see you there!

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