Spirit of Summer Family Days

Spirit of Summer Family Days

Join us every Tuesday and Wednesday this summer for a plethora of amazing, seasonal activities for all ages! Spirit of Summer programs are included with museum admission. Children 5 and under are admitted for FREE!

Take advantage of ALL our family programming, plus complimentary museum admission, invitations to exclusive exhibition previews, and more with an annual membership!

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Artist Tuesdays

June 6th | Jerry Salinas, Dustin Klassen and Anton Nowels 

June 13th | Dustin Klassen, Michael Garcia and Anton Nowels 

June 20th | Linda Tracey Brandon, Dustin Klassen and Irma Van Dam 

June 27th | Dustin Klassen, Linda Tracey Brandon and Michael Garcia

July 11th |  Michael Garcia

July 18th | Michael Garcia

July 25th | Michael Garcia

More to be announced soon!

Western Wednesdays


June 7th: The Railroad | 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Rails that built America. Learn about the historic Kimball Lake Branch known locally as the Peavine Branch railroad and be inspired to design your own railroad company and plan your route on a map.

June 14th: Arizona Conservation | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Grow your own cactus. Create a chain recycling link in the Sculpture Garden. Bioswale storytelling and watch a water resources video. 

June 21st: Western Pop Art |  10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Design your own “Western Soup Can”, as well as your own “Mega Dot” Western painting.  Explore the art of Andy Warhol and Billy Schenck!

June 28th: Photography | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Create a cyanotype and meet professional photographers.  Participate in a scavenger hunt and choose which photograph deserves the Western Spirit: First Place award. 


July 5th: Explorers | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Experience the story of John Wesley Powell’s mission through the Colorado River and down into the Grand Canyon, help explorers out as you travel through the museum and also plan your own expedition. 

July 12th: Vaqueros | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Have you ever joined in on a late-night song around the campfire? Learn the traditional values and what it meant to be a vaquero. Create your own song, design your own spurs, and learn why the vaqueros were integral to the American cowboy.  

July 19th: Homeschool day 

July 26th: Women of the West | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Behind every strong man, there is a strong woman. See how women played a vital role in the American West as guides to artists and to even actors. Travel around the museum to understand their importance. 


August 2nd: Outlaws and Lawmen and Women | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. With the West ever-expanding in the early 1800s, an influx of outlaws moved out to a lawless zone. Where outlaws were, the law followed. Become an honoree Western Spirit Deputy and help out with an ongoing investigation.  

August 9th: Hopi | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Learn about one of Arizona Native 22 indigenous peoples. See some of the work done by Nampeyo. Design your own pot, and enjoy other fun activities.

August 16th: Animals | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. When people think of Arizona, they think of desert. When they think of animals they think of snakes, lizards, and other reptiles. Contradictory to popular belief, Arizona has a lot more! Learn what the Native Americans would do with Bison, and design your own Bison robe.  

August 23rd: Navajo Code | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Join us for our final Western Wednesday as we examine the language used by the Navajo Code Talkers. Learn how vital the Navajo Code messages were to the United States government in a time of world war, and how they kept messages secret. Design your own code wheel, and follow a code themed scavenger hunt around the museum. 



Programs and times are subject to change.

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