One of our favorite parts of the museum was the Children's Cowboy Corral. It is in its own building, and allows the kids to freely touch , play, and explore history! They can choose their chaps and western wear and then keep them on while playing. There is a quiet spot for reading, giant puzzles, and more. We really enjoyed the imaginary play campfire and riding the horses... eh, logs... I truly felt back in the saddle again!!
The weather was almost perfect, dare I say HOT for February, when we visited. There are gardens and statues to take in, and I had to literally carry my toddler away from the coy pond. The laminated floor puzzles of the artwork was a fun way to get the kids interested!
The kids really liked all of the statues and sculptures in the museum. We have learned about Abraham Lincoln in social studies, so it was really special to see him there.
Prosperity Junction is an old Western town replica that you can explore in depth ... Unfortunately it happened to be closed on the day of our visit. we WILL be going back to see it another day.
Inside of this tiny theater you can watch a superb documentary about the history of western movies. It is narrated by Sam Elliott, so that doesn't hurt either.
As a child, one of my favorite parts of a museum was always the realistic scenes. This proves to be true for the next generation as well. We spent a lot of time studying the details of each display.
Cowboys Unit Study
- Bill Pickett : Rodeo Riding Cowboy
- Why Cowboys Sleep with their Boots On
- Cowboys & Cowgirls
- The Indian in the Cupboard (a classic series!)
- Billy & Blaze series & free lapbook
- Armadillo Rodeo & free lapbook
- Boss of the Plains & free lapbook
- Cattle lapbook
- Cowboy preschool pack
- Make a Cowboy
- Chuck Wagon Recipes
- Cowboy Costume
- Six-Shooter Set
- Lego : Cowboy, Sheriff, and Bandit