Interactive Western Art, Activities and Entertainment Series to Rotate Throughout July

Youth-focused fun throughout the museum daily, with extra-special activations every Saturday.

There’s never a bad time to bring kids to The Cowboy, but this July is going to be tough to beat. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, or The Cowboy, is filling one of Oklahoma’s hottest months with activities to keep young ones busy and wanting to come back for more, while keeping everyone in the family cool.

All month long, the following activities will take place: Kids-Only Secret Messages, next to certain art or artifacts, with a decoder spy glass included with admission; Kid Food at the Grill; Movie Theater Takeover with Toy Story 1, 2 and 3 showing throughout the day July 8-28, with concessions available in the Museum Store; Kid Selfie (and photo) Stations; and interactive Art Stations including Prix de West, Jr where kids are encouraged to possibly become Oklahoma’s next Paul Moore and the Ledger Station, with Ledger art activity. Plus there will be Story Time at the Museum Store every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. with special guests and even a Museum Party Giveaway!

"This July the Museum is focusing on family fun," said Natalie Shirley, president of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. "Families can enjoy additional and unexpected activities, as well as the best of what you can experience all year at the National Cowboy Museum, all while staying in the cool indoors."

Additional events will rotate every Saturday, and include an Independence Day celebration, American Cowboy Warrior course, the Cowboy Road trip and National Day of the Cowboy. Details and schedules follow. As always, kids 5 and under are free, and children 6-12 are only $5.75. Family Museum Memberships are $10 off through July and include free Museum admission for up to two adults and four children for a year, a 15% discount at the Museum Store and Museum Grill and more.

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July 6
Independence Day Celebration
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate Independence Day on the frontier at the National Cowboy Museum. With a cake walk and a variety of other activities, there is certain to be something for guests of all ages. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last.


July 13

American Cowboy Warrior
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cowboys face whatever challenges come their way, and now kids can test their mettle against slightly more modern challenges at the National Cowboy Museum. As a part of our month-long “Kids Take Over The Cowboy” experience, kids will have the chance to work their way through an inflatable obstacle course. After burning off some energy, your family can cool down with FREE snow cones. Activities are free with Museum admission and free for members. While supplies last. The original Toy Story will be playing at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday, July 8 through Saturday, July 13 and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 14.


July 20

Cowboy Road Trip
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Along with the opening of our new exhibit Passport, we invite you to take a trip across the American West, all within the walls of the Museum. Each child will receive their very own passport to guide them throughout the Museum and a prize as they leave. Because you can’t leave home without your favorite toy, we’re inviting all children to bring their favorite stuffy or doll along for the ride. “Roadside” photo-ops will be scattered throughout the museum, with props for kids and their toys. Toy Story 2 will be playing at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday, July 15 through Saturday, July 20 and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 21.


July 27

National Day of the Cowboy
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Join in a fun day of cowboy-themed activities like rope making and bandanna decorating as the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum celebrates National Day of the Cowboy. Sample sarsaparilla and delicious jerky courtesy of G.O.A.T. Beef Jerky Company. Enjoy pony hop races in the Special Events Center. Cowboy Jim Garling will serenade visitors and Cowboy Mike will be on hand to discuss the life of a cow poke. Activities are free with Museum admission and free for members. While supplies last. Toy Story 3 will be playing at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday, July 22 through Saturday, July 27 and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 28.