Family Programs

Family activities at the Center of the West

At the Buffalo Bill Center of the West we know how to have fun with a variety of family programs! For more information on future family-friendly programs and activities, e-mail Emily Buckles or call her at 307-578-4110.

Our owl, Teasdale (pictured here with handler Jess), and great horned owl Teasdale, often join us for Halloween.

Our owl, Teasdale (pictured here with handler Jess), and great horned owl Teasdale, often join us for Halloween.

Family Fun Days for Fall and Winter

Note: Now through October 28: Your kids can help us design their dream playground! Have them draw their idea on this form and submit it by October 28.

October 31, 2014: Hootin’ Howlin’ Halloween, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

There are always some spooky and fun activities at our annual “Hootin’ Howlin’ Plus, we reveal the design for the new playground!Halloween celebration. Start the kids off here with us before heading out downtown for Cody’s Sheridan Avenue trick or treat festivities.

November 21, 2014: “A Muzeum” Race, 3 – 7 p.m.

We’re bringing back this popular event, with new activities! Families challenge themselves and each other as they “race” (or walk quickly) around the museum completing challenges and other speed bumps on this fun family adventure. Activities are ongoing throughout the event, and participants can enjoy a free family-friendly meal starting at 5 p.m.

January 23, 2015: Night at the Museum, 3 – 7 p.m.

The museum is a fun and different place at night when the visitors go home. So, dress in your jammies, and come get a glimpse of nighttime at the museum. Learn about nocturnal animals and hear stories by the campfire. We won’t leave you in the dark! Activities are ongoing throughout the event, and participants can enjoy a free family-friendly meal starting at 5 p.m.

March 20: Games of the Old West, 3 – 7 p.m.

Put on your poker face and come down to the museum for an evening of fun and games. Learn traditional western card games like Faro and Blackjack, as well as Plains Indian games like the Hand Game, and Hoop and Arrow. Activities are ongoing throughout the event, and participants can enjoy a free family-friendly meal starting at 5 p.m.

Thanks to a grant from the R. Harold Burton Foundation, our Family Fun Days are free for Buffalo Bill Center of the West members, and just $10 per family for non-members.


Looking for some fun arts and crafts projects for the kids?

Special thanks to our summer 2014 Education Intern Leah for guiding this past summer’s art-in-garden activities. While those programs are over for this season, Leah compiled step-by-step instructions of the projects featured each week in a series of blog posts. Click the links below to share these activities with your family.


Take a look at some past activities:

We’ve had a ton of fun at our summer family fun days. Click here to visit our Family Fun Day photo album on Facebook.

At one Family Fun Day, we enjoyed family activities all about food! Attendees learned Dutch oven cooking basics from “Cookie” Ron Reed, took turns at the hand crank to make ice cream, learned the art of cake decorating, and planned out a menu for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. Some of our guests even shared their favorite family recipes: CLICK HERE to download our “Tasty Traditions Family Recipes” booklet

Where is Stanley?

At another of our Family Fun Fridays, Where’s Stanley at the Museum? kids had a great time with an activity that combined elements of the well-known book series Where’s Waldo and Flat Stanley.

CLICK HERE to check out some of stories and pictures they created, and download an activity to do yourself!


For more information on our family programs, e-mail Emily Buckles or call 307-578-4110.

To find out about other upcoming events at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, click here.