If kids and families have ever wondered what goes on at a museum after all the visitors go home, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West reveals all at its next Family Fun Day. On Friday, January 23, 3 – 7 p.m., the Center’s “Night at the Museum” Family Fun Day shows that a museum—as well as the natural world—can be a fun and different place at night.
“Nighttime is our theme for this event,” says the Center’s Interpretive Specialist Emily Buckles. Participants will learn about the night sky and the phenomenon of lunar eclipses, and listen to Native American stories about the stars and constellations. Activities also include a craft for families to complete and take home.
“Since our focus is also about the museum at night, we’ll have a special activity in the Cody Firearms Museum as well,” continues Buckles. “Participants will play the role of a security officer here at the Center and really learn what happens in the museums after dark.”
“Night at the Museum” also includes a tour of the Draper Natural History Museum, complete with activities focused on nocturnal animals. As always, families are encouraged to come as a group and participate together. And, Buckles adds, “Kids are welcome to get into the spirit of our theme by dressing in their jammies.”
Thanks to a grant from the R. Harold Burton Foundation, Family Fun Days are free for Center of the West member families, and just $10 for non-member families. Activities are ongoing throughout the event, and participants can enjoy a complimentary family-friendly meal starting at 5 p.m.
On March 20, the Center hosts its final Family Fun Day of the winter, “Games of the Old West.” For more information on Family Fun Days and other family-oriented activities, contact Buckles at [email protected] or 307-578-4110. The Center of the West’s full calendar can be found at centerofthewest.org/calendar.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is and affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.