This winter has brought impressive snowfall and cold temperatures to Cody, Wyoming, but the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has a fun alternative to cabin fever for families. Winterfest Family Fun Day takes place at the Center on Friday, January 20 from 3–7 p.m.
“Rather than hunker down and hibernate through the long cold winter,” says Emily Buckles of the Center’s Interpretive Education Department, “why not venture out to the museum for some winter fun instead?” While warm and cozy at the Center, participants can view part of the film of the infamous blizzard of 1949 that brought heavy snowfall and bitter cold temperatures to several states, including Wyoming.
Hands-on activities are always a popular part of Family Fun Days, and at Winterfest, participants can add their handiwork to a new mural begun by artist Sarah Shearer. Award-winning artist Jeff Rudolph demonstrates his work by completing an ice sculpture during the event. And finally, participants explore the many adaptations that allow animals to survive winter in Wyoming.
A complimentary dinner—available only to the first 200 people who wish to eat—is served in the Center’s Photo Gallery from 5 – 6:30 p.m.
With support from 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. For more information, contact Interpretive Specialist Emily Buckles at [email protected] or 307-578-4110. Stay up-to-date on family activities through the Center’s Kids Programs Facebook page.
The next and final Family Fun Day of this winter, “Back to the Future,” takes place March 17 and celebrates the Center’s 2017 Centennial. Visit centerofthewest.org/calendar to find dates and details for all Buffalo Bill Center of the West programs and events.
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 an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.