They have a special program during the summer that you can go to if you call in for reservations called Time Traveler Tuesdays. You get in for a discounted price and you get in a half an hour earlier that they usually open. (9:30 instead of 10:00) They have fun things planned out for the group from 9:30 to 11:30, and then you can roam around Cowtown for however long you want. The program we went to was called "Life on the Farm".
While we waited for the program to start, the kids looked around the gift shop.
When our tour guide came to get us, we went way into the back of Cowtown where the farm is. I had never been to this part! The kids all got a chance to see how work was done on a farm in the 1800's. They had to use pitch forks to load bags of hay onto a wheel barrow, then wheel it over and take it off. Then they had to use team work to move large hay bales over to the barn.
After all of that hard work, we moved over to the animals. They have two cows, hens, and a goat named Thorin. He loved the attention the kids were giving him!
After checking out the animals, they all got to see how the farmers got the hay bales up into the hay lofts and got to try it for themselves.
Next, was more hard work, but this time they pretended they were horses and ground corn!
Thorin getting more loving:
Our next stop was the farm house. All the kids got to try out different things that would be available to them in the 1800's. They got to play games with the hoops and sticks....
They also got to do some farm house chores, like doing laundry and mowing the lawn:
Lily was super into the laundry. She thought it was so fun.
The last outside game was croquet, which my children did not play correctly at all. ;0)
We went inside the house next and the kids all played games.
Our program was over after that, but there was going to be a gunfight 30 minutes later, so we stuck around to look at the buildings we didn't see in our program. Our first stop as the saloon!
Nothing like a cold bottle of sarsaparilla after hard work. ;0)
Zach and I actually chose Diet Pepsi. ;0)
We got out of the saloon just in time to catch the wagon for a wagon ride!
The boys went into the blacksmith's next.
Lily was not impressed, so she went back out to pet the horses.
Finally, it was time for the gunfight!
It was actually pretty funny. The woman actually shot the robber to get her purse back.
On our way out, we checked out a few more buildings. Lily really wanted to go to the barber shop for some reason.
Then of course we couldn't pass by the coffin and not pretend they were dead.....
And last but not least, the sand bag swing:
They all can't wait until we go back!