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Our Free Family Fun Summer programs are offered through July 2019.

Sensing History Program

Tuesdays – Saturdays from June 4 – July 26 • 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

In this self guided experience, guests engage with local history through their five senses. Junior Docents (6th-12th graders) share objects and stories in select galleries at our Sensing History stations. Groups: make a reservation at least two weeks in advance of your visit. 

Children’s History Hour

Every 3rd Wednesday and last Saturday each month 10:00 to 11:00 am
Schedule subject to change, please check the Calendar of Events 

Families are invited to CSPM for a history adventure on the third Wednesday and last Saturday of each month! Children ages 3-6 and their favorite adult are invited to explore regional history through story time, a family-friendly tour, activity, and craft. We explore a new theme each month!

Family Weekend Workshop

Saturday, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29 & July 13 

Session # 1: 10:15 – 11:00 am & Session #2: 1:00 – 1:45 pm

Join us for an interactive “sensing history” experience! Using your five senses enjoy a family-friendly exhibit program, then head to our Maker Space for a craft, experiment, or fun activity highlighting regional history. Recommended for families with children 6 and older. Each session is limited to 30 guests. Register early to guarantee a spot!

Advanced Registration Required

June 8: Quilting Stories

What stories do quilts tell? Early settlers created beautiful quilts not only to keep warm, but to preserve memories of community and family. Using bits of recycled scraps of fabric from old blankets, clothing, curtains and more, quilters pieced together many different stories into one quilt. Join the Piecing Partners Quilt Guild  to learn more and design a mini quilt. You will learn basic quilting techniques and take home your own mug rug!

June 15: Creative Culinary

Clear Green Turtle. Oyster Patti. Fancy Cake. These are just some of the items featured on historic menus from the Antlers Hotel! We’ll explore the culinary history of the Pikes Peak region and head to the Maker Space to create a special recipe to take home.

June 22: City of Sunshine

Did you know the Pikes Peak region gets over 300 days of sunshine every year? Throughout the 19th and 20th century Colorado Springs was a major treatment center for Tuberculosis. It was believed our wonderful sunshine could cure consumptives. Learn more about this history and explore the power of the sun while creating solar nature prints.

June 29: Order in the Court

Order in the court! The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is housed in the historic El Paso County Courthouse. We’ll explore the Division 1 Courtroom and look for clues of the distant past throughout the building. Then we’ll head to the Makers Space where we’ll try our hand at making the imitation marble (scagliola) seen throughout the building.

July 13: Mission Exploration

Learn the story of explorer Zebulon Montgomery Pike who arrived in the Pikes Peak region in 1806. Check-out objects utilized by early explorers and learn some of the historic skills necessary to survive in the outdoors of Pikes Peak region. We’ll end the program by creating our own explorers journals to track adventures in!

Children’s Gallery

Open during regular museum hours: Tuesday- Saturday  |  10 am – 5 pm

CSPM’s  Children’s Gallery exhibit, Beads, Blankets and Buffalo: Trade at Bent’s Fort, gives visitors ages 2-10 an interactive, hands-on experience of a “day in the life” at Bent’s Fort. Bent’s Fort was a multicultural place of trade and exchange along the Santa Fe Trail in the 1830s and 1840s. In the exhibit, children can explore a carpenter’s shop, trade counter, kitchen, tipi, and Santa Fe Trail wagon!

Windows Into History Tours

Every Tuesday at 1 pm • Friday at 11 am • Saturday at 12 pm and 1 pm •  30-45 Min  •  20 participants max • Family-friendly • FREE

Trained volunteer docents share information about a few of their favorite exhibits and objects during this informal guided tour.  We encourage you to reserve your spot in advance by calling 719-385-5990.

Upcoming Family-Friendly Events

facebookThe museum offers family-friendly, and often free programs every month! Visit the museum calendar, keep up-to-date with our facebook page, or stop by to learn more about our upcoming events.