Wild, Wild West Fest '17
The Eiteljjorg’s West Fest ‘17 was a wonderful mix of live music, kiddo activities and Wild West fun. I lived in Arizona for 10 years and it was refreshing to enjoy Western festivities here in downtown Indy.
The Fandango Stage had a full line-up out back ‘under the sails’ of Western jams.
We enjoyed the beautiful sounds of Mary Kaye Troubador
There were lots of kid activities: learning stations with volunteers and experts about Western life, free rides in the Wells Fargo Stage Coach, art stations like ‘make your own mustache’ and leather stamping, photo opps, panning for gold, a Wild West town where you could lock your kids in jail, a horse to pet and games like barrel racing, roping a steer and herding sheep.
Mom Highlight- Attempting to rope a steer (was not succesful)
12 Year Old Highlight- Leather stamping craft tied with panning for gold
3 Year Old Highlight- Putting toy snakes into cowboy boots
I had not been to the museum in years (maybe it was an elementary school field trip?) but we were looking forward to the upcoming Jingle Rails celebration over the holidays (perfect for working families who schools and works are closed the week after Christmas). I was pleasantly surprised at the lower level of the museum and all the interactive kid-friendly exhibits they offer. Learn more about the museum and their family fun offerings here.
“The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art was founded by Indianapolis businessman and philanthropist Harrison Eiteljorg. Its mission—to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The museum executes this charge in exciting and often surprising ways.”