Free Family Fridays at the Old Courthouse
9am - 12pm
Ages4-5 years 6-8 years 9-12 years All Ages Adults & kids together
National Park Service
This free, hour-long theme-based program offers participants of all ages hands-on opportunities to learn about St. Louis and westward expansion during the 1800s. Each child will also create a craft project related to the theme.
Weekly themes include:
- Colonial St. Louis (May 26, June 30 and August 4): Participants will discover what it was like in French colonial St. Louis and learn about St. Louis’ founding as a trade post. Craft project: Children will make either a felt French voyageur hat or create an Osage ribbonwork decoration.
- Lewis and Clark (June 2, July 7 and August 11): Through negotiations with Napoleon, the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France. Soon after, President Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark to explore this new land. Participants will learn about the purchase and the explorers’ interactions with Native Americans on their journey. Craft project: Children will make a French tri-corn hat or an Indian Peace Medal.
- Mountain Men (June 9, July 14 and August 18): Participants will learn about the mountain men of the Rocky Mountain fur trade era, who are characterized as rugged, individualistic and resourceful. Craft project: Children will make their own felt “possibles” bag or felt moccasins.
- Pioneers (June 16, July 21 and August 25): Pioneers who traveled overland on the Oregon Trail were seeking a better life and new opportunities in the American West. Participants will explore life on the trail and the many challenges pioneers faced. Craft project: Children will participate in doll making or basket weaving.
- Plains Indians (June 23, July 28 and September 1): Participants will explore the traditional way of life for many Plains Indians in the 1800s, as both agricultural and nomadic hunter-gatherers. Craft project: Children will make felt moccasins or create jewelry from “trade beads.