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Ricardo is currently a first year Master of Arts in Latin American Studies graduate student who works part-time as a graduate assistant at the Center for Latin American Studies. His intent is to specialize in the U.S–Mexico border region and understand the implications of transnational/transborder lifestyles. Other research interests are migratory flows, transnational education, neo-colonialism, human rights, and urban development in Latin America including colonias and shanty towns. During his free time, Ricardo enjoys hiking, swimming, reading, walking his dogs, watching tv series, drinking craft beer, camping and just being outdoors. He likes most kinds of music but really enjoys lo-fi hip hop, lounge, and jazz. 

Ivette is currently in the Master of Public Health and Master of Arts in Latin American Studies Dual Degree Program with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science. Her research interests include refugee and migrant health and border health disparities, specifically in the population that actively live a transborder lifestyle in the Tijuana-San Diego region. She is also a volunteer at Otay Allies where she documents the current treatment of migrants detained at Otay Mesa Detention Center. During her spare time, she likes to travel, explore vegetarian spots, and cook Pinterest recipes.

Project Summary & Impact

On March 9th, during the Exploring the San Diego-Tijuana Region, a tour conducted in collaboration with tour guide Derrik Chinn from Turista Libre, San Diego State University students were given the opportunity to explore several sights in Tijuana, Mexico. This included Mercado Hidalgo, a market offering a variety of produce along with food and crafts, the Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT) which showcases rotating art exhibits, and Honduras 504, a restaurant specializing in Honduran food.  Students also had the opportunity to visit and learn about Espacio Migrante, a nonprofit organization and shelter that houses migrants and helps them navigate through legal, health, job or educational needs. Students also visited Friendship Park in Playas de Tijuana, a binational park located along the U.S.-Mexico border. Concluding the tour was a visit to Tepoznieves, an ice cream shop that sells a unique selection of ice cream flavors. Many people have misconceptions about Tijuana. Therefore, the purpose of the tour was to expose and educate SDSU students to the city, culture, and people of Tijuana. 

Student Experience

Ellie Klee: “The TJ trip allowed me to engage with the city and the culture in a way that going on my own wouldn’t have allowed me to do. The most impactful part of the trip was seeing the border from the other side. At Friendship Park, during sunset, families enjoyed the beach as we walked the boardwalk admiring vibrant murals and taking note of all the coffee shops we wanted to try. Looking towards the San Diego skyline, however, you see the barbed wire fence and ICE officers–nothing compared to the level of militarization and interrogation when crossing back into the U.S. Tijuana was always a place my parents told me not to go under any circumstances, but if the dangers of the city are so magnified in the media, so should the welcoming culture of the city, local artists, diverse food, and generous community.” 

Suggestions for Aspiring SSF Applicants  

Reach out to your SSF contact early to understand the paperwork process and begin organizing your SSF event in a timely fashion. If you are in charge of organizing more than one event, seek assistance from your faculty and fellow students, and organize a team of people that can help with reserving venues, reaching out to potential speakers and managing the events. In regards to this specific Tijuana tour, make sure that students have all the paperwork and documents needed to cross the border while being able to provide a comfortable, safe and accommodating experience. 

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Wild West Activities for Kids and Western Themed Party Ideas

What child doesn’t love playing cowboys and indians? Here you will find some of the best wild west activities for kids as well as some western themed party ideas. Saddle up and let’s get planning.

Yee-Haaa! Cowboys, Indians, Ranches, Horses, Cows, Trails, and good old ‘Grub’ is what we think of when planning a ‘Wild West’ Theme!   The following ideas are good for a Western, Frontier, or Ranch Theme or Party.

Several of the following activities have been gathered from other areas of KidActivities site….many however…are unique to this theme! Find Art, Crafts, Games, Snacks and more to make your ‘Western Ranch’ theme complete!

REMEMBER…when you’rr planning a themed event for a camp, school or child care program, making  decorations and crafts BEFORE and FOR the festivities —is part of the fun!  Include the kids as much as possilbe.


Western Themed ART and CRAFT IDEAS


Animal crackers (Horses, Cows, Sheep, etc.)
Craft glue
Crayons or markers, etc.
Colorful paper.
Draw, color, paint a ranch yard scene on paper using crayons or other materials. Glue on the animal crackers to complete your ranch scene.


2. STRAW PAINTING (As in ‘straw found on a ranch’ not a drinking straw)

Need: Straw, Paint
Directions: Have children use pieces of straw for paint brushes. Use different colors and experiment with different looks and methods. Add the pieces of straw to the pictures, when the paintings are complete.



by Jason-Grade 1
Materials: colored paper, glue, scissors
This project is great for practicing cutting and gluing skills AND makes a great display.

Put out  supplies and a copy of this image; have kids  make their own version…Source Art teacher Michal Austin



Materials: Chicken Wire, tape, natural raffia, gingham ribbon, old blue jeans etc.
1. Cut squares of small-holed chicken wire.
2. Put masking tape around the sharp edges.
3. Set out assorted lengths of natural raffia, gingham ribbons and narrow strips ripped from old blue jeans.
4. The children weave them in and out of the holes.



Need: Brown paint, paper, brown marker
1. Take brown paint and paint a child’s hand.
2. Press the hand down on paper–WITH fingers pointing down.
3. The fingers are the legs and the thumb is the head.
4. Draw the mane and hoofs; add eyes and tail…



Materials: 9×12″ white paper, crayons
Transform  handprints into horses!
Trace around  hands with black crayon, then turn the paper over so the fingers are pointing down.
Have children draw details to turn the hands into a horse; add a background. Drawing by a Kindergarten student of Kansas art teacher Michael Austin.


6. ANIMAL CRACKER PIN (Horses, sheep, cows, etc.)

To make this craft project you will need animal crackers, a flat backed pin, clear nail polish or varnish, and some craft glue. To begin coat your animal cracker with the polish or varnish in a well ventilated area and let it dry. Next glue it to a pin.

The sample made by was first painted and then covered with many coats of clear nail polish.


7. I’M A COWBOY/COWGIRL! Three project ideas…

Draw around child’s body on a very large sheet of paper.
From this point you can go three ways.

1. Onto the traced bodies…have children draw on western gear, Cowboy hat, shirt vest, bandanna, jeans, boot, etc.
They’ll look cute taped around the room..

2. You could also use the traced body shape and dress it much like a collage. Draw and color on a shirt.
Next–Use brown paper/grocery bags to make and glue on a vest and chaps.
Add a bandana made from napkins or paper with a western pattern. Can they make ‘cowboy’ hat shapes?
Finish off with boots made from brown or black construction paper.

3. MAKE A COLLAGE: Using the blank body shape, fill it in with anything and everything to do with the theme. Put magazines and more magazines on your parent’s wish list. (Make sure the request goes out only for ‘appropriate magazines)

Have children look for and cut out pictures of  cowboys, anything from western or frontier days, horses, cows, sheep, open land, mountains, rivers, sunsets, camp fires, marshmallows, franks and/or beans, farm houses, ranches, line dancing, boots, jeans, cowboy hats, barns, rodeos, bandanas, huitar, fiddles (violins), upright piano, cabins, anything Indian, etc.

(TIP: you’ll find a lot of theme related images in ‘party catalogues’ such as Oriental Trading, Shindigz, etc,)



There was a time when ‘frontier mothers’ made yarn dolls for their young children–and older kids made them for themselves!
For directions visit the ‘Yarn Doll’ page



THE BASIC BAND: Cut a 2″ wide strip of paper long enough to go around the head with an overlap of about 1″. Staple ends together.

• INDIAN HEAD DRESS #1: Make a basic band; tape or staple feathers to the band.

• INDIAN HEADBAND #2: Cut brown construction paper into strips; fit it around child’s head and staple or tape ends together. Cut feathers out of scrap.

• INDIAN VEST TO GO WITH HEADBANDS: Cut a vest from a brown paper bag, cut a slit up the front and neck and arm holes. To decorate, either cut out construction paper shape (arrows, sun, designs, etc.) and glue them on.



Staple a Styrofoam bowl onto a sturdy paper plate. (Decorate/color/paint the hat parts ‘before or after’ joining of bowl and hat.)
Punch a hole each side of where the bowl is stapled. Put a long string, ribbon or sturdy yarn through the holes– tie loosely under the chin. Be sure to put together so no choking is possible.

CACTUS ART… Just let the kids create!!!

Create an open art table by putting out construction paper, water color paints, torn tissue paper and tooth picks or straight, uncooked pasta pieces.

The image on the right is a construction paper cactus, with  broken pasta pieces (the spines) and red tissue flowers. All are placed on a water color background.

The first sample is made by a fourth grade student of Shannon Stewart and the one on the right by a first grader. (See Kids GalleryCategory-Grades 1 to 3) Other examples of children’s western themed art is also featured there…



Material: Thin rope, card stock or heavy paper, glue

1. Dip short lengths of clothing line into a bowl of glue.
2. On card stock, loop and place the rope onto the paper, trying to shape it into a lasso.
3. Allow to dry completely.



Paper towel tubes, paint, google eyes, decorations of choice

•Cut the paper towel roll into six sections of similar width.

•Paint the sections- decorating with glitter glu, and other details as desired.
•Once the paint is dry, apply googly eyes and glue a red felt forked tongue to the ‘head’ tube section.
•Loop yarn around last section and tie
•Thread the yarn through the rest of the section, leaving it loose at the head as a leash to pull the snake. Idea/Photo is from FreePreschoolCrafts by Devanie Angel



Simply purchase some western themed temporary tatoos. Following package direction –‘brand’ the children–make a sizzle sound while applying the water onto the paper when it is on the skln!



Cut sponges into horseshoe shapes.
Place ‘horsehoes’ in shallow containers with small amounts of tempera paint.
Stamp onto large pieces of paper.

The finished art can be used as wrapping paper or interesting works of art!



→ Put hay on the floor (check to make sure no one is allergic)

→ Using plush animals and puppets–Decorate with ranch/frontier/western animals such as horses, cows, pigs, chickens, etc.

→ Make or buy some stick horses

→ Make a pretend campfire in the middle (rolled up newspaper with yellow and orange crepe paper)

→ Can you find a saddle and/or other cowboy themed gear?

→ Provide traditional cowboy clothing for dress-up…shirts, hats, vests, boots, chaps, sheriff badges, bandanas




In case you haven’t played in awhile– Horseshoes is an outdoor game played between two people (or two teams of two people) using four horseshoes and two throwing targets (stakes) set in a sand  area. Each side takes turns tossing their ‘shoes’ to the other side at the stakes in the ground.

The closest one to the taget wins.
The aim is to get a ‘Ringer’ which means to wrap the Horseshoe around the post when it is thrown. (It is traditional to place stakes 30-40 feet apart; however, when playing with younger children, place the posts closer to each other.) The game pieces are traditionally metal–however rubber sets are sold for younger children.


1 point is given for each horseshoe that is closer to the stake than the opponent’s horseshoe.
3 points are given for each “ringer”. (Pair 1 both throw there horseshoes and then pair two throw theirs.)
Continue playing until one team reaches the 21-point goal. (Or what the children decide the goal will be)


15. PASS THE CORN GAME (Ages 4 – 10)

Divide the children into two teams (or as many as you need) and have them form two lines. You will need a cob of dried Indian corn for each team.

1. At the signal “go”, the corncob is to be passed from child to child. The catch is that they can use any part of their bodies, except their hands.
2. If the corn touches the ground at any time, it must go back to the beginning of the line again.
3. Whichever team manages to get the corn to the end of the line first wins the game.
4. The corn can also be used in a relay, with the kids putting the corn between their knees, and racing “crab” style”.


16. Play “TRADTIONAL GAMES” with a Western Twist!

1. Instead of ‘Simon Says’ play “THE RANCHERS SAYS”…or “THE COWBOY/COWGIRL SAYS”…


2. Instead of Old McDonald Had a Farm…Sing “OLD MCDONALD HAD A RANCH”, complete with very loud sound effects. Each child or section can be given a different animal to act out.


3. Instead of Mother May I? play “COWBOW OR RANCHER MAY I?”

•All the children line up side by side except the player who is the caller.
• The caller stands at a distance from the lined up players.
• He/she calls on each player in turn to take a number of steps toward him. The steps allowed are: baby steps, giant steps, and scissor steps (like forward jumping jacks.)
• The player answers “Cowboy, may I?”
• The Cowboy answers “Yes, you may.” The player takes the prescribed number of steps toward the caller. If the player forgets to ask permission after they get directions— and takes steps toward the caller— they are sent back to the starting line.
• The first player to reach the caller is the winner and new caller.

OR other versions such as: Pin the Tail on the Cow, Pin the Tail on the Horse, Put the Hat on the Cowboy or Rancher, etc.


5. Instead of “Duck, Duck, Goose” play “COW, COW, HORSE”

While young children think “Duck, Duck, Goose” is fun—those over grade 2 may take offense with playing a “Baby” Game…that’s when you try the game with a “Themed” title.
It’s still Duck, Duck, Goose—but with a different name!
Have children sit in a circle…
One person is “It”.
This person runs around the circle touching the players on the back saying: “Cow, cow, cow”
When “It” touches a player and says “Horse”, that person must chase “It” around the circle.
“Horse” tries to tag “It” before he/she gets home. (It would also be fun if you had the kids gallop around the circle instead of run!)


6. Instead of “Drop the Clothespin in the Bottle”–play DROP THE SNAKE IN THE BOOT or COWBOY HAT!

Cowboy Boot or hat and flexible rubber or plastic snakes

•Place a cowboy boot or cowboy hat on the ground.
•If children are young, have them stand over the boot/hat and drop the snake in the boot. In the original clothes pin version of the game–the child would kneel on a chair. He/she would face the back of the chair. A large-mouthed bottle would be directly below the back of the chair–where the children would drop the clothespin straight down. The child with the most clothes pins in the bottle won.

• Have older children stand farther back and attempt to toss it into the boot or hat.



(This could also be called Zoo, Ocean, Circus, or Outer Space, if you are having a “Theme”; You’d just change the names to go with the theme and adjust the team names.)

1. Depending how many children you have–form teams. You can have anywhere from 3 Teams to ?????
2. Teams are in their groups and one end of the gym.
3. Players in teams have DESIGNATED NAMES: Sheep, Cows, Horses, Pigs, etc. (Any animal that is on a ranch)
4. Two or three persons are “It” in the middle of the room.
5. “It” calls out the names of the animals (Example – Sheep)
6. All sheep must run to the pen at the opposite end of the room without being caught.
7. When “BARNYARD” is called, everyone must run to the opposite end.
8. Penalty for being caught is to run all around the barnyard (A LAP OF THE GYM) once— and then they can come back in the game! (Remember to change the “It” people)



  • Before the game, inflate two white balloons.
  • Attach short pieces of black curling ribbon to make sheep tails (or longer for cattle tails) and use a black marker to draw faces on them.
  • To play, divide players into two teams.
  • Give the first player on each team a broom, or fly swatter,to herd their team’s sheep across the room and back to the next player in line.
  • The first team to finish herding their sheep wins!
  • (You may want to have “sheep” clones ready in case the originals pop.)



Place a hay bale inside a plastic swimming pool and pull it apart.
Hide Ranch Themed treasures inside the bale. (Watch for asthma and allergies)



This game can be played individually or in teams. If playing in teams–assign ‘theme related names’ such as Ranchers and Herders, Cowboys and Indians, Sheriffs and Cowboys, etc.

1.Set up a pair of COWBOY BOOTS  several feet away from each other…
2.Using smaller sized hula hoops, try to throw the hoops and ‘ring’ the boots.
The individual or team who get the most hoops on the boots wins.

If you have several pairs of cowboy’s boots, you can play the opposite way. Instead of throwing the rings around the boots—THROW THE BOOTS INTO THE RINGS!


Don’t forget about SQUARE DANCING, LINE DANCING, OR THE TWO STEP! Do you know or can you hire a caller?

Yes, if handled right–kids WILL dance. Check out this You Tube videoof ‘very young children’ dancing! You don’t have to be perfect to have fun!



Have children pretend to be gold miners.
Paint very small rocks, gold.
Hide them in the sand.
Give your children small sifters to sift through the sand looking for gold.

If desired, have the kids trade the nuggets in for prizes



Partners assume the Wheel barrow and pusher position.
On the signal, advance to the turning point where they change positions and return to the starting line.



If you are lucky enough to have a feed supply store near by, burlap sacks can be purchased inexpensively. If not, old pillow cases will do. A soft grassy park or lawn will prevent scrapes. (I purchased  sacks at Oriental Trading. Barb)

Each player steps into his/her sack with both feet.
Pull the sack high enough to hold the edges.
Practice hopping first, until all of the players get the hang of it.
Identify the start and finish lines.
Blow the whistle and go!
Adjust the race with obstacles for more excitement—-or if it’s summer add sprinklers…


24. Western Food Ideas for Kids

(Great ‘Decorating Ideas’ and ‘Themed Jokes’ are below Food Ideas)

  • Beans & Franks
  • Pork & beans–made from dried beans and chunks of salt pork
  • Hot Dogs & Chips
  • Chili
  • Chili laddled over/in a bag of Fritos (Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese)
  • Beef stew (Cooked in a crock pot all day with  potatoes, carrots & onion, etc)
  • Sloppy Joes……Macaroni & Cheese
  • Barbequed Beef, Ribs, or Chicken
  • Corn on the Cob, Watermelon
  • Cornbread


Are you serving a group of kids that all like something different? Put out several ingredients from the below list:

  • Raisins
  • Goldfish crackers, plain or cheese
  • Chex cereal
  • Life cereal
  • Cheerios
  • Square pretzels or pretzel sticks
  • Nuts (only if no children in your group are allergic to nuts)
  • Raisins or Yogurt covered raisins, sunflower seeds, etc.
  • Your choice of M&M’s, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, small chewy candies, etc.

1. Put the variety of ingredients out in bowls.
2. After children wash their hands–give them each a baggie. (To keep track of whose is whose – have them write their name on it) The ingredients will then go into each child’s baggie with their choice of mixes.

TIP: Let children know how much ‘measurement-wise’ they can take of offered foods; also how many choices they can have. Example: Eash child can take 1/2 cup of 4 food choices offered.


1.  In a large bowl, add any type of cereals (Cheerios, Kix, Rice Krispies, etc.)
2.  Mix in pretzel sticks, fish crackers, small snack crackers, raisins, oyster crackers, M&M’s, etc. Almost anything that is left-over in the pantry.
3.  Mix well, and place in individual sandwich baggies or paper cups.
This is a great “take-along field trip snack” or “take it outdoors snack”… It will also help you clean out those “little leftovers” in your food storage.

2 cups animal shaped graham crackers
1 cup salted peanuts
1/2 cup M&M’s
1/2 cup raisins
Mix together. Store in sandwich bags or covered container.

1 (15 ounce) box Fruit Loops cereal
1 15 ounce) bag mini pretzel twists
1 (1 pound) bag M&M’s
1 box raisins
1 can salted peanuts
Mix all together and store in airtight container.


2 cups ‘NESTLE GOOBERS’ Milk Chocolate-Covered Peanuts
2 cups small pretzel twists
Miniature marshmallows
1 cup raisins
1 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots
1 cup coarsely chopped dried apples
Combine Goobers, pretzels, marshmallows, raisins, apricots and apples in large bowl.
Makes 10 servings.
Recipe Source: Nestle &

Mix pretzels, Corn Pops, Rice Chex, etc.
Pre-make or put ingredients out—and have children mix what they like…

Put out chocolate pudding.
In separate bowls put out M&M’s, nuts, raisins, coconut, cereal, candy sprinkles, chopped apples and bananas!
Have children add and mix in what they like! Enjoy!

Visit the’Snack Mix’ recipe page for other ideas

33. MAKE HOMEMADE BUTTER just like the pioneers!
Baby food jars
A bowl of ice
Small bowl to put the butter in the ice
Spoon to press butter on the bowl
Measuring spoon

1. Put 2 tablespoons whipping cream in each baby food jar.

2. Put lid on tightly and shake as long as can.

3. Remove lid and pour off excess liquid.

4. Spoon butter into the smaller bowl and set this bowl in the bowl of ice.

5. As butter chills, continue to press it again the side of the bowl to get rid of any remaining liquid.

6. When ready…enjoy on some good bread or rolls!
Tip: To speed up the process you can add a marble to the jar when shaking


2 cups (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups butterscotch chips (or peanut butter if no allergies)
½ tsp. vanilla
3 cups chow mien noodles
Optional: May add 1 cup chopped walnuts or peanuts.
Melt chips; mix in noodles until coated well.
By teaspoon onto was paper. Put in refrigerator to set.

35. COW CHOW…Make the always popular ‘Puppy Chow’ but call it Cow Chow!

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine
12 ounces chocolate chips
1 large box Crispix
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

1. Melt peanut butter, margarine and chocolate chips.
2. Pour mixture over large box Crispix; coat well.
3. In a paper bag or very large bowl… put 2 1/2 cups confectioner sugar.
4. Add coated cereal and gently coat cereal. Cover well…

Note: The mixture actually tastes better after a day or two. The cereal absorbs the chocolate mixture! Yummy!

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup salted peanuts
4 cups chow mein noodles
Melt chips and peanut butter in microwave. Blend together.
Stir in peanuts and noodles gently in the peanut butter mixture.
Drop dough by forkfuls onto wax paper. Cool until set. Yummy

MAKE HAYSTACKS of potato sticks and pretzels

This is a great variation to the rice cereal treat recipe.
Using traditional ‘Rice Krispies recipe’…replace the rice cereal with corn flake cereal.
Follow the instructions combining the cereal, melted marshmallow and butter mixture. Mold the cereal mixture into the shape of haystacks.


Is there anything food-wise that conjures up more ‘gooey fun’?!   Check out the S’Mores pagewith ideas for versions of… bonfire, microwave, oven, freezer, brownies, fudge and more! You’ll soon be saying, “Give me some more!”

Western Themed Beverages


1 cup milk
1 sliced banana
¼ cup unsweetened grape juice
Mix all ingredients together in a blender.
Makes 4-6 small servings

40. BLACK COW (recipe makes 1)
Root Beer, vanilla ice-cream, chocolate syrup
Place 2 tablespoons of syrup in bottom of large glass. Add root beer, stirring until liquid is within 2 inches of top of glass. Add a huge scoop of ice cream.


You can adapt any favorite ‘punch’ recipe and call it Cactus Juice! A couple ideas…
1. Pour cold lemon lime soda into a punch bowl. Add lime sherbet.
2. Make green Kool-Aid and add lemon lime soda. Lime sherbet could also be added to this.

42. ROOR BEER/SASPARILLA (Sasparilla is ‘Old fashioned’ root beer in brown bottles)

43. LEMONADE or Sweet Tea…


→ Make a sign saying “SALOON’ for the area where drinks are served.
→ Hang a sign that says ‘CHUCK WAGON or GRUB’ over the buffet table/serving area.


→ Use Bandanas for place mats or napkins.
→ Use red check tablecloths or bandana print table cloths. Red and white roll paper (butcher paper) would also work.
→ Use a cowboy hat for a centerpiece and fill it with candy or a vase of field-like flowers…

→ Mason jars would  make nice vases for field or wild flowers. An old cowboy boot fitted with an interior vase would also be great holding wild flowers!

→ Do you have an ‘old’ toy train set? If so –place it on the table with an appropriate center piece or cake in the center.


    On small burlap bags write the word “Feed” with a black sharpie pen.
    Fill the bags with any snack mix.
    Tie the top with twine.
    Line the hats with napkins and a bandana or two. Fill with snack type food such as chips, candy, snack mix, pretzels, etc.
  • Serve food in PIE TINS…or aluminum or tin PAILS/BUCKETS of various sizes. Use tin pie tins as plates!
  • Serve root beer, lemonade or sweet tea in MASON JARS and/or beer mugs.



  • Welcome all Cowboys and Cowgirls (or Buckaroos or Cowpokes) Place sign at main entrance.
  • OUTHOUSE (Place by bathroom door)
  • No Bandits or Outlaws Allowed in this Town!
  • How about…No Spittin, Drinken or Chewin allowed on the premises!
  • Grub (Placed over food table)  • Saloon (Placed by beverages)


Purchase cut-out shapes/decorations of Cactus, Cowboys/Cowgirls, Horses, etc. These can be purchased at any local party store or on line at places such as Oriental Trading, Shindigz, Birthday Express, etc.

Although they are expensive, large cut-outs of “old west buildings” are also available from many on-line party sources!


A great photo op and decoration in one!

1. Using a large refrigerator box carton–paint the outside a stone color or brick design.
2. Carefully cut out a large square or rectangle shape window. Either cut the window leaving cardboard ‘bars’ or later add the bars by taping on ‘jail bars’.
The ‘jail’ can be made where the children can enter and look through the bars…or flat where it leans against a wall as a decoration.
3. If room, add ‘Wanted” posters to the outside of the jail. (Image source of refrigerator jail is from RubyLemons blog site)

Idea: if you are making the ‘jail’ as a flat decoration, consider making other building exteriors such as saloon, bank, general store, etc. You may be able to find large boxes at nearby furniture or appliance stores.


Fill it with soft toy ranch/farm animals.

46. BALES OF HAY plus more…
YEE HAW…Welcome party or theme participants with a fun entrance! Stick a “Welcome Buckaroos”  or “Cowpokes” sign into a bale of hay. If the event is being held outdoors, place other bales around for atmosphere. For outdoor parties, bales of hay also make great seating…either around the eating table or here and there!

  • Logs/wood placed in strategic spots can also make a dramatic statement.
  • Horshoes, Old wagon-wheels,  bandanas, lanterns, oil lamps, cowboy boots, a saddle,  ropes, Wanted Posters, balloons, and streamers also add to the western festivities!


(Cow Spots)

Either purchase ballons already colored in black and white cow patches/spots– or paint black patches onto white balloons.

Balloon Ideas: Tie onto each guests chair; group around the party area; place at front entrance with bale of hay; use on tables as centerpieces or on the ‘grub’ table; hang a very large bunch from the ceiling over a main table or center of the room. It will not be filled with hellium, so if grouped together tightly, will resemble a chandelier.

Western Themed Jokes for Kids


Besides sharing the following jokes, what can you do with them?

Use this JOKE AND PUNCH LINE Activity…Great for connecting and for an ice-breaker!

  • Write a joke on one card and a punch line on another. Be sure to mix the cards up. The number of different jokes depends on the size of the group.
  • Give each person a card. Explain that they may have a joke or a punch line on the card. On a given signal, they are to walk around the group trying to find the other part of their joke/punch line.
  • When they find their other half, you may ask them to get to know their new partner by asking things like favorite ice cream or dream vacation etc…
  • When this is done, everyone can return to a circle and with their partner, tell their joke.


What do you say to a cow that crosses in front of your car?
Mooo-ve over.

Why do cows have bells?
Because their horns don’t work.

What do you get when you cross a cow with a duck?
Milk and quackers.

What do you get when you cross a cow with a rabbit?
Hare in your milk!

Why do cows use the doorbell?
Because their horns don’t work!

What happened when the cow jumped over the barbed wire fence?
It was an udder catastrophe!

Where do cows go on Friday night?
To the moo-vies.

Why did the rancher buy a brown cow?
Because he wanted chocolate milk.

What do you get if you cross a sheep and a porcupine?
An animal that knits its own sweaters.

What runs around a ranch but doesn’t move?
A fence.

There you have it, some wild west themed activities for kids and some western party ideas. We hope you have enjoyed these ideas and hope they inspire you to have a fun wild west event.  Make sure you check out our circus themed activities as well.


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A directory of 500+ kids arts and crafts activities, including painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, and suncatchers.

Looking for an art activity to do with your kids? If so, you’ve come to the right place! You can find over 500 kids arts and crafts activities and ideas here on The Artful Parent.

I’ll highlight some of our very best kids’ art activities by category below. You’ll find drawing ideas, painting techniques, collage activities, and more.

If you’re looking for a specific material or technique you can click on a category below or use the search button in the right-hand sidebar. There are between 30 and 70 activities in most of the categories listed, so you should find lots of ideas to explore if you just want to poke around and get inspired!

500+ Kids Arts and Crafts Activities

Kids Painting Activities

Kids love to paint! The kids painting activities on The Artful Parent range from spin painting, marble rolling, body painting, fingerpainting, to painting with a variety of brushes and other materials and on a range of surfaces.

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Drawing for Kids – Creative Ideas & Activities

We have lots of ideas, activities, and games for drawing with kids here on The Artful Parent, including observational drawing, drawing prompts, and creative drawing exercises and drawing games.

Here are a few top activities to get you started:

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Printmaking Ideas for Kids

Looking for some printmaking ideas for kids? I’ve got you covered! We have more than 40 great printmaking activities and ideas for children here on The Artful Parent. The printmaking techniques and art activities included here are monoprinting, muffin tin printing, styrofoam printing, printing with found objects, string and yarn printing, hand prints, and car wheel printing.

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3D Art and Sculpture Ideas for Kids

Looking for 3D art and sculpture ideas for kids? We have more than 25 for you here on The Artful Parent, including toothpick sculptures, building with cardboard, plus both wood sculptures annd ice sculptures.

Here are a few top kids arts and crafts activities to get you started:

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Watercolor Projects for Kids

Looking for watercolor art activities for children? We have more than 50 for you here on The Artful Parent, including simply painting, printing, doing watercolor resist activities, and multimedia art projects, as well as for various science experiments and dyeing a range of items.

Here are a few top kids arts and crafts activities to get you started:

Want more? Click here for 50+ Watercolor Projects Kids Love!

Stained Glass and Suncatcher Crafts 

We LOVE stained glass and suncatchers! They capture light and color in such a magical way. We have more than 50 stained glass and suncatcher art activities for kids here on The Artful Parent!

Here are a few top posts to get you started:

Want more? Click here for 50+ Stained Glass and Suncatcher Crafts Kids can Make!

Clay and Playdough Ideas for Kids

Looking for 3D art and sculpture ideas for kids? We have more than 25 for you here on The Artful Parent, including toothpick sculptures, building with cardboard, plus both wood sculptures and ice sculptures.

Here are a few top posts to get you started:

Want more? Click here for 30+ Clay and Playdough Ideas for Kids!

Collage Art Ideas for Kids

We have more than 50 collage art ideas for kids here on The Artful Parent, including including basic paper collage, contact paper collage, sticker collage, mixed media artwork, and 3-D collage.

Here are a few top kids arts and crafts activities to get you started:

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Toddler Art Activities

There are so many fun toddler art ideas here on The Artful Parent. We have lots of action art and sensory art activities to keep young children engaged while encouraging exploration.

7 Process Art Activities for Toddlers,  5 BEST Toddler Art Activities and 5 Low Mess Creative Activities for Kids are all great starting points.

Or try some of our favorite art activities for toddlers:

Nature Art for Kids

Looking for nature art ideas for children? We have more than 30, including land art, observational drawing, leaf printing, and nature suncatchers.

Here are a few top posts to get you started:

Want more? Click here for 33 Nature Art Ideas for Kids!

Outdoor Art for Kids

Some art activities are better suited to the outdoors, whether because they involve nature, need more space, are extra messy, or use outdoor equipment. We have more than 20, including splatter painting, spray painting, and chalk art.

Here are a few top posts to get you started:

Want more? Click here for 21 Outdoor Art Ideas for Kids!

I hope you found some fun kids arts and crafts activities to do!

Remember to use the search field in the right-hand sidebar if there’s something specific you’re looking for.

Looking for posts on getting started with kids’ art? Try these:  

Or pick up a copy of The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art & Creativity by Jean Van’t Hul. Jean’s book will walk you through getting started, helping your kids thrive by offering a creative home environment, and how to do 60+ kids’ art activities!

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Primero fue Jesús, María, el niño, la mula y el buey... pero ésto como digo fue el principio. Luego aterrizaron el arsenal de pastores (cada uno con su estudiada labor) las pastorcillas (que solían lavar la ropa en ese bonito rio de papel de plata tan peculiar) los romanos perfectamente ataviados, los reyes magos con todo su cortejo. Y a lo tonto a lo tonto, se montó el Belén. Esa tradición de poner el nacimiento en un rinconcito de la casa, se ha convertido en un verdadero reto para muchas familias que cada año se afanan por hacer un belén más completo y espectacular. En esta ardua y divertida labor les ayuda fervientemente Pichardo Belenes. En este establecimiento encontrarás cualquier figura (hasta la más insospechada), incluso si tienes un punto de artista podrás pintarlas tú mismo a tu antojo. Además de figuritas podras adquirir casas, molinos, tiendas y demás infraestructura de la época. Y es que esto de comprar edificios a escala reducida tiene su gracia. A mi me remonta a mi época de infancia cuando jugaba a los pini pon (sí, nací en los ochenta, me acabo de delatar). Aunque yo abogo por construir con tus propias manos cada detalle por pequeño que sea. ¿Quién dijo que una casa de palillos sería menos casa? En cualquier caso, seas de los que lo compran todo o de los que lo elaboran, Pichardo Belenes te va a facilitar la labor para que tu Belén luzca precioso estas navidades. Seguro que dejas a todos boquiabiertos. Por algo lo llaman el misterio.

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At Know Theatre, it’s important to us to keep all of our shows affordable for all, while making it possible for artists to earn a living in Cincinnati.

We offer a range of ticket prices that allow each audience member to choose a price that works for you.  This way, we can keep theatre accessible to everyone who wants to see a show and still bring in revenue that allows us to make innovative new works while striving to pay a living wage.

We’re a 99 seat theatre with general admission seating, with no seat more than 20 feet from the playing space.

Our lobby bar opens one hour before show time. We hope you’ll come hang out with us pre-show.

We open the doors to the theatre about ten minutes before curtain.

Here’s the breakdown of our ticket prices

Living Wage Tickets: $35

If you’re able to pay a little more for a ticket, you help our artists survive AND keep the Know accessible to all.

Mainstage Tickets: $25

Our regular low priced ticket!

Rush Tickets: $15

Arrive an hour before show time to get on our waiting list. If there’s a seat available 10 minutes before the show starts, we’ll sell you a ticket for $15. Just promise us that if you like the show, you’ll tell fifteen friends.

Welcome Experiment Advance Tickets: $10

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Welcome Experiment Walkup Tickets: $0 (or pay what you wish)

For Wednesday night MainStage performances, half of the seats are reserved for walkup customers, with tickets available at no cost.

SecondStage $15

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