Spring break family fun at the Frontier Times Museum
With the mountain laurels in bloom and wildflowers sprinkling the roadside, spring has come to the Texas Hill Country and the annual ritual of Spring Break is upon us. If you’re looking for activities the whole family can enjoy, look no further than Bandera’s own Frontier Times Museum at 510 13th Street.
The museum’s Frontier Family Fun week kicks off on Sunday, March 12 with the 2nd Sunday Music Fest. This month’s musical host will be Lee Harman. Lee has invited a few close friends to join him on the museum’s outdoor Texas Traildrivers Theatre stage for a traditional picker and singer circle. This free monthly program goes from 1 to 4 pm and is sponsored by the museum and the Bandera Music Hall of Fame. It’s a bit of a homecoming for Lee. Lee designed and built the stage for the museum in 2013 for local musicians to perform in a family friendly environment. Bring your lawn chairs and grab a hot dog from Get Along Lil’ Dogie.
The fun continues on Monday, March 13, when local potter, Mary Pipes and the Bandera Potters Guild will demonstrate the ancient art of pottery. Mary will have two potter’s wheels available for kids to learn how to make their own pottery. Mary will fire and glaze your artwork. Members of the Bandera Potters Guild will have their works on display as well.
On Tuesday, March 14, fiber artist Jennifer Nimmrichter of Suzoo’s Wool Works will demonstrate how wool is transformed into yarn. Jennifer uses both local wool and angora from Bandera as much as possible. Jennifer likes to point out that Texas is the largest producer of fine wool in the United States. Her hand-dyed wool fiber creations are not your grandmother’s knitted mittens.
On Thursday, March 16, step back into time and see how children played 100 years ago. Before video games and Barbie Dolls, toys were often hand-made but just as entertaining. Ina Heinen will bring her collection of old-time toys to show the children of today that fun can be had with toys that do not need batteries or assembly. Each day the demonstrations will be held in the museum’s Doane Western Art Gallery from 11 am to 3pm.
On Friday, March 17, Jacque Jackson will be on the museum’s grounds with her horses to show little cowpokes how to care for and behave around horses. Jacque’s gentle horses are always a popular attraction on Bandera’s Cowboys on Main Saturday program. Jacque and her posse will be available from 11 to 2 pm.
Frontier Family Fun week ends on Saturday, March 18, with legendary trick roper, Kevin Fitzpatrick. Kevin will “tie” things up in front of the museum’s Texas Traildrivers Theatre. A true Bandera character, Kevin was inducted into the museum’s Texas Heroes Hall of Honor in 2009. Come get lassoed by Kevin from 1 to 4 pm.
Admission into the museum is $6 for adults, $4 for Seniors – 65 or older, $2 for children six to 17, and free for children 5 and younger. Buy your Spring Break Pass and enjoy entry into the museum every day from March 13 to 18- $15 adults and seniors, $5 children, six to 17. With admission to the Frontier Times Museum, receive a discount on your admission into the Bandera Museum of Natural History, good through the month of March.