History Adventures 2024


2024 History Adventure Day Camps

History Adventures helps young Explorers understand the experiences of people from the past who have called Colorado home through hands-on activities and instruction from expert historical interpreters. The Littleton Museum summer programs have been a tradition for over 40 years!

These day-long activities are open to 12 children per session and require prior registration to attend. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

All sessions are from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and cost $50 per day per child.

A benefit of Friends of the Littleton Library and Museum membership is early registration and a 10% discount.

Registration Open Dates:

  • Registration opens to Friends members on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at 9 a.m.
  • Registration opens to all on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 9 a.m.

Camps are now full - Join the waitlist here


Tuesday, June 18: Pioneer Day   

Ages: 9 – 13

Pike’s Peak or Bust! It is 1859 and Explorers have been pulled back through time, to the days of the ‘overland’ pioneers. During this session, children will learn about the skills early settlers needed to survive a long trek across the plains, and how to thrive on their homesteads. Explorers will learn about the food pioneers ate, and how to use a compass, make candles, and start a fire with flint and steel.

This camp will focus on the lives of Colorado pioneer families, particularly the children, to help bring this history to life. Selected excerpts from journals will be read and Explorers will have the opportunity to keep their own journals.


SOLD OUT - Tuesday, July 9 & Wednesday, July 10 (Two-Day Camp): Life on the Farm 

[Same registrants for both days. $100 total per child] 

Ages: 8 – 12

Explorers will experience the day-to-day work that went into running a 19th century farm. From the early settlement in the Kansas Territory in the 1860s to the family farm of the 1890s in Littleton, children will step back in time to learn about the skills needed for farm life in Colorado.

Explorers will work with the historic interpreters to care for the animals, prepare an historic recipe, build a fire, and attend a lesson in Littleton’s first schoolhouse. Participants will record their thoughts in their pioneer journals and come away with a greater understanding of a child’s life in the 1800s.


Tuesday, July 23: Cow Camp   

Ages: 8 – 12 

Saddle up! This session will focus on western cattle culture and the jobs that cowboys, cowgirls, and vaqueros have done for hundreds of years. Not many people realize that one of the major cattle trails ran through Colorado. The Goodnight/Loving Trail, established by Texas cattleman Charlie Goodnight, passed through Pueblo and Denver.

This adventure will teach Explorers the skills that cowboys had to learn in order to manage a large herd traveling across the open plains. Explorers will learn to rope, cook camp biscuits, compose cowboy poetry, sing cowboy songs, and even ride in a barrel race with a stick horse they make themselves.


Tuesday, August 6: Art and History   

Ages: 7 – 11 

Step into the role of an historic artist as the Littleton Museum combines art and history. In this session, Explorers will learn about some of the most influential artists who visited Colorado in the 19th century. As we discover the stories surrounding these artists, kids will participate in painting, drawing, and crafting projects.

At the end of the day, Explorers will take home a portfolio of their work as well as short biographies of the artists that inspired their projects.


Frequently Asked Questions

Should my child bring their lunch? 

  • Yes, please send a lunch with your child. We have a refrigerator to store their lunches in.
  • Please make museum staff aware of any food allergies or other pertinent allergies prior to your child’s participation.  


What should my child wear? 

  • Participants must wear closed-toed shoes to prevent possible injury from nails, wires, and other debris often found on the farmyards.  
  • We strongly recommend a hat and sunscreen, as many areas on the farms where the activities take place are in direct sun. 


When and where is drop off and pick up? 

  • Drop off is at the Education Wing door to the Littleton Museum (the doors to the left of the big rock wall as you look at the Museum). A volunteer will be there to check your child in.
  • Please arrive by 9 a.m. Pick up is in the same spot, at 3 p.m. 


Will my child be riding a horse at Cow Camp, or touching the animals up close?

These camps do not involve riding any animals. We will be looking at and talking about the livestock, and perhaps feeding them part of their daily diet.


My child has particular needs I'd like to discuss.

Please email Ryan Badger, Curator of Education & Interpretation, at rbadger@littletongov.org or call at 303-795-3711.


What if my family has a change of plans?

The cutoff date to receive a full refund is June 7, 2024.

You will receive a 50% refund if you cancel at least 48 hours before the camp session begins.  Email Ryan Badger at rbadger@littletongov.org.


What if I register as a Friends member during the Friends-Only period and it turns out I am not a current member?

Please note - From March 26 until April 2 at 9 a.m., only current members of the Friends of the Littleton Library & Museum are eligible to register camp slots. If a registration is made without a current membership during that period, that registration is not guaranteed and may be canceled and refunded.