Presidio Museum Brings History to Life for Children and Youth

Upcoming activities for February and March 2021

By Sponsored content from the Presidio Museum February 19, 2021

Navigating schools these days is difficult for everyone.  To help enhance students’ learning opportunities, the Presidio Museum’s upcoming activities in February and March will provide experiential and fun opportunities for attendees to learn about the local history and culture of Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Family Adventure Fourth Saturday: TWO DAYS, February 26 & 27

Although the Tucson Rodeo won’t be held this February due to precautions taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19, there is still an opportunity to celebrate Tucson’s vaquero (cowboy) heritage at the Presidio Museum. The museum’s monthly Family Adventure Fourth Saturday will be expanded to TWO days this month, being held on Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, from 10 am to 1 pm during Tucson schools’ Rodeo Break.

The Presidio Museum is partnering with the Rodeo Parade Museum for these two days to bring you a variety of cowboy activities, including roping our docile (plastic) cows, listening to a cowboy-themed story, learning how the Spanish and early settlers took care of their livestock, hearing the history of the rodeo and why it is an important part of Tucson culture, and tinsmithing Western ornaments.

Other events may include a tour of the Presidio Museum,  colonial-period games, and much more!  All activities are included with regular museum admission and will run from 10 am-1 pm. The program is open to children of all ages but is ideal for 4–7-year-olds and their families.

March’s History in the Field Programs Focus on Archaeology

The Presidio Museum’s education staff have produced several programs called “History in the Field” for homeschool and other types of student groups.  In March, these programs will focus on archaeology, and the workshops will be held on March 10 from 10 a to 12 pm, and March 24, from 4-6 pm.

This workshop starts start with a visit to the Museum’s excavated Early Agricultural period pit house. Participants will then identify and learn about specific artifacts found in recent archaeological excavations. Field mapping supplies will also be provided for participants to document what they have found and figure out what was going on in that area.

Chaperones are required to register and attend the program with their children, and one chaperone must attend for every four children. The cost for History in the Field is $5 per participant, and pre-registration is required at 

The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum is located on the northeast corner of the original Presidio at 196 N. Court Ave. The Presidio Museum is a reconstruction of the original Tucson Presidio built in 1775. Docent tours give visitors a glimpse of what life in the Presidio was like for soldiers and other residents.  Additional highlights include an original 150-year-old Sonoran row house and a 2,000-year-old prehistoric pit house.  Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-13 and free for children five and under and Presidio Museum members. The Presidio Museum is managed by the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation, a not-for-profit entity whose mission is to guide and aid in the interpretation of history at the Presidio San Agustín through research, education, and living history experiences.