Fun at the Fort still has openings

Fort Concho National Historic LandmarkFort Concho National Historic Landmark (photo by Sandy Rojas/San Angelo NOW)

Fort Concho’s “Fun at the Fort.” 630 S. Oaks Street, still has openings for their summer programs where kids can learn about cowboys, Indians, and even enlist in the mock infantry. Most of the on-day sessions are from 9:30 a.m. until noon and most  are open to children ages 6-12.

The schedule of programs includes:

• Tuesday, July 12: “Join the Infantry!”

Participants enlist for a day of marching, drilling and sampling rations, taught by Fort Concho Buffalo Soldier Paul Cook.
• Thursday, July 14: “Digging in the Dirt”

Members of the Concho Valley Archaeology Society will help participants dig for clues to learn about how the Concho Valley’s earliest people lived, create rock art and make a medicine bag.
• Tuesday, July 19: “Plants and Pioneers”

Susan Perry, Native Plant Society, will teach about medicinal, edible and useful Texas plants and engage in clever craft projects.
• Wednesday, July 20: “Southwest Indians”

Participants will visit a tepee, sample Indian foods and create Native American crafts.
• Tuesday, July 20: “Tracing Your Roots”

Kids will dig into the past by charting their family tree using research and genealogy techniques. (Bring names of parents and grandparents.)
• Friday, July 22: “Home on the Range”

Learn about the cowboy’s frontier life by making western crafts, preparing homemade biscuits and butter, and weaving a rope.

The “Tracing Your Roots” genealogy course will be from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. and will be for ages 8-14.

Each session costs $12 or $15 per child, depending upon whether the family is a Fort Concho member. All classes include snacks and souvenirs.

Registration forms are available at