Crafts & Other Fun for Kids During Wild West Days

small girl and pony in paradeKids, parents, and grandparents alike will have a blast during Cave Creek Wild West Days! Start off watching the parade on Saturday, Nov. 5, which starts on the west side of town at 9 a.m. and ends around 11 a.m. at Harold’s Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd. Then choose from a ton of fun activities throughout town!

At Harold’s, kids can take in the action of the pig races from noon to 3 p.m., watch Cow Pie Bingo from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., or try riding a mechanical bull for kids outside from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Walk across the parking lot to The Buffalo Chip, 6823 E. Cave Creek Rd.,  to watch or participate in mutton bustin’ (kids riding sheep) starting at 11:30 a.m. Kids ages four to seven can participate, but since the activity is limited to 65 kids, early registration through www.wildwestdayscavecreek.com is encouraged.

Down the street at Frontier Town, 6245 E. Cave Creek Rd., the fun begins at 10 a.m. with Quick Duck Draws all day and special reenactment shows with the Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies starting and 11 a.m. and going all day. Kids and adults also can participate in a half pie-eating contest at 1 p.m.

Just west of Frontier Town, The Print Shop will be hosting a fun kid’s crafts program and serving snow cones from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Print Shop is located at 6217 E. Cave Creek Rd.

kids gold panningA little off the beaten path, but a must-see, is Cave Creek Museum, at 6140 E. Skyline Drive, where the massive, historic 1880 “Golden Reef Mine Stamp Mill” Stamp Mill will operate at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and at 3:30 p.m. Volunteers will crush hard rock ore in search of gold that can be separated and saved. Kids also can participate in a fun gold panning event. The Museum is easily accessed from Cave Creek Road via Basin Road on the main strip of town, or via Skyline Drive from the west side of town, just north of Oregano’s.

Sunday features more fun for kids and parents with Quick Duck Draws, another half pie-eating contest and Prescott Regulators performances at Frontier Town. Cave Creek Museum is also open from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information about the 13th Annual Cave Creek Wild West Days, email WildWestDays2016@gmail.com or call (480) 437-1110.