Hands-on Discovery for kids!
The Tread of Pioneers Museum's dedicated kid-friendly exhibit represents a typical child’s bedroom in Steamboat Springs around 1900. The exhibit includes try-on pioneer clothing and historic and replica toys from the turn of the 19th century. Items are ready for touching and experimentation and include books, blocks, china dolls, teddy bears, porcelain tea sets, stereoscope, and more. Framed portraits on the wall feature local families and children from the early 1900s.
A room open to all
Another room feature includes a drawer of odd Victorian tools no longer in use today. The “What is This?” game has historical objects for kids to hold, bend, and smell to figure out what it is. Some items are, glove stretchers, a button hook, garters, hand warmers, and a darning egg.
While the room's goal is to serve, educate, and entertain children of elementary school age, the room is open to all museum visitors and will delight kids of all ages. An explanation panel in the room touches on local history themes important for all ages and types of visitors. Some of these themes are how the town changed with the coming of the railroad, how families worked together to survive the harsh Yampa Valley winters, school life, town economics, and the history of the local strawberry boom. We hope everyone enjoys our newest exhibit at the Tread of Pioneers Museum!