The MonDak region has a distinct lack of time machines available for people to use, but thankfully Fort Union Trading Post is bringing back a popular program so that kids in the area have a chance visit the fort and step back into time,
Kidz Kraft Saturdays kicks off on Saturday, June 29 at the fort, bringing with it several workshops that will allow kids to see how life was lived at the fort during the 1800s. Every Saturday through August 17 will feature a different history-themed hands-on activity, and participants will learn a new skill or receive a take-home project. Projects vary and include model building, Fur Trade era games, sketching and news reporting. The projects are designed to accommodate kids of all ages, and take about an hour to complete. Adult supervision is required during the workshops, but park ranger will be on-hand to assist and answer any questions visitors might have. No registration is required for the workshops, and all activities are free and open to all age levels. Kidz Kraft Saturdays 2019 schedule:
• June 29 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kurz Day: Learn about Rudolf Kurz and his sketches that helped inform the reconstruction of Fort Union and leave with a personal drawing of the fort.
July 6 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Fort Building: Join special guest group LUGMonDak to view a model of Fort Union built by Lorren Loveless out of LEGO bricks. Use your skills to build the fort, or a building at the fort. LEGOs will not be taken home after this workshop.CT
July 13 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clerk Day: Cursive and Spencerian handwriting are skills that will be taught along with the daily life and duties of a clerk at Fort Union. Participants will get to take home a quill and practice pages.
July 20 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Bodmer Day: Learn about Karl Bodmer, an artist that visited Fort Union, and create a landscape of the surrounding area. Participants will be able to take home their masterpiece.
July 27 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Game Day: Play games from the Fur Trade Era.
There will be board games, card games, and physical games. All ages and abilities are welcome.
August 3 Indian Arts Showcase: There will not be an individual craft due to Ft. Union’s Indian Arts Showcase and Powwow. The public is invited to come out to enjoy the traditional Indian crafts and powwow on Saturday August 3rd and Sunday August 4th.
August 10 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: News of the Era: Fort Union had its very own newspaper, and participants are invited to come learn about the fort and events that happened at the fort and become a reporter for the Frontier Scout. Participants will leave with an article on the “front page” of the Frontier Scout.
August 17 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Buffalo Hide Winter Count: The final Kidz Kraft of the season. Learn about how some Native tribes told their history and create a winter (or summer) count of your own.