Our trip to Arizona wouldn’t have been complete without a little introduction to the Wild West. I thought about taking my children to Tombstone, Arizona, home of the O.K. Corral and the site of the most famous gunfight in the American West. But, since I am a pacifist and really don’t have much of an interest in the history of the lawless west, I decided against it.
Luckily, there was no need to drive all the way to Tombstone when Tucson is home to Trail Dust Town, a small entertainment complex with a Wild West theme. Childless adults are sure to think that Trail Dust Town is cheesy, but it was a perfect way to give a 7-year-old and 5-year-old a little taste of the Wild West.
We bought our tickets for the Wild West Stunt Show about half an hour before it began. As we waited, we walked around the complex, looking at the covered wagons, saloons, and other themed buildings. One of the actors stayed in character as he interacted with the kids. Both Luke and Leah were convinced he was a real cowboy.
The show was a lot better than I had expected. I knew Luke would enjoy the show as it was advertised as a show with gunfights and explosions. That is right up his alley. I wasn’t sure if Leah or I would like it. I was happily surprised to find that all three of us liked it.
Luke was belly laughing at the slapstick humor used throughout the show. Leah was impressed by the female character’s fighting skills. I found the show to be silly, but entertaining.
During the rest of the trip, the kids imitated the show and played “Cowboys” every chance they could. When we visited the fabulous McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale, Luke and Leah were thrilled to find a miniature western town to play in. Our trip to Trail Dust Town opened a new avenue for dramatic play– the Wild West!
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