"Journey to Pikes Peak" Children's Gallery Opening, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., free, 385-5990, cspm.org

Years ago, people came to the Pikes Peak region by covered wagon and railroad. Now, children ages 4 to 8 can re-create the trip to the West in a new, interactive history gallery.

Kids will have a lot of fun in the Pioneers Museum learning about local history, said Chrys Fotenos of the El Paso County Pioneers Association.

On Saturday, they also can sample a trail mix bar, learn about Zebulon Pike and see animals from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

Max the marmot will lead them through the new gallery, where they'll first stop at a "train station" to "buy" a train ticket and learn how long it would take to get from Boston to Colorado Springs.

Fotenos said youngsters also can figure out how much food they could take with them if they headed west in a covered wagon, and they can visit the new teepee where they'll learn how Native Americans who lived in the region dressed and what foods they ate. As they trek toward the mountains the youngsters can wear bonnets, cowboy hats and other clothing from the Pikes Peak or Bust era.

Fotenos said when she first saw the plans for the "Journey to Pikes Peak" gallery, all she could say was, "Wow, I wish we had always had something like this. What fun."

LINDA NAVARRO, THE GAZETTE, linda.navarro@gazette.com, 636-0374