You can never go wrong taking kids to a science center and Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City is no exception. We have visited it several times on our trips to Oklahoma City and our kids have a great time every time.
We have four children, ages 6-14 and it’s getting harder to find activities that are fun for everyone, but the Science Museum continues to fit the bill. Here are ten tips for visiting Science Museum Oklahoma.
Pronounced “Curiosity”, this new 20,000 square-foot village featuring 8 whimsical neighborhoods where familiar meets the fanciful, is an amazing addition to the museum. Although geared to younger children, our 11- and 14-year old boys still had a good time exploring the exhibit.
Some of the things that stood out to me: a water table area, a jungle gym area to climb and slide, an area with carnival games and a hand-propelled carousel, a puppet stage, my husband’s favorite thing–an area with water droplets under strobe lights, giving it an optical illusion of running up instead of down, a music area, a building area, a bed of nails, and more, including a nursing room for mothers. It is visually beautiful, with details, colors, and storefronts reminiscent of Disney. Very well done and not to be missed. If you haven’t been to the museum for a while, it is worth a trip just to see CurioCity.
Go to a Planetarium show
We saw “Tonight’s Sky” and I was impressed. I had not previously seen a show in this theater, where the seats are in a circle and reclined so you can easily view the ceiling where the show takes place. Our host, a museum staff member, was funny and entertaining as she presented a 30-minute “show” on the night sky, pointing out stars and constellations, the moon, and interesting facts of how they came to be. Our 6-year old began to lose attention by the end and the toddler next to me was done, but for the most part, I believe the show will be enjoyed by the whole family.
Go to SCIENCE LIVE
We have attended the Science Live Show twice and it is always fun. There is a host who performs science experiments that are impressive and explosive, while also being funny and kid-friendly. It’s great experience for all ages.
Have lunch at Pavlov’s Café
Eating lunch at Pavlov’s Cafe makes it easier to spend more time in the museum. There is a full menu of hot and cold sandwiches, french fries, salads and more. Prices are comparable to other restaurants. There is plenty of seating and it is located on the main level of the museum.
Enjoy free parking
Free parking is not very common at urban family attractions, but there is a very large parking lot where parking is free at the Science Museum in Oklahoma City. Be warned, however, that parking is tight and we drove around until we found a spot near the end of a row that had a little extra space for a larger family vehicle.