There are some great museums in the United States and Oklahoma City is no exception. If you are visiting the area with kids I highly recommend a visit to The Science Museum Oklahoma and Sam Noble Museum. These are in our opinion the best museums in Oklahoma City to visit if you have kids.
Science Museum Oklahoma
This is a very hands on museum within a very large building. If you have active children, and let’s face it they’re all active, this is a great place to go. There are definitely too many exhibits and displays to cover in this article so I will just highlight a few of the ones we really enjoyed while we were in this awesome Oklahoma City museum.
Climbing structures are always a big hit with kids and this place has two of them. One is designed to look like trees. It has slides, ramps and stairs, as well as air cannons. The cannons are up high and can be moved to shoot different targets, like CD’s and wind chimes dangling from the ceiling.
The other one is at the back of Curiosity Village. It is huge and provides a great place to let kids run. With only one area to enter and exit it’s easy to let them go. This structure has two big slides, bridges, an airplane with propellers that move, and tubes that can send little balls up or down. It provides endless opportunities for fun.
Always Something New
When you visit as many museums as we do you are bound to have some overlap in activities. Science Museum Oklahoma had plenty of new things to experience though. The kids really enjoyed getting a chance to drive a Segway. The small track had an outer, easier course and an inner course with different terrain. They even gave them a drivers license to keep.
Some of the other displays included origami art and fungus. Seeing the incredible origami that people can make is amazing. It is hard to believe that some of these things are made completely out of folded paper. There is even a place to make your own origami frog. In the fungus section is a disgusting yet interesting display. It shows a plate of food over time and in each display the food is shown decaying more and more. It was interesting to see which foods decay more rapidly and which ones are slower in this process.
Upstairs they have a big open area with over-sized games. These include games like checkers, chess, and dominoes. Most of them we have played, but the one game they have that was new to us is the giant Battleship game board. The kids also got to “go to the Moon” in a space capsule in the space section. An employee will help them climb into the pod and they move it around while giving them instruction from Earth. Parents can watch on a video screen to see their kids reactions.
Sam Noble Museum
A visit to this museum near Oklahoma City will give you a better understanding of the states history and environment. It has beautiful displays that show you animals, plants, and people that have helped form the state.
First you will travel through exhibits of early life and prehistoric times. With drawers to open, flaps to lift, and realistic displays, your child is sure to enjoy the main floor. There are lots of dinosaur fossils which give a great perspective of the true size of these creatures. They also have a great children’s room with plenty of hands on activities. Our oldest son found the books right away while the younger two played with the animal action figures. Don’t forget to look at the selection of live animals in here as well.
Upstairs you will find displays about the people of Oklahoma. These exhibits focus on the Native Americans that play an important role in the states history along with early settlers too. One of the must see displays here is the painted bison skull which is the oldest known painting. The museum covers tons of information about Oklahoma and is sure to provide family fun and education too.
Museums in Oklahoma City are Great
These are two of the best museums to take your kids in the Oklahoma City area. The Science Museum Oklahoma will provide hours of entertainment for kids of all ages. There are too many fun things to do there for me to share them all so go check it out for yourself. If you are looking for fun and education definitely visit the Sam Noble Museum. Both are fun for the whole family. They also have in common that parking is free and plentiful which is always a bonus.
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