Monday, August 9, 2010

Science Museum Oklahoma: A Fun Ride for CC

There are only so many things you can do in 104 degree weather.

Yes, that's how steaming hot it's been here in Oklahoma City since we arrived last week. Luckily, there are some fun indoor activities for kiddos that can distract us from the oven that is Middle America.

One great place for kids is Science Museum Oklahoma (nee Omniplex, which is what it was called when I was a kiddo.)

Way better than it was in the '80s, when it was pretty sparse, the Science Museum now boasts not only a Segway track (see above video), but also the hands-on GadgetTrees play space with the nation's largest spiral slide, Archimedes' Slide, as well as the opportunity to test out simple machinery such as pulleys, levers and wedges.

For older tykes, there is the Whodunit? section, which explores the science of solving crimes. Think of it as CSI Jr.: OKC. Kids and adults can walk through a faux diner and listen as mannequin witnesses tell their sides of the story.

We also caught Science Live, a live show that's truly explosive. Although our host was super animated and entertained the kids with flammable experiments, ultimately it was a little much for CC, so we ducked out early.

What used to be a place that could provide a couple hours of fun, Science Museum Oklahoma is now a must-see spot where you could spend the whole day. You might even want to go back over the same weekend.

Science Museum Oklahoma
2100 N.E. 52nd St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Tickets: Adults ($10.95); Seniors 65+ ($8.95); Children ages 4-12 ($8.95); Children under 4 (Free) *Prices are for the museum exhibits only.

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