My kids are always up for a visit to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame but the added kids’ activities and family fun during Fall Y’all make it a perfect time to spend several hours in the high-tech, interactive museum about Oklahoma’s people. Did I mention admission and activities are totally FREE?! Free fall fun is my favorite kind of fall fun!
Fall Y’all is held in conjunction with Fall Break (and all the mamas said ‘thank you!’), from Monday, Oct. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 19. Each day will include story time at 10:30 a.m., followed by crafts and other themed activities. My crew loves to spend some quiet(er) time in the Oklahoma Theater, where a movie will show each day of the event. Outdoor activities, like a corn maze in the garden, will get those fall break wiggles out. Fun themes will vary each day, like pajama day, dinosaurs, Hollywood and dancing.
Whether you take advantage of all the free fun during Fall Y’all or plan a visit another time of year, don’t miss my kids’ favorite exhibits:
- Picture Yourself. Life-size interactive vignettes allow kids of all ages (and their parents, too!) to imagine themselves making contributions to the community, state and world like the actual members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Currently, guests can practice their slam dunk skills with Thunder-themed gear, give a weather report like a real meteorologist or perch atop a bucking broncho (without the bucking!) Push the button, strike a pose and the exhibit’s camera will snap a photo of you. My kids are the ones giggling maniacally as their silly photos pop up on the exhibit monitors.
- Chickasaw Nation Oklahoma Through its People Gallery. Guests get to learn about the five characteristics of Oklahomans by watching interactive video presentations about inspirational Oklahomans like Maria Tallchief, Ralph Ellison, Mat Hoffman and Reba McEntire. This space is a creative way to get high-tech kids engaged in learning history through people’s stories. Plus kids get to drive their own experiences, choosing which stories to watch by pushing a button or playing a trivia game.
- Makerspace. My daughter loves exploring the larger-than-life, colorful mural, finding Oklahoma icons she recognizes. My two boys are all-in for the hands-on STEAM and creativity-boosting activities, books and open play space designed just for kids like them.
- Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gallery. Through touchscreen computer stations and the legacy map, kids can peek at the more than 690 Oklahomans who’ve been inducted into the hall, the state’s highest honor. I love that kids can search for inspirational Oklahomans from their own hometown or who made contributions in their own areas of interest, envisioning what their own futures might hold.
- History of the Building. Step back in time to imagine what the historic Mid-Continent Life Insurance building would have been like in its heyday. My kids are intrigued by looking through the office of the founder of the life insurance company once housed in the space, considering how differently people lived and what the community would have looked like more than 90 years ago.
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame regularly provides family programming and free admission days throughout the year. Find the full schedule here: https://oklahomahof.com.