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Summertime Scoop – 4 newsworthy happenings for families

by Emiley Bainbridge. Photos provided.

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Opportunities to learn and grow abound in OKC. Check out these noteworthy examples.

Splash-tastic seasonal fun awaits in Edmond

Edmond’s Ted Anderson park will reopen in summer 2024 with a brand-new splash pad and new playground equipment. The splash pad will include assorted splash arc and ground spray options as well as a GeoMister. The park will also offer picnic areas, grills, a restroom building, an outdoor shower and a practice ball field.

The park is located at 2405 S. Rankin. Follow Edmond Parks and Recreation on Facebook for opening day updates.

Dive into summer reading — and earn prizes

photo by Metropolitan Library System

Summer vacation does not have to mean a vacation from reading! These months are a great time for children to expand their literary world, learn to enjoy reading for fun, help sharpen school skills and bridge the gap between school years with a Summer Reading Program.

Both the Metropolitan and Pioneer library systems provide kids and adults opportunities to track reading and earn prizes and incentives. Visit your local library for more details, or check out metrolibrary.org/summerreading or pioneerlibrarysystem.org.

Science Live! explodes with more interactivity

Science Museum Oklahoma’s Science Live! auditorium has undergone an extensive renovation, including a new interactive entrance, updated sound and light systems, large screen monitors and enhanced safety features to accommodate even more engaging shows. Science Live! includes interactive experiments, demonstrations and engaging dialogue designed to be educational and entertaining for guests of all ages.

Shows are scheduled multiple times per day and include audience favorites like fire-throwing and scientific explosions as well as a new energy-focused show. Within the shows, guests have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities and interact with knowledgeable science educators.

Get more information about museum tickets and shows at sciencemuseumok.org.

Explore new nature adventures for families

Martin Park Nature Center has announced brand new programs for families beginning this summer. Make a splash with their “Explore a Shore” program on Saturday, May 25, which features a day of aquatic learning that explores how water shapes Oklahoma and impacts animals. Participants will look at the microfauna that live in the park’s pond and creeks and learn about bigger inhabitants such as catfish, beavers and snapping turtles.

Next, don’t miss out on the “Animals No One Loves” program on Saturday, June 15. Families will discover interesting facts about creatures like snakes, skunks, bats and vultures; engage in hands-on activities; and even get up close and personal with some of Martin Park’s animal ambassadors during a meet-and-greet.

Find a full list of the park’s summer programs at okc.gov/departments/parks-recreation/martin-park-nature-center.


Find our Best of the Month lists, including the top 10 FREE events and best events for toddlers, teens and date night. Special thanks to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for their sponsorship of Best of the Month lists.

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