To wrap up our tour of local museums I want to talk about children's museums! A good children's museum is a great way to spend a few hours learning through play.
Jasmine Moran Children's Museum (Seminole) Just an hour from the Oklahoma City metro, Jasmine Moran Children's Museum is fun for kids of all ages. There are several different areas to explore in the museum, from Kidtown to a giant water table and so much more. This is a fairly large place, so if your kids don't necessarily like to do the same things at the same time, you might consider bringing another adult along with you.
Oklahoma WONDERtorium (Stillwater) The WONDERtorium is definitely smaller than Jasmine Moran, but it's just as fun! In fact, if I'm taking my kids by myself, I prefer the WONDERtorium because it's one large open space and it's easier to keep an eye on my kids, even if they don't want to stay together. There is a wide variety of things to do there, from a general store and farm to a doctor's office to a crawl-through volcano. There are also special events and homeschool classes from time to time, so be sure to check out their website for details.
Tulsa Children's Museum Discovery Lab (Tulsa) If you're in Tulsa, be sure to check out the Tulsa Children's Museum Discovery Lab. This isn't a huge museum, but my kids can still play here happily for hours. Their favorite thing is the tape tunnel, a giant tunnel made of packing tape which extends above the main hall of the museum and ends in a slide. The exhibits in the main hall and the smaller room change every few months, so there's always something new to see and do! Another great feature of the Discovery Lab is the Workshop, where kids can create with a variety of materials.
Leonardo's Children's Museum (Enid) Enid is a bit of a drive, but my children enjoy Leonardo's enough that we try to visit once or twice a year. Inside there is a workshop where kids can build and create, along with several other play areas and an exhibit area that changes every few months. Outside is an enormous playground, so you may want to visit when the weather is mild. There is only one exit for the playground and it's guarded by employees, so you can sit back and relax while your kids explore!
If you visit many museums throughout the year, you may want to consider an Oklahoma Museum Network affiliate membership. Just join one of the member museums and add the upgrade for free admission to any of the other member museums for the year! Participating museums are the Science Museum Oklahoma, Jasmine Moran Children's Museum, Leonardo's Children's Museum, Museum of the Great Plains and the Tulsa Children's Museum Discovery Lab.
If you haven't visited these great museums, I want to encourage you to try out at least a couple over the summer. You will make some great memories with your kids!