If you grew up in Oklahoma, chances are you went on a field trip to the Omniplex at least once, if not three or four times during grade school. Today, the name has changed—it’s now the Science Museum Oklahoma, a name that, frankly, everyone who grew up visiting the Omniplex hates. However, the museum still features the same great interactive science experiments and displays, the planetarium, the special displays, and more.The lower level of the museum is filled with great interactive science lessons. Kids can learn how the earth rotates by watching the huge pendulum slowly knock blocks over as the day progresses. In another area, they can talk into a microphone to learn about how sound travels. A giant periscope lets museum visitors check out what’s going on around the area, even letting them look over into the neighboring Oklahoma City Zoo. One of my personal favorites is the mirror maze. I loved wandering through it as a kid and seeing all those reflections of myself.
Entries from March 2008
Tags: Only in OKC
Many people love shopping, especially shopping on vacation. While some people (mostly men) would point out that shopping at a mall while out of town is much the same as shopping at the mall down the street from your home, sometimes it’s more the experience of being in a different mall that’s the point. To that end, here are a few of the local Oklahoma City malls you might want to check out when you’re in town.
The Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts is one of the largest art shows and festivals in the state. Traditionally held the last week of April, the festival brings both artists and patrons of the arts from all over the U.S. to Oklahoma City for four days of arts, food, and live musical performances. Best of all, there’s no admission fee for the event, and the festival has something for guests of all ages. This year, the Festival of the Arts will start on April 22nd and wrap up on April 27th. The festival is held at the Stage Center and the Myriad Botanical Gardens.
As a writer, I’m always pleased when I hear of an event that encourages children to write. When I heard about a poetry reading at Oklahoma City University featuring some of the top poems featured in the Respect Diversity Foundation’s art and poetry competition, I had to attend. The works were fantastic, especially for such young writers. I was very impressed by all of them. If you missed out on hearing these works, want to hear them again, or want to see everything included in the competition, the good news is that you still can.From March 25th through May 8th, the 100 pieces of artwork and poetry will be on display at the Oklahoma Heritage Museum. The works are from students all across the state, and each piece of art or poem focuses on how people all around the world can work together and accept one another despite differences.
If you’re in or planning to visit OKC in the next couple of weeks, here are some exciting events you may want to check out.
March 10 – 25: In Full Bloom: Twenty Tropical Years at the Myriad Botanical Gardens
March 11 – 16: Annie – Civic Center Music Hall
March 14 – May 14: Art 356 exhibit at Untitled [ArtSpace]
March 20: Alan Byrd performs at Nona’s Purple Bar
March 21 – 22: The Beat Goes On: Music of the Baby Boomers by the OKC Philharmonic
Not too long ago, I posted an article about Oklahoma City’s Myriad Botanical Gardens and its Crystal Bridge conservatory. Well, if you haven’t been to the bridge yet, you’ll want to plan a trip soon. And if you’ve already visited the conservatory, you’ll want to go back for its twentieth anniversary. Starting March 10, 2008, the Crystal Bridge will be hosting In Full Bloom: Twenty Tropical Years. This exhibition will show visitors what the Myriad Gardens looked like in the beginning and take them through the development of the gardens and the Crystal Bridge. The history of the gardens is really interesting. It started with kids saving their pennies to donate to buy plants and continues today with donations from many patrons and new renovations.