A community-built science-and-art museum, Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse entertains young minds and inspires creative thought with numerous educational exhibits. As it pays tribute to the famed artist, musician, architect, inventor, engineer, botanist, and Tony-winning choreographer Leonardo da Vinci, the discovery warehouse offers a balance of art, biology, and engineering stations to stimulate both sides of the developing brain. Kids can explore a rainforest environment and meet live animals, strap into a space-shuttle flight simulator, dig for ancient fossils in an excavation pit, and create masterpieces in an arts-and-crafts studio. Directly outside of the museum is Adventure Quest, a three-story wooden castle filled with imagination-fueling bridges, slides, mazes, and swings.
Curated by the Oklahoma Historical Society, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center preserves the borderland’s multifarious history with a research center, a theater, and five sprawling exhibit galleries. Visitors pore over the center’s collection of firsthand accounts, oral and video histories, period photographs, and 10,000 artifacts, including the first portable drilling rig and the first stationary pogo stick. The Land & The People Gallery houses a life-size model of a settler’s sod home, and the Thelma Gungoll Phillips University Gallery displays the varsity uniforms and marching-band regalia of the state’s first private university. Temporary exhibits keep each visit fresh, with Going Places (on display through August 14) investigating modes of transportation in the 1800s and tracking the evolution from horse-drawn carriages to horseless autos to horse-shaped hovercrafts.
Science Museum Oklahoma is an exploration oasis with interactive and rotating exhibits for mad scientists, curious children, or anyone who wants to know why astronauts eat cardboard in space. With a Silver 6 membership, you'll enjoy unlimited free entry for up to six people to permanent exhibits, Science Live, and the Planetarium, plus four one-time use guest tickets and discounts at the Science Shop, Pavlov's Cafe and on birthday party rates. Explore the museum's varied exhibits, such as Destination Space, which allows budding astronauts or curious earthlings to see the actual Apollo Command Module Mission Simulator and learn the history of the Sputnik vs. Explorer 1 space race. Enjoy the playful and kid-friendly simplicity of the GadgetTrees, a playground that demonstrates simple machines. Kidnap the zoo's most cuddlesome koala, and, when a detective is on your trail, take him for a full-fledged pursuit of would-be criminals at Whodunit: The Science of Solving Crimes, which creates a real-life mystery to solve using hands-on scientific methods.
Guthrie Haunts Haunted House crams every corridor with things that go bump in the night, frightening the brave souls who dare to wander its dark passages. Open on weekends for the entirety of October, the spooky spot elicits screams with depraved characters, props inspired by the supernatural, and Teddy Kreuger—the mangled sociopath whose crimes include everything but copyright infringement.
Guthrie Haunts will also be offering an alternative for children, Spookys Mishap Manor. This kids haunt is available for children 3 to 10 and costs an additional $5.
A diverse group of vendors converge at Serendipity Market to display their eclectic wares, ranging from vintage furniture and restyled home goods to home accents and handmade gifts, encouraging shoppers to discover their own, personalized style. Serendipity Market’s ever-changing selection of one-of-a-kind wares includes mirrors ($55) and picture frames ($10–$50). Shelves stuffed with vibrant lampshades, jewelry, and throw pillows ($20–$40) give homeowners quirky ideas for their living spaces and generals out-of-the-box ways to liven up the war room. Serendipity’s elegant candleholder set ($40) or lanterns ($40–$50) can give off an abundance of light to otherwise darkened bedrooms. Groupon holders looking for an enviable conversation piece can splurge on repainted or restyled chair ($150). The shop’s Facebook page keeps customers updated with photos of new merchandise.
OK CityScape structures toy-brick recreations of the Oklahoma City skyline, with landmark buildings such as Devon Tower and the Oklahoma City National Memorial. This year, the exhibition centers around the theme “UltraGalatic MegaFantastic,” featuring lasers, spaceships, and actual aliens escorted by Starfleet-trained veterinarians. A play area entertains little ones every day, and a Friday night story time features a different story with a guest storyteller each week. OK CityScape keeps its doors open seven days a week, much to the chagrin of professional door-closers.
The Storytelling Festival heightens the act of listening with evening performances and afternoon workshops that teach patrons to build communication skills and thrill audiences with well-spun words. On Friday, festival-goers can learn how to wax poetic on family memories, what makes certain stories funny, and techniques to artfully express personal yarns. A quartet of storytellers entertains crowds early in the evening before Donald Davis and Beth Horner chill spines with their late-night ghost stories and frozen cummerbunds. Saturday’s festivities find the power of words with workshops on true-life and historical figures, and a family matinee whisks children to their own inner wonderland before the workshop-leaders’ evening performance toys with the soul using dramatic cliffhangers. Festival attendees unable to find sustenance by reading old take-out menus can purchase lunch on-site with meals provided by The Lunchbox and The La Luna taco truck.