Stillwater News Press

April 26, 2013

WONDERtorium lets children talk to the animals Friday

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Children will have their hands full handling and learning about the many animals that will be on display at the Oklahoma WONDERtorium’s “Museum Alive” from 6-8 p.m. Friday.

The second annual event will feature a wide range of animals including a boa constrictor, chameleon, Guinea pig, goats, a marmoset and a miniature horse for children less than 60 pounds to ride.

PR and Marketing Coordinator Lynda Halley said the animals come from Stillwater residents. She said the organization canvased the area to see what animals it could bring to the event. Halley said “Museum Alive” will serve as an educational opportunity for children.

“Animals are just comforting to children and they offer learning opportunities,” she said. “Children will care for animals.

Another popular portion of the event is the Teddy Bear Clinic. The Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences will have students and faculty assisting children in a mock surgical environment.

“They bring little surgical gowns, masks and all the surgical gear and we set up a mini surgical suite in the ‘My Medical’ area and they are encouraged to bring a worn stuffed animal,” Halley said.

The students, faculty and students will care for the bears.

The cost of attending is $4 per person for members and $7 per person for nonmembers. Registration is not required. For more information, call 405-533-3333.