Shannon Tovar

Oklahoma WONDERTORIUM Program Coordinator Shannon Tovar provided us with some information about their new slate of summer programming. 

1. Summer is in full swing! What’s going on at Oklahoma WONDERtorium?

Summer is definitely in full swing and we are having so much fun at the Museum! We kicked off our summer of SO MUCH MORE with the opening of Wonder Workshop. Summer WONDER Camps are still open and offer creative learning experiences for ages 4-12. We have weekly free play nights, special activities, exhibit changes and a special storytime that includes musical instruments!

2. What can you tell me about the free play nights?

You + Me building nights are back this summer! On Tuesdays in June and July we stay open extended hours until 7pm and admission is free after 5pm. Each night will feature a fun building challenge and plenty of free play in the museum. You + Me Building Nights offer a wonderful opportunity to “unplug” and intentionally engage with our important people, while strengthening our connections and creating precious shared memories. Make Tuesday nights at the WONDERtorium a new summer family tradition!

3. What kind of summer camp experiences are you offering?

We are hosting early childhood camps at the museum throughout the summer for our 4-5-year olds and 6-8 year olds. They include Camp Leo where we will explore the genius of the original STEAM guy Leonardo Da Vinci. Other camps include Storybook Chef Camp, Secret Agent Camp and World Rhythm Camp. Our 9-12-year-old camps are hosted on the OSU campus and include Time Travel Camp, Mission to Mars and Marine Geology. The full descriptions and registration are available on our website; www.okwondertorium.org . They are all packed with hands on activities designed to ignite curiosity and build self-confidence!

4. What other kinds of special activities will be happening this summer at the museum?

Summer Storytime Groove is on Thursdays at 11am. This special storytime features the Cannon Sisters on guitar and lots of interactive rhythm instruments. All of our friends get to participate in making music! Thursday afternoons from 1pm-4pm you can join us for Take Apart Tinkering. Children and adults are invited to grab some safety glasses and a screwdriver and explore the inside of machines, electronics and appliances!

5. You mentioned some exhibit changes; what can we expect when we come to play?

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing we have opened WONDER Rocket Creamery in Discovery Diner! This throwback soda shoppe includes ice cream, a malt machine and a soda fountain. You will learn some interesting facts about the Apollo 11 mission while your children serve you lemonade or an old-fashioned chocolate soda! Afterwards come play in the Wonder theater which is outfitted for another mission to the moon! All of our programming offers S0 MUCH MORE than just an activity to fill the day. Children and their families make connections, build friendships, create memories and discover future passions all while simply playing together.