By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Science Museum Oklahoma will celebrate the grand opening of its new family exhibition on Father’s Day – Sunday, June 21. The new addition, CurioCity, pronounced “curiosity,” is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. Doors open at 11 a.m.
A national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named, The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. It has raised over $50 million through the Children’s Discovery initiative.
The CurioCity exhibit is 21,000 square feet and features eight different spaces, called ‘Neighborhoods.’ Museum officials collaborated with Roto, an Ohio-based exhibit design firm that has worked on projects around the world to create Neighborhoods like Spark Park, Wunderground and Tinker Works that introduce science in new and entertaining ways.
Admission to CurioCity will be included in general admission. Admission is $13.95 for adults (age 13-64), and $11.95 for children (age 3-12) and seniors (Over age 65).
“CurioCity is more than just an exhibit. It’s a way of learning,” said Sherry Marshall, SMO Vice President of Programs and Outreach. “We’ve created a world in which families can explore basic science principles in a fun and meaningful way.
“With eight distinct neighborhoods ranging from a two-story climbing structure to a cave complete with pirate ship, there is something to engage every child’s mind and body,” Marshall added. “This active approach to learning allows families to create lasting experiences that will translate into a life-long love of science.”
Science Museum Oklahoma, located at 2100 NE 52nd St, in Oklahoma City, is the state’s only hands-on science museum. It has over 350,000 square feet, and is one of the largest science museums in the nation.
Focused on science literacy, the museum encourages families to develop and build upon a strong foundation in the sciences.
“We just took our 18 month old son for his first time about a month ago,” said Shannon Metcalf-Ragsdale, a museum visitor from Yukon. “Nowwe have another reason to go again. I love the museum.”
The museum influences how Oklahomans learn about science through the medium of interactive exhibits, discovery-based activities, astronomy shows, Science Live! demonstrations, educational outreach efforts and special events.
Science Museum Oklahoma offers a wide variety of educational programs and events throughout the year. Chemistry Day, Space Day, Forensics Day, Bright Nights for families and Did-You-Ever week-long camps to name a few.
Through July 24, the museum offers six one-week camps for Summer 2015. Camps start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. each day. Cost for members is $45 per day and non-members is $50 per day.
With a mission of enriching lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science, Science Museum Oklahoma demonstrates the relationship between the physical sciences and everyday experiences.
The Museum is opened Monday-Friday 9:a.m. -5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. -6 p.m.
SMO was made possible largely through the support and generosity of the Kirkpatrick Foundation.
For more information about CurioCity and other events, visit www.sciencemuseumok.org or call 405-602-3760.