By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Science Museum Oklahoma is providing educational entertainment for those enjoying the holiday break with family, visiting relatives and friends. In addition to the museum’s regular show and exhibits, Tom Noddy, also known as “The Bubble Guy”, will perform on Wednesday and Thursday, December 30 and 31. Shows will run at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Noddy has taken his sense of wonder and delight in soap bubbles to audiences around the world.
Bubbles are defined as sacks of gas surrounded by a thin layer of water held together by two layers of soapy molecules.
During each performance, the beautiful bubbles and Noddy’s humorous performance leaves his audiences amazed and intrigued.
After three appearances on “The Tonight Show,” Noddy was featured on the Best of the Year “Tonight Show” segment. In his 20-plus-year career as America’s “Bubble Guy,” he has appeared on numerous prime-time television shows and at science museums and universities.
His work has been presented to 900 mathematicians at the International Congress of Mathematics in Berlin. He has been the featured performer for Bubble Festivals, focusing on the physics of soap bubbles, attracting up to 17,000 people in a single weekend.
“I still do many Bubble festivals every year,” Noddy said. “They are a delight, mixed audiences of every age attend with my performance followed by questions and answers.”
Science Museum Oklahoma is also offering tours of its 1929 Pullman parlor car. The car was built for the Missouri Pacific Railroad and, after several other owners, it was donated it to the Kirkpatrick Center, now Science Museum Oklahoma, in 1982.
The interior of the car was refurbished to reflect its original fashion. Brass, chrome, and Honduran mahogany woodwork were cleaned, polished and repaired. The upholstery, drapes and carpet were replaced with fabrics reflecting the time period and the car’s original decor.
Tour participants will learn about the history of the parlor car and what riding in these cars was like for the guests, cook and porter.
“In order to preserve the parlor car and keep it in good condition, we only offer these tours a few times each year,” said Clint Stone, director of education and training at Science Museum Oklahoma. “But we’re always excited to open the doors and give people a chance to see what luxury travel was like in the early 20th century.”
Visitors can also enjoy Science Museum Oklahoma’s newest exhibit, CurioCity. Funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and designed as a quirky village, CurioCity measures 20,000 square feet and is larger than 95 percent of all standalone children’s museums in the nation.
The exhibit features eight “neighborhoods” and hundreds of hands-on, interactive elements in which families can explore music, risk-taking, performance arts and more.
“Neighborhoods” such as Spark Park, Wunderground and Tinker Works get families working together to build, dig and explore science in fun and entertaining ways.
Admission to CurioCity, the Parlor Car and Tom Noddy are included in general admission to Science Museum Oklahoma. General admission is $14.95 for adults (ages 13 to 64) and $12.95 for children (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (65 and older).
Science Museum Oklahoma is the state’s only hands-on science museum and, with over 350,000 square feet, one of the largest science museums in the nation.
The museum influences how Oklahomans learn about science through interactive exhibits, discovery-based activities, astronomy shows, Science Live! demonstrations, educational outreach efforts and special events.
The museum, 2100 NE 52nd Street, will be open on New Year’s Day. For more information, visit www.sciencemuseumok.org.