As we continue to honor "stay at home" recommendations to control the spread of COVID-19, we want to offer a look at other children's museums to provide new and innovative activities and also suggest vacation destinations – when we are finally FREE to travel!
Each Thursday, as our "sheltering" continues, we'll introduce a children's museum that is located relatively nearby or in a major metropolitan area you might be visiting for other reasons. Of course, ALL of these museums are also closed but their websites show photos of their exhibits and special programming.
Oklahoma offers four well-known children's museums and we're providing links to the other three below the highlight museum. Since many Oklahoma families may have already visited these museums, we're keeping this information concise.
(NOTE! All links will open a new window so when you want to return to our site, you can just close the new window and you'll see the WONDERtorium page still open):
Previously Highlighted Museums
April 9, 2020 - Scott Family Amazeum - Bentonville, Arkansas
April 16, 2020 - Exploration Place - Wichita, Kansas
April 23, 2020 - Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, Texas
April 30, 2020 - Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History
May 7, 2020 - Thinkery in Austin, Texas
May 14, 2020 - The DoSeum, San Antonio, Texas
May 21, 2020 - Children's Museum of Houston
May 28, 2020 - The Magic House, St. Louis, Missouri
June 4, 2020 - Children's Museum of Indianapolis
June 11, 2020 - Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, PA
June 18, 2020 - Kohl Children's Museum, Glenview, Illinois (near Chicago)
Highlight Museum - June 25, 2020
"We believe in kid-powered learning. Every day, we work to open doors for our future leaders, innovators, and adventurers to explore, create and learn – on their own terms.
Our target ages are newborn through eight years old, but everyone can have a good time at the Museum! Our exhibits are hands-on, interactive and totally one-of-a-kind. Last year we served more than 610,000 children and their grown-ups.
The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus is a 501(c)(3), private non-profit organization and a Tier II SCFD member."
Take a Video Tour A GREAT Overview of the museum!
History of the
Children's Museum of Denver
The Denver Children's Museum first opened in a converted school bus in 1973. In no time, our need for a more permanent location was evident and we leased a renovated building on Bannock Street. Within months, the Museum was drawing record numbers of visitors, so we began planning for a larger facility. In 1984, we opened our new building in its present location along the west bank of the Platte River. In 2015, we went through a $16.1 million expansion, creating a 9-acre campus and doubling our exhibit space.
The Children's Museum of Denver's exhibits are divided into four categories:
Explore | Imagine | Investigate | Create
Each exhibit page gives the age range, whether the exhibit is "baby-friendly," and photos and short descriptions of experiences in this exhibit. Below, we highlight one exhibit in each category and provide an image and short description.
- Adventure Forest is a brilliant, BOLD, 500 ft. long aerial adventure course laced with a hidden journey.
- Decode a secret language, meet the Council of Creatures and discover unique treasures at every turn.
- Use strength and build bravery by starting your journey in the chimney climb, then tackle the spider web, navigate through cluster climbers and see cars zip by below in the slinky climb!
- Conquer one bridge after the other, from natural logs to shiny glass.
- Fly through rainbow prisms in the 70 ft. slides or travel from one space to the next in the chute slide.
- Discover panoramic views of Denver in the tippy top look out point that sits 90 ft. above the south banks of Platte River.
Other exhibits in the Explore area:
Center for the Young Child
- We love vibrant smiles and toothy grins! Pretend to be a dentist, the tooth fairy or practice brushing your teeth in front of the giant mirror.
- Healthy teeth are important! Practice brushing and good dental care to keep your smile sparkling clean.
- Check in patients and examine their teeth in a warm, inviting setting.
- Some things we eat and drink stick to our teeth more than others. See which are the hardest to get off an oversized tooth!
- Use blocks inspired by healthy teeth to construct fantastical towers.
- Kids and their families practice good dental care, including brushing, in front of a mirror.
Other exhibits in the Imagine area:
Fire Station No.1
Ready Vet Go
- Test theories behind flow, buoyancy, density and displacement, all while having a soakin' good time.
- Make rain fall and thunder boom.
- Fill 'er up and make water shoot high in the sky.
- Use water to make this kinetic sculpture spin.
- Use laminar jets to float and hold objects in the air.
- Build boats and dams, then send your boats down the river system.
- Paint with water
- You're going to get wet! Bring towels, a change of clothes and extra socks.
Other exhibits in the Investigate area:
- Create with your own artistic style, discovered through clay, paint, wood and more in this dazzling studio.
- Direct your own film using our Stop Motion Studio. It's showtime!
- Join the fun, and give a vintage VW a new coat of paint.
- Visit the clay studio for wheel demonstrations and glazing workshops. Then fire it up in the kiln.
- Choose an easel and a palette of paints, and let your artistic side take over. When your piece is dry, take it home to frame!
- Use your imagination to sketch your creation into our chalk window.
Other exhibits in the Create area:
Children's Museum of Denver Social Media
Free parking for guests and members when visiting the Children's Museum. Event Day parking prices may vary. Parking for nearby attractions and Broncos games for a small fee.
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Also nearby Hotels
Under Age One: Free
Age One: $12
Ages 2 - 59: $14
Seniors (60+): $12
Museum Hours (when re-opened)
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9 am - 4 pm
Wed: 9 am - 7 pm
Sat, Sun: 10 am - 5 pm
Free First Tuesday Nights
Free Play 4 - 8 pm
Leonardo's - located in Enid ?at 200 E. Maple Avenue (map link)
- Cost: $9.99 per person; under 2 years old: Free; after 3pm admission: $4.99; Military discount is 10%.
- In addition to their 8 exhibits, Leonardo's offers Adventure Quest, a fantastic "outdoor science playground."
Jasmine Moran Children's Museum - located in Seminole at 1714 Highway 9 West (map link)
- Cost: Ages 3 to 59, $10 (plus tax) per person; under 2 years old: Free, with adult; 60 and over, $9 (plus tax).
- The Jasmine Moran Children's Museum has 42,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space and a large outdoor play area, complete with miniature houses and a riding train, the SuperSONIC Express. The museum offers children an opportunity to explore the world of work through many of their career-based exhibits.
Tulsa Children's Museum Discovery Lab - located in Tulsa at 560 N Maybelle Ave (map link)
- Cost: Ages 2 and up, $8; under 2 years old: Free.
- Discovery Lab announced early this year that they will be building a new 50,000 square foot location at 31st Street and Riverside Drive on the south end of Gathering Place, a 66-acre public open space in Tulsa.