STAYcation

 

Written by Tara Lynn Thompson in the March 2017 Issue

With Spring Break week coming, you could plan a big family trip. You could debate with the family over where to go until at least one family member isn’t happy. You could spend a day searching for the best deals on where to stay, how to get there, and what to do when you arrive. You could spend days catching up on your laundry so that it can all be packed into suitcases. You could go on vacation and spend the majority of the time anxious to get back home so you can rest and recover.

Staycation kidsOr, you could plan a Staycation.

Forget the travel, stress, even most of the laundry. Stay home and explore what Edmond and Oklahoma City has to offer for you and your kids. From year-round activities to special spring break camps, there are fun activities in your own backyard that will have your kids forgetting all about their digital world and engaged in the real one.

Here are some events and activities your kids will love.

Special Spring Break EventsStaycation images

Oklahoma City Zoo l okczoo.org | 405-425-0218

March 13-17 | Ages 4-11  

Find the wild, colorful adventure that is right for your child at the Rosser Conservation Education Center at the Oklahoma City Zoo with their Spring Day Camps. From half to full-day camps, each offers exciting activities, like Zoo tours, crafts, games and even up-close animals visits.

Elevation Trampoline Park | elevationtp.com

March 11-19 | Ages 7 and up, with smaller Kids Court for ages 24 months to 6 years

Your kids can bounce, bounce, bounce away all their energy during the extended Spring Break hours at Elevation Trampoline Park. Monday through Saturday during Spring Break week, Elevation opens at noon and stays open until 9 pm on Monday through Thursday and until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday.

Science Museum Oklahoma | sciencemuseumok.org/spring-break-camps

March 6-10 and 13-17 | Grades 1-3 and 4-6

Let the learning and laughter begin during the SMO Spring Break Camps: Truth in Fiction. Your child can dig into the microscopic world of Ant-Man, the chemistry of Harry Potter, Oklahoma’s own Jurassic World, the science fiction of Star Wars, the science of sounds of Star Trek, Peter Parker’s world of spiders, the space exploration of Guardians of the Galaxy, and more.

MAC in Mitch Park | EdmondParks.comclick on Recreation Friends

March 13-17 | Grades 2-5

Your little engineer or science guru can step into a world of technology and torque with the LEGO NXT Mindstorms Robotics Camp at the MAC in Mitch Park. From 1 pm to 4 pm each day, the camp takes your children through all the aspects of robots, such as the gears, hydraulics, pneumatics, and electrical circuitry. During the camp, each child will build his/her own doodling robot to take home.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum | nationalcowboymuseum.org

March 13-17 | All ages

Your child can drop into interactive experiences between 10 am and 2 pm during the National Cowboy Museum’s Spring Break week drop-in activities. Throughout the week, the museum will be hosting fun family-friendly activities -  a new one each day - inspired by various exhibitions currently on view.

Monday, March 13, decorate your very own bandanna in honor of the Museum’s new exhibit A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna.

Tuesday, March 14, your child can become a junior illustrator by making your own paperback book cover inspired by the exhibit The Artistry of the Western Paperback.

Wednesday, March 15, learn the art of wrapping thread as seen in the exhibit Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains.

Thursday, March 16, learn about the origins of the decorative element seen on most contemporary bandannas and design your own paisley canvas pop art based on the exhibit A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna.

Friday, March 17, enjoy a special screening of The Cowboys, starring John Wayne, held in the Dub and Moselle Richardson Theater. Screening times are at 10 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm. After the film, partake in a scavenger hunt that takes families through the temporary exhibit Hollywood and the American West and the Museum’s Western Performers Gallery to explore the classic icons of Western films.

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