Summer Explorers

Summer Explorers programs are week-long, discovery-based programs, offered from June through August for children ages 4 to 14. These programs allow participants to experience science first-hand through field investigations and real museum specimens.

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Member $45 / Non-member $55   (Click to Register!)

Name that Dinosaur
July 8, 15, 22 and 29 (Tuesdays) 9:30 to 11 a.m.
How many dinosaurs can you name? Discover what ancient creatures roamed Oklahoma through games, songs, crafts and lots of fun for you and your little one! Name the Dino is an indoor program.

Animal Adventures
July 10, 17, 24 and 31 (Thursdays) 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Animals come in all shapes and sizes. Explore the world of wildlife through games, songs, and crafts as you and your little one learn about different types of animals and what makes them special. Animal Adventures is an indoor program.

Member $60 / Nonmember $70   (Click to Register!)

Pond Explorers
June 2-6 11 1 p.m.
June 16-20 8 to 10 a.m.

Dragonflies, tadpoles and sun fish….oh my! Find out what is living in the water as we explore different ponds around Norman. Pond Explorers is an outdoor program.

Bugs and Slugs
June 9-13 11 1 p.m.
They’re in the air, in the water and even under your feet! Get ready to get dirty as we burrow into Norman parks for everything that’s creepy, crawly and cool! Bugs and Slugs is an outdoor program.

Nature Explorers
June 23-27 8 to 10 a.m.

Do you know what’s living in our local parks, ponds and streams? Join us as we explore parks in Norman to search for plants and animals of every color, size and shape. Nature Explorers is an outdoor program.

Dinosaur Detectives
July 7-11 12 to 2 p.m.
July 14-18 3 to 5 p.m.
July 21–25 12 to 2 p.m.

Dig into the past as we learn about life as a dinosaur. We’ll uncover clues about dinosaur survival by finding fossils, meeting dinosaur relatives, and playing dinosaur games! Dino Detectives is an indoor program.

Animal Babies
July 28–August 1 12 to 2 p.m.

Baby animals grow up in many different ways. Learn about your favorite baby animals and the ways they survive in the wild! Animal Babies is an indoor program.

Fossil Finders
July 28-August 1 3 to 5 p.m.

Are you on the hunt for fossils? Join us as we explore fossils of all shapes and sizes, from dinosaurs to mammoths. We’ll investigate amazing ancient animals, just like paleontologists do! Fossil Finders is an indoor program.

Member $60 / Nonmenber $70   (Click to Register!)

Slime and Scales I
June 2-6 2 to 4 p.m.
June 9-13 8 to 10 a.m.

Snakes, lizards, frogs and toads! We’ll study scaly and slimy animals in their natural habitat and learn how to safely catch and handle them. Slime and Scales I is an outdoor program.

Wild Wonders
June 16-20 2 to 4 p.m.

Slimy, furry and feathered, wildlife comes in every shape and size. We’ll explore different habitats to discover what kinds of wild wonders are living all around us! Wild Wonders is an outdoor program.

Creepy Crawlies
June 23-27 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Do you like creatures that give others the creepy crawlies? Join us as we study animals that slither, creep and crawl! Creepy Crawlies is an outdoor program.

Animal Artist
July 14–18 12 to 2 p.m.

Are you an artist? Animals come in a variety of colors, shapes, and patterns – we’ll use them as our inspiration to explore the natural world through painting, drawing, sculpting, and more! Animal Artist is an indoor program.

Cool Cretaceous Creatures
July 21-25 3 to 5 p.m.

Where do you go to find the coolest bunch of dinosaurs? The Cretaceous period! Join us for a journey back through time to the peak of the dinosaur age. Cool Cretaceous Creatures is an indoor program.

AGES 9 TO 11
Member $60 / Nonmember $70   (Click to Register!)

Slime and Scales II
June 2-6 8 to 10 a.m.

Explore the daily lives of reptiles and amphibians in the natural habitats. We’ll learn how to safely catch and handle these interesting animals, plus how and why we should protect them. Slime and Scales II is an outdoor program.

Nature at Night
June 16-20 7:30 to 9:30pm

Explore the night! We’ll use our senses to discover the many animals active at night. Come ready to discover a whole new world. Nature at Night is an outdoor program.

Get Lost
June 16-20 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
June 23-27 2 to 4 p.m.

Would you know what to do if you got lost? We’ll learn all about how to survive in the wild. Be prepared to get down and dirty as we learn to use a compass, build a fire and search for shelter. Get Lost is an outdoor program.

Dig It!
July 7-11 3 to 5 p.m.

Uncover amazing creatures, fossils and treasures and discover what techniques scientists use to find them. We’ll explore the sciences of geology, paleontology and archeology. Can you dig it? Dig It! is an indoor program.

World Treats and Eats
July 7, 14, 21 and 28 (Mondays) 8:30 to 11 a.m.

Come with us on our journey to experience flavors from across the world. Bring your appetite as we explore the special exhibit Hungry Planet and get a “taste” for preparing new kinds of snacks and meals. World Treats and Eats is an indoor program.

AGES 12 TO 14
Member $60 / Nonmember $70   (Click to Register!)

June 9-13 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Want to learn more about reptiles and amphibians? By observing reptiles and amphibians in the field and museum specimens, we’ll take an in-depth look at these fascinating animals. Herpetology is an outdoor program.

Think Fast!
July 9, 16, 23 and 30 (Wednesdays) 8 to 11 a.m.

What would you do if you found yourself stranded on an island, in charge of building a space colony on Mars, or trying to survive a zombie horde? We’ll use science, creative thinking and teamwork to try out solutions to some challenging (and humorous) scenarios. Come ready to have fun and… think fast! Think Fast! is an indoor program.

Member $ 20 / Nonmember $30   (Click to Register!)

Prices include one adult and one child. Each additional person: member $ 10 / non-member $ 15

Frog Talk
June 12 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Come discover the language of frogs with your family! We’ll start our evening off at the museum learning about frogs calls, habitats and identification. Then we’ll caravan to a local park to experience the night life of Oklahoma frogs.

A Night With Bats
June 27 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Are bats really blind? Why do they hang upside-down? How many kinds of bats live in Oklahoma? Come find out the answers to these questions and more as we discover bat facts and caravan to a local park to see and hear bats!

A Night at the Museum
July 18 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what happens in the museum when the doors are locked and the lights go down? Explore and play in the museum with your family in a new way…you just may see something you’ve never seen before!

NEW: Scout Badge Workshops
$10 Per Scout   (Click to Register!)

Includes activities and general admission for the scout, badges not included. A minimum of one adult chaperone is required per five scouts. Attending adults receive complementary admission.

Girl Scout Brownies: Bugs
June 30 1 to 4 p.m.

Bugs are an important part of our world! We’ll explore all about bugs, their homes and get creative with crafts. Brownie scouts will complete all the requirements to earn the “Bugs” badge.

Girl Scout Juniors: Flowers
July 1 1 to 4 p.m.

Why does a flower have petals? How many different types of flowers are there? Join us as we explore all about flowers! Junior scouts will complete all the requirements to earn the “Flowers” badge.

Webelos: Forester
July 2 1 to 4 p.m.

Join as we explore what types of trees are found in Oklahoma and how trees are beneficial to their ecosystems. Webelos will complete all the requirements to earn the “Forester” activity badge.

Cub Scouts: Science
July 3 1 to 4 p.m.

What is science? We’ll get the chance to find out as we design experiments, discover what scientists do and explore the natural world. Cub Scouts will complete all the requirements to earn the “Science” beltloop and pin.

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