School may be back in session, but Science Museum Oklahoma has plenty of activities this month to keep the fun going!
AUGUST 16 – THE COLOR OF CARE FILM SCREENING AND HEALTH FAIR
Tuesday, August 16 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Science Museum Oklahoma with Lynn Health Science Institute and Oklahoma Public Health Association will host a free community health fair in conjunction with the screening of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions documentary “The Color of Care.” This event and screening of “The Color of Care” is possible through the support of the Smithsonian and Picture Motion. The museum’s exhibits will not be open for this event.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. Community health organizations including INTEGRIS, the Caring Van, YMCA, TSET, and others will be onsite to provide glucose, blood pressure, and eye screenings. The Oklahoma City Innovation District, St. Luke’s Community Market, and other community partners will be available to share fresh produce and health resources. Science Museum Oklahoma representatives will offer hands-on activities for the young and young at heart. Light refreshments will also be provided.
At 6:00 p.m. “The Color of Care” will be screened in the museum’s auditorium. The film chronicles how people of color suffer from systemically substandard healthcare. COVID-19 exposed what had been long endured and understood: people of color do not receive the same level of care.
Science Museum Oklahoma is a proud Smithsonian Affiliate and is grateful to the Smithsonian and Picture Motion for their sponsorship of the evening and to the community partners for their participation and shared commitment to community health.
For more information, visit: https://www.sciencemuseumok.org/color-care-screening-and-health-fair
AUGUST 20 – LET’S GET POPPIN’!
Ever wanted to know the science behind bubbles? Join us on August 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for some lively, bubbly fun at our first ever SMO BubbleFest! Experience the power behind these tiny, shiny wonders with oodles of bubble activities inside and out, including a multistory bubble waterfall and more.
All bubble activities are included with general admission.
AUGUST 26 – SMO21: MISSION CONTROL
Are you ready to train for an intergalactic mission? Science Museum Oklahoma’s “SMO21: Mission Control”, presented by Express Employment International, is set for 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26.
The adults-only night at the museum will explore the wonders of space exploration – from learning how to launch your own rocket, viewing never-before-seen space flight artifacts, building your own astronaut gear in the Tinkering Garage to exploring zero-gravity and testing your planetary knowledge with a shocking twist.
The full museum will be open during SMO21, giving guests the opportunity to explore the museum’s exhibits and galleries. In addition to themed activities and a cash bar with beer, wine and intergalactic cocktails, the museum’s café will be open for guests who work up an appetite.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. VIP tickets for the event are sold out and general admission tickets are selling quickly. Advance tickets are highly recommended. Doors close at 7:30 p.m. and no tickets may be purchased after that time. No outside food or drink are permitted for adult events.
For more information: www.smo.org/smo21
AUGUST 30 – HOMESCHOOL DAY
On Tuesday, August 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., we are welcoming homeschool groups and families to join us for a very special day. We’re so excited to share our demonstrations of hands-on science in chemistry, electricity, physics, astronomy, botany, and maybe even an explosion or two!
Peak your child’s curiosity with exciting experiments that you can take further at home. All activities are included with admission and open to all.
FALL BREAK CAMP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Fall break will be here before you know it and we know just the place to send your young scientists! This October, we’re making music, exploring all things microscopic and becoming mad scientists. Fall break camps will be held October 13 & 14. Registration is limited.
Early Explorers (pre-K and kindergarten), Explorers (grades 1-3) and Innovators (grades 4-6) will have a fall break to remember with hands-on activities, live science demonstrations, and exploring the awesome power of science!
Warning: We limit our classes to 15 students to ensure every child has a high-quality experience and memories to last a lifetime. Therefore, classes do fill quickly.
To register for fall camps visit: www.smo.org/fall-camps
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS
Applications are now open for makers, artists, scientists and hobbyists to share their skills at Science Museum Oklahoma’s 2022 Tinkerfest, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 24. Tinkerfest will offer more than 40 hands-on tinkering activities developed by the museum and community partners at this annual event attracting thousands of people each year.
Presented by Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR and sponsored by Express Employment International, Tinkerfest is a daylong celebration of curiosity and creativity that encompasses the entire museum and grounds. Admission to the museum and all Tinkerfest activities are offered free of charge thanks to the generous support of sponsors and volunteer tinkerers.
Interested individuals or organizations should offer a hands-on hobby, project, skill or trade that can be shared with attendees. Past tinkering activities have spanned from disassembling cars, candle making, comic book creation and podcast production to foil sculpting, loom knitting and robotics. Tinkerers are responsible for providing their own supplies for the event but lunch and an event t-shirt are provided.
Individuals or organizations, including nonprofit and for-profit businesses, may apply to have a table at the 2022 event. Applications are due by Sept. 2 and there is no fee to apply or to host a table. Apply online at www.smo.org/tinkerfest/apply.
Volunteers are also needed for various tasks including tinker support, guest assistance, etc. For information about volunteering at Tinkerfest, visit www.smo.org/volunteer.
Science Museum Oklahoma is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Daily general admission is $20.95 for adults (ages 13 to 64) and $15.95 for children (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (65 and older). Annual memberships begin at $125.