Science Museum Oklahoma transforms for holidays, offers fun activities
Science Museum Oklahoma is getting into the holiday spirit this month, transforming the museum into Santa’s science lab on Saturday, offering tours of the museum’s 1929 Pullman parlor car and hosting a Noon Year’s Eve celebration on Dec. 31.
From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Science Museum Oklahoman will celebrate Santa’s Scientific Saturday with a sleigh full of special events, including Santa’s STEM lab with candy cane coded message ornaments, Santa-themed STEM challenges, paper snowflake design, ice orbs, making faux snow, a Christmas-themed Storytime Science with paint-and-shake Christmas ornaments and converting the Tinkering Garage into a gingerbread house village.
From 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 31, the museum will host a Noon Year’s Eve celebration featuring an engineering challenge to build individual cardboard floats for a parade around the museum, noise-maker making, the science surrounding the most iconic part of New Year’s Eve — dropping the ball in Times Square — and a celebration with a lot of toilet paper streamers, courtesy of museum-modified leaf blowers, when the clock strikes noon.
Also, the museum’s 1929 Pullman parlor car is open for guided tours during regular museum hours through Jan. 1. Normally closed to the public to maintain its preservation, the museum’s Pullman parlor car was built for the Missouri Pacific Railroad and was donated to the then Kirkpatrick Center, now Science Museum Oklahoma, in 1982.
The refurbished interior of the 90-year-old train car reflects its original grandeur and features brass, chrome and mahogany woodwork that was cleaned, polished and repaired. Aging upholstery, drapes and carpet were replaced with fabrics fitting the time period and the car’s original decor.
“The Pullman parlor car is an artifact that you can walk through. Our guides are not only walking you through a nearly-century-old train car, they’re walking you through history,” said Clint Stone, vice president for programs at Science Museum Oklahoma.
All activities are included with admission or museum membership.
For more information about Science Museum Oklahoma, go to www.sciencemuseumok.org.