Area Attractions Ready For Spring Break


Thursday, March 15th 2007, 10:11 am
By: News On 6


Spring Break is almost here for thousands of Green Country families. That means many parents are looking for fun things to do with their kids. News On 6 anchor Craig Day reports several area attractions are ready for big crowds.

John and Gina Atteberry of Joplin are on their Spring Break this week. So they loaded up the kids for a visit to the Oklahoma Aquarium.

"They like the touching, touch tanks, the stingrays and the sharks,” said Atteberry. “The eels and the octopus, Yeah, those are pretty neat. The octopus is great."

Next week, many Oklahoma families will follow suit, heading out to area attractions. The Oklahoma Aquarium is ready.

"We have Spring Break sea camps running all next week. They are broken down by age group. So they are age appropriate and there still is space available,” said Terry Bowers of the Oklahoma Aquarium. “You can go online to register and the theme is Creek Critters."

Critters of all kinds can also be found at the Tulsa Zoo. Spring break is also one of the zoo's biggest weeks of the year and really kicks off the tourist season.

"It's kind of all hands on deck. We all are just prepared to pitch in and help out when we can because we have so many people out here during that week," said Kelly Fiddner of the Tulsa Zoo.

The Tulsa Air and Space Museum is another option. It's open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons. It will have special programs and planetarium shows every hour.

The kids also might enjoy a tour of the Blue Bell plant in Broken Arrow. Tours take place all week, but you need to call ahead to make an appointment.

Those are just some of the options. Whatever families choose, many attractions say they're ready for big crowds and a good time. If a road trip is in your plans, load up the kids and head to the Jasmine Moran Children's Museum in Seminole. It's open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information or ideas for Spring Break, visit www.travelok.com.

Ideas for Spring Break.

Oklahoma is home to several museums and attractions aimed at challenging children’s minds while treating them to a fun, exciting adventure. There are many options in Oklahoma for not only an enjoyable outing, but also a chance to get the kids to think about and explore the world around them. Below is just a sample of Oklahoma’s children’s activities sure to be a perfect delight for the entire family.

Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole
One of the world’s largest children’s exhibits where thousands of children come each year to experience the grown-up world from a kid’s perspective.

Oklahoma City Zoo & Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum
Experience the wonder of the zoo as you encounter creatures from all over the world in their naturalistic environments.

Omniplex in Oklahoma City
A massive complex featuring hands-on exhibits, one-of-a-kind displays and a planetarium. This “amusement park for the mind” provides hours and hours of fun and educational entertainment.

Woolaroc Ranch, Museum and Wildlife Preserve in Bartlesville
A 3,600 acre ranch and wildlife preserve open throughout the year as an educational and historical attraction, Woolaroc derives its name from the woods, lakes and rocks of the beautiful Osage Hills. The museum houses a world class collection of western art, artifacts and special exhibits, and more than 700 animals including buffalo, elk, deer and longhorn cattle, graze freely in the natural surroundings.

Tulsa Air & Space Museum
Featuring static and hands-on exhibits about Tulsa's aerospace heritage, interactive exhibits for children include a T-37 cockpit trainer, wind tunnel and more. New interactive "Space Plane Theater" exhibit also on display.

Orr Family Farm in Oklahoma City
This 90-acre working Thoroughbred horse farm offers children and visitors of all ages a host of farm attractions and activities. Featuring two trains, stocked fishing ponds, a 1974 carousel, an animal barn, apple orchard and pumpkins in the fall, pony and hay rides, and the Amaze'n Maze, one of only 10 mazes of its kind in the world, offering 4,900 square feet of challenging fun.

Little River Zoo in Norman
Home to more than 400 animals, many of which you will meet on your personally guided tour, Little River Zoo is an educational center whose philosophy is to teach people that individuals can make a difference in protecting our planet and all creatures who share it.

Oklahoma Aquarium in Tulsa
If an underwater adventure is what your family craves, check out the Oklahoma Aquarium. Children will marvel at the magnificent display of color and mystery of the more than 200 exhibits of marine and aquatic animals, including several thousand from around the world.