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Beat the Heat at Discovery Lab

7/12/22

There’s a heat wave lingering in Tulsa with temperatures hitting triple digits. Summertime activities become dangerous when the sun is beaming on the hot pavement. Discovery Lab offers a safe place for curious minds in a hands-on, sweat-free environment. From the moment of entry, the vast, cool space and welcoming staff will ensure a refreshing visit without the misery of the simmering heat.  Residing on the exhibit floor are high facilitation laboratory areas designed to ignite... Read More

Discovery Lab hits milestone of 100,000 visitors

6/22/22

On June 20, 2022, Discovery Lab surpassed the milestone of welcoming more than 100,000 visitors since opening at 31st and Riverside in January of this year. The Children's Museum has already exceeded the annual admission attendance when located at Owen Park. Discovery Lab projects to impact over 300,000 children and families each year at the new site. The museum is an educational resource for Tulsa providing outreach museum classes to area schools and organizations, and as a field... Read More

Origami at Discovery Lab

6/17/22

The definition of origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. Ori means folding and kami means paper. (kami changes to gami due to rendaku). Origami is an activity for any age group. Let your mind flow with creativity while folding dragons, boxes, cups and so much more. No matter the shape or design, the piece is yours to make unique just for you. The practice of origami does take a lot of time, patience and focus. With every fold and crease, bonds and ... Read More

Discovery Lab host first adult night

6/16/22

Adults were finally able to visit Discovery Lab for on their own this past Thursday for Discovery After Dark. The Museum hosted its first adult night featuring local food trucks, Ruth's Chicken and V'Fresco, alongside local brews from Dead Armadillo Craft Brewing. Attendees sorted balls in Ballapalooza, saw fabric fly in Fans and Fabric, and created windmills in the WorkShop - all while having a beer in hand.   During regular operating hours at the Museum, every guest must h... Read More

Discovery Lab's Executive Director/CEO Celebrates 10 years

6/1/22

June 1, 2022, marks a milestone 10th anniversary for Discovery Lab's Executive Director/CEO Raymond J. Vandiver, Ph.D. In 2007, a group of moms in a playroom discussed the need for a children's museum in Tulsa. Tulsa Children's Museum/Discovery Lab was born and upon opening, Vandiver was named Executive Director at the original location in Owen Park.   When asked about his past 10 years at the Lab, he stated that resilience and grit are key—recovering quickly when thin... Read More

Volunteer: Laura Garrett

4/22/22

Why did you choose to volunteer at Discovery Lab?  I love the concept; it is close to home and I have spent many years in children’s programming. What is your favorite thing about volunteering at Discovery Lab? I love the children’s anticipation when they see the Lab and their joy is contagious. What have you learned during your time at the museum?  I love the exhibits; they are very interactive and there is something for every age. What do you do in your extra s... Read More

Volunteer: Briana-Miracle Louis

4/13/22

Briana-Miracle Louis is currently a psychology student at Oral Roberts University (ORU) with hopes of becoming a family councilor.  Why did you choose to volunteer at Discovery Lab? I love spending time with kids and seeing the creativity flow, while they are inspired by the educational activities and conducive learning.  What is your favorite thing about volunteering at Discovery Lab? I enjoy seeing the sparks in children's minds while they learn new things!  What... Read More

Discovery Lab takes home Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence awards

4/11/22

On April 9, 2022, the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits (OKCNP) hosted its 15th annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards. This year the OKCNP announced Discovery Lab had won the 2022 Education category, sponsored by Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies and Glenna and Richard Tanenbaum. Additionally, Discovery Lab was awarded the top award of the evening, the 2022 J. Jerry Dickman Award for Excellence, and received a $10,000 grant sponsored by The Tulsa Community Foundation... Read More

Volunteer: Aleya Garcia

4/7/22

April is National Volunteer Month! We want to recognize the people who give their time and expertise to make the world a better place. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'" Discovery Lab has more than 200 registered volunteers that not only make a difference on the exhibit floor, but also in our programs, events, and everyday operations.  What made you want to volunteer at Dis... Read More

Now Hiring: Join the Discovery Lab Team

3/11/22

Does education drive you? Do you love working as a team? Discovery Lab, Tulsa's new attraction, is now hiring for multiple positions.  Discovery Lab will be participating in Tulsa's Area Job Fair on March 31, 2022, from 2-5 p.m. located at 400 Civic Ctr. Tulsa, OK 74103 in the Central Library, Pocahontas Greadington Learning and Creativity Room. Learn about Tulsa area Attractions Find out what openings are available  Speak with organizational representatives  ... Read More

2022: A Summer of Discovery

3/9/22

Calling all summer scientists! Curious explorers from Pre-K through 6th Grade will learn about nature, bugs, weather, and everything in between at Discovery Lab's Summer Break Camp. Weekly sessions will run from June 6th to August 12th.  According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, consistent summer learning experiences can help close opportunity gaps, lead to higher graduation rates, and increase college readiness in students.  Time Pre-K + Kindergarten: 9:0... Read More

Introduce a Girl to Engineering 2022: Reimagining the Possible

2/3/22

Discovery Lab is celebrating National Engineers Week, with special experiments and activities available all week for museum guests. Introduce a Girl to Engineering invites girls (ages 6-12) and their adult role models to solve engineering challenges during our weekend class sessions. Classes are $5 per person with admission to the museum.  "Ask an Engineer" and "Big Engineering" demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend and are included in museum admissi... Read More

Discovery Lab receives Google Grant

1/18/22

Discovery Lab received funding just shy of $33,400 to support the development and implementation of an after-school pilot program, Discovery Lab River Walkers, in Mayes County. River Walkers will be an eight-unit series that provides an opportunity to teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) while connecting students directly to career paths in STEM-related fields. Students will learn about unmanned aerial vehicle flight, environmental engineering, and natura... Read More

New Year, New Museum

1/9/22

The new Discovery Lab will open to the public on January 24th after a ribbon-cutting at 9am. Prior to the ribbon cutting, Gizmo Guild and regular members will get into the museum before the public.  The museum will hold a special Gizmo Guild only event on Friday, January 14th, from 4:00 – 9:00 pm.  Then the museum will open for Members Only from January 15th through January 23rd with the following hours of operation: Monday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. &am... Read More

Join the Gizmo Guild as a Member and a Donor!

1/9/22

THE GIZMO GUILD IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD THE COMMUNITY IN SUPPORT OF EDUCATION THROUGH AN EXCLUSIVE MUSEUM MEMBERSHIP. As a Gizmo Guild Member, your family will be the very first to experience the fun at the new Discovery Lab opening in January!  Enjoy all the advantages of membership, plus: Gizmo Guild Members will jump to the front of the line and be the first to experience the new Discovery Lab — even before regular members Unlimited free entry for ... Read More

Give the Gift of Discovery

1/9/22

We expect over 300,000 guests and elementary students to visit our museum including our five classrooms in the Lab’s first year.  Your donation will help provide hands-on engagement within our STEAM learning experiences that will last a lifetime. Read More