There are opportunities to pick up new skills popping up all over Oklahoma this spring. If you’ve been feeling creatively inspired lately, this blog will be a great guide to finding the perfect activity for a wide variety of interests and artistic mediums. There’s no better time than now to learn something new and have fun doing it. Take a look below and let us know in the comments which activity you’re adding to your spring itinerary.
What’s Growing On at Science Museum Oklahoma?
The team from the Science Museum Gardens continues its seven-part series, Gardening 101, where participants can learn how to better tend to their spring gardens, starting with roots on March 26! Each workshop in this interactive series features a fun activity that ties to the theme, and you’re sure to leave with some useful information you can apply to your own garden at home. This workshop is free with general admission so be sure to add this to your list on your next trip to the Science Museum.
At the Throttle at the Oklahoma Railway Museum
Have you ever dreamed of running a steam locomotive? The Oklahoma Railway Museum is giving participants the unique opportunity to take the reins April 1 and 3 and April 8 and 10. No previous locomotive experience is required. A qualified engineer will be in the cab at all times while participants enjoy a half-hour of operating the engine. Book your spot now so you can live out your train director dreams!
Better Conversations at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
Join lively, interactive online discussions on hard-hitting topics each week with the OKC National Memorial & Museum’s Better Conversations events. Community leaders help work through challenging issues through open, respectful discourse that promotes civility and social responsibility. It’s free to join, and the best part is you don’t have to leave home! Better Conversations is hosted via Zoom, and you can access the link from the Memorial and Museum’s website or Facebook.
Handcrafted soapmaking at the Oklahoma History Center
Join the Oklahoma History Center on April 23 for a hands-on class exploring the art of handcrafted soapmaking using both historic and modern methods. Participants will learn how to make old-fashioned lye soap, discuss the history of making soap and craft their own to take home. The History Center will provide all materials, including safety equipment. Registration is limited so don’t miss your chance to reserve your spot!
SPARK! Creative Lab’s YIELD workshop series at Oklahoma Contemporary
Leading up to the immersive performance on May 26, Oklahoma Contemporary hosts a variety of free public workshops that explore the human experience that shapes our current, shared reality. Now through May 14, take advantage of SPARK! Creative Lab’s workshops with local professionals in the art of dance, music, theatre and visual art. There are many to choose from, and no matter which you choose, it’s a great way to express yourself and feel connected to the interactive performance later in May.
Sip & Swirl paint classes at Waddell Vineyards
Flex your painting skills with one of Waddell Vineyards’ monthly Sip & Swirl events. Each class features a different painting for you to create with step-by-step instructions from a local artist. All materials are provided, including snacks with a wine bar available for you to pair your palette with a delicious glass. This fun experience is best enjoyed with friends, so plan a trip to Ada this spring to join the April class at Waddell Vineyards.
Family Programs at Sam Noble Museum
Family programs at Sam Noble are designed for children and adults to investigate the wonderful world of science together. If you’ve ever been curious about Oklahoma’s bat population, July 22 is your chance to spend A Night With Bats! An expert on bats will have the answers to all your questions, like “Do bats suck blood?” and “Are bats really blind?” before caravanning to a local park to bat watch. Reserve your tickets online before July 15. All family programs are for ages 5 and older.
STEM programs at the Museum of Osteology
Perfect for field trips or homeschool visits, educational programs at the Museum of Osteology are designed to engage and motivate curious minds through differentiated instruction, student-centered activities and scientific exploration. There are options for all grade levels and university students, too! Not only do they enhance your visit to the Museum, but these activities also align with Oklahoma Academic Standards and STEM principles, encourage problem-solving skills and teach natural and life science themes through a hands-on learning approach. If you’re planning a visit to the Museum of Osteology, you’ll want to check this out before you go.
Spring classes at the Goddard Arts Center
Spring 2022 is bringing a myriad of adult and youth classes to Ardmore’s Goddard Arts Center. From April 4 to May 13, visitors can learn dynamic watercolor painting, acrylic painting, ballroom dancing, ceramics, brush lettering and more. No matter what form of artistic expression draws you in, the Goddard Center is a great place to pick up some new skills. Your current skill level doesn’t matter! Find the perfect class for you on the spring brochure.
Lessons and activities at Red Earth
Red Earth Art Center offers a variety of suggested lessons and activities to enhance your visit and understanding of Native American culture. Each one, from beaded corn ornaments to totems in the Pacific Northwest, features guided learning opportunities and suggestions for how to embrace what you’ve learned at home. They’re free and accessible online, so be sure to take a look before your next visit to downtown OKC’s Red Earth.