Discovery Lab provides unique learning experiences, exhibits, and programming for children ages middle school and younger, their parents, caregivers, and teachers. Discovery Lab’s hands-on, multidisciplinary approach emphasizes cognitive and process skills while extending and enriching classroom curriculum and Oklahoma Academic Standards to build on children’s interests and strengths and help prepare them for the future. All exhibits and learning experiences engage visitors in process skills, including creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, and communication and collaboration. In addition, Discovery Lab is committed to the integration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), in exhibits and experiences. Best practices embed these concepts and principles into exhibits and programs encouraging children to connect and reconnect arts and sciences in ways that make learning engaging, challenging, and fun.
A Discovery Lab original, featuring tunnels and a 30-foot slide made entirely of packing tape. The innovative design, using principles of suspension bridge engineering, was developed by our staff—led by our resident physicist and executive director, Ray Vandiver, Ph.D. There are six layers of tape in each tunnel adding up to over 16 miles of tape! Kids of all ages love navigating the tunnels and bridges, and are inspired by them to create their own extraordinary things out of ordinary materials.
Inspired by TapeScape in Mankato, Minnesota.
Zoo in You is a 2,000 square foot, bilingual (English and Spanish) exhibit that explores the fascinating and complex world inside each of us. With over ten interactive stations, visitors will engage with their microbiomes – a dynamic, adaptable, and delicately balanced ecosystem much like any other found in nature.
Discover the vibrant world of our inner microorganisms through engaging, larger-than-life, interactive exhibits. Zoom down to the microscopic level, see your life-sized microbial reflection, sequence DNA, create a virus model, and more! Zoo in You combines science, technology, and health to fully immerse visitors into the world of microbes.
Building Buddies: An interactive village and construction zone that invites families to play, explore and improve a neighborhood is now open in Featured Hall.
Building Buddies is a bright, interactive exhibit that features a variety of experiences to help the characters, or “buddies,” fix up their houses. The creative construction site features hands-on stations that encourage children to construct, build, paint with light, decorate, tile and more.
The WorkShop is a DIY space where children and families can make, play, and design using real stuff—materials, tools, processes, and ideas. Visitors are encouraged to be curious, creative, experimental, and innovative using a variety of recycled, repurposed, and upcycled materials. On every visit to The WorkShop at Discovery Lab, you will find different activities to explore, including themes like sound, electricity, robotics, 3D printing, fabric fusion, and more.
An area in the main hall has been designed especially for our youngest Discovery Lab visitors supporting developmentally-based sensory play with a variety of hands-on activities, including blocks, tubes, books, and gravity and balance activities. Appropriate for children on their tummies, crawling, pre-walking and walking, the toddler area at Discovery Lab is a safe and inspirational space dedicated to small children and their families.