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Sensory-friendly ‘Late Nite Lab’ comes to Science Museum Oklahoma

Oklahoma Christian University students and faculty can animate, automate, build, break and create at Science Museum Oklahoma’s first sensory-sensitive evening program. Tonight, from 6-10 p.m., visitors to the museum can experience the Late Nite Lab “Tinker ‘Bout It,” which will focus on the curiosity-driven, hands-on learning which takes place at the intersection of science, art and technology.

Offering a variety of unique activities, Tinker ‘Bout It will include shows in the museum’s recently upgraded Kirkpatrick Planetarium at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., a Science Live show at 9:30 p.m. and exhibits connected to each lab’s theme.

To make the evening enjoyable for people with sensory sensitivities, the museum is taking steps to minimize overstimulation. Lights in some areas will be dimmed, loud and potentially startling exhibits will be turned off or altered, atmospheric noises will be dampened or eliminated and live shows will be tailored to reduce noise and extreme motions. The museum’s sensory-sensitive kits, which are always available on request, will also be available while supplies last.

“Things can get loud here,” Clint Stone, vice president for programs at Science Museum Oklahoma, said. “Planned explosions occur here daily. We do some pretty shocking science. Though we are very well-known for these, they are not the only experiences we invite our guests to engage in. For this Late Nite Lab, we are purposefully creating another experience, one that encourages participation and discovery without all the loud noises, bright lights and surprises that can be distracting or even startling.”

SMO’s Tinker ‘Bout It Late Nite Lab will take place at the museum, located at 2020 Remington Place in Oklahoma City. Tickets are $18 per person for museum members, $20 for nonmembers and free for children under 3. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door, however, there will be no sales after noon today.

“This evening is designed for the entire family to explore the museum in a new way and encourage prolonged engagement with the exhibits and activities,” Stone said.

Science Museum Oklahoma is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Daily general admission is $15.95 for adults (ages 13 to 64) and $12.95 for children and seniors (ages 3 to 12 and 65 and older). Annual memberships begin at $105. 

The information above comes from a Science Museum Oklahoma press release.

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