Homeschooling, Large Family

Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum

My family and I took a trip to the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole, Oklahoma. Their slogan is, ‘Where children play to learn… and adults learn to play’. We had a wonderful time so I thought I would share some pictures and information about the museum on the blog.

Because the weather here has been so cold, the outdoor area of the museum was closed. It was alright though, I don’t think we would have had time to play outside anyway. We were there for almost 5 hours and did not get to play with everything inside! Around 2:30, they announced over the loudspeaker that something was closing at 3. We thought they said the museum was closing (it was supposed to be open until 5) so we rushed around to see what else there was inside. Once we realized that they were not closing at 3, we had already skipped past a few things and didn’t go back. We plan to go back when the weather is warmer so hopefully we can make it back to check out the exhibits we missed.

When you enter the museum, the gift shop is on the left side and on the right there was a giant dinosaur skeleton. My kids thought it was neat but didn’t spend anytime really looking at it, they were too excited to get inside and play. After we paid, we made our way into the museum. Our first stop was the building/mechanics area. Kendon really enjoyed building with giant legos, the girls went straight to the dump trucks and rocks, and the older kids started building with the dominos. My husband sat down to the magnets and put together a nice structure. After everyone had enjoyed this area, we went over to a room filled with giant blue blocks. We spent awhile in here. The kids started out building a track with all the pieces. Then that got pulled apart and built into a small fort, then eventually ended with a train. The little girls and Kendon really enjoyed this room because a lot of the pieces were bigger than them.

  

Our next stop was the handicapable room. They had the alphabet in braille, words printed on cards so you could try reading them, a wheelchair, crutches, a walker, and a few other items to play with.

While the big kids went to the courthouse room, Kendon, Karrington and I went over to the mechanic’s shop. Kendon took right to it and started changing tires. He spent most of his time changing tires. When the other kids came over, they climbed under the car to switch the exhaust, changed the oil, added washer fluid, changed the license plates, and helped fix the tires.

Our next stop was a giant playgroup type thing. It was fun because there were platforms way up high for the kids to climb on, and they were covered in carpet, making them slippery. They were safely enclosed so I didn’t worry about them falling. The slide connected to the side was long and fast, and Kendon complained that it hurt his bottom. They all got a little wild when they came down.

After climbing and sliding for a while, we headed into the grocery store. Kendon didn’t care about this really, he was preoccupied with the fire truck and slide next door. Kolter also wanted to do other things so he didn’t stick around long either. The little girls really enjoyed this area and kept asking to go back. They had cute little carts, and a mini sized grocery store where they kids could push their carts around and shop. After they were done shopping, there was a check out lane where they could check each other out. After check out, they took all the groceries back and put them on the shelves. Kyla obviously comes from a large family because at one point she had 2 grocery carts stacked high with groceries 🙂

At this point, we thought we were running out of time (thinking the museum was going to close at 3) so we just kinda rushed around. We looked at the back of the museum where they had all of the science exhibits. We didn’t get to enjoy these as much as we wanted so next time we plan to head back there first.

I also knew there was a whole other side to the museum that we hadn’t seen yet. Kaydence and I went over to see what was there. After gathering everyone else up, we went to the dentist, looked at the aquarium that connects the two sides of the museum, and then went to the other side. They had a digging site to practice being an archeologist, a giant light-bright peg board, a real airplane cockpit, an art area, a build your own maze area, and fun vacuum maze, and a news station area. We didn’t get to enjoy the news station because there was always someone in it. But the kids didn’t mind. Kyla loved digging for dinosaurs, the big boys and dad really enjoyed the cockpit, Kaydence and Kryspin enjoyed the art area, Kaylee had fun building a maze for her ball to travel down, and Kendon really loved the vacuum maze. Actually, I think everyone loved the vacuum maze, but Kendon didn’t want to leave. For the vacuum maze, there was an opening to put the balls in (we put in a handkerchief too), the door would shut and shoot the ball through the maze. You could open and close doors along the way to change its direction and where it would shoot out. Then the ball would shoot out the open end of the tubing. It was really fun!

By the time we were done in this room, the museum was getting ready to close so we decided it was time for us to go. We were there for about 5 hours, but the time flew by. Next time we go, I hope to get there when they open, take a lunch with us as they had a nice big sitting are with tables, and spend the whole day there. Hopefully we can enjoy the outdoor area too.

This museum was fun for all of us. Austin and I enjoyed ourselves, and all of the kids had fun. Kaylee, who is 12, had just as much fun and Karrington, who is almost 1.

The only thing I regret is not buying a membership instead of a one time entry. Since we live so close (1.5 hours) I plan to visit there a few more times and it would’ve saved us some money buying a membership. If you are in the Oklahoma City area, I recommend stopping by the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole, Oklahoma. We had a blast there and I know you and your family will too!

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