Everytime I hear the name Tulsa I think of that scene from Friends when Chandler informs Monica that he is being transferred to Tulsa. While it is perhaps not the Paris of Oklahoma, it does seem like a pleasant city to live and raise a family. It is filled with things to do with young children and I'm pretty sure we did almost all of them in the few days we were there.
We are on a family mission to see all 50 states. We have crossed off most of the Deep South states since we moved to Mississippi, but Oklahoma had eluded us. We decided to fix this in February and started planning a trip. Naturally Tulsa came to mind as being one of the bigger cities, within driving range, and well, to be honest, that Friends episode.
What is there to do in Tulsa with kids? Quite a bit actually. We kept our kids busy trying out spots around town. Here were our favorites.
There are an impressive number of big animals for a smaller zoo. Elephants, giraffes, bears, lions and more are all residents of the Zoo. Our kids enjoyed the trails. The playground was also a big hit. As a smaller zoo, you can enjoy the whole thing in about half a day. We wandered for the morning, stayed for lunch, and then spent an hour at the playground.
Tulsa Air & Space Museum and Planetarium
Since we recently finished an Outerspace Unit this was fun for our kids. They were excited about the airplanes, especially the ones they could climb into and pretend to operate. There was also a small corner about outerspace where they got to work together to launch a space ship. We took the time to go to both the MD-80 Flight Theater and the Planetarium Show. Either was fine, but I will say that together they were a little much for our four year olds. The Flight Theater is essentially a movie about airplane history. The Planetarium show was an IMAX show about Outerspace. Both were good, but together they were a little long for our four year olds so I would recommend just picking one of the other.
Our favorite parts of the Aquarium were the impressive shark tank that you can walk through and the touch tanks. This is a smaller aquarium, but our kids really enjoyed all of the animals and the interactive elements. Check the website for feeding times so you don't miss them!
Discovery Lab : Tulsa Children's Museum
The slide pictured above is made entirely of tape. How cool is that? There is a whole maze of tunnels and slides made entirely of packaging tape at the Discovery Lab. What a great spot to get out some wiggles on a colder day. If you have an infant or toddler there is a dedicated space for the youngest explores in the main space.
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