Science Museum Oklahoma taking tinkering outside with Tinker in the Parks

Science Museum Oklahoma is partnering with the Oklahoma City Parks Department Saturday for Tinker in the Parks, a free afternoon of exploring creativity, collaboration and community with outdoor tinkering activities. The museum will host Saturday its now-famous car take-apart activity. [Photo provided]

Science Museum Oklahoma is partnering with the Oklahoma City Parks Department Saturday for Tinker in the Parks, a free afternoon of exploring creativity, collaboration and community with outdoor tinkering activities. 

The museum’s popular annual Tinkerfest, which is typically slated for the same weekend, is being rescheduled for spring 2021, according to a news release. 

As previously reported, the museum set a new single-day attendance record during the 2018 Tinkerfest, with more than 11,100 guests receiving free admission to experience more than 70 hands-on tinkering activities developed by the museum and over 40 community organizations and individuals.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the museum is taking its tinkering activities outside with Tinker in the Parks.

Tinker in the Parks activities are scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at eight area parks including: Edgemere Park, Edwards Park, Lincoln Park, Martin Park, McKinley Park, Taylor Park, Wheeler Park, and Woodson Park. 

“Trying new things is essential for the advancement of ideas and design. It is a big part of why tinkering is important. It leads to discovery. Community, creativity, collaboration, and innovation are necessary, especially in difficult times. It is for these reasons that we could not be more delighted to partner with the Oklahoma City Parks Department to bring our community an afternoon of tinkering and trying new things to these beautiful outdoor settings,” said Clint Stone, vice president of programs at Science Museum Oklahoma, in a statement. 

Each park will host two to three tinkering activities, ranging from experimenting with robotics to making comic books. All outdoor activities are free of charge and do not require pre-registration.

“We are happy to partner with such great organizations such as Science Museum Oklahoma who offer unique opportunities for our community to enjoy city parks where they can learn to grow and play,” said Doug Kupper, director of OKC Parks, in a statement. “We look forward to seeing many families out in the parks this weekend participating while maintaining social distancing with the many activities and having a good time.”

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