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State of play

When playing outdoors is not an option, keep the kiddos busy at these hot spots.

Malena Lott January 18th, 2012

The winter chill doesn’t have to hamper family fun, thanks to indoor entertainment options around the metro.

If you’re tired of telling your little ones to use their indoor voices, take them to one of these swell play places and let someone else do the hollering for you.

Get smarter
Thanks to rotating exhibits and hands-on areas, museums aren’t what they used to when we were kids. Up your children’s IQ with trips to the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum, 1400 Classen Drive. Get to know famous Oklahomans from the past and present, then jaunt over to the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, to learn more about our great state with its engaging exhibits.

Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 N.E. 52nd, includes a dome theater. Right now “Extreme” is playing, which takes kids to the virtual slopes. Be sure to catch the popular live-science show; its lively demonstrations entertain and educate. You might even learning something!

right, Christian Flood rides the Batman slide at Jump!Zone with friend Brenna Strom.

With plenty of space and aviation artifacts and learning galleries, the museum can take up as many hours as you’re willing to explore.

Rest up in the planetarium while letting the kids play in the interactive exhibits like Gadget Trees and Tinkering Garage.

Burn energy
If bodies in motion is more your style, let the kids bounce away at Jump!Zone, 10400 S. Western. With more than 14,000 square feet of play space, the kiddos will have plenty of room to let their inner Tigger romp. Jump!Zone offers several open play times throughout the week.

Like competitive play? Aim for fast-paced fun at LaserQuest, 10944 N. May, a high-tech combination of tag and hide and seek. Armed with laser guns, players wear vests with sensors and play in a multilevel room with specialty lighting, fog, and music. The person and team with the highest points (hits) when the time is up, wins.

Feel the need for speed? If your tykes are at least 48 inches tall, they can ride the junior carts at Pole Position Raceway Indoor Karting, 2905 N.W. 36th.

For young ones 6 and under, Yukon offers ABC’s Stay-n-Play, 1233 Garth Brooks Blvd. The indoor play area is not a daycare or drop-off, so guardians must stay with the children at all times. ABC provides weekly open play options and special activities throughout the month. By allowing outside snacks and lunch, children can stay and play all day.

Create art

Got a lil’ Picasso on your hands?

Let them create somewhere other than your walls, thanks to Paint’N Station, 7906 N. May. The paint-your-own pottery store welcomes walk-ins and is locally owned and operated.

There, visitors pick a piece of pottery from the vast selection, look through idea books or the painted pottery on display for inspiration, and then choose the colors and brushes to create the masterpiece.

The Edmond Fine Arts Institute, 27 E. Edwards in downtown Edmond, provides children’s classes each semester including pre-K art and programs for kindergarten through seventh grade.

Take your child from watching cartoons to drawing them in the cartooning class, or let your fashion diva create her own outfit in the sewing class. For class schedules and enrollment, visit

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