12 Gifts for Science Lovers from Science Museum Oklahoma

December 2, 2016

Science Museum Oklahoma has gifts for everyone on your list — stop by The Science Shop for help finding the perfect present for a science lover of any age or you can snag a gift card that gives the gift of an experience like a Science Overnight, an annual membership, a camp program, or a birthday party. Looking for a stocking stuffer? Check out 11 of our favorites!

Need some gift inspiration? Sorry, no Hatchimals here (SMO sold out before Thanksgiving!), but we combed the shelves and found the top 12 gifts from Science Museum Oklahoma for 2016:

1. Science Kits

Build robots, cable cars and calculators from tin cans, make candy and lip balm, launch rockets, put a tornado in a bottle — SMO has dozens of kits for kids and kids at heart to get hands-on with science, technology, engineering and math.

2. Learning Resources, GeoSafari and GeoSafari Jr.

A microscope fit for a preschooler, intro to coding for a kindergartener, an in-home solar system for your elementary-aged Galileo — and the list goes on. Learning Resources and GeoSafari have the hands-on stuff that make learning about science pure fun for kids of all ages.

3. Stikbot Studio and Stikbot Studio Pro

Budding cinematographers young and old can create stop motion animations right at home.

4. Weird Winter Wonders Winter Camp at SMO

Set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 29-30, SMO’s two-day Weird Winter Wonders camp will explore chilling science and frosty fun. Want to give the gift of time during the last-minute holiday rush? Saturday camps are set for Dec. 10 and 17, and the first session of Weird Winter Wonders is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 22-23! Register online or buy a gift card.

5. Project MC2 Science Kits

Smart is the new cool! The popular Netflix series “Project MC2” features four super-smart, seriously cool girls who use their love of science and spy skills on missions for their secret organization. Kids and teens can practice chemistry, conduct electricity, experiment with UV light and more.

6. Telescopes

Have a stargazer in your midst? The Science Shop has a variety of telescopes. A child's discovery of the wonders visible in the night sky can begin a journey that may last a lifetime. From seeing the craters on the moon to the rings of Saturn or the moons of Jupiter, something new and exciting can be discovered with each movement of the telescope.

7. SMO Gift Cards: Give the gift of SMO! A SMO gift card can be redeemed for an annual museum membership, a camp program, a Science Overnight, purchases in The Science Shop or Pavlov’s Café and more! Buy one online here. Don’t see the amount you want? Call Guest Relations at (405) 602-3760.

8. Playmobil Space Rocket with Launch Pad

Countdown to liftoff! The Playmobil Space Rocket includes a launch technician, maintenance platform, satellite and robot, plus light and sound effects.

9. Hoberman Transforming Sphere

The Hoberman Transforming Sphere expands from 9.5 inches to 30 inches and includes a list of 21 ways to push, play and experiment with the sphere, plus a pulley if you'd rather hang it from the ceiling. It's mesmerizing fun.

10. Brio Trains

Start with a small kit or go all-in on a set — our Brio train sets are favorites for creative, imaginative play. Children build, disassemble and rebuild tracks while practicing logical thinking, motor skills and role-play. Train lovers: Don’t miss your chance for a tour of SMO’s Pullman Parlor Car during the holiday season. Tours run daily through Jan. 1.

11. Games

The Science Shop has dozens of games (boxed, card and otherwise) for all ages, skill levels and group sizes. Test your engineering skills with games like KABOOM, flex your puzzle-solving prowess with Top That!, find your way out of a mysterious mansion with Escape the Room, and beyond.

12. Vex Robotics

Some (ok, lots!) of assembly required! These three-in-one robotics kits come together to make machines and feature alternate builds that include helicopters, pirate ships, tanks and more.

Why shop SMO? Members always get 10% off of regularly priced Science Shop purchases, and shopping SMO is shopping local! Every purchase supports the programs and exhibits at Science Museum Oklahoma.

The Science Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the museum is not required to visit the shop.