The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 2, 2011

Summertime sizzles

Leonardo’s slates 100 action-packed days

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID — When school lets out, it will be time for 100 days of summer fun at Leonardo’s and Adventure Quest.

Julie Baird, executive director, said the science and art museum makes sure it has something educational and fun for kids to do all summer long.

“We will kick off with a family night on May 24, and then we start that weekend with our 100 Days of Summer Fun,” Baird said. “We do something fun every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day.”

This year’s family night, sponsored by Associated Therapeutic Services, will be 5:30-7:30, Baird said. During the summer months, Leonardo’s also is open on Mondays for its regular operating hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours at Adventure Quest are extended until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Star Tek sponsors the extended hours at Adventure Quest.

“Our goal is to have something fun for the kids every day that school is out,” Baird said.

Some Leonardo’s fun in summers past have been “Decades of Fun,” when staff dresses in clothing from the decade of the day and children also can dress in the style of the day, and National Sunscreen Day, when a local dermatologist gave away sunscreen, Baird said.

“My personal favorite is National Sugar Cookie Day,” Baird said. “On that day our guests get to decorate cookies and eat their artwork.”

Three rounds of summer art camp will take place in June and July. Sponsored in part by Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, the sessions will be June 6-10, June 13-17, June 20-24, July 11-15, July 18-22 and July 25-29.

Sponsors still are being sought for science camp, but if sponsors are found, sessions will be June 27 to July 1, August 1-5 and August 8-12.

Art and science camps are designed for ages 4 to 12.

From 9:30 a.m. to noon on Independence Day, Leonardo’s will roll out the ninth annual Hometown 4th of July Celebration, sponsored by Oklahoma Play Therapy. After the outdoors celebration, the museum will throw open the doors.

Aug. 27 will bring the third annual Enid Mack Motor Mania. Little kids will have the chance to explore big trucks from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Last year, Enid Mack Sales sponsored Motor Mania and cooked hamburgers and hot dogs.

“At noon we close out with a truck parade led by the fire trucks,” Baird said. “All the trucks follow.”

One late-summer event will finish out the slate of summer activities for Leonardo’s.

“We will wrap up our car giveaway with Cherokee Strip Days,” Baird said. “We will do the drawing for the $20,000 car from Northcutt Chevrolet Buick Toyota.”

The winner gets to pick the car they want, Baird said. Northcutt dealerships have 17 vehicles that are $20,000 or less. There is no cash back if they pick a car below $20,000, but if they pick a car above that price, they get $20,000 off.