The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 29, 2013

Leonardo’s raising money for renovations, endowment


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse is one of the jewels of Enid.

And, that jewel is looking to get even better and brighter.

The hands-on children’s art and science museum is in the midst of an $8 million capital campaign to fund renovations and an endowment.

The plan is to raise $6 million for renovations and $2 million for the endowment.

Leonardo’s officials want to completely renovate the museum.

The plans includes new permanent exhibits on the first floor. The museum would be expanded to two floors, and the third floor would be an education center.

Planned exhibits iwill focus on agriculture, energy and military — all of which play a prominent role in Enid and the surrounding area.

Renovations will be done over time, and will include a new entrance on the south side of the building, enclosing the west entrance, creating a facade for the building and new first-floor restrooms.

Leonardo’s already averages about 300 visitors a day when it’s open — or about 90,000 visitors a year. That’s a tremendous impact.

Leonardo’s also hosts special camps during the year.

All of this is done with one thing in mind: providing an opportunity for kids to learn and have fun.

In order to provide an opportunity to all, Leonardo’s provides scholarships for children whose families might not have the means to pay for the camps.

Last year, Leonardo’s provided $90,000 in scholarships.

We can’t think of a more deserving recipient of the community’s support. To donate to Leonardo’s, you can go to the museum’s website, leonardos.org, or call 233-2787.

You also can visit Leonardo’s at 200 E. Maple and see for yourself the good things going on.

As we said, the capital campaign and renovations will make a good thing even better.