With intense heat in the forecast, many Tulsans are looking for ways to stay cool.
In hot weather, it is essential to go inside. For parents looking for something to do with the kids during summer vacation, Discovery Lab fits the bill.
Some kids tried to beat the heat Tuesday morning at Tulsa’s Riverparks, but as temperatures started to soar, families headed to Discovery Lab where the air conditioning is set at 69 degrees.
“We’re seeing a trend as temperatures rise, our attendance has also increased as people seek refuge from the heat in our cool exhibit spaces,” said executive director Ray Vandiver.
He said Discovery Lab is not just an escape from the unbearable heat, but a place for children to learn.
“Discovery Lab is an amazing resource for kids and families in Tulsa, especially with summer vacations where kids can come play while they learn,” Vandiver said.
Cat Easterling is babysitting this summer and needed to entertain three energetic kids.
“We’re always looking for fun things to do outside but it’s been so hot lately so we came to the discovery lab because they love it here and we’re just looking for something fun to do” , said Easterling.
She’s not the only one with this idea. The science museum was teeming with children and parents enjoying the coolness inside.
Elizabeth Laciignola said being inside was a relief.
“It’s dangerously hot. I was even thinking as I walked to the door how hot and humid it was and how grateful I was to go inside for the air conditioning,” Laciignola said.
As long as that AC is working, you can bet the parking lot at Discovery Lab will be full all summer.
The Discovery lab is open every day until 5 p.m.