NORMAN – Where can you see a mammoth in an oversized Santa hat and Mr. and Mrs. Claus mingling with dinosaurs? The Sam Noble Museum, of course, where the holidays take on Jurassic proportions! The museum’s annual Holiday Happening is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6. Admission is complimentary, and visitors will enjoy live holiday music, crafts, storytelling and shopping throughout the evening.
Santa will be present to hear children’s holiday wishes and pose for pictures. Visitors may purchase photos on-site or take their own photos at no charge.
The museum’s Discovery Room will be open and the dinosaur mascots, Spike and Slash, will be there to meet guests. The museum’s Great Hall will be filled with children’s craft stations, stories and live musical entertainment.
Enjoy the melodies of the McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church Young Hand Bell Choir, the fun-filled musical stories from the Pioneer Library System and the beautiful rendition of songs from “White Christmas” performed by the Sooner Theatre.
Excavations, the museum store, will offer special one-night-only discounts of 15-40% on all merchandise during Holiday Happening. With a wide variety of truly unique gifts, including one-of-a-kind jewelry, educational toys, international holiday decorations and home décor items, Excavations is the perfect boutique to shop for everyone on your holiday list.
The museum also is accepting donations of toys for children and teens and non-perishable food items on behalf of Food and Shelter Inc. Donations can be brought to the museum during regular museum hours through Holiday Happening on Dec. 6. Everyone who brings a donation to the museum will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to Excavations. The drawing will be held and announced at 8 p.m. during Holiday Happening in the museum’s Great Hall. The winner must be present to receive their prize.
Food and Shelter Inc. is a nonprofit organization that maintains eight shelters for homeless individuals and families in Norman. The organization also provides free community lunches, assistance with rent and utility payments, children’s programs and other services to help prevent homelessness and help the needy in Norman to achieve independence. Each year, Food and Shelter Inc. provides a holiday party for all those in its care, and the donations collected during the museum’s Holiday Happening event will help make their party a success.
While you’re visiting the museum, consider giving the gift of museum membership to someone special this year. With prices beginning at $20, it’s the perfect gift for all ages. Members enjoy a wide range of benefits, including complimentary admission to the museum for a year, discounts in the gift shop and on programs and birthday parties. (Click here for details)
ABOUT THE MUSEUM:
The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is located on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus at Timberdell Road and Chautauqua Avenue.
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 65 and up, and $3 for youth ages 6 to 17. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Discounts are available for military personnel and their immediate families. For accommodations on the basis of disability, call (405) 325-4712.
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CONTACT: Jen Tregarthen