Special Events at the Museum

Oklahoma Native American Youth Language FairOklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair (ONAYLF)

This annual event, which began in April 2003, attracts over 1,000 students from pre-K to 12th grades who are learning their Native languages. It involves the local and university community, tribal communities, families and over 100 volunteers. Students come from language classes, including public schools, home schools, community classes and tribal language programs. They perform at the museum for elders and teachers and receive a score. The top three performances in each category receive a trophy they can take back to their schools. Every child who participates receives a medal and a T-Shirt.


Join us for a spring party of Jurassic proportions during the Sam Noble Museum’s annual spring celebration, Eggstravaganza. Families and children are invited to pose for pictures with the celebratory bunny and participate in a variety of indoor activities include the famous Dino Prize Walk, face painting, crafts and Discovery Tables to explore museum specimens. Outdoor activities include an egg hunt and games. BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket) and join in the fun.

science-in-action-bannerScience In Action & Object ID Day

This free, family-friendly and science-packed event not only gives the community a chance to discover the hidden gems in their own collections, but it also provides an opportunity to meet and learn more about the museum’s 12 collections from museum curators and staff. It provides an opportunity for members of the public to bring their natural history objects to the museum for professional identification.

spikes-spooktacular-fall-fest-bannerSpike’s Spooktacular Fall Fest

Another favorite museum event, “Spooktacular” offers visitors a chance to dress in their family-friendly costumes, earn prizes and explore the fascinating world of natural history at the museum. The complimentary event features craft tables, a photo booth and a face-painting station. Museum curators and staff are also on hand to show visitors specimens from the museum’s collections.

holiday-happening-bannerHoliday Happening

Celebrate the holidays and enjoy music, photos with Santa Claus and special discounts in Excavations, the museum store. This annual complimentary community celebration features storybook time with librarians from the Pioneer Library System and special holiday activities with the museum’s education department. From a scavenger hunt for elves hidden throughout the museum galleries to musical performances, this special event is always a favorite of families.