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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Has Arrived!
June 5 10:13 AM

The Weather Service of Omaha Children’s Museum has issued a tornado warning for the following areas…The Wonderful Wizard of Oz exhibit!

In the Land of Oz guests can follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City, sponsored by Borsheims, where they can make necklaces, bracelets, swords and other baubles to take home. The exhibit provides both children and parents with fun facts about the science of gemology. Guest can examine rocks and minerals through a large microscope which allows for multiple viewers at one time. Click your ruby slippers three times and find yourself in Dorothy’s Farmhouse, sponsored by The Farmhouse Cafe. Here guests can play in her house with a full kitchen and can serve guests meals like Auntie Em and Uncle Henry. The picnic tables outside the house also provide space for cool programs like Meet Me in Oz and Oz’s Wonderful World.

Continue your yellow brick road journey to Tornado Town see a twister form right in front of your eyes with the 8-foot-tall Tornado Machine. The tornado is formed by a fan and mist that kids can touch and play in. Guests can also step into the Tornado Twister machine and feel what it would be like to be in an EF-1 tornado with winds gusting up to 80 miles per hour! Tornado Town sponsor KETV has provided an educational video explaining what’s involved in weather prediction and the science behind tornadoes. Another feature of the exhibit is the Tornado Experience, which uses a massive green screen wall and technology so guests can see themselves on screen among familiar landmarks. Kids can sit on a bike and imagine they are being swept up into the Land of Oz! (During the month of July the KETV Weather Now Storm Team will be making an appearance and guests can enter a contest for a chance to tour the KETV news station, stay tuned!)

Next it’s off to Munchkin Playland to climb, slide, and swing on the giant playset. Then head over to Rainbow Stage to dress up like your favorite characters and roleplay with facepaint. Characters from the Wizard of Oz will appear on the Rainbow Stage on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.

In the Wizard of Oz film, the Wizard leaves Oz in a balloon that says State Fair Omaha. Playing on this unique local connection, the museum has partnered with several local ballooning groups to bring hot air balloons to life in the exhibit. A real hot-air balloon is suspended from the ceiling of the gallery with a real basket for guests to play in and see how a hot-air balloon is made and operates.

In Glinda’s Bubble Magic exhibit guests can create enormous bubbles and play in a ball pit filled with beach ball “bubbles.”

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz exhibit kicked off with the museum’s annual Children’s Parade with more than 300 participants; Dorothys, Totos, Scarecrows, Lions, Tin Men and many more marched the streets on Saturday, May 26. There was a “Flying Monkey” motorcycle club and an appearance from Princess Poppy, and Dorothy served as the grand finale riding home on her white carriage pulled by a “horse of a different color”!

After the parade, a float contest provided families with an opportunity to get creative together building the best Wizard of Oz float for a chance to win a family vacation to The Inn at Okoboji! After the float contest, Executive Director and friends from Wizard of Oz cut the emerald green ribbon to official welcome summer in the Land Wizard of Oz.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz exhibit is open now through September 9, and there is much more to explore. You can read more about the exhibit on our Special Exhibits page. Put on your ruby slippers and join us over the rainbow for summer fun!
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