With the start of school this week for Enid area students, Leonardo’s will resume regular hours beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m. The museum had been opening early since August 6th due to extreme temperatures.  Leonardo’s will remain open on Mondays through Labor Day, and Twilight Time (extended hours at Adventure Quest), sponsored by Park Avenue Thrift, will continue through September 1, weather permitting.

“As much as we love the annual 100 Days of Summer Fun, we are very excited about this year’s expanded fall lineup, which includes additional family friendly events,” said Julie Baird, Leonardo’s Executive Director.  New events include “Run to Leonardo’s” on September 16th as part of the Cherokee Strip Celebration and a Fall Festival on October 19th.

The 4th Annual Enid Mack Motor Mania will take place August 25th from 10-noon.  New vehicles this year include a Monster truck, an RV, and a car that kids can actually take apart.  Event Sponsor Troy Phillips, owner of Enid Mack Sales, will also be cooking free hamburgers for everyone who attends.

Also, tickets go on sale September 1st for the annual Princess Ball for dads and daughters, and Mom & Me Masquerade for mothers and sons.  Individuals with a current Leonardo’s family membership, will be allowed to purchase tickets early on August 31.  This year’s Princess Ball is being sponsored on Friday evening by ATS Counseling/Focus Institute and Growing Hope Network, and Saturday evening by TPI Staffing, Inc.  Mom & Me is sponsored by KOFM/KGWA.

“Back to school also means getting back to our usual schedule of children’s art and science classes,” Baird continued.  Applications are now being accepted for the fall semester of Friday home school art and science classes for ages 4-13, and Hiland Partners Science Adventure Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays for grades 4-8.

September 1st will also mark the return of free Saturday art and science classes.  Art Quest takes place on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month during the school year at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Parents and grand parents are encouraged to participate in the classes with their children.  On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays, Weekend Wonders science classes are offered at the same time.  Art Quest is made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, and Weekend Wonders is sponsored by McDonald’s of Enid and Alva.  The classes are free for any museum guests or members each Saturday.