Oglebating: Where was the best place to go on a field trip as a kid?
10:15 AM EST on January 11, 2012
Hello there faithful readers, time for another super fun installment of Oglebating! Last time around, you overwhelmingly said that the original BC Clark jingle was way better than the new one with the people singing in the mall.
One of these days we'll each make our case for our favorite candidate in the Republican primary,* but today we're going to focus on field trips! As a kid, whether it was a simple walk to the park or a bus ride to a museum, there was nothing better than waking up in the morning and realizing you, for once, could skip learning multiplication tables and instead go somewhere that was, well, not school.
*This will never, ever happen
But where was the best of all the field trips? After the jump, we make our cases.
Marisa: The Omniplex
Notice I said Omniplex, readers, not the Science Museum of Oklahoma, or whatever crazy name it has now. As a young lass, I remember going to the Omniplex on a yearly, oftentimes, semesterly basis. Usually it was because we were supposed to go see the Red Earth exhibit or some traveling artifact thing. But we all know what happens when you let small groups of children run loose with only one parent per group to supervise them? That's right--the shadow room!
Honestly, until fairly recently, I had no idea that there were trains and old airplanes in that building. I spent the majority of my time watching the pendulum, going through the mirrored room thing, singing along to songs in that karaoke thing, dozing off in the planetarium, and climbing in the old plexiglass bubble. I didn't learn much, and that's the way I like it.
And even though there is no Omniplex anymore, it has stood the test of time. The Science Museum is there still, with many new exhibits, like a crime scene, segways for you to ride, and a huge tree house where the plexiglass bubble thing used to be. And Kids can still spend the day not learning anything in the name of science!
Tony: Oklahoma City 89er games
No disrespect to the Harn Homestead or the freakishly giant heads at Enterprise Square, but the best field trips were the ones to Oklahoma City 89er games. As I'm writing this, it occurs to me that it's really strange that we were allowed to take field trips to baseball games. I mean, baseball is the best, but should we really have spent our school time at games? Do they still let kids do this (note: Yes!)? That's ridiculous. Also, I just now realized I've turned into one of those old people who complains about stuff like kids and their field trips. Crap.
But 89er games were the best. For one thing, it allowed me to tell my classmates the super-hilarious joke about how they should have called it "One-Sports Stadium." Yes, I know this is a terrible joke, and yes, I know many others thought of it before me. What do you want? I was twelve!
Another great thing about 89er games is you got to roll down the big hill on the third-base line. Do you think they let you do any hill-rolling on field trips to the state capitol? None at all! You can't even roll across the Senate floor without getting some weird looks.
Also, you could get your picture taken with Robo-Niner. Nothing against Rowdy the Redhawk, but Robo-Niner was a way better mascot. Easily a Hall-of-Famer. He lays with Top Daug in whatever the equivalent of the Arlington National Cemetary is for Oklahoma sports mascots.
All in all, there was no better field trip for kids than going to Oklahoma City 89er games.
Where was the best place to go on a school field trip?
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