It is rarely a good idea for us to attempt air travel around the holidays. Winter weather can cause delays and cancellations, and most of the planes leave the gates full to capacity with a large roll over list of passengers that didn’t make it on. Flying standby isn’t completely impossible, but it is close!
So when it is time for us to visit the in-laws for either Thanksgiving or Christmas in the panhandle of Texas, we are usually making a road trip. Taking a road trip with young children seems to be equal parts of awesome and boredom for them. Even the best children can become frustrating when there are long stretches of unappealing terrain out the window!
This time, we took a different route than we usually do. I opted to head up I-35 alone through Oklahoma City, pick up my husband at the OKC airport and spend the night before continuing on the next morning. Except for gas and lunch, I hadn’t planned on stopping before we got to OKC. Then I saw the sign.
THE TOY AND ACTION FIGURE MUSEUM, EXIT NOW
What? I have the world’s biggest superhero fan in the backseat… there’s no way we can’t stop at that. So I pulled off the interstate, and into Paul’s Valley Oklahoma. It had the normal small town Oklahoma feel. It was big enough for a Wal-Mart, but I wouldn’t deem it a city. But, lurking in the historic downtown area was indeed a Toy and Action Figure Museum.
I have never seen my children more entertained by a stop we made on a road trip. It bordered on action figure overload as they ran room to room looking for all their favorites (and yes – they had them all). It was great to be able to point out toys I had when I was there age that had long ago been discarded.
They played hard in the hands-on section, and would have continued for hours if I would have let them. There were bins of toys to play with and closets full of costumes. Unfortunately, we had a hard time finding costumes their size but that only was a momentary setback before Luke had the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mounting an offensive against Jabba the Hut.
Bottom line – this is a great stop to make if you are traveling through Oklahoma on I-35. The kids loved it, and we’ll stop again next time.
Museum Website : ActionFigureMuseum.com