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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ring It in Right!

It’s the shindig of the year, literally. You don’t need Times Square, and certainly not Ryan Seacrest, to ring in the New Year right. Opening Night is Oklahoma City’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza, an array of music, dancing, roller derby, theater, magic, family fun and fireworks. Hosted by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, the annual party is also family-friendly, boasting a scavenger hunt, children’s area (at the Cox Convention Center) and more. Admission wristbands are $8 in advance and $10 at the event. Children ages 5 and under are free. You can purchase them beforehand at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, metro Homeland stores, Science Museum Oklahoma and MidFirst Bank locations.

family-friendly, festivals, music, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Grown-Up Greatness

Looking for a great way to celebrate the holidays with friends? We’ve got some great suggestions for you!

Enjoy a relaxing day or night out with friends and experience some of OKC’s holiday hoopla. Open through Christmas Eve, the Pop Up Shops at the Myriad Botanical Gardens are a great place to grab those last minute stocking stuffers and gifts. And with its proximity to the Devon Ice Rink, we suggest you lace up some skates and go for a turn on the ice.

Then head over to Bricktown to grab a bite to eat or a drink. But on the way, be sure to check out the incredible lights that abound. You can even check them out via Water Taxi – for free. Or hop on up to Automobile Alley and the 9th Street District for more lights and other great shopping and dining options.

downtown, family-friendly, Myriad Botanical Gardens, nightlife, outdoor recreation, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Kid-Friendly Adventures

If you’ve got kids (or maybe you’re just a kid at heart), then these great activities are not to be missed!

With just one week left before Christmas, there’s still time to take the kiddos to see Santa. Thanks to a little Christmas magic, you can find him all around town, but one of our favorite places to spot Jolly Old Saint Nick is at the Devon Energy Center. He’ll be making one final appearance this Saturday, Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. While there, don’t miss the chance to play in snow flurries on the lawn, visit life-sized snowmen, listen to a holiday story from Mrs. Claus and more!

Now that you’ve gotten that checked off your list, head over to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark for a giant adventure. Chesapeake Energy’s snow tubing is one of the most popular events during Downtown in December and your kids (heck, even you) will be thrilled as you tube from the upper deck all the way down to the field.

Let the adventures continue down on the Oklahoma River. Santa’s Adventures on the Oklahoma River are adding zip to the holiday season in OKC. They’ve got something to feed your kid’s adventurous spirit – the 200-foot SandRidge Santa Zip zipline, Polar Paddle, various holiday bounce inflatable toys, mechanical surfing machine, candy cane rock climbing wall and Rudolph’s Launch extreme air jumper.

All that fun is sure to leave your kids with a grumbling stomach. So why not check out one of these great options for a tasty treat?

downtown, family-friendly, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Date Night Dandies

The holidays are a time to be with loved ones. So why not show that special someone a great date filled with holiday magic?

Your lovely lady dropped hints for weeks and unfortunately, you were a little slow picking up on them. Sadly, the Oklahoma City Ballet’s version of “The Nutcracker” has completed its run for this year, but we’ve got some ideas to get you out of the dog house.

Head over to the Plaza District, for Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol” presented by Devon Energy. Shows will run through Dec. 31 so there’s plenty of time to work this into your holiday happenings. If a play is not really your thing, we know what is. You don’t want to miss the last Continental Resources Free Movie Monday of the year. Start your New Year’s Eve date right with a showing of “Home Alone” at Harkins Theatres in Bricktown. These showings have been a hit all season so get your registration in early!

What’s a date night without getting all dolled up? The Skirvin Holiday Celebrations are a great way to enjoy a lovely holiday meal in a beautifully decorated setting. With various options including a Christmas Eve dinner and several choices for Christmas Day, you’ll have time to enjoy a meal with the one you love amid the holiday rush.

family-friendly, movies, restaurants, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bright Lights, Big City

Holiday happiness has taken over downtown Oklahoma City. With so many lights and sights to see, we’ve created a little guide to ensure you don’t miss any instance of the bright lights filling this great city.

For a grand site, we suggest you start off at the Devon Energy Center where super-sized ornaments have taken over the lawn and the outside of the Colcord Hotel. Venture inside the rotunda (it’s open to the public, remember) and glance up to see the giant (seriously, giant) silver pine cones hanging from the ceiling. If your tour finds you here on a Saturday, be sure to check out Devon’s Saturdays with Santa. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 22, you can meet Santa and his friends, write letters to the North Pole, create holiday crafts and enjoy holiday musical entertainment. Aravalli, the coffee shop located at the Devon Energy Center will be open to offer a family friendly menu to fill your stomachs before you continue your journey.

Now back to the holiday extravaganza . . . Head across Sheridan into the Myriad Gardens to check out the OG&E Garden Lights. The 17-acre park is perfect for wandering and enjoying the holiday lights. And while you’re in the gardens, you might as well strap on some skates and take a turn around the Devon Ice Rink.

Next we’ll take this holiday adventure over to Bricktown for more festive follies. Did you know that through the end of the month on Thursdays through Sundays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. you can take advantage of free Water Taxi rides? It’s true! And there’s really no better way to experience OneMain Financial’s Bricktown Canal Lights. Once you’ve hopped off the Water Taxi, we suggest you head up the stairs to the corner of Reno and Mickey Mantle Drive to see the SandRidge Christmas Tree. Then head across Reno to Lower Bricktown for even more holiday lights thanks to Stonegate-Hogan. Who knew there were so many great lights in OKC?! And we’re not done yet!

Hop on a Spokie (or you can get in your car if it’s nearby) and head up to Automobile Alley. All along Broadway Avenue between Northwest 4th and Northwest 10th Streets you can enjoy seeing the historic buildings of Automobile Alley all lit up for the holidays. So ho-ho-hop to it and experience the bright lights of this winter wonderland!

downtown, family-friendly, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Downtown in December

December brings cooler temps, hot cocoa and the magic of the holidays. What you may not know, is that is also brings one of Oklahoma City’s most beloved events – Downtown in December! This 40-day series of holiday events takes place Nov. 23 through Dec. 31, and features one-of-a-kind winter experiences.

You can start your downtown in December adventure with a spin around the Devon Ice Rink in Myriad Gardens. Next you may want to cruise down one of the country’s largest manmade snow tubing slopes at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. If you head downtown on Saturday, you can enjoy holiday crafts and entertainment, and even get a free photo with Santa Claus himself. These events take place in conjunction with free water taxi rides, free admission to the Crystal Bridge and varying museums on Sundays and beautiful holiday lights. There are many, many other exciting events happening (way too many for us to name them all) so check out www.downtownindecember.com to find your favorite way to celebrate the holidays downtown.

downtown, family-friendly, museums, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Standing Out Among the (Capitol) Crowd

Here in Oklahoma, we don’t like the status quo – we are always looking for ways to stand out. So while the Oklahoma State Capitol is one of many capitols around the country, we added a few Oklahoma touches to make it our own. Did you know that the Oklahoma State Capitol is the only one in the U.S. with a working oil rig on its grounds? But that is just one way Oklahomans have put their unique stamp on their capitol (ok, so we can’t take credit for the oil, but we can take credit for the rig). Oklahoma’s Capitol is also unique for the amount of artwork adorning its hallways. From sculptures to murals to paintings, visitors can peruse the art while learning about Oklahoma history.

If your interest is piqued, we suggest setting up a tour. Self-guided tours are available every day of the week, or you can get a tour from a trained volunteer Monday through Friday (check online for times). Just make sure you leave ample time to explore – the Capitol has 650 rooms and nearly 11 acres of floor space.

arts and culture, family-friendly, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Start Your Day with Kris Kringle

Who says that Santa only eats cookies? We have it on good authority that he is a big fan of breakfast, too. And your family can dine with the jolly fellow himself at Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 16. Two sessions are available at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. The cost for each adult is $25 and $20 for each child. Each child will receive a gift and a photo with St. Nick. Reservations are required by Dec. 11, so make them soon (and make sure you are on the nice list).

downtown, family-friendly, Myriad Botanical Gardens
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Night Out with the Thunder

So, you’re headed to downtown Oklahoma City to watch the No. 1 sports franchise in the world (according to ESPN The Magazine). Where do you eat? When do you arrive? We’ve got you covered with a few suggestions to give you the full Thunder NBA experience.

Start in Bricktown to grab a bite to eat. Bricktown offers tastes (and sips) for all palates, from casual bars to more upscale dining. After you get your fill, head down to Love’s Thunder Alley on Reno Ave., just north of Chesapeake Energy Arena for some pre-game entertainment. And don’t leave the kids at home – Thunder Alley includes games, music, face painting and much more. By 6:30 p.m., you’ll want to think about finding your seat. You definitely don’t want to miss all the pre-game entertainment and excitement before the Thunder players take to the court.

After a rousing Thunder victory, you may not be quite ready to go home. No problem! Head back to Bricktown for a nightcap and appetizer at one of the many restaurants or bars, all within walking distance. If the weather is nice, there are several rooftop patios to choose from. Most importantly, don’t forget to wear your orange and blue so you can be properly attired to THUNDER UP!

downtown, family-friendly, live sporting events, music, restaurants, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tighten Those Laces

That lovely fall breeze is ushering in one of our favorite times of the year in OKC – Downtown in December. You’re probably thinking, “Hey now! It’s only November!” And you’re right. But we all know that the holiday festivities kick off as soon as we finish washing those Thanksgiving dinner dishes.

In its second season, the Devon Ice Rink at the Myriad Botanical Gardens will kick start the winter wonderland festivities by opening Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. From then until Feb. 3, 2013, you can skate to your heart’s content seven days a week. So grab your friends and family (and some money for hot cocoa) and head down to the Myriad Gardens and get your skate on. And be sure to be on the lookout for more info from us about the other Downtown in December festivities that will be happening in OKC this year.

downtown, family-friendly, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Drumroll, Please

This Saturday, Oct. 27, the University of Oklahoma Sooners football team will take to the gridiron as they tackle a storied opponent, the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. While you might not be able to make it to Norman for this historic match-up, we’ve got another opportunity for you to check out the Irish. On Friday evening at 5:30 p.m., the Band of the Fighting Irish (aka Notre Dame’s Marching Band) will be on the stage of the Grand Lawn at the Myriad Botanical Gardens at 5:30 p.m. for a free performance. You don’t want to miss this. And while you’re in the Gardens, be sure to check out Pumpkinville. We told you all about it a couple weeks ago!

family-friendly, football, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Halloween-ish Happenings

With just a little more than a week until Halloween is upon us, there are plenty of Halloween festivities happening in Greater Oklahoma City. Whether you’re up for being spooked or have your treat bag at-the-ready, we’re certain you’ll find an activity worth screaming about. Here are a few of our suggestions:

Storybook Forest – Hayrides, campfire with hot chocolate and marshmallows, children’s aloud book readings and trick-or-treating in the not-so-scary forest from Storybook characters.
Location: Arcadia Lake’s Spring Creek Park, 2.5 miles east of I-35 on 15th Street, Edmond
Dates: Oct. 23-31 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 per child Monday through Thursday; $7 per child Friday through Sunday. Adults enter for free with the purchase of a child’s ticket.

Haunt the Harn – Trick-or-treating, children’s craft projects, face painting, cupcake walk, pumpkin bowling, hayrides, marshmallow roasting and more.
Location: Harn Homestead, 1721 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Date: Oct. 25 from 6 - 9 p.m.
Admission: Children are $3 in advance or $5 at the door; up to two adults may accompany a child for free; No cost to museum members

Haunt The Zoo – Fantasy-themed booths where children can collect treats, party pics.
Location: Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50 Street
Dates: Oct. 26 - 31 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Admission: Children are $6 in advance or $7 at the gate; Adults (ages 18 and older) may accompany children for free

Halloween Train –Tour the museum, ride the Halloween Train.
Location: Oklahoma Railway Museum, 3400 NE Grand Blvd.
Date: Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. – Train leaves the depot at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $15 for guests 13 years and up; $13 for guests 13 and up in costume; $5 for guests ages 3 to 12; Free for guests under 3

Haunt Old Town Moore – Extreme animals petting zoo, scary karaoke, costume contest, haunted room, bingo, hayrides, food and fall picture taking.
Location: Old Town Moore, 101 W Main, Moore
Date: Oct. 27 from 4 - 7 p.m.
Costume Contests Information: Ages 0-2 at 4:30 p.m.; Ages 3-4 at 4:50 p.m.; Ages 5-7 at 5:10 p.m.; Ages 8-11 at 5:30 p.m.; Ages 12-15 at 5:50 p.m.; Ages 16+ at 6:10 p.m.

Pumpkin Palooza – Pumpkin decorating contest, arts and crafts, flashlight pumpkin hunt (bring your own flashlight) and more.
Location: Edmond Multi-Activity Center, 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive, Edmond
Date: Oct. 27 from 5 - 8 p.m.
Admission: Free for all ages; Food and drinks available for purchase

Pumpkinville Halloween Party – Trick-or-treating, fun games, monster mash music and more.
Location: Pumpkinville in the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno
Date: Oct. 27 from 4 - 8 p.m.
Admission: Free to members; $10 per person or $35 per family (2 adults and 2 children) – each additional child is $5.

Museum of Osteology Halloween Bash – Games, activities, door prizes, free candy, safe and educational trick-or-treating
Location: Museum of Osteology, 10301 S. Sunnylane Rd
Date: Oct. 31. from 6 - 9 p.m.
Admission: $3 per person; Kids 3 and under are free with a paid adult

family-friendly, festivals, museums, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Get Pumped for Pumpkins

Starting this Saturday, head down to the Myriad Gardens and celebrate all things fall! Pumpkinville will run daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Oct. 31, and is filled to the brim with fall fun for all – crafts, a pumpkin village, hay bale maze, pumpkin decorating, cider pressing, tasty treats, gourds, ghosts and scarecrows, pumpkin fairy houses, storytelling and more!

If you're a Myriad Gardens member, your admission is free – woo hoo! For the rest of you folks, admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult.

Here's a glimpse of what's on the docket for this Saturday, Oct. 13 at Pumpkinville!

  • Cider Pressing
    Top-of-the-hour action – loading, grinding and pressing . . . then tasting!
  • Magnetic Jack O Lantern
    Make a pumpkin's face using magnetic pieces!
  • Crafts Beneath the Pavilion
    Burlap Sack Wreath – scrunch strips of rustic burlap onto a frame and decorate it with pompom pumpkins, colorful fall leaves, and a variety of decorations.
    Autumn Crown – weave together strands of raffia and charming leaf decorations for a topper that's as individual as its maker!
  • Ghostly Grove
    Salt dough ghosts come to life in the Grove, with a little help from you.
  • Pumpkin Decorating
    Members receive a free pumpkin and all the fixings to gussy it up, including sequins, paint, feathers and markers. Non-members can purchase a pumpkin for $5 and decorate to their hearts' content.
  • Under "Tree" Fort Amphitheater
    Story times are 10 a.m., noon and 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Lots of stories will be read and they'll all have Halloween/Fall/Pumpkin themes.
  • Pie Making by Pie Junkies OKC
    Enjoy classes at10 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Classes last for an hour and a half and are free to members. Nonmembers may attend for $5.
  • Ghost Stories in the Grove
    Just spooky enough tales told at twilight from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The fall festivities continue through Oct. 31 so be sure to check their website for activities taking place.

downtown, family-friendly, festivals, Myriad Botanical Gardens
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall for Fall

Throw on your favorite cardigan, slide on those boots and head over to OSU-OKC for a fall event you do not want to miss. It's time for the OSU-OKC Farmers Market Fall Harvest Celebration and Customer Appreciation Day. And who doesn't enjoy being appreciated? We sure do!

Here's the low-down. This Saturday, Oct. 6, it would be wise if you found yourself at the Horticulture Pavilion on OSU-OKC's campus between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.. Why? Because that is where you'll find the fun – door prizes, live music, free popcorn and free horse-drawn carriage rides. And what would a farmers market be without fabulous food? The OSU-OKC Farmers Market has it all – fresh foods, seasonal produce, certified organic products, a variety of handmade skincare and craft items – all from more than 30 vendors featuring Oklahoma-grown and made products.

And perhaps you're in the market for some lovely fall plants to spruce up your home or garden. Once again, OSU-OKC has you covered. As part of their extravaganza, the Farmers Market will be hosting its three-day Fall Plant Sale. Just head over to the John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center Greenhouse on campus at any of the following times and pick out that perfect fall plant: Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

And just a tip, Farmers Market vendors and the folks at Agriculture Technologies (aka the plant-selling people) only accept cash or checks.

family-friendly, farmers market, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Spooky, Scary, Fallish Fun

While fall represents the season when sports enthusiasts huddle together to celebrate football, there's more to fall than the excitement of pigskin. October is also a time when pumpkins are seen in abundance and ghosts, goblins and other mysterious creatures take over Greater Oklahoma City.

For the next few weeks, spook-chilling festivities will fill calendars of residents throughout Greater Oklahoma City, leaving all OKC'ers with plenty of fun-filled entertainment. OKC has a little bit of everything going on this time of year – opportunities for sipping apple cider while enjoying an old-fashioned hayride, making some new furry friends at one of the many petting zoos, picking out that perfect pumpkin at a pumpkin patch, experiencing the thrill of a haunted museum and everything in between.

We're certain you can find plenty of fallish fun, but here are a few suggestions from our team of experts:

TG Farms – petting zoo, pumpkin picking, hayrides, hay maze, naturally grown fruits and vegetables available for purchase, pony rides.
Newcastle location – I-44 south to exit 108. Continue 1 mile and TG Farms will be on the south side of the road.
Norman location – I-35 South to Exit 106, Highway 9 west for 1.5 miles.
Both locations open 9 a.m. to sundown, Monday through Sunday.
Admission: $8+tax, walking age and above, Monday through Friday during school hours; $10+tax after school hours and weekends; Season pass available for $29.95

Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch – corn maze, pony rides, petting zoo, hay rides, fun fort, picnic areas, fun games, pumpkin picking.
Located at 720 Henney Road in Arcadia
Open Friday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Sunday from 1 - 6 p.m.
Admission price: $8 per person

Orr Family Farm – corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides
Located at 14400 S. Western in Oklahoma
Open Monday - Thursday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday - Saturday from 10 a.m. -9 p.m. Closed Sundays.
Admission: Farm Pass $10 (Monday – Thursday), $12.50 (Friday – Saturday); Farm Pass Plus $15 (Monday – Thursday), $17.50 (Friday – Saturday), Corn Maze $10 per person

Haunt The River with Oklahoma River Cruises – Adults-only Halloween-themed with hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, costume prizes and more on the Oklahoma River from Oct. 6-27.
Departs from Regatta Park, 725 S Lincoln
Departs Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., boarding begins 15 minutes before scheduled departure
Admission: $35 per person

But don't worry. The fun doesn't stop here. Keeping coming back to the blog for even more fall fun happening in Greater OKC!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

You Gotta Regatta

Much like the Oklahoma River itself, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival has progressed from relatively humble beginnings in 2004 to a fun, free, family-friendly, full-on four-day flabbergasting function featuring fantastic fast-floating finishers for 50,000 folks. Phew!

Anyway, this year's festival runs from Thursday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 30 and is sure to be a great time for everyone. College, masters and corporate rowers, kayakers, dragon boat racers, runners and even stand-up paddle boarders will all be racing their oars off while live music, a children's area, food from some of OKC's best restaurants, and a wine garden rages. Thursday and Friday will feature racing under the lights at the ever-popular OGE NightSprints, one of the most unique events in the world of paddle sports. Saturday's docket includes the first of two days of Head of the Oklahoma racing, the Olympic & Paralympic Experience, the Regatta Run, and the blu VIP Party. Sunday concludes the Regatta with—you guessed it—racing, racing, racing! What's that, you say? You haven't been out to the river before? Well come on out and see what all the fuss is about, in this fun-filled, fantabulous, first-class, free… OK, OK. We'll see you there.

Oklahoma Regatta Festival & OCU Head of the Oklahoma
Sept. 28 - Sept. 29
Regatta Park on the Oklahoma River
725 S Lincoln
Oklahoma City, OK 73129
Phone: 552-4040
Free admission

outdoor recreation, running, family-friendly, festivals, fitness, food, live sporting events, Oklahoma River
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Harbor Your Own Arbor

Nearly everyone enjoys plopping down under a shady tree for some light reading. Or perhaps you prefer to picnic under the leafy branches of a big tree. Maybe you're an avid tree climber. What's the common theme here? Trees. We all learned in school that they're crucial to us being able to breathe (all that photosynthesis mumbo jumbo), but they're good for about a thousand other reasons, too. So why not plant some? Well, maybe you're hesitant because you don't know what kinds of trees are best for planting, growing and enjoying in Oklahoma City. Have no fear. The tree experts are here.

When you're deciding amongst deciduous, evergreen or some type of ornamental, you need all the help you can get your hands on. Get some definitive direction for planting trees and keeping woodsy pests and diseases at bay with "Putting Down Roots," the City's guide to tree planting, specifically designed for successful Johnny-Appleseeding in OKC's particular climatological conditions. With this tome on tree planting and care, you'll be bagging up the bagworms, doing away with Dutch elm disease, resisting the cedar apple rust and growing a tree that's strong, wise and sensitive to the environment, much like famed aficionado of all things arboreal John Denver. So go ahead and plant that tree today!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

You Don't Have to Worry about Bears at these Picnics

As fall begins to sweep across the state, it might be a nice time to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and enjoy a picnic. Luckily, Oklahoma City offers a variety of city parks where you can stretch out your favorite blanket and enjoy a relaxing meal outdoors.

The Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City recently underwent a $10.5 million renovation and offers plenty of green space to plop down your picnic basket and enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown. Time your visit right and you might just catch a play on the floating amphitheater, or a concert.

More of a river rat? Be sure to check out the Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River. Enjoy a picnic by the river while watching Olympic-caliber athletes train. How many cities can offer that?

Looking for a prime picnic spot away from the hustle and bustle of downtown? No problem. No matter where you live in OKC, a park is close by. Whether you want to want to watch sailboats at Lake Hefner or enjoy stunning plant life at Will Rogers Gardens, get out and enjoy the beautiful Oklahoma fall at a park near you. There is one around every corner.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Stretch Those Legs!

Did you know that if you walk (or jog, skip, run, hop) around the perimeter of the Myriad Gardens 1.5 times that you've gone a mile? Working on your fitness has never been so easy! Join Oklahoma City Mayor and other OKC'ers for the kickoff of Walking Wednesdays at the Myriad Gardens Great Lawn and Band Pavilion at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12. If you're one of the first 50 people to show up, you'll get a free pedometer so you can track all those steps you take each day. Mayor Cornett will be joined by some other fitness enthusiasts, including fitness guru and trainer Brian Attebery, Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen Julianne Thomison and others. Then, make sure you come back each Wednesday (or any day) to walk at least a mile at the Gardens and get and stay fit with your fellow OKC'ers.

The fitness fun at the Gardens doesn't stop there. Starting Saturday, Sept. 15 and continuing for three weeks (Sat., Sept. 22 and Sat. Sept. 29) you'll have the opportunity to participate in Yoga on the Great Lawn (8 to 9 a.m.) and Zumba on the Great Lawn (9 to 10 a.m.). The best part? It's free!

If you want to make sure you stay up-to-date on all of the great activities and events happening at the Myriad Gardens, sign up for their weekly newsletter!

running, community, downtown, family-friendly, fitness, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Did You Hear that Thunder?

No, the Oklahoma City Thunder haven't started another season of rocking the Chesapeake Energy Arena just yet . . . but you're getting closer. This thunder is something we've wanted to tell you about for months, but due to some technical difficulties, we had to hold off. Thankfully, the time has come and we're sure you'll love it.

Drumroll, please . . . You know that we're pretty enthusiastic when it comes to the Myriad Gardens (how could we not be?). Thanks to Project 180, this 17-acre outdoor grounds got a much-needed facelift and now it's one of OKC's crown jewels. These days, if you find yourself in the southeast portion of the gardens (kitty-corner from the Chesapeake Energy Arena) you may here a rumbling. If you follow your ears, you will find yourself at the Thunder Fountain. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Thunder Fountain is a great (and free) place for your kids to play and burn off some extra energy. So grab some sunscreen, throw the kids in their swimsuits (or some clothes you don't mind getting wet) and head down for some end-of-the-summer fun in this water wonderland.

downtown, family-friendly, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation, Project 180
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bustling Bricktown

Adjacent to downtown Oklahoma City is the fastest-growing entertainment district in the Southwest – Bricktown. With its large concentration of high-energy night clubs, casual lounges and list of restaurants covering a multitude of culinary cultures, Bricktown has something for every taste. And, when you factor in its picturesque setting, which embraces a mile-long canal lined with eateries, clubs, a movie theater, a bowling lounge, the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and beautifully landscaped gardens and public art, you'll discover something the whole family can enjoy! Vibrant melodies can be heard coming from the American Banjo Museum and the Academy of Contemporary Music. Take a Bricktown Water Taxi cruise along the canal and discover the history of this energetic district. And while the weather is warm, be sure to hail a pedicab or one of several horse-drawn carriages that can be seen ferrying customers all over Bricktown. It's the perfect place for you to choose your own adventure.

nightlife, parks, restaurants, arts and culture, downtown, family-friendly, movies, museums, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hang out with Mother Nature

You've felt that, right? That cool air in the morning? The pleasantly just warm afternoons? Fall is on the way, and this weather makes us want to be outside ALL THE TIME. Since you probably feel the same way, we're going to remind you of one of OKC's great opportunities to explore the great outdoors – Martin Park Nature Center. We've talked about this great facility before, but here's a quick refresher:

  • Located at 5000 W Memorial Road
  • 144 acres
  • 3.5 miles of gentle hiking trails
  • A hands-on education center

You're probably thinking, "I have got to go there!" You should, especially since they have some great educational programs and hikes on the docket.

August 25, 10 a.m.
Mother Nature's Rx
$2 per person (Call 755-0676)
Does the Summer heat have you hiding inside? If so, Martin Park Nature Center has the perfect prescription. Join us for an origami program in the breezy and cool Martin Park woods.

August 31, 8 p.m.
Full Moon Hike
$2 per person (Call 755-0676)
Grab some binoculars and weather-appropriate gear and head to the park for a tour after dark. We'll take a look at the brightest orb in the sky - the full moon - and discuss this astrological phenomenon.

September 8, 3 p.m.
Oklahoma's Venomous Snakes
FREE!
They are all around us; in the hills, in the prairies, near our lakes, and some even right here in the city. What are they? Oklahoma's poisonous snakes. Learn to identify these fanged foes and the purpose they serve our environment. Presented by Michael Wilson of the Oklahoma City Herpetological Society.

family-friendly, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Roll on down the river

We're sure you've seen the sparkling jewel that is the Oklahoma River, "home" to a number of superstar athletes. But not all of us are exactly the athletic type. Or maybe you are, but you like the idea of exploring the river without having to lift a finger. We've got just the thing for you – Oklahoma River Cruises. Just hope on board one of the Oklahoma River Cruisers and you can explore some of OKC's hidden treasures. A variety of trip options are available from three boarding locations – Regatta Park Landing (aka Boathouse District near the Chesapeake Boathouse), Exchange Landing (just minutes from Historic Stockyards City) and Meridian Landing (situated just west of Meridian Avenue in the Meridian Corridor).

A cruise down the River and back to your starting location costs between $6 and $15 (depending on your age) and takes approximately 90 minutes. Oklahoma River Cruises also offers a number of specialty and theme cruises including Sunset Cruises, their "History Comes Alive" cruise series, Karaoke Cruises (starting in September) and others. We suggest you go ahead and mark your calendar for October 12-27 when they'll kick off their annual "Haunt the River" cruises. Prices and age recommendations for theme and specialty cruises vary so we suggest you check out their website for the full details.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Keep those kids safe!

Kids are cute and full of energy. An Oklahoma organization wants to help you keep all the kids in your life safe with some easy tips and tactics. Safe Kids Oklahoma is a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of unintentional childhood injuries. They have a variety of programs from child passenger safety and pedestrian safety to bike safety and home safety to help you keep your kids out of harm's way. Check out some of their great tips and keep your kids safe whether you're at home or out having a great time around OKC!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

An End of Summer Splash

The end of summer may be in sight, but there's still time for a splashing good time. For more than three decades, White Water Bay has been cooling off Oklahomans and their visitors with more than 30 water slides, rides, pools and activities. If you're looking for some cool family fun – White Water Bay is the place to be.

But time for your wet and wild adventures is limited with the last day of this year's season landing on Sunday, September 9. Between now and then, there are varying hours and days of operation so we recommend hitting up their site before throwing on your swimsuit.

family-friendly, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Run for Fun

For fitness. For a cause. Run for any and every reason! The remaining months of 2012 in OKC include a number of options for you to add a little more wear to those running shoes. Whether you're planning a run at the Rio games in 2016 (see the pun there) or you're ready to become more road warrior than couch potato, there are fun and challenging races coming up to get you moving.

Midnight Streak 5k
Who? City Arts Center
When? Saturday, Aug. 11 at 11 p.m. (Festivities begin at 9 p.m. and continue through midnight)
Where? State Fair Park, 3000 General Pershing Blvd. (Enter off May Ave. at Gate 5)
Cost? $30 and includes a Dri-Fit T-shirt for the first 1,300 registrants

Red Coyote & OCU 3 Race Series
Who? Red Coyote and Oklahoma City University
When? Saturday, Aug. 18 – 2-mile road race; Saturday, Sept. 22 – 5k cross country race; Thursday, Oct. 11– 1-mile track race
Where? Saturday, Aug. 18 – OCU Campus; Saturday, Sept. 22 – Remington Park Race Course; Thursday, Oct. 11– Bishop McGuinness High School
Cost? Registration costs range from $10 to $40

Dash for Dad Half Marathon, 5k & 1-Mile Fun Run
Who? Urology Centers of Oklahoma and OPTIM Oncology
When? Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8 a.m.
Where? Stars and Stripes Park, Lake Hefner,
Cost? $35 for half marathon ($40 on race day); $25 for 5k run ($30 on race day); $10 1-mile walk

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Who? Susan G. Komen Oklahoma City
When? Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 a.m.
Where? Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 South Mickey Mantle Drive
Cost? Registration costs range from $20 to $45

family-friendly, fitness, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sales Tax Takes a Hike (just for the weekend)

Back to school season can put a pinch on your pocket book. Thankfully, Oklahoma's annual sales tax holiday is here to help out. This weekend, Aug. 3-5, will give you the chance to purchase clothing and shoes free of sales tax (including all state, city, county and local municipality sales tax). However, there is some fine print you should be aware of before you shop till you drop.

  • The sales tax holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 and ends at 12 midnight Sunday, Aug. 5.
  • Any item of clothing or footwear with a sales price of less than $100 per article is exempt of sales and use tax.
  • Things that don't qualify: any accessories or special clothing or footwear primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use or the rental of clothing or footwear. Also not included, belt buckles; costume masks; patches and emblems; sewing equipment and supplies, even when used to make clothing.
  • "Clothing" is defined as "human wearing apparel suitable for general use, including belts and suspenders; boots; coats and jackets, diapers, gloves and mittens; hats and caps; hosiery; insoles for shoes; raingear; scarves; shoes and shoe laces; socks; underwear; athletic and non-athletic uniforms and more."
  • Jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, and other similar items carried on or about the human body, without regard to whether worn on the body in a manner characteristic are considered taxable.

For FAQs and other info on the Sales Tax Holiday, check out the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

family-friendly, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Come and Stay Awhile

Summer is winding down. Soon the kids will head back to school and the busyness of fall will take over. Before you head back into the grind, we suggest you have one last hoorah.

For your last summertime hoorah, we think a staycation is in order. To help you plan something spectacular, we're about to hook you up with a super awesome, recently-redesigned website – VisitOKC.com. Here you'll find great suggestions for things to do, places to stay, where to eat and more! So head over to VisitOKC.com and plan to your heart's content.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Time for a Cool Down

Heat seems to have taken over Greater Oklahoma City. From the news to pictures of the seven-day forecast popping up in your social media feeds, it's getting difficult to ignore. And hearing your a/c run non-stop isn't exactly a morale booster. So we have a suggestion – get out of the house. That's right. Get out and do something – and since we doubt you want to fully experience what 100+ feels like, we've been thinking of some indoor activities to help you pass the time.

  1. Check out a museum. Are you an art fanatic? Scientist-in-training? Do you love history? No matter what your interests, Greater Oklahoma City's vast choice of museums makes it easy to find just what you're looking for. And to help you narrow it down, our buddies over at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber have a list of museums that we think is tops.
  2. Visit one of OKC's spraygrounds. Get the kids, throw on your suits (and plenty of sunscreen) and head to one of these interactive water play parks to get a break from the heat.
  3. Curl up with a good book. If you've been hanging around the blog long, you have probably caught onto to the fact that we love the library – specifically the Metropolitan Library System. All those books just waiting there to be checked out . . . for free! And they have so many great activities for kids and adults. What's not to love?

What's your favorite way to cool down? Let us know so we can tell other OKC'ers!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Better Summer with The Better Life

There is a seriously awesome summer happening in Greater Oklahoma City. There is so much to do – free outdoor movies and concerts, the new Adventure Saturdays on the Oklahoma River, kids' fishing classes offered through the City of Oklahoma City, a plethora of outdoor dining options and so much more! If you're like us, you have been busy soaking up all the fun. And maybe in the hubbub of activities, you've missed one of our great posts. Have no fear. We're here to catch you up on anything you might have missed.

Did you know downtown OKC now has its very own bike share program?
Explore OKC's wilderness at the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge
Get your kids hooked on fishing
Relax by the water at OKC's nearby lakes
Do some alfresco dining
Kick back with a good book
Work on your jump shot at downtown's community basketball court
Catch a performance of Shakespeare – outside!
Make a meal using OK-grown ingredients
Make a new furry friend
Discover Oklahoma's heritage
Catch a movie under the stars
Learn about nature at the Myriad Botanical Gardens
Find out more about our great state with Oklahoma Today magazine

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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