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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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!

community, family-friendly
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.

downtown, family-friendly, Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma River, parks
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, healthy living, 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.

family-friendly, Oklahoma River
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!

community, family-friendly
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, healthy living, 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!

family-friendly, library, museums, outdoor recreation
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

arts and culture, community, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Jam on in Bricktown

Whether you're into music, food, or just enjoy a lively afternoon of people-watching, the Bricktown Reggaefest is for you. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to bring their blankets and lawn chairs and come and sample delicious Caribbean food and a continuous stream of live reggae music.

This year's line-up
Friday

100 Bones 4:00 - 5:15
Sunnyside up 5:30 - 6:45
The Suspects 7:00 - 8:30
Watusi 8:45 - 10:15
The Ark Band 10:30 - 12:00

Saturday

100 Bones 2:00 - 3:15
Sunnyside up 3:30 - 5:00
Sam and the Stylees 5:15 - 6:45
Melody Memory 7:00 - 8:30
Ugly Lion 8:45 -10:15
Local Culture 10:30 - 12:00

Beer, soft drinks, t-shirts and beads will be available for purchase. But be sure to leave Fido at home – and in addition to your pets, remember to not bring any of these other prohibited items: outside food/drink, coolers, video cameras and weapons.

arts and culture, downtown, family-friendly, festivals, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Beat the Heat

As the temperature goes up, you may think that the number of options for free outdoor fun start to dwindle. Luckily, the Parks & Recreation Department has just the thing to keep your kids nice and cool – and entertained – on those hot summer days. Kids of all ages will love splashing their way through one of the 17 spraygrounds available throughout the city. With options as far north as NW 122nd St., and as far south as SW 74th St., there is sure to be an option close to you. Spraygrounds are open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sept. 3. So grab your swimsuit and your sunscreen, and get ready to beat the heat at one of these locations:

Douglas Park, 901 N. Frederick Douglass Ave.
EB Jeffery, 4432 NW 16th
Harvest Hills Park, 8235 NW 104th St.
Lippert Park, 5500 S. Shartel
Macklanburg Park, 11700 N. Stratford
McCracken Park, 425 SE 64th
McKinley Park, 1300 North McKinley
Melrose Park, NW 5th and Council
Memorial Park, 3600 N. Classen
Minnis Lakeview Park, 12518 NE 36th
North Highland Park, 301 NW 81st St.
Reed Park, 1217 N. May Ave.
Schilling Park, 537 SE 25th St.
Sellers Park, SW 82nd and Villa
Taylor Park, 1113 SW 70th
Wiley Post Park, SW 17th and Robinson
Youngs Park, SW 44 and Youngs

family-friendly, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Melodic End to the Weekend

Long summer hours mean even more time to enjoy the weekend. Delay the whole "getting ready for Monday" ritual with the Sunday Twilight Concert Series at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Presented by Devon Energy, the concert series has been rocking since June, but there's still plenty of time for you to enjoy the musical magic. So come Sunday evening, grab your picnic basket, blankets, lawn chairs and head to the Myriad Gardens to enjoy a variety of performers at this free concert in the heart of downtown.

Performers for the remainder of the season include:
July 15 - 411 Band w/Cara Black – Motown/Soul
July 22 - Singer/Songwriter night Feat. Carter Sampson, Bob Moore, & Others
July 29 - Justin Joslin/Handsome Devils – Indie/Americana/Folk
August 5 - Son del Barrio – Salsa/Meringue
August 12 - Allie Lauren – Jazz/Pop
August 19 - Lemma – Alternative Rock
August 26 - Smilin' Vic and the Soul Monkeys – Old School Classics

The concerts take place each Sunday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Pets and glass containers are prohibited.

downtown, family-friendly, music, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Starry Night at the Movies

Spend a summer night under the stars while also watching some stars on the big screen. The "Summer Movie Nights" series will kick off this Wednesday, July 11 at 9 p.m. on the grand lawn of the Myriad Gardens. With "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" set as the first movie of the summer, this series is sure to be a hit. Best of all? It's FREE! So save yourself $9 and head down to the Myriad Gardens for a grand time on the grand lawn with a few hundred other Oklahoma Citians.

downtown, family-friendly, movies, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Discover Nature in Downtown OKC

There is some serious fun (and learning) happening at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City. They've got the month of July filled to the brim with outstanding outdoor classes for you and your kids. Check out the following schedule and head over to the southwest corner of the Myriad Botanical Gardens for the nature-inspired activity of your choosing:

July 8 Exciting Insects
July 14 Orange You Glad You Recycle!
July 15 Meandering Mazes and Spiraling Labyrinths
July 21 How to Fingerprint a Tree
July 22 Precious Pollinators
July 28 Little Prairie on the House

For more information on these events, including times and cost, visit the Myriad Gardens' event calendar.

Other great activities at the Gardens include Storytime in the Garden, held every Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to the public, but intended for children ages 2-4.

downtown, family-friendly, gardening, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Discover Oklahomaís Heritage

Oklahoma's Native American heritage can be seen nearly everywhere in our great state – on our state flag, in our state's name, in our museums and in the lives of many of our citizens. Want to experience it for yourself? Well, that's easy. Simply venture south of Oklahoma City on I-35 and a little bit east to Sulphur, Okla., where you'll find the nation's largest tribal cultural center – the Chickasaw Cultural Center. We think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the museum's non-traditional approach to learning. Instead of looking at displays encased in glass, you'll experience interactive media stations, hands-on classes, a cultural amphitheater and a traditional village replica. Before leaving, make sure you check out some of the various activities offered on the campus, including spirit lessons, stomp dancing, plays, storytelling, cultural ceremonies, an extensive artifacts gallery and more.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission prices are as follows:

Chickasha Poya Exhibits: $6 for adults; $5 for senior citizens, students and military; $3 for children 12 and under. Children 3 and under and Chickasaw Citizens are admitted for free.
Anoli' Theater Feature Films: $6 for adults; $5 for senior citizens, students and military; $3 for children 12 and under; $5 for Chickasaw Citizens.
Exhibit/Theater Combo: $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens, students and military: $4 for children 12 and under.

arts and culture, family-friendly, museums, Native American, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Fun Festivities on the Oklahoma River

It's that time of year again -- where we don our red, white, and blue and take off our hats to Uncle Sam. Get geared up for the 4th with a pre-Independence Day celebration, Saturday June 30, at the Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River.

The first-ever Stars & Stripes River Festival begins with corporate rowing and dragon boat racing, and culminates in an outdoor concert and fireworks display. Wondering how you'll keep the kids occupied throughout the event? Not to worry – the friendly folks who are putting on this shin-dig have packed the day full of free family activities including games, contests, inflatables and more. And food will be available for purchase when you stomach starts to grumble.

Are you or your kids athletes at heart? Youth and adults can also participate in the RIVERSPORT Challenge, a multi-sport race in which competitors start off paddling in a kayak and finish out with a run through the Oklahoma City River Trails.

outdoor recreation, Boathouse District, family-friendly, festivals, food, live sporting events, Oklahoma River
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Realize Your Hoop Dreams

Basketball fever has taken over Greater Oklahoma City and now you have a chance to make your hoop dreams come true. No, we don't think you'll be suiting up with the Thunder anytime soon, but you can certainly show off your skills in sight of the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Located across the street from the Myriad Botanical Gardens at the southwest corner of Hudson and Reno, the new downtown community basketball court is a great place to work on your game while enjoying the excitement happening in downtown. The court is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. So grab your sneakers and your friends and get your game on.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Itís Summertime and the Reading is Easy

Summer doesn't have to be a time for kids to collect cobwebs in their noggins. Help your kids stay on track this summer by keeping their minds full of knowledge and their imaginations going strong with the Summer at the Library reading program. The Metropolitan Library System puts on this annual program for kids of all ages, giving them achievable goals to reach and rewarding them with prizes for their accomplishments. The program kicked off on June 1 and will run until July 31. Head on over to one of Metropolitan Library's 18 locations across Greater Oklahoma City and get your kids signed up today!

Early Childhood – kids birth through preschool
Children – kids kindergarten through 6th grade
Teens – teens grades 7th through 12th

family-friendly, library
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Fun in the Sun

The weather is warmer, the days are longer and the kids are out of school – time to pack up the family and enjoy one of the many lakes in and around Oklahoma City. If you are looking for a day full of activity, head to one of the three reservoirs – Lake Hefner, Lake Overholser or Lake Draper – which are all within city limits and offer fishing and boating. If water or jet skiing is your thing, Lake Draper is the place to be. Rather relax in the warm rays of the sun and watch the kids play? Head to the Kids' Lake or the Dolese Youth Park Pond to relax and enjoy some sightseeing. Permits for all lake-related activities are available through designated vendors across the metro, and also at the Lake Draper concession area, which stocks fishing and picnic supplies. Download a map of all area lakes.

Take a run, skate, or a bike ride around Lake Hefner, or learn to sail, fish, or even remotely pilot an airplane. Pack a picnic or paddle a canoe at Lake Overholser and experience the Stinchcomb Wildlife Reserve, one of Oklahoma City's best-kept secrets (shh, don't tell). Go swimming or fishing at Lake Arcadia, or even ride a horse or a mountain bike around Lake Draper. Whatever your interest, there is plenty of water to welcome you in OKC.

family-friendly, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get Hooked

Summer is the perfect time for your little angler to get outside and hone his skills. The City's free "Hooked on Fishing" kids' fishing classes begin in June, and are held on select Saturdays through August at locations across the metro. Kids will learn fishing basics like knot-tying, casting, fish identification, angler etiquette and fishing regulations. These "catch-and-release" classes are open to boys and girls ages 5 to 15.

Never fished before? Don't worry! Poles, tackle and bait are provided. Enrollment begins on May 16, and reservations are required. Classes are from 8 to 10 a.m., and kids must be accompanied by an adult. Call the OKC Police Athletic League at (405) 316-FISH for information and to reserve a spot for your budding fisherman!

family-friendly, free, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Wilderness Wonderland

Want to get away? You don't have to leave Oklahoma City to get closer to nature. The Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, located at the north end of Lake Overholser, is a pristine area of 1,000 acres that has remained unchanged since before statehood. Hiking the area will put you in close contact to whitetail deer, beaver and egrets, not to mention beautiful views of lakes, bottomland forest and marshlands.

Before leaving the area, catch a glimpse of the world's favorite rodent—the prairie dog, of course—at Prairie Dog Town. It's located on the south side of NW 36th Street between Sara Road and Mustang Road. Trust us, their cuteness will add to an already worthwhile excursion.

family-friendly, free, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

You're doing fine, Oklahoma

While we here at The Better Life tend to spend our time telling you about anything and everything Oklahoma City, we're also pretty big fans of the state of Oklahoma as a whole. And we've got a great source for you to discover more about this great state we call home – Oklahoma Today magazine. Their March/April issue features great stories on topics including the Myriad Botanical Gardens, offbeat roadside attractions around the state, locally-owned coffee shops and more. If you're anything like us, you're anxiously awaiting the release of the May/June issue for even more can't-miss content – content that earned the magazine top honors at the 2012 Great Plains Journalism Awards, where they took home the award for Great Plains Magazine of the Year.

For more than 50 years, Oklahoma Today magazine has served as the official magazine of Oklahoma. Published every two months in January, March, May, July, September and November, Oklahoma Today is filled with high quality content on Oklahoma's people, places, travel, culture, food and outdoors. A yearly subscription to this prized publication is just $24.95, but you can also find copies at a variety of locations around town.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Walk It Off

We've been experiencing some pretty spectacular spring-like temperatures in OKC lately. Combine that with the extra hour of sun thanks to daylight savings time and you have no excuse for not getting outside and enjoying OKC's scenery. The City of Oklahoma City has a variety of in-park trails and walking paths located around the city for citizens to enjoy. With these paths open only to foot traffic, they're perfect for brisk exercise or just a nice evening stroll. No matter what side of town you're located on, there's undoubtedly a park with a walking path nearby. So lace up those sneakers, and shake off that winter funk by enjoying those extra rays of sunshine.

family-friendly, healthy living, outdoor recreation, parks, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Find Your Inner Picasso

Whether you spend your free time painting canvases or simply like to doodle during boring meetings, there's an artist inside each of us. Let your creative spirit flow and hone your skills through one of the many classes offered at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

Each "semester" (as the kids call it), the museum offers a variety of classes and camps for artists of all ages. Dust off your camera and brush up on your photography. Learn about print making. Get your hands dirty with clay and much more. Classes for winter 2012 kick off soon so head over to http://www.OKCMOA.com and find one that suits you!

Categories for adult include: Drawing, Painting & Printmaking; Photography; Video Production & Voice Acting; Glassblowing, Clay & Fiber Arts. Classes start for kids as young as 15 months and go up to age 13. And be sure to check out the youth camps to keep your kids busy during Spring Break.

arts and culture, downtown, family-friendly, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bake Me a Cake

Whether you're craving a straight-from-the-oven pastry or a cupcake blanketed in sweet frosting, Oklahoma City has a number of fine bakeries certain to hit that sweet spot. Cupcake lovers are especially fortunate with the mouth-watering assortments of Sara Sara Cupcakes, Cuppies & Joe and GiGi's Cupcakes of Oklahoma City, A wide range of freshly baked goodies can be found at Big Sky Bread Company, Brown's Bakery and Mexico Bakery, while the name of Nothing Bundt Cakes tells you all you need to know about the specialty of that wonderful establishment. Happy eating!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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