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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Library Makes You Better

As fun as it is to “Like” everything that comes across your feed, we all know those captions on your friends’ Instagram photos aren’t making you any smarter (and don’t even get us started with the Facebook, Twitter, or ::gasp:: Snapchat). So if you’re interested in self-improvement or learning something new, what to do?

Well, we’ve got good news for you Curious Carols and Wondering Williams. As a brand-new MLS card holder (congratulations!), you may not be aware that the Metropolitan Library System offers enough activities to choke a camel. From local art to LEGO robotics to live concerts to learning about email and ebooks, your library’s the place to gain knowledge, explore, study, and improve yourself. Check out just some of the activities in which you can participate in the next few weeks:

Chess Club
GED prep
Internet basics
Tai Chi
Children reading to dogs
Quilting Club
LEGO Robotics
Movie Night
Book Club
Healthy Pregnancy
Teen Service Team
Adult Education and Literacy Classes
Anime Club
Art Class
Gaming Club
And more!

For a full list of activities and events, just point your way over to’s calendar page.

family-friendly, kids, library
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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No Soothsayers Necessary: Sequoyah Voting Begins Soon

Beware the ides of March, kids, because you’ll no longer be able to vote on the Sequoyah Book Awards. While a previous blog post gave some info on these awards, we thought we’d let you know that voting for the different categories will be open soon, from February 1st through March 15th. Children in grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 who have read at least three books from each masterlist can vote on their favorite for the Children’s, Intermediate, and High School Sequoyah Book Awards, respectively. Watch the Oklahoma Library Association site for more info.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Nothing but the Best, Clark

We compiled a list of places to look at Christmas lights and décor so you can check out the competition and see how big you need to go next year. Gotta check every bulb, Rusty.

What are your favorite neighborhood displays? Let us know in the comments or via Twitter or Facebook and help us get the word out.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Make Your Breaks

Ahh, Christmastime. Snow, lights, Santa, candy canes, carols, and fudge. Mmm, fudge... Sorry. We just really like fudge. Anyway, for you parents out there, all this merriment can mean maybe just a little too much time with your little snow angels now that they’re out of school for a while. But before you go taking numerous nips from the nog in an attempt to deal, check out some of the winter break options to keep those kiddos from being cooped up in the house too much over the holidays.

  • Thunder Youth Basketball Camp – fundamentals and fun for all skill levels. December 29 & 30, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., ages 5-16. An alternative to playing ball in the house!
  • Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center – camps include instruction in different mediums / skills depending on age (5-8 or 9-12). December 18-19 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Let ‘em create art here instead of their bedroom walls.
  • OKC Zoo Safari Day Camps – ages 4-12 can hit the zoo December 30, 31 and January 19. Kids will connect with animals and nature instead of your last nerve. Advance registration and payment required.
  • Holiday Magic Drama Camp at NW Optimist Park – campers sing, dance and learn some classic holiday numbers culminating in a family performance. December 22-23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 405-297-1437 for more info ($50 per camper). Now they can be dramatic about something other than that present they won’t shut up about.
  • Soccer City Winter Break Camp – let your kids get their kicks by taking out their frustrations on a soccer ball instead of the furniture and/or their siblings. Ages 4-15 are welcome and will be divided among age, ability and flopping potential (kidding!). December 22-24 and 29-31.
  • Santa’s Adventures at RIVERSPORT – not really a camp per se, but the Rudolph Launch, Candy Cane Rock Wall, Snow Bounce and more are open for riverside fun from 1 – 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through January 4th. Note that this includes the SandRidge Santa Zip, where you drop a wrapped package into a chimney target as you fly down the zip line. Picture that for a second, and just try to tell us it doesn’t sound AWESOME.

What camps are we missing in our list? Let us know in the comments and we’ll get it added!

camps, kids, Oklahoma River, soccer, theater, zoo, arts and culture, basketball
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

In search of Santa

Santa is calling in reinforcements as he visits Oklahoma City this year. From the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who to the Gingerbread Man and even live reindeer Sven and Idina, Saturdays with Santa is sure to be a memorable experience for the youngsters.

  • Bass Pro Shop will have free photos with Santa, free crafts for kids, games and activities to celebrate the season.  Photos with Santa are available weekdays, 3-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Breakfast with Santa at Whole Foods features a tasty morning treat! Grab the kids, bring your camera and enjoy free pancakes with Santa. 9-11 a.m.

Keep an eye out for Santa as he tours downtown events and delivers goodies for both kids and kids-at-heart alike this holiday season. Follow @downtownokcinc on Twitter to learn when and where Santa will be.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Not-So-Spooky Celebrations

Let’s face it, not everyone wants the socks scared off of them this Halloween. For our squeamish friends, how about sipping apple cider while enjoying an old-fashioned hayride, making some new furry friends at one of the many petting zoos or picking out that perfect pumpkin at a pumpkin patch as a way of celebration? We're certain you can find plenty of fall-ish 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 – Interstate 44 south to exit 108. Continue 1 mile and TG Farms will be on the south side of the road. Hours: 9 a.m. – dark, Monday-Sunday.
Norman location – I-35 South to Exit 106, State Highway 9 west for 1.5 miles. Call 405-387-9222 for hours.
Admission: $8+tax, walking age and above, Monday through Friday during school hours; $10+tax after school hours and weekends

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 Thursday, 1 p.m.- 6 p.m., 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 City
Open Oct. 1-31, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. -6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. -9 p.m., Sunday, 1-6 p.m.; Nov. 1, 8 & 15, 10a.m. -6 p.m.
Admission: Farm Pass $10 (Monday – Thursday), $12.50 (Friday – Saturday); Farm Pass Plus $15 (Monday – Thursday), $17.50 (Friday – Saturday); Hayride, Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze only, $10 per person

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ghouls, Goblins, Ghosts and Fun

Halloween falls on a Friday this year so things are bound to get spooky and maybe a little wild. While there are a ton of great neighborhoods for your classic door-to-door trick or treating, we’ve compiled a list of some family-friendly haunts to enjoy. Of course we can’t list everything. If you know about a cool Halloween event, list it in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook.

  • Haunt the Zoo: Haunt the Zoo turns 31 this year so you know it must be doing something right. Running from Oct. 26-31 at the Oklahoma City Zoo, this annual tradition features candy, mascots and a Halloween trail through the Zoo. Tickets are $7 at the door and $6 in advance.
  • Halloween Train: Tour the Oklahoma Railway Museum and take a spooky train ride. Admission varies depending on age but children under 3 are free.
  • Haunt the Harn: A little something for everyone: trick-or-treating (mostly treats we are told), marshmallow roasting, hayrides, pumpkin bowling and much more. Children are $3 in advance and $5 at the door. Up to two adults may accompany a child for free. This year’s Haunt the Harn will be Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Museum of Osteology Halloween Bash: There simply isn’t a more perfect place to celebrate Halloween than a place dedicated the study of bones. This takes place on Halloween from 6 to 9 p.m. Plenty of candy and hands-on activities (in a bone museum that takes on a whole new meaning) for just $3.50 per person.
  • Haunt Old Town Moore: On Oct. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. (do we really need to say p.m.? Are any of you celebrating Halloween at 4 a.m.? Never mind don’t answer that.) the streets will be shut down for family-friendly fun. Everything you could ask for in one place: face painting, exotic animals, food trucks, live music and even clowns (hopefully not the scary kind).
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Visiting Martin Park Nature Center

For hiking, nature and wildlife, visit Martin Park Nature Center at 5000 W Memorial Road, an oasis of calm by the busy John Kilpatrick Turnpike. The area features 2.5 miles of kid-friendly hiking trails cut through woods and grasslands of the 144-acre park. Visitors can see many species of animals, as it is home to different species of birds, butterflies, squirrels, foxes, reptiles and even the city’s first observation bee hive.

Younger visitors will like the “Pollinators’ Playground” near the main park creek. Guided hikes and group tours are available for all ages.

Others might enjoy an education program or hike – these cover topics like knot-tying, orienteering, nocturnal animals and even – for those with a preteen sense of humor – animal poop. Coming up at 3 p.m. Oct. 18, “Bigfoot and Werewolves and Chupacubra, Oh My” will address Oklahoma animal myths in a free family event and “haunted” night hikes are on Nov. 1. Find out more or register on Martin Park’s programs page.

If you go, be sure to stop by Martin Park’s hands-on education center that shows off Oklahoma’s reptile and insect species.

In addition to the trails, the park’s playground and visitor’s center are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs, too.
For information, go to and check out Oklahoma City’s other parks at

outdoor recreation, parks, family-friendly, kids
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Itís the Great Pumpkinville, OKC!

For the third year, Oklahoma City can enjoy a pumpkin paradise thanks to Myriad Gardens and OGE Energy Corp. Pumpkinville, presented by OGE Energy Corp., is an enchanting celebration of all things fall that includes more than 3,000 pumpkins filling the Children’s Garden from Oct. 10-31. Admission to Pumpkinville is $5 per child and $3 per adult (unless you are a member of Myriad Gardens, in which case admission is free).

In addition to fall fun in the Children’s Garden, Myriad Gardens will also host the Pumpkinville Halloween Party: Garden Monster Bash on Oct. 25 from 6-8 p.m. This ghoulish party will be more friendly than frightening, so have no fear about bringing your children or skittish friends. View the admission prices and RSVP for this event by Monday, Oct. 20 to reserve your spot!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Scientific Stimulus

This week’s theme is Science, and there’s no better place in OKC to start exploring what fun there is to be had in all things scientific than at Science Museum Oklahoma. Nary a youngster that grew up in central Oklahoma can’t boast fond memories of yelling in the echo tube, producing (sometimes questionable) ephemeral shapes on the shadow wall, taking a shake on the earthquake simulator, peering out the rooftop periscope and attempting to keep your watch away from that really strong magnet. But if you haven’t been to Science Museum Oklahoma since you were a kid (when you might have called it the Omniplex), you’re missing out on a lot of cool stuff.

Besides a powerful planetarium, enthralling dome theater and sure-to-entertain Science Live shows (probably worth their own blog posts individually), other exciting exhibits await. Here’s but a sample to whet your acquisitive appetite: Destination Space lets you experience life as a Mercury astronaut. Wield the power of lightning at the Van de Graaff Generator at the Eye on the Sky exhibit. The Mind Games area proffers optical illusions to your eyes and brain. And what other indoor museum offers a Segway course? Learning about scientific principles can be fun, and nowhere is that more true than at Science Museum Oklahoma. Grab us some astronaut ice cream from the gift shop on the way out, will ya?

Science Museum Oklahoma
2100 NE 52nd St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111-7107
MONDAY-FRIDAY: 09:00-05:00
SATURDAY: 09:00-06:00
SUNDAY: 11:00-06:00

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Looking for a great way to spend time with your girlfriends? Here’s an itinerary filled to the brim with pampering, shopping, dining and more.

Start your morning off right with a delicious brunch (and maybe even a mimosa or two). Oklahoma City’s brunch offerings are vast, but you can’t miss Kitchen No. 324. It’s the perfect blend of classic and modern both in décor and dining. Enjoy the Fried Green Tomato Benedict alongside a Rose Mojito (it’s probably wise to also throw in a cup of coffee) and your day will be off to a fantastic start.

We know you want to look spectacular as you make the rounds so before the day gets away from you, head over to the Dry Shop in Midtown, one of OKC’s blow-dry bars and boutiques. Once you’re pampered and styled, get in the car and head over to Western Avenue where you’ll find some of OKC’s best antique shopping. The antique shops lining Western are intermixed with restaurants, a coffee shop and more in case you need nourishment.

Head a little further north to Classen Curve. Here you’ll find shopping galore. Need new running shoes? Head to Red Coyote. Looking for threads to take home to your youngsters? Uptown Kids has just what you need. Need a new dress to wear to dinner tonight? Stop by LIBERTÉ or On a Whim. The possibilities are endless.

Since you’re already on Western Avenue, why not stay and enjoy a glass of wine (along with an amazing meal) at Café 501, Flip’s Wine Bar and Trattoria or one of the other many dining options in the area?

Where’s your favorite OKC destination for a girls’ night out? Let us know in the comments!

Western Avenue, Classen Curve, kids, Midtown, nightlife, restaurants, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thereís more to explore with your family as summer ends

As summer winds down and boredom has truly set in, get your children out of the house and take them on a family outing to one of Oklahoma City’s ever-popular attractions.

Here’s a list if you need to refresh your memory of what you can do.

For amusement-park-type fun, there’s always WhiteWater Bay for a great chance to cool off with a day filled with water rides. Or, check out the traditional amusement park experience at Frontier City with rides and entertainment to fit all ages. If you’re too hot, Celebration Station has indoor activities like video games, air hockey, pool tables, driving games and outdoor ones as well, like batting cages, bumper boats, miniature golf and more.

You can also go to the tried-and-true family-oriented stops in the Adventure District like these:

  • The Oklahoma City Zoo, which recently added a one-horned Indian rhinoceros to its mix with a male baby rhino, born June 21. If you go, you might get a glimpse of mom Niki and her calf, named “Rupert” via an online vote.
  • Science Museum Oklahoma, which lets visitors explore all things science with a variety of hands-on exhibits and galleries and an IMAX Theater. If you go right now, you have a chance to see the traveling “Art of the Brick” exhibition by New York artist Nathan Sawaya, who creates large-scale sculptures using Lego bricks. The exhibit is open until Sept. 13.
  • Explore America’s Western history at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum with its art and interactive exhibits. If you haven’t taken your family there in a while, check it out now.

To get outdoors, check out the Oklahoma River by renting a kayak, zipping down the new SandRidge Sky Zip line or climbing the SandRidge Sky Trail and Slide, among other adventures you can have through RIVERSPORT. Or go to Lake Arcadia, the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge or Martin Park Nature Center.

There are more ways to entertain your children of all ages as summer comes to a close. For ideas go online to the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Show off Oklahoma City to visitors

There’s plenty to do in Oklahoma City if you have friends and family visiting here from elsewhere. This week, The Better Life Blog is here for you so you can plan to show off the city and everything it has to offer. So come along and use their visit as an opportunity for you to explore the city yourself.

Want museums? Start with Oklahoma history at the Oklahoma History Center or the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum. One of the city’s other premier museums includes the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the place to learn about American West history and culture and see some of the top fine art of that genre. For art, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is worth a stop, especially to see the impressive the Dale Chihuly glass art collection. The Science Museum Oklahoma has a lot of hands-on displays and activities for children.

But a fun tour of OKC might include some of Oklahoma’s more special-interest museums: Amateur Softball Association National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; the 45th Infantry Division Museum; the 99s Museum of Women Pilots, the Museum of Osteology, which has more than 300 skeletons on display and other bones; the American Banjo Museum, the Oklahoma Railway Museum and more.

If you and your guests are still going strong, take them to the Oklahoma City Zoo. It is one of the oldest in the southwest, is spread over more than 119 acres and home to about 1,900 of the world’s most exotic animals, including 54 threatened or endangered species. It also features more than 500 species of animals, 117 species of birds, 153 species of reptiles and amphibians and 155 species of fish, aquatic invertebrates and marine mammals. And you wouldn’t want to miss the Lion Overlook or the Great EscApe.

For shopping, you can head over to one of OKC’s many shopping malls, like  The Outlet Shoppes, Quail Springs Mall, Penn Square Mall or Plaza Mayor at The Crossroads or any of Oklahoma City’s boutique shops.

And if the tips here aren’t to your liking, head over to Oklahoma City’s Convention and Visitors Bureau website, where you can find attractions and suggested itineraries. There’s a downtown walking tour, a Western heritage tour, a list of things to do with children and a must-see Oklahoma City tour.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Take a Look at a Sequoyah Book

First awarded in 1959 and sponsored by the Oklahoma Library Association, the Sequoyah Children’s Book Award is voted on annually by Oklahoma’s schoolchildren in the 3rd-5th grades. The award is named after the Cherokee tribal member who developed the Cherokee writing system adopted by the Cherokee Nation in 1825 and who lived in Oklahoma from 1829 until his death in 1843. In 1988, the Sequoyah Intermediate Book Award was inaugurated (voted on by 6th-8th graders), with the Sequoyah High School Book Award added in 2010 (9th-12th graders). The Donna Norvell Award is voted on by Sequoyah Committee members and is awarded to an “easy reader” book aimed at Pre-K – 2nd graders.

Why are we telling you this? Because it’s a great time to get involved in the Metropolitan Library Association’s Summer Reading Program. Just 20 minutes a day can net you all sorts of great prizes, in addition to all the even greater benefits daily reading provides. Programs for all ages (yes, even you, adults) are ready to rock your reading habit, so sign up today, and get started on those Sequoyah winners!

Sequoyah Book Award Winners for 2014:

  • Children’s – Sidekicks by Dan Santat
  • Intermediate (Young Adult) – Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
  • High School – Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Easy Reader (winner for 2013) – Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Rolliní on the River

With the amount of activity taking place on the Oklahoma River these days, it’s hard to believe that not too long ago, the City of OKC regularly mowed the river. Now an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training site and home to USA Canoe/Kayak, you’ll find athletes of all levels on the Oklahoma River.

OKCitians from the young to the old, as well as the Olympic-caliber, have benefited from the recreational rendezvous it affords, and you can too. If you aren’t familiar with rowing, canoeing and kayaking, OKC RIVERSPORT offers classes that will teach you basic technique and general safety rules so you will be out on the water in no time. And athletic opportunities abound for kids, with adventure camps for children ages 8-16 and co-ed rowing camps for ages 13-19.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Arts Festival Insider

You’ll hear everywhere about the Festival of the Arts, but you may not get insider tips to enjoy the event like a true local.

This huge, fun community event always takes place the last full week of April. Besides two blocks of tents filled by some of the finest artists from around the country, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City brings together varied local restaurants with food booths and a huge variety of local music.

First of all, pick your days and times with care. You can join the big crowds enjoying the gorgeous spring evenings, but mornings at the Festival have just as much music, art and food with lots more space to walk. If it happens to be wet or cold, that doesn’t mean you should stay home. Go then and you’ll find the friendliest vendors ever.

Next: parking. Skip the pay lots and come from a few blocks south where many empty lots and quiet buildings sit. Don’t be intimidated by how vacant it is – just get a glimpse of where the future public downtown park and convention center will be (you’ll need your imagination).

If you’re with kids, check out the children’s activities located in the Myriad Gardens (amazing itself). If you would prefer not to have to watch your step for fear of tripping over little ones, steer clear of the joyful chaos by staying on the north or west end of the Festival.

Faves: Take a little time to see artists in action, actually creating the work at the Artful Experiences area. This is also an ideal picnicking area with tables, grass and trees.

Another idea to get the real insider view: volunteer. Look around while at the Festival and you’ll see teams of grinning volunteers everywhere. This event is run by thousands of volunteers pitching in and they’re so enthusiastic it’s like summer camp for adults. Let the Arts Council OKC know you want to help, and you could quickly be meeting interesting folks while guiding bands to the stage, helping the festival go green or driving golf carts to deliver ice to the drink vendors.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Fast and the Fanatical

Feeling a need? A need for speed? Want to get in some heel-and-toe action and clip the apex as you take plenty of exit speed out of the corner and overtake your opponent on the straight? If so, you’re not alone, motorsport enthusiast.

Luckily, here in OKC you have plenty of places to put your right foot on the floor and fulfill that urge—in a go-kart. Go on, release that inner Jackie Stewart! After all, they’re called “go-karts,” not “don’t go-karts.” Strap on the helmet, throw it in “top gear” and take the ideal line to some of OKC’s finest racing establishments.

Andy Alligator’s Fun Park
Celebration Station
Oklahoma Motorsports Complex / Champion Kart Racing
Pole Position Raceway

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Spring Breakers

Have memories from recent snow days left you dreading the two-week terror known (to parents) as Spring Break? Never fear, spring break camps are here!

It is not too early to think about how you can occupy your little tike’s time (and save your sanity) this March. Whether your darling is interested in sports, science or the arts, one of Oklahoma City’s organizations is prepared to show your kids a good, educational time—no matter their age!

Tikes (Ages 4-7)

  • LEGO Robotics Basic, TechJOYnt | March 10-13 | Enroll.
  • Knights and Princesses, Oklahoma Contemporary | March 10-14 | Enroll.
  • Fit & Fun Camp, INTEGRIS Baptist | March 10-14 and 17-21 | Contact camp coordinator.
  • Spring Break Art Camp, Oklahoma City Museum of Art | March 11-14 and 18-21 | Enroll.
  • Spring into Nature, Oklahoma Contemporary| March 17-21 | Enroll.
  • Day Camps, Oklahoma City Zoo | daily from March 18-21 | Enroll.
  • Thunder Youth Basketball Camp, Thunder Community Events Center | March 19-21 | Enroll.


Tweens (Ages 8-12)

  • Flying High!, Oklahoma Contemporary| March 10-14 | Enroll.
  • Webster Abstraction, Oklahoma Contemporary | March 10-14 | Enroll.
  • Spring Adventure Camp, Boathouse District | March 10-14 and 17-21 | 552-4040.
  • Fit & Fun Camp, INTEGRIS Baptist | March 10-14 and 17-21 | Contact camp coordinator.
  • Stop Motion Animation Camp, Oklahoma City Museum of Art | March 11-14 | Enroll.
  • Soccer Spring Break Camp, Soccer City | March 17-20 | 748-3888.
  • Rock Climbing Spring Break Camp, Rocktown Climbing Gym | March 17-20 | 319-1400.
  • Primitive Masks and Totems, Oklahoma Contemporary | March 17-21 | Enroll.
  • Elemental Hip Hop, Oklahoma Contemporary | March 17-21 | Enroll.
  • Day Camps, Oklahoma City Zoo | daily from March 18-21 | Enroll.
  • Beautiful Black and Whites Art Camp, Oklahoma City Museum of Art | March 18-21 | Enroll.
  • Thunder Youth Basketball Camp, Thunder Community Events Center | March 19-21 | Enroll.


Teens (Ages 13+)

  • Spring Adventure Camp, Boathouse District | March 10-14 and 17-21 | 552-4040.
  • Soccer Spring Break Camp, Soccer City | March 17-20 | 748-3888.
  • Rock Climbing Spring Break Camp, Rocktown Climbing Gym | March 17-20 | 319-1400.
  • Thunder Youth Basketball Camp, Thunder Community Events Center | March 19-21 | Enroll.

[Photos courtesy of techJOYnt, Oklahoma Contemporary]

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Afterschool Special

The school day ends at around three, but that’s no reason for the learning to stop. Now that ABC no longer offers after-school learning-via-television (with just a hint of morality) for kids, our friends at the Metropolitan Library System offer a number of after-school activities for students of all ages to fill that gap. One of the most popular is the After School @ Your Library program, which allows kids ages 10-16 to work weekly with a professional artist over a six-week period and exercise their creativity on a whole range of art projects, depending on their interest. How cool is that? But if art’s not your kid’s game, there’s still plenty to take in at your local library après- école. Ralph Ellison, Village and Capitol Hill all offer Chess Clubs; Belle Isle has a Gaming Club; Ellison, Belle Isle, Edmond and Southern Oaks offer an Anime Club; Del City sports a Lego Club; and Midwest City offers their popular Mad Scientist program, among others. Keep up with all the after-school goodness by checking out the calendar of events or contacting your local library. And that’s a good afterschool lesson for all of us!

After School @ Your Library Current Schedule (subject to change, be sure to check with your library prior to start of program)

Capitol Hill
Savannah Mitchell
Thursdays, 4-5pm
October 3, 10, 31, November 7, 14, 21

Del City
Savannah Mitchell
Wednesdays, 4-5pm
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6

Ralph Ellison
Natasha Corso
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm
October 2, 9, 30, November 6, 13, 20
(skip Oct. 16 & 23 for OKCPS Fall Break)

Southern Oaks
Nathan Lee
Thursdays, 4-5pm
October 3, 10, 31, November 7, 14, 21
(skip Oct. 17 & 24 for OKCPS Fall Break)

Belle Isle
Scott Delsigne
Thursdays, 4-5pm
October 3, 10, 31, November 7, 14, 21
(skip Oct. 17 & 24 for OKCPS Fall Break)

Village Library
Kiona Millirons
Mondays, 4-5pm
October 7, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25
(skip Oct. 14 & 21 for OKCPS Fall Break)

Nathan Lee
Wednesdays, 4-5pm
October 2, 9, 30, November 6, 13, 20
(skip Oct. 16 & 23 for OKCPS Fall Break)

Midwest City
Natasha Corso
Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm
November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12, 19

Taryn Parker
Wednesdays, 4-5pm
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6

Kiona Millirons
Wednesdays, 4-5pm
November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18

family-friendly, kids, library
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Surprise! It's Time for Supplies

Admit it, as much as you may have resisted, you’ve begun to see them: back-to-school displays at your local big-box retailer. The mere sight of these end-of-summer staples can inspire a range of emotions, from outright fear and denial in kids, to dreamy memories of going back to school for some new-to-the-working-world young professionals, to perhaps even a sense of impending relief for harried parents. Unfortunately, some of OKC’s less fortunate kids may look at those displays and wistfully wonder, “What if I could have the use of even the most basic non-designer series Trapper Keeper?” Help keep Oklahoma City Public Schoolkids in Trapper Keepers (as well as pencils, paper, rulers, etc.) by donating to the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation’s Teachers Warehouse program. $25 provides a basic set of school supplies to an elementary student, and helps students, parents as well as teachers (often, teachers are forced to foot the bill for supplies when their students’ families cannot afford them). In addition, Team Up OKC’s annual school supply drive aims to replenish the Warehouse, and provides supply dropoff locations throughout the city during the drive, usually in September. Don’t live in OKC Public Schools? Check with your local school district to see how you can donate. Give what you can, in turn giving our kids the best opportunity to achieve in the classroom—and in life.

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volunteer, community, family-friendly, kids, school
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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