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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Spring Break in OKC

OKC Whitewater Rapids

Spring Break for most Oklahoma schools and colleges will be taking place over the next couple of weeks. Here at Better Life HQ we want to make sure you know you don’t have to go to somewhere like Cabo or Cancun to have a good time. All you leave those places with are awful braids and regret. Trust us, that barbwire tattoo won’t wipe off.

If you stay in OKC you can whitewater raft downtown, sky dive indoors and so much more. Watch the video for more.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Operation: Exploration

Wichita Mountains

Spring break is the perfect time to make explore and make memories with family and friends. And, you don’t have to travel far to have an amazing adventure. Check out one of Oklahoma’s 32 diverse state parks. From rappelling at Red Rock Canyon State Park to boulder hopping and climbing at Robbers Cave State Park, there’s an activity for everyone to enjoy.  Bring your own dune buggy or rent an ATV and fly over the dunes at Little Sahara State Park or grab your wet suit and have a scuba adventure in Lake Tenkiller's dive park. The range of activities offered at state parks includes golfing, disc golf, hiking, horseback riding, swimming and even cave exploring (check out the Alabaster Caverns State Park near Freedom).

In addition to relaxing in the beautiful surroundings - lakes, mountains, sand dunes, and forests - you can hike, bike, fish or participate in organized park activities. Then rest in a comfortable lodge or cabin, or camp in your own tent or RV.

Some areas of interest worth exploring that aren’t on the state parks’ list include the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service near Lawton, Quartz Mountain Nature Park in southwest Oklahoma and the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve operated by the Nature Conservancy.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Spring break adventure awaits

Riversport Ropes Course

If you are looking for an action-packed way to spend your spring break, we’ve got you covered. From the thrilling adventures in the Boathouse District to the electrifying experiments at Science Museum Oklahoma, there’s no better place to beat the spring break boredom blues than OKC.

Students in grades 2-9 can have a blast during the Spring Break Ultimate Adventure Camps at OKC’s Boathouse District. They will have an opportunity to navigate roaring rapids at RIVERSPORT Rapids (opening March 11), conquer their fear of heights on the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world, speed down a 72-foot Sky Slide, free fall 80-feet on the Rumble Drop and zip line across the Oklahoma River. Sounds like a thrill-seeker’s paradise to us.

Other family-friendly ways to spend your spring break include exploring the Oklahoma City Zoo, discovering the Jurassic world that existed right here in Oklahoma at Science Museum Oklahoma or getting hands-on history during the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s drop-in activities. OKC MOA’s spring break camps include a variety of activities from sculpture to drawings and paintings. Myriad Botanical Gardens offers a different themed adventure each day during spring break.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Free fun in OKC

Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park

You don’t have to break the bank to have a great time in OKC. In fact, there are so many awesome free things to do, we can guarantee that spring break 2017 will be one you won’t forget.

  • Perfect your ollie, heel flip or nose slide on the bowl course or street course of Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park. Ranked in the top 10 skate parks in the U.S., the action park is certainly an OKC treasure.
  • Get closer to nature. Marvel at the outdoor paradise of the Myriad Botanical Gardens, explore more than 1,000 acres that have remained unchanged since before statehood at Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge or get hands-on with the flora and fauna at the 144-acre Martin Nature Park featuring miles of trails, a bird observation wall and watch tower.
  • Explore our heritage. Have you ever wondered what the earliest moments of our city looked like? A stunning visual representation of the first moments can be seen at the Centennial Land Run Monument near the south end of the Bricktown Canal. Learn more about our state’s heritage with a guided tour of the Oklahoma State Capitol.
  • Discover art in new places. Check out the modern art found at the historic Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant turned 21C Museum Hotel gallery. Even Travel+Leisure is taking note of this OKC gem.
  • Check out more than 1,400 items of Native American fine art, pottery, basketry, textiles and beadwork at Red Earth Museum.
  • Learn about the day that changed our city forever at the outdoor symbolic memorial of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. The memorial honors victims, survivors, rescuers and all who were changed by the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

The Oklahoma City Visitors Guide, produced by the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, has more ideas for kids of all ages. Get a digital or printed copy, and start exploring OKC.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Get outdoors for spring break

While Oklahoma City’s new whitewater rafting facility, the RIVERSPORT Rapids, won’t hold its grand opening until May, you can get a sneak peek on March 12 when a new zip line and three massive slides will open (the rumor is the slides are the tallest in the U.S.) on the river.

If you don’t want to head to the river there is still plenty of Oklahoma to explore. Oklahoma’s March weather can be a bit unpredictable and sometimes ranges from hot to cold and windy to calm, but it’s usually easy to enjoy the outdoors.

First, take a look at Oklahoma’s State Parks, many of which are just a short drive away. See the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department’s website, TravelOK.com, for more things to do.

You can plan your perfect getaway based on your interests. The closest state park is Lake Thunderbird State Park in Norman and is a good way to get your kids outside – on a boat, for a picnic, at the park’s archery range, on the playground and along one of its swim beaches (although it will likely be a little cold for that in March).

The range of activities offered at state parks includes golfing, disc golf, hiking, horseback riding, swimming and even cave exploring (check out the Alabaster Caverns State Park near Freedom).

Some areas of interest worth exploring that aren’t on the state parks’ list include the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service near Lawton, Quartz Mountain Nature Park in southwest Oklahoma and the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve operated by the Nature Conservancy.

Get a move on, and enjoy Spring Break in Oklahoma.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Spring break camps cater to many interests and help with child care

If you have to work or want to stay closer to Oklahoma City, sign up your child for one of the area’s many spring break programs. Here are a few ideas, both for dropping off or participating with your children:

  • The Oklahoma City Zoo offers spring break day camps for children ages 4 to 11. You can go all week or select full days or half days (cost is $45 per day from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and $25 per day for 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). Kids will make tasty treats and deliver them each day to the animals, and the zoo will offer other ways to connect them with nature.
  • Sign your child up for Spring Break Science Camp at Science Museum Oklahoma, located in the Adventure District next to the zoo. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, elementary school kids will make things that fly; get dirty with chemistry, bugs and slime; play with water and more on different adventures each day. Cost for the week is $225 for members and $250 for nonmembers, but spots fill up quickly and as of this post, first through third grade slots are already full. But check out other activities at the museum as well.
  • The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63, is offering spring break activities that include weaving, metalworking, water color and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14-18. It is free with museum admission.
  • The Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City is offering Spring Break Pop-Ins from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 8 through 17. They’ll feature walk-up activities that include garden crafts, planting seeds or going on a scavenger hunt. Cost is a suggested $2 donation per child.
  • Oklahoma Contemporary is offering Spring Arts Camps over two sessions, March 7-11 and March 14-18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Tuition is $170 and $40 more if your child needs an extended time there. Depending on the age and session they choose, students will create sci-fi videos, create art projects based on a space theme, explore art and music, work with clay and more.
  • The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is offering spring break arts camps from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15-18 (Tuesday through Friday). Some are sold out, but children ages 6- to 8 can work with color and abstraction, while 9- to 12-year-olds will be photographing downtown.
  • The Lyric Theatre Thelma Gaylord Academy is offering Spring Break Theatre Camps from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14 to 18 for the second through eighth grades. Cost is $225.
  • In the Boathouse District, kids ages 8 to 15 can take part in its Spring Break Adventure Camps either at the Oklahoma River or at Lake Overholser. A half-day option is offered at the Oklahoma River, but full days are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Two of the city’s parks, Martin Park Nature Center and Will Rogers Gardens are offering a Natural Resources Camp on weekdays from March 7 to 18 for children ages 7 to 12. Cost is $275 for both sessions and $175 for a one-week session. Camp will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The first week will be at Will Rogers Gardens, 3400 NW 36; the second at Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W Memorial Road.
  • Finally, look into the OKC Thunder Youth Basketball Camps, which is offering basketball workshops in different locations.

If you have a favorite local hangout for you and your children, check its website for spring break activities. Oklahoma City Public Schools are out for two weeks March 9-18, so some places offer two weeks of programs. Also, the local Metro Family Magazine has an even more comprehensive list of things to do throughout the metro. You can find all kinds of things to do each month at www.visitokc.com.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Hike in a park or take your children on shorter adventures, many of them free

If you don’t want that much structure or to pay so much for some spring break fun, it’s time to check out other places in the metro area. Here are some ideas:

  • The Oklahoma City Visitors Guide, produced by the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, has more ideas for kids of all ages. Get a digital or printed copy, and browse for ideas of all ages. By the time you finish it, you won’t have enough time over spring break to do them all.
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Adventures in Oklahoma City

For those of you with school-aged kids or school-related jobs, it’s time to start planning your Spring Break adventure so you can make the most of the time off. Oklahoma City-area attractions offer all kinds of ways to entertain your little ones, whether with visits or longer-term camps. This week, we’ll offer some ideas to visit with your children, entertain them while you work or just to explore by yourself. Consider this your own personal Spring Break Book of Lists.

First, for an extensive list of things to do at any time, dive into the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website, visitokc.com. For this blog, we’ll give you a snapshot:

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Sign up for a Spring Break camp

If you have to work over Spring Break, you’ll find all kinds of ways to let your children pursue their interests during that week, whether they are artists, adventurers, chefs, scientists or something else. Here is a sampling:

For more, check out the resource at Metro Family Magazine.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Check out state parks and other outdoor places

If you want to get away from the city for Spring Break, many of Oklahoma’s State Parks are just a short drive away. The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department’s website, TravelOK.com, has a list of state parks that you can explore by selecting your areas of interest. Want a state park that offers archery and an RV hookup? Lake Thunderbird State Park in Norman is your place. What about hiking in a state park off of Interstate 40? Try Red Rock Canyon State Park in Hinton (about an hour from Oklahoma City), Foss State Park in Foss or Lake Eufaula State Park in Checotah. Yes, the options get that specific.

You can plan your perfect getaway based on your interests. The range of activities offered at state parks includes golfing, disc golf, hiking, horseback riding, swimming and even cave exploring (Alabaster Caverns State Park near Freedom).

Some areas of interest worth exploring that aren’t on the state parks’ list include the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service near Lawton, Quartz Mountain Nature Park in southwest Oklahoma and the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve operated by the Nature Conservancy.

Get a move on, and enjoy Spring Break in Oklahoma.

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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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