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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Film Row is blending the past with the future

Film Row OKC

While many of Oklahoma City’s urban districts have undergone unbelievable changes over the past decade, Film Row might take home the prize for most improved.

Starting in 1907, what is now known as Film Row was home to film exchange distribution offices, a place where movie theater owners could return old films and exchange them for new releases. By the 1960s, every major film studio was represented in the area (along with theater supply stores), but changing technologies caused the industry to disintegrate, leaving Oklahoma City with the last remaining film exchange district in the U.S.

Thankfully, Film Row has experienced a rebirth that deeply respects its cinematic history. Boasting a unique mix of creative companies, restaurants and retail means that this district has plenty of opportunities to enjoy. Today, you can catch a live music at The Jones Assembly (as well as enjoy their great food and drinks), buy succulent plants while sipping on coffee at the Plant Shoppe/Okay Yeah Co., or grab a drink and view the art galleries at 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City.

The most exciting thing about this district? It’s just getting started. The West Village development is currently under construction and will bring a mix of housing, retail, office space and another live music venue to the area. Nearly 350 housing units are part of the project and will bring even more life to this thriving district.  

restaurants, theater, arts and culture, Film Row, housing, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Plaza District

Plaza District Festival

Dramatic changes in the past 15 years brought new life to the Plaza District. The district was first developed in the 1920s at the end of the city’s trolley line. For the next 40 years the area served as a bustling commercial district for the growing neighborhoods that surrounded it. The district started to decline through the 70s, 80s and 90s, but new development since has turned it into a thriving hub of creativity.

The Plaza District, located on NW 16 between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, is one of the city’s most walkable corridors. The district contains art galleries, a tattoo shop, restaurants, collaborative work spaces and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, which includes the Thelma Gaylord Academy and a performance space in the 1935-era Plaza Theatre, which has been newly rebuilt and is home to professional performance productions and other events. Lyric Theatre was one of the first entities to invest in the district, playing a crucial role in the Plaza’s rebirth.

The District is home to monthly events such as Live! On the Plaza and the Plaza District Festival in September. It is a popular place for visitors who want to find that unique gift, enjoy a drink and soak in an area that now has a hipster, modern vibe. Almost any night of the week you can find something interesting going on in the Plaza.

arts and culture, festivals, Plaza District, restaurants, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A night at the theatre

Oklahoma City Ballet the Nutcracker

We don’t know about you, but nothing gets us in the holiday spirit quite like the classics (although the BC Clark jingle and lights of Automobile Alley are close). One line from “A Christmas Carol” puts an end to our inner Grinch quicker than you can say Tiny Tim. The great thing about living in Oklahoma City is just about every night in December you can catch one of your favorite holiday classics being performed.

Lyric Theater’s annual performance of “A Christmas Carol” is an Oklahoma City favorite. This is the seventh year of Lyric’s performing the Dickens classic, and you can catch the run through Dec. 24. If you miss this, you might get some unwanted visits from your ghost of Christmas Past.

Running through Dec. 19, you can experience the Oklahoma City Ballet’s rendition of the Nutcracker at the Civic Center Music Hall. In our opinion, the Nutcracker is a great way to introduce people to the ballet.

arts and culture, ballet, holiday, Plaza District, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

This combo has our hearts

OKC Ballet Dancers

If you are searching for a new take on a classic date night or even have a child in your life who loves the magic and beauty that is ballet, plan an outing to the Civic Center Music Hall on October 20 - 22 to see Swan Lake.

Swan Lake is the tale of Odette, a beautiful maiden, and the Prince who loves her. Their love is challenged when an evil sorcerer transforms Odette into a swan - will their love remain true? This ballet explores the basic notions of classic takes on good vs. evil. Swan Lake comes to life through the Tchaikovsky score, with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic accompanying the Oklahoma City Ballet. The craftsmanship and dedication given to this performance will leave audiences in awe as they find themselves captivated by each twist in the storyline.

Tickets are on sale now, so be sure to call the box office or order your tickets online soon, as you won’t want to miss out on attending this beautiful ballet.

arts and culture, ballet, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Festive with PlazaFest

Plaza District Festival

Looking for a fun, exciting day out with family or friends? With live music, incredible food and beautiful art, there’s a lot to see and do at the upcoming Plaza District Festival.

Celebrating local arts, culture and the revitalization of OKC’s Plaza District, the Plaza District Festival will feature art from more than 30 Oklahoma-based artists in addition to an all Oklahoma lineup of musicians and performers on three stages. There will also be a kid’s area with activities like face painting, hula hoops and bubbles, and firehouse art activities throughout the festival so your little ones can harness their own creative genius.

The Plaza District is an enclave of locally owned shops, galleries and restaurants and has become a hub for creativity and a magnet for local businesses. It is a popular place for visitors who want to find that unique gift, enjoy a drink and soak in an area that now has a hipster, modern vibe. Grab a cup of coffee at District House, a slice of pizza at Empire or a grilled cheese at the Mule. You can also get a drink at Oak and Ore before heading over to DNA Galleries to buy some clothes or art. How about ending the evening with a performance at Lyric Theatre and then running over to Roxy’s for some ice cream or Pie Junkie for the best pie around. Get the picture? There is something for everyone in the Plaza.

The Plaza District Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

theater, arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals, food, live music, nightlife, Plaza District, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July in OKC

Have you seen this month’s “What to OKC” video from our colleagues at the OKC CVB? If you have friends/fam coming to visit, or just want to be a tourist in your own town, visitokc.com and these monthly video features are great resources, fam. Get fired up with Dodgers baseball, Disney songs, Energy FC soccer, Rick Springfield, Garth Brooks, a great Kehinde Wiley exhibit at the OKC MOA, Macca, West Side Story and more. Check it out below!

arts and culture, attractions, Dodgers, live music, OKC Energy, theater, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Plaza District

Dramatic changes in the past 15 years brought new life to the Plaza District. The district was first developed in the 1920s at the end of the city’s trolley line. For the next 40 years the area served as a bustling commercial district for the growing neighborhoods that surrounded it. The district started to a decline through the 70s, 80s and 90s but new development there since has turned it into a thriving hub of creativity.

The Plaza District, located on NW 16 between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, is one of the city’s most walkable corridors and contains art galleries, a tattoo shop, restaurants, collaborative work spaces and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, which includes the Thelma Gaylord Academy and a performance space in the 1935-era Plaza Theatre, which has been newly rebuilt and is home to professional performance productions and other events. Lyric Theatre was one of the first entities to invest in the district, playing a crucial role in the Plaza’s rebirth.

The District is home to monthly events such as Live! On the Plaza and the Plaza District Festival in September. It is a popular place for visitors who want to find that unique gift, enjoy a drink and soak in an area that now has a hipster, modern vibe. Almost any night of the week you can find something interesting going on in the Plaza so keep up an eye on their events page.

arts and culture, festivals, nightlife, Plaza District, restaurants, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday Heritage

OKC Thunder Fans

You’ve heard us talk about the history and heritage of OKC. Why not explore some of our rich heritage and maybe start a new tradition with your own family this holiday season? There’s no better place to get in the holiday spirit than in OKC.

Explore Oklahoma’s Native American culture at the Red Earth Treefest. Your family is sure to be amazed at 18 Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments from Oklahoma tribes including the Cheyenne and Arapaho, Chickasaw, Citizen Potawatomi, Comanche and Osage nations each showcasing the distinctive and diverse cultures of the Native nations and tribes that call our great state home. Or celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas tradition in style with a visit to Fort Reno’s Christmas Guns event. Traced back to German immigrants, legend has it that the loud noise produced by the firearms will dispel evil spirits before the upcoming holiday.

If you’re having a hard time finding your Christmas cheer, kick your inner elf into overdrive with festive lights around Oklahoma City and sounds of the season at the Lyric Theater and Civic Center Music Hall. For sports enthusiasts, Oklahoma City has plenty to offer this holiday season. The Oklahoma City Thunder plays at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Christmas day and New Year’s Eve. The OKC Blue also takes the court tonight as well as twice next week at the Cox Convention Center.

arts and culture, holiday, Oklahoma City history, theater, Thunder, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Plaza District

Plaza District Festival

Dramatic changes in the past 15 years brought new life to the Plaza District. The district was first developed in the 1920s at the end of the city’s trolley line. For the next 40 years the area served as a bustling commercial district for the growing neighborhoods that surrounded it. The district started to a decline through the 70s, 80s and 90s but new development there since has turned it into a thriving hub of creativity.

The Plaza District, located on NW 16 between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, is one of the city’s most walkable corridors and contains art galleries, a tattoo shop, restaurants, collaborative work spaces and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, which includes the Thelma Gaylord Academy and a performance space in the 1935-era Plaza Theatre, newly rebuilt and home to professional performance productions and other events. Lyric Theatre was one of the first entities to invest in the district, playing a crucial role in the Plaza’s rebirth.

The District is home to monthly events such as Live! On the Plaza and the Plaza District Festival in September. It is a popular place for visitors who want to find that unique gift, enjoy a drink and soak in an area that now has a hipster, modern vibe.

arts and culture, festivals, Plaza District, restaurants, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Where the art is

Throwing pottery

Oklahoma City has artistic opportunities for every interest and discipline. From taking art classes to supporting community theater, you are sure to find the perfect place to embrace your hidden artistic talents while supporting the arts in Oklahoma City.

Whether you want to brush up on your basket-weaving or discover your inner Picasso, the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center offers workshops and classes in a variety of mediums. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art also offers a roster of classes geared for both families and adults of all skill levels, including a studio sampler class for those who want to take an art class but aren’t sure where to begin. The artist-in-residence program at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel also offers drop-in opportunities to explore interesting art forms – current artist-in-residence Gayle Curry paints with encaustics (wax), and her live studio space is open to the public. Be sure and check out area art galleries for other options.

For a taste of local thespian talent, the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Jewel Box Theatre, and the Carpenter Square Theatre all produce a full roster of live performances, ranging from classic musicals to locally-scripted dramas. And if you want to combine dinner and a show into one extravaganza, Greater Oklahoma City is home to the state’s only full-time professional dinner theater. The Yellow Rose Dinner Theater showcases Oklahoma talent in original productions, all while the audience gets to enjoy a delicious meal. These community-based theaters offer audition opportunities, so if theater footlights are calling your name, be sure to check their websites for audition notices.

If making beautiful music is more your style, you can also join one of OKC’s many community choirs or orchestra organizations. Canterbury Voices offers choruses for both adults and children, and its 125-member adult chorus is the largest of its kind in the state. OK City Chorus is an all-women chorus with a goal to preserve the American art form of four-part a cappella barbershop music. For the former band geeks among us (no judgement), the Oklahoma Community Orchestra offers performance opportunities with its 75-member organization.  

arts and culture, education, family-friendly, music, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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.

spring break, theater, Thunder, Adventure District, western heritage, arts and culture, zoo, basketball, Boathouse District, camps, downtown, kids, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Guthrie

Guthrie at night

The city of Guthrie (located just 35 minutes north of Oklahoma City) was chosen as the territorial capital in the months following the Land Run of 1889, and when Oklahoma gained statehood in 1907, Guthrie became the state capital. Today, Guthrie has retained much of its territorial architecture (and charm!) to become one of the most picturesque places to visit. It stands today as a National Historic Landmark filled with examples of late 19th and early 20th Century architecture.

Here are just a few of the many ways to experience Guthrie:

day-trip, food, Guthrie, history, movies, retail, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Downtown in December

Downtown in December Sandridge Santa Run

We know, we know … Winter doesn’t technically start for another month. The trees still have leaves but we can’t help but look ahead to one of our favorite times of the year in Oklahoma City. Nothing wrong with planning ahead right?

There’s no place like home for the holidays… isn’t that how the song goes?! At any rate, there’s no truer statement in Oklahoma City. Just because the temperatures are cooling off, doesn’t mean that the fun is slowing down.

Downtown in December kicks off in a few weeks and it will be chock-full of fun, family activities that we’re sure you and your little angels will want to be a part of. Just watch out for Santa as he makes his way through downtown on his Segway. He’ll be handing out treats for boys and girls of all ages.

Fun family activities include:

  • Free Holiday Water Taxi Rides: All aboard for a fun-filled cruise on a Bricktown Water Taxi! On designated evenings in November and December, everyone can enjoy a fun-filled float down the beautifully-adorned Bricktown canal.
  • Saturday with Santa: Bring the kiddos downtown on to the Devon Energy Center each Saturday in December, to visit meet Santa himself, make crafts, and participate in holiday-themed activities.
  • Prance, dance, jog or run through downtown as part of the SandRidge Santa Run. The ultimate goal is just to have fun! Events include a 5K race, a one-mile fun run or a free Santa Claus kids' dash. Did we mention this is also a fabulous chance to Rumble the Bison and the Thunder Girls?
  • We triple dog dare you to take part in Little Willie’s Triple Dog Dare. The stair climbing challenge will test your endurance and speed as you climb 138 flights of stairs or recruit a couple of friends to take part in the relay challenge.
  • Hit the slopes for a little snow tubing at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Choose either the bunny slopes regular slope for the true adventure seeker.
  • Get in the holiday spirit while you learn about Oklahoma’s diverse Native American culture at the Red Earth Treefest. Trees will be decorated with ornaments honoring tribes including the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes, Chickasaw Nation, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Comanche Nation, Osage Nation.

There are plenty of indoor activities to get you in the holiday spirit as well. Check out the following family-friendly performances throughout the season.

outdoor recreation, running, theater, ballet, Bricktown, downtown, family-friendly, holiday, kids, movies, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Get funky in the Plaza District

Friends in the Plaza District

Breathing new life into Oklahoma City’s old Plaza District proved to be one of the city’s most successful moves. Development there over the last 15 or 20 years has lifted an old part of Oklahoma City out of crime and disrepair and turned it into a thriving hub of creativity.

The Plaza District, located on NW 16 between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, contains art galleries, studios, a wine bar, a tattoo place, a pie place, restaurants, collaborative work spaces and performance venues like the 1935-era Plaza Theatre, which has been newly rebuilt and is now home to many of the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s professional performance productions and other events.

The District is home to monthly events such as Live! On the Plaza, an artwalk on the second Friday night of each month and the Plaza District Festival in September, and it offers plenty of places to eat. It is a popular place for visitors who want to find that unique gift, enjoy a drink and soak in an area that now has a hipster, modern vibe.

arts and culture, festivals, nightlife, Plaza District, restaurants, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Spooktacular fun

You are never too young or old to enjoy All Hallows’ Eve and with Halloween falling on a Saturday this year there will be plenty of fun to be had in the 4-0-5. Below are some of our favorite things to do around Oklahoma City. As always be sure to share anything we missed in the comments or give us a shout on Twitter or Facebook. We will pass along the suggestions to our followers.

  • Haunt the River – Departing from Exchange Landing at 8 p.m. every Saturday in October, cruisers can experience a decorated boat, scary music, appetizers and a cash bar. Cost is $30 per person.
  • Bricktown Haunted Warehouse – A longtime Oklahoma City favorite in the heart of Bricktown. This year’s warehouse runs from Oct. 21 through Halloween. Tickets start at $15.
  • Frontier City Fright Fest – Frontier City has something for all ages during its annual Fright Fest celebration: trick-or-treating, a haunted forest and so much more. Events come with park admission.
  • OKC Dead – Running now through Halloween, OKC Dead is an “interactive zombie survival experience” recommended for ages 14 and up. Tickets are $28.
  • Macabret: A Spooktacular Halloween Revue – The University of Central Oklahoma Musical Theatre Division will present an evening of pop-rock favorites Oct. 25 and 26 at the UCO Jazz Lab in Edmond. Hear everything from “Thriller” to “Monster Mash.” Tickets are just $20.
family-friendly, holiday, live music, nightlife, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Works of Art

While we love our retail therapy (who doesn’t, right?) we also appreciate the finer things in life – like great art, live music and fantastic food. That’s why we love Live on the Plaza and First Friday in the Paseo District.

Live on the Plaza, the district’s monthly block party is held rain or shine on the second Friday of each month and showcases the talents of wonderful Oklahomans. The artists and outdoor market changes for each event and complements the districts’ premiere art galleries, photography studios, retail shops and restaurants. From Tango workshops and fashion shows to poetry readings and works from local artists, there’s sure to be something that piques your interest. While you’re exploring the Plaza District, don’t forget to take in a Broadway-caliber show in the heart of downtown OKC at the Lyric Theatre.

Paseo, Oklahoma City’s historic arts district, also holds a monthly art walk and music festival. Expect to see paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, fine crafts and photographs by more than 60 artists in 20 galleries and experience opening receptions for new exhibits each month. Bring your appetite and try the Green Lantern from Sauced on Paseo or the Chicken Saltimbocca from Paseo Grill.

arts and culture, festivals, Paseo District, Plaza District, restaurants, retail, shopping, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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!

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

A work of art

There are plenty of indoor activities to get you in the holiday spirit as well. Check out the following family-friendly performances throughout the season.

ballet, holiday, music, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Get on Up to Guthrie

You want to know one of the best things about living in Greater Oklahoma City? It’s more than just Oklahoma City. Sure, we love everything Oklahoma City has to offer, but Greater Oklahoma City is, well, greater. When combined with all of the surrounding cities, there is so much to do and experience it would take a lifetime to do it all. So you better get started.

This week, we’re going to focus on one of OKC’s neighbors to the north – Guthrie. Guthrie just so happened to be Oklahoma’s first state capital (you can read more on that here) and it’s a pretty perfect place to spend a day (or more). So head north (a mere 35 minutes up I-35) and you’ll see what we’re talking about. Guthrie has a website full of suggestions for how to fill your time (and belly) while in Guthrie.

Here are just a few of the many options you will find.

family-friendly, food, Guthrie, movies, restaurants, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Monday, December 30, 2013

Ring-a-Ding-Ding

It’s the shindig of the year: literally. You don’t need Times Square, and certainly not Ryan Seacrest, to bring 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.

See the performers. Find out about the family fun. Check out a map of the festivities.

downtown, family-friendly, festivals, music, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Art in the Heartland

Performing arts abound in Oklahoma City, but at the heart of it all is Civic Center Music Hall in Downtown. Home to seven of Oklahoma City’s professional arts organizations, the Civic Center hosts nearly 600 world-class shows each year.

This 1930s Art Deco building sits at the center of Oklahoma City’s Arts District and is surrounded by the recently renovated Bicentennial Park and the nearby Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Home to the best in Broadway, ballet, orchestra and drama, the Civic Center is the state’s premier performance venue.

Under One Roof
Here’s a rundown of the professional arts organizations that make their home at the Civic Center.
Canterbury Choral Society
Celebrity Attractions
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Ballet
Oklahoma City Philharmonic
Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre Company
Oklahoma City Theatre Company

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Steppin’ Out

In an age of digital ease, we still think it is nice to step away from the television (or computer, or smart phone) and step into the grand tradition of seeing stories told on stage. Yes, the theater is still in vogue, and Oklahoma City has plenty of live theater options worthy of a night out on the town.

Home to Broadway, ballet, orchestra and drama, the Civic Center Music Hall is both a cornerstone of Oklahoma City history (it was built in the 1930s and renovated as one of the original MAPS projects) and a hub of performing activity. More than 600 shows take the stage at this venue each year, including the works of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Oklahoma City Ballet.

For a taste of local talent, the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Jewel Box Theatre, and the Carpenter Square Theatre all produce a full roster of live performances, ranging from classic musicals to locally-scripted dramas. And if you want to combine dinner and a show into one extravaganza, Greater Oklahoma City is home to the state’s only full-time professional dinner theater. The Yellow Rose Dinner Theater showcases Oklahoma talent in original productions, all while the audience gets to enjoy a delicious meal.

arts and culture, downtown, music, Plaza District, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Get Thee to the Park

Where to be or not to be? There’s no need to ask because we know you’ll be basking in the glorious iambic pentameter at Shakespeare in the Park.

With four Shakespeare plays this summer – Measure for Measure, Ring Round the Moon, King John and King Lear – there’s plenty of outdoor, dramatic entertainment to be had. Each play is performed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the run beginning at 8 p.m. They’ve even added a 2 p.m. matinee for the production of King John on Sunday, July 28.

Seating is limited at both venues so hurry and buy your $15 tickets now online before they sell out. Tickets are also available at the box office beginning one hour before the start of each performance.

Measure for Measure
When: June 6 - 22, at 8 p.m. (each Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Where: Myriad Gardens, Water Stage

Ring Round the Moon
When: June 27 - July 13, at 8 p.m. (each Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Where: Myriad Gardens, Water Stage

King John
When: July 25 - 28, at 8 p.m. (each Thursday, Friday and Saturday) & July 29, Matinee at 2 p.m.
Where: Oklahoma City University's Burg Theatre

King Lear
When: Sept. 12 - 28, 2012, at 8 p.m. (each Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Where: Myriad Gardens, Water Stage

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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.

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

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.

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

Fair Warning, Ladies. Frankie Valli's in Town.

We here at The Better Life hope we look this good when it's time for our diamond (that's 75) anniversary-ee-yee. A WPA (aka the Works Project Administration which was part of FDR's New Deal – you remember that one from history class, right?) project and indeed a jewel of Oklahoma City's arts venues, the Civic Center Music Hall has been captivating crowds since 1937. Extensively renovated by the original MAPS, the Center re-opened to capital commendations in 2001 with a new lease on its midlife and has been stirring and stupefying spectators ever since.

And to celebray-yay-yate, they're throwing quite the twist party with a special radio-show themed program paying tribute to some of the great artists that have played the Civic Center's stage, like James Brown and Elvis, performed by members of the Center's seven resident arts companies. After intermission, a concert featuring Frankie Valli (also born in 1937) and The Four Seasons will delight. Can you come, come, come out tonight, er, on Sept, 27? (You-oo-ooh better ask your mama. Tell her everything is all right down at the Civic Center.) Even big girls may cry-yi-yi if they miss this show. All tickets are $75 (get it?) and help benefit more renovation efforts for the facility, so get your preferred seats fast before they say goodbye-yi-yi.

arts and culture, downtown, music, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Show Time!

For nearly 50 years, Lyric Theatre has brightened the Oklahoma City stage with the best in musical theater, and this season looks to be just as outstanding as Lyric celebrates its 10th summer at the Civic Center. Consider yourself one of the family at “Oliver!,” the spirited musical based on Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” which kicks off the season June 21 and runs through June 25. Other stellar musicals slated for the coming months include the retro rock ‘n’ roll of“Hairspray,” the American turn-of-the-century tale of “Ragtime”and the fourth-longest running Broadway show of all time,“A Chorus Line.” Purchase tickets online at www.lyrictheatreokc.com.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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