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Everybody Has Something

Everybody Has Something

Kids, especially teenagers, don’t want to stand out. They want to seamlessly float along, incognito among their peers. Like oatmeal. Or vanilla ice cream. Or tofu.
The Start of The Journey

The Start of The Journey

It doesn’t matter when you notice, but when you do it cannot be ignored. When you find yourself at that crossroad of “Typical” and “Unique,” there are a few suggestions I’d like to offer up to make your journey a little easier.
Sports and Activities for Children with Special Needs

Sports and Activities for Children with Special Needs

Every child should have the opportunity to explore their interests, develop skills and have fun with friends. The OKC metro offers many programs to help children and adults with special needs get into the game and participate in a wide variety of activities.
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Special Needs & Free Events in OKC

August 2016

Renowned ball-room dancer, Pierre Dulaine takes his belief that dance can overcome political and social differences and applies it to eleven-year-old Jewish and Palestinian Israelis. Preregister.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mercy Mission Building
3840 N. St. Claire
Oklahoma City, OK
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Features hot dogs, homemade ice cream, Bingo, games, a giant Slip-N-Slide, water games, face painting and more.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nichols Hills United Methodist Church
1212 Bedford Drive
Nichols Hills, OK
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Telephone: 842-1486
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Enjoy a FREE concert every Sunday on the Grand Lawn at the Myriad Gardens from June 7 through September 27. Show time is 7:30-9pm. Bring your family and a picnic and enjoy the great music. The...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Myriad Gardens Grand Lawn
301 W Reno
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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The show features original pieces of art created by the Zoo’s own talented animal artists. Art by Zoo animals is safe and nontoxic, and part of the animal enrichment process of providing a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Crystal Bridge Conservatory South Lobby
301 W Reno
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 425-0262
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Features pony rides, inflatables, extreme animal show, petting zoo, FREE snow cones for kids and food trucks.

Cost: FREE

Where:
People's Church: all locations
, OK


Telephone: 775-9991
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Enjoy trains and tracks of all layouts and sizes. Members from the South Canadian Model Railroad Club, the Oklahoma N-Rail and For the Love of Trains will be on hand to share their knowledge of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Norman Central Library
225 N Webster Ave
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 701-2630
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Features more than 200 pieces of art by artists of all ages and skill level who wish to express how their lives have been affected by cancer. The exhibit is open to all forms of art including but...

Cost: FREE

Where:
INTEGRIS Cancer Institute
5911 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: Troy and Dollie Smith Wellness Center
Telephone: 773-6600
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Features readings of favorite books in the Green Room. Participants get 10% off all books during story time. Also held: Mondays, 11:30 a.m.; Wednesdays at 4 p.m.;Thursdays,10 a.m.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Green Bambino
5120 N Shartel Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 848-2330
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Kids can learn how to use lots of fresh summer veggies and herbs along with whole eggs and cheese to make a delicious frittata. Preregister.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Variety Health Center, Lafayette Clinic
500 SW 44th St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 951-2277

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The show features original pieces of art created by the Zoo’s own talented animal artists. Art by Zoo animals is safe and nontoxic, and part of the animal enrichment process of providing a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Crystal Bridge Conservatory South Lobby
301 W Reno
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 425-0262
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Features more than 200 pieces of art by artists of all ages and skill level who wish to express how their lives have been affected by cancer. The exhibit is open to all forms of art including but...

Cost: FREE

Where:
INTEGRIS Cancer Institute
5911 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: Troy and Dollie Smith Wellness Center
Telephone: 773-6600
Website »

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The Payne County Free Fair in Stillwater features livestock shows, a wide variety of agricultural exhibits, a carnival, fair food and more. Watch an old-fashioned horse pull, a lawn tractor pull, a...

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Payne County Expo Center
4518 Expo Circle E
Stillwater, OK
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Telephone: 377-1275
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Young artists are invited to experience art through books and related art projects. The adventures include a story and hand-on art project built around a weekly theme. For children ages 3-5 with...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
555 Elm Ave
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 325-3272
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Held in the Wheeler District, formerly Downtown OKC Airpark, this criterium occurs every Tuesday night from late spring through summer. Cheer on some of Oklahoma’s top riders as they race...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wheeler District
1701 S Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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The show features original pieces of art created by the Zoo’s own talented animal artists. Art by Zoo animals is safe and nontoxic, and part of the animal enrichment process of providing a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Crystal Bridge Conservatory South Lobby
301 W Reno
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 425-0262
Website »

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Features more than 200 pieces of art by artists of all ages and skill level who wish to express how their lives have been affected by cancer. The exhibit is open to all forms of art including but...

Cost: FREE

Where:
INTEGRIS Cancer Institute
5911 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: Troy and Dollie Smith Wellness Center
Telephone: 773-6600
Website »

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The Payne County Free Fair in Stillwater features livestock shows, a wide variety of agricultural exhibits, a carnival, fair food and more. Watch an old-fashioned horse pull, a lawn tractor pull, a...

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Payne County Expo Center
4518 Expo Circle E
Stillwater, OK
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Telephone: 377-1275
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The Oklahoma Ford Dealers host Wide-Open Wednesdays at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum offering FREE admission to the public.

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 478-2250
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Bring your children for story time every Wednesday. Books are nature-themed (based on the season). After story time, children will create a small craft to take home.  Best suited...

Cost: FREE

Where:
lobby of the Crystal Bridge
301 W Reno
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 445-7080
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Features screenings of a selection of Wrangler Award winning films. August 3 – Comancheros (1961) August 10 – The Cowboys (1972) August 17 – Heartland...

Cost: FREE

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 478-2250
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Features readings of favorite books in the Green Room. Participants get 10% off all books during story time. Also held: Mondays, 11:30 a.m.; Wednesdays at 4 p.m.;Thursdays,10 a.m.  

Cost: FREE

Where:
Green Bambino
5120 N Shartel Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 848-2330
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Features carnival rides, livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, horse shows and more.

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Hughes County Expo Center
7274 Hwy 270
Holdenville, OK
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Telephone: 379-5470
Website »

More information

The show features original pieces of art created by the Zoo’s own talented animal artists. Art by Zoo animals is safe and nontoxic, and part of the animal enrichment process of providing a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Crystal Bridge Conservatory South Lobby
301 W Reno
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Telephone: 425-0262
Website »

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Features more than 200 pieces of art by artists of all ages and skill level who wish to express how their lives have been affected by cancer. The exhibit is open to all forms of art including but...

Cost: FREE

Where:
INTEGRIS Cancer Institute
5911 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Sponsor: Troy and Dollie Smith Wellness Center
Telephone: 773-6600
Website »

More information

The Payne County Free Fair in Stillwater features livestock shows, a wide variety of agricultural exhibits, a carnival, fair food and more. Watch an old-fashioned horse pull, a lawn tractor pull, a...

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Payne County Expo Center
4518 Expo Circle E
Stillwater, OK
View map »


Telephone: 377-1275
Website »

More information

Features readings of favorite books in the Green Room. Participants get 10% off all books during story time Also held: Mondays, 11:30 a.m.; Wednesdays at 4 p.m.;Thursdays,10 a.m.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Green Bambino
5120 N Shartel Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 848-2330
Website »

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Join Ms. Connie and the Cow for story time every Thursday.  No story time held on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Chick-fil-a at 2nd & Bryant
1210 E 2nd Street
Edmond, OK  73034
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Telephone: 330-1141 x 2
Contact Name: Jennifer Kellner
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A children's librarian from the Metropolitan Library System will share stories, music, rhymes, puppet plays, crafts and snacks, to create excitement about reading. Best suited for ages 5...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Whole Foods Cafe
6001 N Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 879-3500
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Features a morning for outdoor fun for the whole family, rain or shine, at different parks around the metro. Each month will feature new activities and ways to enjoy the outdoors. July:...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


Contact Name: Mae Kiggins or Emma Yeung
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
Website »

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Features Doctor Who-themed snacks and tea. Costumes welcome. Best suited for ages 12 & up.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Midwest City Library
8143 E Reno Ave
Midwest City, OK
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Telephone: 732-4828
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Put on your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed friend and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and an occasional craft with the family every Thursday evening. Space is limited. Preregister. Best...

Where:
Edmond Library
10 S Boulevard S
Edmond, OK
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Telephone: 341-9282
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Hang out with the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club as they check out the moon, stars and planets right from Myriad Garden's Great Lawn.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Myriad Gardens Great Lawn
301 W Reno
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 445-7080
Website »

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The Canadian County Free Fair, an annual tradition in El Reno since 1914, features a carnival, live entertainment on multiple stages, live stock exhibits, Farmhand Olympics, arts & craft...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Canadian County Fairgrounds
220 N Country Club Rd
El Reno, OK  73036
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Telephone: 262-0683
Website »

More information

The show features original pieces of art created by the Zoo’s own talented animal artists. Art by Zoo animals is safe and nontoxic, and part of the animal enrichment process of providing a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Crystal Bridge Conservatory South Lobby
301 W Reno
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Telephone: 425-0262
Website »

More information

Features carnival rides, livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, horse shows and more.

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Hughes County Expo Center
7274 Hwy 270
Holdenville, OK
View map »


Telephone: 379-5470
Website »

More information

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Show Less...

The Payne County Free Fair in Stillwater features livestock shows, a wide variety of agricultural exhibits, a carnival, fair food and more. Watch an old-fashioned horse pull, a lawn tractor pull, a...

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Payne County Expo Center
4518 Expo Circle E
Stillwater, OK
View map »


Telephone: 377-1275
Website »

More information

Features more than 200 pieces of art by artists of all ages and skill level who wish to express how their lives have been affected by cancer. The exhibit is open to all forms of art including but...

Cost: FREE

Where:
INTEGRIS Cancer Institute
5911 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Sponsor: Troy and Dollie Smith Wellness Center
Telephone: 773-6600
Website »

More information

Features free food, drinks and special shirts in honor of National Dog Day.

Cost: FREE

Where:
One Faith Boutique
425 W. Main St.
Yukon, OK  73099
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Sponsor: One Faith Boutique
Telephone: 323-1026
Contact Name: Kerri Hunt
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
Website »

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Features a non-competitive biathlon-type event that consists of a fun run and swim. Kids get the opportunity to explore the world of multi-sport activities. The event is free and open to boys...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Reno Swim & Slide
101 S Douglas Blvd
Midwest City, OK
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Telephone: 739-0066
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Eats on 8th & Harvey is a free, monthly family-friendly food truck festival that offers some of the finest gourmet foods in the Oklahoma City area. Held on the last Friday of each month...

Cost: Free to attend.

Where:
Midtown
NW 8th St & N Harvey Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 234-7960
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Features hot food, cold beverages, live music, dancing, shopping and activities for kids.

Cost: Free to attend.

Where:
Historic Capitol Hill
SW 25th between Harvey and Robertson
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 623-0133
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The show features original pieces of art created by the Zoo’s own talented animal artists. Art by Zoo animals is safe and nontoxic, and part of the animal enrichment process of providing a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Crystal Bridge Conservatory South Lobby
301 W Reno
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Telephone: 425-0262
Website »

More information

The Oklahoma County Free Fair features a variety of contests from cooking and ice cream eating to equestrian skill, kiddy tractor pull, an indoor carnival and HoHo's Central Oklahoma Clown...

Cost: FREE

Where:
State Fair Park
3001 General Pershing Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Telephone: 713-1125
Website »

More information

The Canadian County Free Fair, an annual tradition in El Reno since 1914, features a carnival, live entertainment on multiple stages, live stock exhibits, Farmhand Olympics, arts & craft...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Canadian County Fairgrounds
220 N Country Club Rd
El Reno, OK  73036
View map »


Telephone: 262-0683
Website »

More information

Features carnival rides, livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, horse shows and more.

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Hughes County Expo Center
7274 Hwy 270
Holdenville, OK
View map »


Telephone: 379-5470
Website »

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Features the Spirit Sprint 5K and one mile Spirit Stroll Fun Walk to benefit special needs recreation in Yukon. Competitors have the option to run or walk in either event. All participants receive...

Cost: $25 & up

Where:
Chisholm Trail Park
500 W Vandament
Yukon, OK
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Telephone: 354-8442
Website »

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The Payne County Free Fair in Stillwater features livestock shows, a wide variety of agricultural exhibits, a carnival, fair food and more. Watch an old-fashioned horse pull, a lawn tractor pull, a...

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Payne County Expo Center
4518 Expo Circle E
Stillwater, OK
View map »


Telephone: 377-1275
Website »

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Features a FREE all inclusive ride to the Oklahoma River. Meet up at Schlegel’s at 8:30 a.m. or at the Chesapeake Boathouse between 8:40 - 8:50 a.m. and enjoy a ride around the Oklahoma...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Boathouse District
Oklahoma City, OK


Telephone: 552-4040
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In partnership with LOVE OKC One Day, local businesses, agencies, churches and individuals help provide free haircuts, food, family portraits, health services, and various resources including food...

Cost: FREE

Where:
State Fair Park Oklahoma Expo Hall
333 Gordon Cooper Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: LOVE OKC
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Learn how to use your power tools safely. This is a hands on event, so come prepared to get a little dusty. The class is free to the public. Preregister, space is limited.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Joe's Workshop
13915 N Harvey
Edmond, OK  73013
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Sponsor: Joe's Workshop
Telephone: 531-0153
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Features an informational and educational look at our country's parks, both national and local. Rangers will discuss park history, conservation and the importance of parks. Meet in the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Martin Park Nature Center
5000 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Stroll through the Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum in search of these magical sprites. Along the way, learn about trees and plants that would grow well in your own garden. Preregister.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Will Rogers Garden
3400 NW 36th
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 943-0827
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FREE Crafts for kids ages 3+ every Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakeshore Learning. No reservations necessary. Click here for the weekly project lineup.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lakeshore Learning
6300 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73112
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Telephone: 858-8778
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Extremely hyperactive and interactive, Mr. Steve has been doing story times for Barnes and Noble for over 12 years now. His unique style of storytelling is extremely silly. Everybody gets a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Barnes and Noble Bookstore
540 Ed Noble Parkway
Norman, OK  73072
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Sponsor: Barnes and Noble Booksellers
Telephone: 579-8800
Contact Name: Steve Galindo

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The Art, Music, Power Festival is an all ages FREE event that celebrates art and music created by powerful women from a variety of mediums and genres. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and eat,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
9th Street - Automobile Alley
9th Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Revolve Productions
Telephone: 405-810-6977
Contact Name: Tobi Coleman
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On the last Saturday of the month, Joe's Makers Fair features the makers of anything safe, not obscene, legal and fun. Spectators can provide invaluable constructive criticism...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Joe's Workshop
13915 N Harvey
Edmond, OK  73013
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Sponsor: Joe's Workshop
Telephone: 531-0153
Website »

More information

Features carnival rides, livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, horse shows and more.

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Hughes County Expo Center
7274 Hwy 270
Holdenville, OK
View map »


Telephone: 379-5470
Website »

More information

The Canadian County Free Fair, an annual tradition in El Reno since 1914, features a carnival, live entertainment on multiple stages, live stock exhibits, Farmhand Olympics, arts & craft...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Canadian County Fairgrounds
220 N Country Club Rd
El Reno, OK  73036
View map »


Telephone: 262-0683
Website »

More information

The show features original pieces of art created by the Zoo’s own talented animal artists. Art by Zoo animals is safe and nontoxic, and part of the animal enrichment process of providing a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Crystal Bridge Conservatory South Lobby
301 W Reno
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Telephone: 425-0262
Website »

More information

The Oklahoma County Free Fair features a variety of contests from cooking and ice cream eating to equestrian skill, kiddy tractor pull, an indoor carnival and HoHo's Central Oklahoma Clown...

Cost: FREE

Where:
State Fair Park
3001 General Pershing Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Telephone: 713-1125
Website »

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