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Inclusive OKC: Sakana Sushi

Johnnie Le, owner of Sakana Sushi in Moore, recently put a spin on things when he used social media to invite customers of all abilities and needs to visit his restaurant after reading an article regarding a group of adults with developmental disabilities who were denied service at another eatery.

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Something for Everyone at the Oklahoma Capitol

A passion for politics, or simply a working knowledge of what is happening in one’s state does not have an age restriction.

Thrive & Dime: Planning a Holiday Staycation

During all the holiday hubbub that fills our calendars with multiple parties, dinners and gift exchanges, shuffling kids from place to place (to place!) can leave many families exhausted.

Something for Everyone at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Along with free admission for Wide Open Wednesdays, the museum will be offering fall break activities, a Halloween event and so much more throughout the fall.

Embracing Inclusion: Helping kids make friends with people who are different

Austen Harrison doesn’t like it when people call her friendship with Hudson Franks special or unique. In 6-year-old Austen’s words, Hudson is a cool kid she likes to be with, not a 5-year-old defined by Down syndrome.

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Special Needs & Free Events in OKC

January 2018

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Children will listen to stories, songs and rhymes, and then, afterwards, participate in a craft activity related to the story that was told for the day. Parents, grandparents, or caregivers are...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mustang Public Library
1201 N. Mustang Rd.
Mustang, OK  73064
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Telephone: 376-2226
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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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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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Mother Goose Story time is a wonderful way for your infant to develop their language and social skills and a great social event for new moms or dads. Sit with your baby and let baby experience...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mustang Public Library
1201 N. Mustang Rd.
Mustang, OK  73064
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Telephone: 376-2226
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Features a nature-themed story time every Wednesday. After story time, children will create a small craft to take home. Best suited for ages 2-5. Walkups welcome.

Cost: FREE, $2 suggested donation

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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Use SparkFun Inventor’s Kits to learn about hardware and programming with the Arduino language. Kits includes everything needed to complete 16 circuits, teaching about sensors, LCD...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Moore Library
225 S Howard
Moore, OK
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Telephone: 793-5100
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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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Learn more about educational opportunities in Oklahoma. Attendees can take part in breakout sessions and a legislative forum as well as hear from a keynote speaker. Schedule: Breakout...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Meinders School of Business Oklahoma City University
2501 N Blackwelder Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 360-1200
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Kids ages 12 & up can use clues and solve puzzles to see if they can escape before the time runs out.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Northwest Library
5600 NW 122nd St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 606-3580
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Features a variety of different games like Monopoly, card games, Ping Pong and more. No registration required. All ages welcome. Kids under 6 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Station at Central Park
700 S Broadway
Moore, OK
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Telephone: 793-5090
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Features a winter-themed dance for kids ages 5 & under.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Midwest City Library
8143 E Reno Ave
Midwest City, OK
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Telephone: 732-4828
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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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Local restaurants, art galleries and merchants are open late in the downtown area. Roam between quaint shops and stores to find unique art pieces and have some delicious food at this monthly event....

Cost: FREE to attend

Where:
Downtown Shawnee
Maint Street
Shawnee, OK
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Sponsor: SEFF Shawnee
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Features 40 plus tables of collectables for sale or trade. The event also includes raffles, pizza, and more.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Crossroads Convention Center
7000 Plaza Mayor Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Features a fun story time with Miss Julie every Saturday.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Full Circle Books
1900 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 842-2900
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Features a half-hour, all-ages story time.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Commonplace Books
1325 N Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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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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A staff member or published author will read to children and offer an activity to accompany the story.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Edmond's Best of Books
1313 E Danforth
Edmond, OK
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Telephone: 405-340-9202
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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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Features non-competitive bowling for the differently-abled, family & friends in a safe and fun environment.  Ramps and bumpers are available. Two start times are available: 11 a.m....

Cost: $3 per game bowled

Where:
Bronco Bowl
133 N Mustang Rd
Mustang, OK  73064
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Sponsor: Autism Oklahoma
Telephone: 256-5515
Contact Name: Debra Brakefield
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Features a FREE roller skating lesson. No sign up required. Skate rentals start at $2. Sizes available from trainer skates for the smaller family members and large sizes for the bigger ones....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skate Galaxy OKC
5800 NW 36th Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73122
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Telephone: 602-2758
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Run the maze, avoid the Grievers, find your way out of the Glade, then learn to survive in the Scorch and put your new skills to the test by solving riddles, earning points and finding clues to...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Edmond Library
10 S Boulevard
Edmond, OK
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Telephone: 341-9282
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Features non-competitive bowling for the differently-abled, family & friends in a safe and fun environment.  Ramps and bumpers are available. Two start times are available: 11 a.m....

Cost: $3 per game bowled

Where:
Bronco Bowl
133 N Mustang Rd
Mustang, OK  73064
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Sponsor: Autism Oklahoma
Telephone: 256-5515
Contact Name: Debra Brakefield
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Use craft stickers and sharpies to personalize a mug to take home. Preregister. For ages 12 & up.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Norman West Library
300 Norman Center Ct
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 701-2644
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Learn to identify a tree without the leaves on an outdoor tour of the gardens. All ages welcome. Preregister.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Will Rogers Gardens
3400 NW 36th St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 297-1392
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