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Winter Conservation Tips

Winter time in Oklahoma doesn’t always follow the calendar. Our coldest days are generally early January but winter-like weather may start in November and continue into early March. Those cold, dreary days can mean an increase in our household energy consumption as we attempt to stay warm and dry.

Tips for Talking Money With Your Spouse

Financial planners and psychologist have attempted to determine the role that emotions play in our ability to manage money. While some seem to think we have little or no control over our emotions and therefore have little or no control over our money, others will take the opposite extreme to insist that we can exert total control over our choices by using a rational thought process. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.

Finance Lessons for Every Age

While parents often shy away from discussing the family’s financial status with their kids, the process of involving them can be the beginning of open communication about money matters as they grow and mature.

Financial Resolutions

Research shows that about half of all adults in the United States make New Year’s resolutions. Some of the most common include weight loss, smoking cessation, increased exercise and debt reduction.

Cost-Saving Tips for Family Vacations

Family vacations, like other family expenditures, can quickly break the bank unless the first step involves planning.
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FREE Events in OKC

April 2016

Kids can play free while parents get a tour of OKC's only on demand drop-in kid care center. Attendees can also enjoy giveaways and free smoothies from Organic squeeze.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Spontaneity Kid Care
3705 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 541-9072
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Features a family fun-filled festival celebrating all children. Enjoy food, live music, arts and craft activities, cash prizes and giveaways, many exhibits and vendors and more.

Cost: Free to attend.

Where:
SW 29th St between Western & Shartel
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: La 29 District & Oklahoma City Public Schools
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Features family fun activities teaching the importance of protecting our earth including hands-on art projects, musical entertainment, mascots, pet adoption and more.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Reaves Park
2501 Jenkins Ave
Norman, OK
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On the last Sunday each month, District House presents a G/PG rated family film. For April, they will be screening Spy Kids. For more details about upcoming movies, visit their Facebook page.

Cost: FREE

Where:
District House
1755 NW 16th
Oklahoma City, OK  73106
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Sponsor: District House
Telephone: 308-2930
Contact Name: Louis Fowler

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In celebration of Earth Day, OKC families can try Spokies for FREE. New users can register at www.spokiesokc.com and use the promo code “Earthday2016” to enjoy a free membership through...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


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Since 1967, Arts Council Oklahoma City’s Annual Festival of the Arts has been the city’s “rite of spring.” The 50th annual Festival of the Arts, April 19-24, promises to...

Cost: Admission is free.

Where:
Bicentennial Park
500 Couch Dr
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: Arts Council Oklahoma City
Telephone: 270-4848
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Meet the lovable Professor Spillsby and "the Juggling Fiends" as they explore the power of William Shakespeare's plays in performance. Soliloquies and silly sword fights explode as...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


Sponsor: Reduxion Theatre
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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 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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Art Moves, presented by Devon, is the Arts Council of OKC’s newest initiative, offering free hour-long lunchtime art events and demonstrations in Downtown OKC. The program has provided free...

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: 405-270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Build creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a fun, hands-on way. Youth are encouraged to think outside the box and be themselves in a friendly, supportive environment. ...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mustang Public Library
1201 N Mustang Rd
Mustang, OK  73064
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Telephone: 376-2226
Contact Name: Lizzy Moser
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In Calm Waters support groups, children and parents learn tools to help them through their grief process such as, self-care and support, coping with feelings, communication and an opportunity to...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Calm Waters Center for Children and Families
4334 NW Expressway, Ste 101
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 841-4800
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This ride is perfect for anyone who is new to riding and wants to ride with a group. The course, pace and stops are dictated by who shows up each week. Helmet and flat repair kit required.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Charley’s Bicycle Laboratory
13325 N. MacArthur Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 603-7655
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In celebration of Earth Day, OKC families can try Spokies for FREE. New users can register at www.spokiesokc.com and use the promo code “Earthday2016” to enjoy a free membership through...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


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From the comfort of your own home, learn more about Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy. Log in at http://my.info.k12.com/OVCAOnline20160426_01RegistrationLP.html

Cost: FREE

Where:
Online
, OK


Sponsor: Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy
Telephone: 918-407-0240
Contact Name: Alissa Olden
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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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On Tuesday, April 26, Orange Leaf fans are invited into participating locations across the country to create their perfect (beginner cup) froyo snack. Mix and match froyo flavors and toppings....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Any Participating OK Location
, OK


Sponsor: Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Telephone: 463-7300
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Art Moves, presented by Devon, is the Arts Council of OKC’s newest initiative, offering free hour-long lunchtime art events and demonstrations in Downtown OKC. The program has provided free...

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: 405-270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Every Tuesday through May 5, the Museum hosts gallery tours of select exhibitions. These gallery tours begin at 2:00 p.m. and are approximately 45 minutes in length. Tours meet at Canyon Princess...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Telephone: 478-2250
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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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In celebration of Earth Day, OKC families can try Spokies for FREE. New users can register at www.spokiesokc.com and use the promo code “Earthday2016” to enjoy a free membership through...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


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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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Forever Young Toy Shoppe hosts FREE craft activities 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Wednesday.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Forever Young Toy Shoppe
7835 NW 23rd St
Bethany, OK  73012
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Sponsor: Forever Young Toy Shoppe
Telephone: 212-6242
Contact Name: Tiffany Wade
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Art Moves, presented by Devon, is the Arts Council of OKC’s newest initiative, offering free hour-long lunchtime art events and demonstrations in Downtown OKC. The program has provided free...

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: 405-270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Visitors can get an up-close look at many of the unique features and items such as the Oklahoma-shaped pool, chairs in the formal dining room stitched by former senators’ wives and, in the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma Governor's Mansion
820 NE 23rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK  73105
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Sponsor: Friends of the Mansion
Telephone: 528-2020
Contact Name: Liz Wood
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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 free food, face painting, bounce houses, a family friendly half mile Color Run and 5K Color Run along with live music. 

Cost: Event is Free - $5 to Run

Where:
Henderson Hills Baptist Church
1200 E. I-35 Frontage Rd.
Edmond, OK  73034
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Telephone: 341-4639
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In celebration of Earth Day, OKC families can try Spokies for FREE. New users can register at www.spokiesokc.com and use the promo code “Earthday2016” to enjoy a free membership through...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


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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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At Martin Park Nature Center's weekly Thursday & Saturday Nature Story Times, children ages  3 - 7 can learn about nature through colorful books and engaging activities. Outdoor hikes...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Martin Park Nature Center
5000 W. Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 297-1429
Contact Name: Emily Hiatt
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Features a morning for outdoor fun for the whole family, rain or shine. Each month will feature new activities and ways to enjoy the outdoors. Gather on the south side of the parking lot by...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Martin Park Nature Center
5000 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK  73142
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Contact Name: Mae Kiggins or Emma Yeung
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Art Moves, presented by Devon, is the Arts Council of OKC’s newest initiative, offering free hour-long lunchtime art events and demonstrations in Downtown OKC. The program has provided free...

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: 405-270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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The Mustang Public Library will host game night for teens on the last Thursday of each month. Teens may bring their own games or play some of the games in the Teen Zone.  

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mustang Public Library
1201 N Mustang Rd
Mustang, OK  73064
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Telephone: 376-2226
Contact Name: Jen
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Team Tinker Home Away from Home, an Oklahoma-based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting young members of our enlisted armed forces, invites you to learn more about becoming a host or host...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Tinker Federal Credit Union
2315 S. Western Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73109
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Sponsor: Team Tinker Home Away from Home

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The workshop allows families to explore Home Education. The two-part workshop will address: “Is Home Education right for your family?” and "Answers that will help you you get...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cox Convention Center Exhibit Hall Room D
1 Myriad Gardens
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Christian Home Educators Consociation
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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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In celebration of Earth Day, OKC families can try Spokies for FREE. New users can register at www.spokiesokc.com and use the promo code “Earthday2016” to enjoy a free membership through...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


Website »

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Art Moves, presented by Devon, is the Arts Council of OKC’s newest initiative, offering free hour-long lunchtime art events and demonstrations in Downtown OKC. The program has provided free...

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: 405-270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Eat's 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...

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 Nashville based singer-songwriter Matthew Smith, a founding member of the Indelible Grace community, and character storyteller, Rick Boyer. This event is free and open to the public and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cox Convention Center
1 Myriad Gardens
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Christian Home Educators Consociation
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Features more than 100 artists, food vendors, live music and a children's area with face painting, inflatables and a FREE children's art tent. This year the festival will feature a concert...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Edmond
30 W 1st St
Edmond, OK  73003
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Telephone: 249-9391
Contact Name: Elena Listen
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In celebration of Earth Day, OKC families can try Spokies for FREE. New users can register at www.spokiesokc.com and use the promo code “Earthday2016” to enjoy a free membership through...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


Website »

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The Red Fern Festival is inspired by the renowned novel, "Where the Red Fern Grows," set in Tahlequah. Focused on old fashion fun, the festival features hound dog field trails, 1930s era...

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Various locations Downtown
Muskogee Ave
Tahlequah, OK
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Hafer Park will be filled with local vendors, live music, food trucks, inflatables, petting zoo, face painting, crafts, arcade bus, wine tastings, giveaways and more. Benefiting Peppers Ranch...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Hafer Park
1034 S. Bryant St.
Edmond, OK  73003
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Sponsor: Pop Up Shops in the Park
Telephone: 999-6049
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The workshop, presented by Ethan H. Hulme, FIC, will cover basic financial strategies, connecting faith & finances. No products will be sold. Licensed agent/producer of Thrivent...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Edmond Public Library
10 S Boulevard St
Edmond, OK
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Telephone: 242-2122
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Road to Resurrection puts families on the path to experiencing Jesus as they tiptoe into an upper room Jesus has just left, visit Barabbas in his jail cell and stand on a hillside outside Jerusalem...

Cost: FREE

Where:
St. Matthew United Methodist Church
300 N Air Depot Blvd
Midwest City, OK  73110
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Sponsor: Children's Ministry @ St. Matthew
Telephone: 732-6831
Contact Name: DesiRae KIeenum
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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
Website »

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At Martin Park Nature Center's weekly Thursday & Saturday Nature Story Times, children ages  3 - 7 can learn about nature through colorful books and engaging activities. Outdoor hikes...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Martin Park Nature Center
5000 W. Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Telephone: 297-1429
Contact Name: Emily Hiatt
Website »

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A children's librarian from the Metropolitan Library System will share stories, crafts and snacks.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Whole Foods Cafe
6001 N Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 879-3500
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The annual Village Fair features live entertainment, shopping, a Best Mom 2016 contest, food trucks, bake sale, inflatables, Touch a Truck, 5K fun run and a herpetology exhibit. The live...

Cost: $2 inflatable wristbands

Where:
Casady Square
Britton & Penn Ave
The Village, OK
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Telephone: 751-8861
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The annual parade celebrating Norman’s history will begin at 10 a.m. “Norman: Through the Decades” travels through Downtown Norman from Pickard Ave. to Crawford Ave. with horses,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Norman
Main St between from Pickard to Crawford Ave
Norman, OK
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The FREE outdoor event features fun educational experience for the whole family with learning stations offering hands-on activities designed for kids ages 4-8. In addition, guided nature walks will...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Robbers Cave State Park
HWY 2N
Wilburton , OK
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Telephone: 918-465-4152
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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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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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Forever Young Toy Shoppe hosts FREE craft activities on Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Forever Young Toy Shoppe
7835 NW 23rd St
Bethany, OK  73008
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Telephone: 212-6242
Contact Name: Tiffany Wade
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The COBA Baby Café is a free drop-in or stay event that provides pregnant and breastfeeding mothers a friendly and comfortable environment to learn more about breastfeeding. When you...

Cost: Free

Where:
Springlake Campus ( room J)
Metro Technology Center
1900 Springlake Drive
OKC, OK  73111
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Sponsor: Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates
Contact Name: Danielle Lugrand, CLC
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Part of Microsoft's YouthSpark program, this FREE DigiGirlz Event at the Microsoft Store introduces young women to computer science professionals and fundamentals. They can explore career paths...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Microsoft Store at Penn Square Mall
1901 NW Expressway
ste 1037a
Oklahoma City OK, OK  73118
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Sponsor: Microsoft
Telephone: 879-3550
Contact Name: Dani Rippy
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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
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Features a family celebration of the Earth. Attendees can explore a variety of activities to explore nature, gardening, animals and conservation.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Martin Park Nature Center
5000 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 297-1429
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Gears, gadgets and gizmos. Oh My! With so many great gadgets out there, it’s hard to know which one will be the best choice for your projects. Thanks to a donation from The Williams...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mustang Public Library
1201 N Mustang Rd
Mustang, OK  73064
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Telephone: 376-2226
Contact Name: Lizzy Moser
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Take part in an epic battle while playing a live action version of superhero Pac-Man. Practice your super powers and top it all with super snacks. Best suited for ages 12 & up. Preregister.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Warr Acres Library
5901 NW 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 721-2616
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Features specials, discounts and giveaways at Midtown merchants, as well as live music, street artists and performers, free face painting for the kids and a free photo booth. The photo booth...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
Midtown
Oklahoma City, OK


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On April 30, 2016, the YMCA of the USA will celebrate Healthy Kids Day®, our national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids. Over 1,500 Ys across the country are taking part...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


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The May Fair Arts Festival is a two-day, outdoor art show featuring more than 30 artists and quality craftsmen, top area performers, artists demonstrations, children's art activities, a student...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Andrew's Park
201 W Daws
Norman, OK  73069
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Telephone: 321-9400
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In celebration of Earth Day, OKC families can try Spokies for FREE. New users can register at www.spokiesokc.com and use the promo code “Earthday2016” to enjoy a free membership through...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


Website »

More information

Features more than 100 artists, food vendors, live music and a children's area with face painting, inflatables and a FREE children's art tent. This year the festival will feature a concert...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Edmond
30 W 1st St
Edmond, OK  73003
View map »


Telephone: 249-9391
Contact Name: Elena Listen
Website »

More information

The Red Fern Festival is inspired by the renowned novel, "Where the Red Fern Grows," set in Tahlequah. Focused on old fashion fun, the festival features hound dog field trails, 1930s era...

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Various locations Downtown
Muskogee Ave
Tahlequah, OK
View map »


Website »

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