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Special Needs & Free Events in OKC

February 2017

Learn about world dance and practice some new moves including Circus Arts Prop Dance, Romani Skirt Dance and Belly Dancing.  Wear clothes you can perform floor work in (yoga pants are...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Moore Library
225 S Howard
Moore, OK
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Telephone: 793-4349
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Features the rich history and complex evolution of African-American music provided by Oklahoma City’s very own talented duo, Adam and Kizzie Ledbetter. All ages welcome. Feb. 2:...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Belle Isle Library
5501 N Villa Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 843-9601
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Features a performance by Rhythmically Speaking about the history of the east side of Oklahoma City. This event is held at multiple libraries. Feb. 16: Northwest Library, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


Telephone: 769-9452
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Features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. Visitors will step inside...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cherokee Hills Baptist Church
5700 NW 63rd St
Oklahoma City , OK
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Telephone: 888-503-4590
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The department of Community Outreach and Education at OCCC is offering a FREE Basic Computing course. Learn how to search the internet, send and receive email, and use Microsoft Windows, Word...

Cost: FREE

Where:
OCCC Professional Development Institute
7124 S. I-35 Service Road
Oklahoma City, OK  73159
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Sponsor: OCCC Community Outreach and Education
Telephone: 682-7873
Contact Name: AJ Crowell
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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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Enjoy FREE admission to the museum with a food donation to Stillwater Food Sacks for Kids. Requested items include: snack pack cups of applesauce/fruit, 1 oz. dry cereal boxes/cups,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma WONDERtorium
308 West Franklin Lane
Stillwater, OK
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Telephone: 533-3333
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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 a performance by Rhythmically Speaking about the history of the east side of Oklahoma City. This event is held at multiple libraries. Feb. 16: Northwest Library, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


Telephone: 769-9452
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Features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. Visitors will step inside...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cherokee Hills Baptist Church
5700 NW 63rd St
Oklahoma City , OK
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Telephone: 888-503-4590
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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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Learn how to improvise and perform hilarious scenes based on a single suggestion. For ages 12 & up. Preregister.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Choctaw Library
2525 Muzzy St
Choctaw, OK
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Telephone: 390-8418
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Features a performance by Rhythmically Speaking about the history of the east side of Oklahoma City. This event is held at multiple libraries. Feb. 16: Northwest Library, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


Telephone: 769-9452
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The department of Community Outreach and Education at OCCC is offering a FREE Basic Computing course. Learn how to search the internet, send and receive email, and use Microsoft Windows, Word...

Cost: FREE

Where:
OCCC Professional Development Institute
7124 S. I-35 Service Road
Oklahoma City, OK  73159
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Sponsor: OCCC Community Outreach and Education
Telephone: 682-7873
Contact Name: AJ Crowell
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For parents of prospective students in grades 5th - 6th to learn more about the school and its program. Preregister, space is limited.

Cost: FREE to attend.

Where:
Heritage Hall
1800 NW 122nd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 749-3002
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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.  March...

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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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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For parents of prospective students in grades 5th - 6th to learn more about the school and its program. Preregister, space is limited.

Cost: FREE to attend.

Where:
Heritage Hall
1800 NW 122nd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 749-3002
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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 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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During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Native Americans were considered a “vanishing race”.   Photographic images show an important and sometimes...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Osage Nation Museum
819 Grandview Ave
Pawhuska, OK  74056
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Sponsor: Osage Nation Museum
Telephone: 918-287-5441
Contact Name: Hallie Winter
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The Laureate Institute for Brain Research is hosting a series of lectures focused on brain development in adolescents. This month’s talk, "How to be an Emotional Coach for Kids and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Laureate Conference Center
6655 S. Yale Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Laureate Institute for Brain Research
Telephone: 918-502-2223
Contact Name: Collin O'Leary
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Mingle and explore the history and future of the up-and-coming Film Row district in a new series call History Off Center. Dr. Bob Blackburn, executive director of the OHS; Fred Hall, chairman...

Cost: FREE

Where:
21c Museum Hotel
900 W Main St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 522-5202
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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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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 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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More than 600,000 books covering a wide variety of topics will be on sale,  fiction and non-fiction, hardbacks, paperbacks, magazines and more. Music, movies and audio books will also be for...

Cost: Free to attend.

Where:
State Fair Park Oklahoma Expo Hall
3001 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: Friends of the Metropolitan Library System
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The OKC Hot Wheels Association puts on a show several times each year featuring 40 plus tables of collectables for sale or trade. The event also includes raffles, pizza, and more.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cross Roads Convention Center
7000 Plaza Mayor Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Features activity stations that develop or build reading and writing skills for children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade as well as children’s book authors, entertainers and a meet and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: OETA
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Features rhyming activities and gross-motor games, hourly readings of Dr. Seuss classics and bookmark crafts.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lakeshore Learning Store
6300 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73112
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Learning Store
Telephone: 858-8778
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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 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 weekly story time with pastries and juice.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Commonplace Books
1325 N Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 551-1715
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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 Roger Park
3400 NW 36th St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 297-1392
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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. Not held Dec. 31. 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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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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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 pop-up card craft about famous African-American heroes. This program is for the whole family. Preregister.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southern Oaks Library
6900 S Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 631-4468
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Features the rich history and complex evolution of African-American music provided by Oklahoma City’s very own talented duo, Adam and Kizzie Ledbetter. All ages welcome. Feb. 2:...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Warr Acres Library
5901 NW 63rd St
Warr Acres, OK
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Telephone: 721-2616
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Explore the park through the eyes of Dr. Suess. Hike the Martin Park woods while staff read excerpts from "The Lorax." Will you become the Once-ler, cutting down every Truffula Tree as...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Martin Nature Park
5000 W. Memorial Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK  73142
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Sponsor: Martin Nature Park
Telephone: 297-1429
Contact Name: Emily Hiatt
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Norman will host its annual Mardi Gras Parade, rain or shine, on Feb. 25 in Downtown Norman. The parade begins at 7 p.m. and starts at Jones and Main, continues east to Crawford, Comanche,then back...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Norman at Main & Peters
, OK


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