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Marching to the Beat

Just think of what the autism world would like if we put our number focus on the strengths of an individual, instead of focusing mostly on the challenges?

Asperger's? What?

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Thinking Differently: A Holiday Edition

It was hard for me to give up trying to re-create the memories from my own childhood. But as I learned, I realized our best chance for success was to give my son a say in our plans.

I Should Have Seen It Coming

You know those stories you start hearing as you get older? The ones that made your cheeks turn a shade of crimson red that only a parent or significant other could truly appreciate.

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See our 2016 Special Needs Guide.

Open Letter

So you were concerned that something was “not quite right” with your child, but hesitated to go forward with testing because you didn’t want your child to be “labeled.”

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Special Needs & Free Events in OKC

March 2017

CANstruction OKC s a unique design competition in which teams of local architects, engineers, contractors and other designers create colossal and intricate sculptures made entirely out of canned...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Penn Square Mall
1901 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK  73118
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Telephone: 604-5566
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Get into the Museum FREE when you come sporting your favorite bandanna. The museum will also host its first ever pet adoption event. Second Chance Animal Sanctuary will bring adoptable, rescued...

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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Have a sip of tea or lemonade with your favorite prince or princess or a daring cookie battle with a devious villain. Enjoy photo opportunities with JediOKC, Disney princesses, knights and more.

Cost: FREE

Where:
My Chic Geek
4413 N Meridian Ave
Warr Acres, OK  73112
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Sponsor: My Chic Geek
Telephone: 367-7955
Contact Name: Londall Guyse
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Holly Hunter, curator of Warr Acres Library's butterfly garden, shares about growing tips, plant selection, Monarchs and more. Pre-registrants will each receive a pack of seeds at the end of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Warr Acres Library
5901 NW 63rd St
Warr Acres, OK
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Telephone: 235-5035
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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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CANstruction OKC s a unique design competition in which teams of local architects, engineers, contractors and other designers create colossal and intricate sculptures made entirely out of canned...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Penn Square Mall
1901 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK  73118
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Telephone: 604-5566
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Get into the Museum FREE when you come sporting your favorite bandanna. The museum will also host its first ever pet adoption event. Second Chance Animal Sanctuary will bring adoptable, rescued...

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 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 activities that help children explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate and create together including an open-ended nature exploration activity, story and songs circle time and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Pat Murphy Park
4500 W Hefner Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: Tinkergarten
Telephone: 837-4014
Contact Name: LoriAnn Gregory
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Get into the Museum FREE when you come sporting your favorite bandanna. The museum will also host its first ever pet adoption event. Second Chance Animal Sanctuary will bring adoptable, rescued...

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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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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This Open House event is free to the public and will feature a brief introduction to CASA’s work in the community as well as some testimonials and a Q&A with a longtime CASA volunteer...

Cost: FREE

Where:
CASA of Oklahoma County
5905 N Classen
Suite 302
Oklahoma City, OK  73118
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Sponsor: CASA of Oklahoma County
Telephone: 405-713-6661
Contact Name: BC Phillips
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Get into the Museum FREE when you come sporting your favorite bandanna. The museum will also host its first ever pet adoption event. Second Chance Animal Sanctuary will bring adoptable, rescued...

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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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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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 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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OCCC President Jerry Steward will sit down with former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating and discuss the issues he faced during his time as governor.

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
OCCC VPAC Theater Sarkeys Foundation
7777 S. May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK  73159
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Sponsor: Oklahoma City Community College
Telephone: 682-7590
Contact Name: Jill Robertson
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Get into the Museum FREE when you come sporting your favorite bandanna. The museum will also host its first ever pet adoption event. Second Chance Animal Sanctuary will bring adoptable, rescued...

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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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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This fun singing and dancing class offers parents and children an opportunity to bond while developing literacy, motor and verbal skills by taking advantage of the benefits of rhyming. Learn new...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Yukon Community Center
2200 S Holly Ave
Yukon, OK
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Telephone: 354-8442
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This musical biography follows the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright – America’s pioneers of aviation. With courage, ingenuity and determination, they make their dream of flying come...

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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For prospective families to tour the campus and learn more about the school.

Cost: Free to attend.

Where:
Sacred Heart Catholic School
210 South Evans Ave
El Reno, OK
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Telephone: 262-2284
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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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This musical biography follows the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright – America’s pioneers of aviation. With courage, ingenuity and determination, they make their dream of flying come...

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 delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure. Two, sensory-friendly performances will be offered on April 6 and 7. Lights will not be fully turned down, sound...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Lyric's Plaza Theatre
1801 NW 16th St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 524-9312
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Get into the Museum FREE when you come sporting your favorite bandanna. The museum will also host its first ever pet adoption event. Second Chance Animal Sanctuary will bring adoptable, rescued...

Cost: FREE

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Telephone: 478-2250
Website »

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Step back in time for a day of revels at the Medieval Fair.  Enjoy mirth and merriment with kings, queens, knights and fools as the kingdom comes alive. Held annually since 1977, this...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Reaves Park
2501 Jenkins Ave
Norman, OK
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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 delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure. Two, sensory-friendly performances will be offered on April 6 and 7. Lights will not be fully turned down, sound...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Lyric's Plaza Theatre
1801 NW 16th St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 524-9312
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Features a dog training competion trails. Watch as local dogs and their trainers show off their skills. The event is open to the public and free to attend.  

Cost: FREE

Where:
State Fair Park
3001 General Pershing
Oklahoma City, OK
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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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The Made in Oklahoma Festival in Seminole features food, wine, crafts and a number of other products that are Oklahoma grown and Oklahoma made.  Main Street in downtown Seminole will be filled...

Cost: FREE to attend.

Where:
Main St
Seminole, OK  74868
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Telephone: 382-3640
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Visitors will be able to see how the 220-ton machine works to kill cancer and save lives while enjoying a fun day at the center. In addition to viewing the cyclotron, visitors can tour ProCure,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
ProCure Proton Therapy Center
5901 W Memorial Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK  73142
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Sponsor: ProCure Proton Therapy Center
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St. Andrew's UMC is hosting an event to help us all be weather aware and take the time to prepare. Hear from our local meteorologists, the National Weather Service, OKUMC Disaster Response,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
St. Andrew's United Methodist Church
2727 SW 119th St
Oklahoma City, OK  73170
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Sponsor: St. Andrew's UMC
Telephone: 692-4242
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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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In honor of Earth Day and the exhibition, A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna, your child is invited to make their own bandanna from recycled material. Children will reuse scraps of old...

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 a festive setup and live bunnies. The Pictures are FREE and will be delivered to you via email within 14 days.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Showplace Market
2001 S Broadway St
Moore, OK
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Children listen to a story while parents enjoy coffee and conversation. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Cuppies & Joe
727 NW 23rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73101
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Telephone: 528-2122
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Get a behind-the-scenes look at what gardeners do in the Children’s Garden. On April 1, help Children’s Garden Manager Abby Curry turn the compost and feed the worms in a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Myriad Gardens
301 W Reno Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 445-7080
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Get into the Museum FREE when you come sporting your favorite bandanna. The museum will also host its first ever pet adoption event. Second Chance Animal Sanctuary will bring adoptable, rescued...

Cost: FREE

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Telephone: 478-2250
Website »

More information

Step back in time for a day of revels at the Medieval Fair.  Enjoy mirth and merriment with kings, queens, knights and fools as the kingdom comes alive. Held annually since 1977, this...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Reaves Park
2501 Jenkins Ave
Norman, OK
View map »


Website »

More information

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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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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Meet the Easter Bunny and his friend Alice from Wonderland. Kids can pose for a photo. April 1 & 2, April 8 & 9, noon - 6 p.m.; April 15, 3-5 p.m.

Cost: Photos, $15

Where:
The Outlett Shoppes at Oklahoma City Food Court
7624 W Reno Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 787-3700
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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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Features bowling in an atmosphere where each person is encouraged to be themselves.  Friends and family can join in. Ramps and bumpers are available.

Cost: $8.25

Where:
AMF Windsor Lanes
4600 NW 23rd
Oklahoma City, OK  73127
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Sponsor: Autism Oklahoma
Telephone: 245-0149
Contact Name: Debra Brakefield
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Features age-divided Easter egg hunts, photos with the Easter bunny, a bounce house and performance by Spaghetti Eddie. Event schedule: Hunt, 2 p.m. Spaghetti Eddie,2:15 p.m. Easter...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Fountains near Uptown Kids
5840 N Classen Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 418-8881
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Sound artist Nathan Young performs Lullaby for Peyote Tapes followed by a curated selection of video art and film shorts by Native American artists.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 951-0000
Contact Name: Lo
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Features a delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure. Two, sensory-friendly performances will be offered on April 6 and 7. Lights will not be fully turned down, sound...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Lyric's Plaza Theatre
1801 NW 16th St
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Telephone: 524-9312
Website »

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The City of Oklahoma City offers FREE fishing on the first Saturday of each month. No city permit is required, however a State license is for anyone 16 and older. Regular fishing regulations...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma City parks
Oklahoma City, OK


Sponsor: City of Oklahoma City
Telephone: 297-1426
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