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Special Needs & Free Events in OKC

January 2017

Play classic favorites like Battleship, Connect 4 and more as well as popular modern games including Zombie Dice and Apples to Apples. All ages welcome.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Almonte Library
2914 SW 59 St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 699-2345
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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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Features a hands-on winter science lab to answer questions like how do snowflakes form or what makes ice melt so quickly. Preregister. Best suited for ages 5 -12.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Edmond Library
10 S Boulevard
Edmond, OK
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Telephone: 341-9282
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Early Birds is a family-based, early childhood school readiness program for parents with children ages 5 & under. The classes offer information, activities and materials to help parents...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Ridgeview ES
10010 Ridgeview Dr
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 587-0422
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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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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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Features free haircuts for kids grades K-6, free health screenings, health and wellness information and giveaways.  This come and go event is free and open to the public. Registration...

Cost: FREE

Where:
SOKC Library
2201 SW 134th St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 979-2200
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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 library's games. No registration is required.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mustang Public Library
1201 N Mustang Rd
Mustang, OK  73064
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Telephone: 376-2226
Contact Name: Jen Goudge
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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, "Healthy Body, Healthy Brain", hosted by Dr....

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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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 winter themed dance party for preschoolers.

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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A family membership to Myriad Gardens entitles the cardholder to 4 FREE skate passes and an Individual/Dual membership receives 2.

Cost: FREE for members

Where:
Myriad Gardens
301 W Reno Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 445-7080
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What's afoot at the library? The animals have come out to play! What mischief will they get into when the lights go out at the end of the day? Register your stuffed animal and then bring...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Edmond Public Library
10 S Boulevard St
Edmond, OK
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Telephone: 341-9282
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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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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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Early Birds is a family-based, early childhood school readiness program for parents with children ages 5 & under. The classes offer information, activities and materials to help parents...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Coolidge ES
5212 S Villa
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 587-0422
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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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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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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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What's afoot at the library? The animals have come out to play! What mischief will they get into when the lights go out at the end of the day? Register your stuffed animal and then bring...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Edmond Public Library
10 S Boulevard St
Edmond, OK
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Telephone: 341-9282
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