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Gift Local

by Sarah Taylor

The best gifts are those that inspire time together laughing and learning. From family fun and skill-building activities to unique toys and memory-making experiences, support locally-owned businesses while also wow-ing the kids, parents or grandparents in your life with these 22 gift ideas.

Edmond Ice Rink

Enjoy the colder weather this season by skating at this fun ice rink, open through Jan. 4 at Mitch Park. Tickets (which make great stocking stuffers!) are only $12 each for adults or $8 each for children ages 5 & under (includes skate rental). Details at edmondicerink.com. 405-923-8345

Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma

Give the girl in your life experiences that will build her leadership skills, develop her entrepreneurial spirit and expand her passion for STEM. Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma now offers virtual and in-person activities for individuals, troops and families. Camp Trivera, located just east of the OKC Zoo, offers 19 acres of tent, treehouse and bunk room-style camping, along with a state-of-the-art STEM lab, climbing wall and underwater robotics. Now booking for days, overnights, weekends and events for girls and private groups. To learn more about Camp Trivera or to purchase a Girl Scout membership, call 405-528-GIRL or email info@gswestok.org. Memberships start at $25. gswestok.org

Goldfish Swim School – Edmond

This holiday season give the kids in your life the gift of swimming at Goldfish Swim School! Their Big Splash Holiday Package comes beautifully wrapped and ready to be placed under the tree. The package includes two months of group swim lessons plus a special tote bag, board book, towel, Christmas ornament and more, all for only $178 (retail $246) if bought before Dec. 31, 2020. Call 405-696-7500 or visit them online at bit.ly/goldfishswimholidaypackage.

Hyatt Regency Frisco – Dallas

This just-opened hotel is perfectly situated for your family to enjoy the fun museums and attractions in Frisco, Texas. It’s connected to the Stonebriar Centre Mall with more than 150 shops and restaurants, and KidZania, AMC Theaters, Dave and Busters and much more are located within walking distance. The Radiance! Package is a special holiday option that includes a ticket to a drive-thru holiday light experience. Find them on social media @hyattregencyfriscodallas for more information. Rooms start at $139/night. hyattregencyfriscodallas.com

K9 University, LLC

Fido’s manners need a brush-up? Give the gift of dog training and get your pup in shape before the family arrives for the holidays. Or give a certificate to your favorite dog owner. Five weeks of obedience classes are only $175. K9 University is following CDC guidelines to keep class participants safe. Find more at myk9u.com or by calling 405-231-4335.

Learning Tree Toys, Books and Games 

Come see why this store has been named a “Family Favorite” by MetroFamily readers for years. Located in Nichols Hills at 7638 N Western, Learning Tree offers a large inventory of safe, durable and innovative toys, books, games and activities for all ages. Staff specializes in child development and will help you pick the best toys for your child’s age and interests! Find more on their Facebook page (search Learning Tree OKC), at learningtreeokc.com or call 405-848-1415.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

With the Cowboy Family Membership, your family will experience this popular museum in a completely new way. Membership includes the museum’s new outdoor play experience: Liichokoshkomo’, an interactive space to discover history and the many influences that shaped the West. Its unique focus on children and the value of hands-on learning transforms the museum experience for families. Membership includes free admission for your family and is just $65; purchase online at nationalcowboymuseum.org/memberships, by calling Jordan Hopkins at 405-478-2250, ext 243 or emailing jhopkins@nationalcowboymuseum.org. The museum also has a large gift store with jewelry, home décor, books, a large children’s section of toys and books, art prints and more.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Encourage your child’s interest in art with a membership to this downtown museum. Memberships include free admission to exciting special exhibitions, like the upcoming Painters of Pompeii, family program discounts, discounts in the museum store and more. Dual memberships are just $75. Upgrade to the $100 Fellow membership for reciprocal free admission to select museums across the nation! Visit okcmoa.com/familymembership to learn more. Also offered this year in conjunction with the blockbuster Painters of Pompeii exhibition are a series of expert-led conversations for all ages that will explore topics such as Southern Italian food and wine to daily life in Pompeii and Ancient Roman deities and mythology. Classes are $40-$45. okcmoa.com/pompeii-programming

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

Oklahoma Contemporary opened their new location this year in the Automobile Alley/Midtown area. In the museum store, find unique gifts from art prints to artist-made home goods and more, priced from $1 to $500. In-store pickup and online orders available. A membership or art classes for kids or adults make great gifts as well. okcontemp.org

Oklahoma Hall of Fame

Find unique Oklahoma items at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s fun museum store. From T-shirts and art prints to Christmas ornaments and books by Oklahoma authors, there’s something for everyone at a variety of price points. Check their website or Facebook page for open hours. Located in Midtown near NW 13th and Shartel. oklahomahof.com

Oklahoma History Center

For a truly unique selection of “Made in Oklahoma” gifts, visit the Oklahoma History Center’s Museum Gift Shop located right inside the museum’s entrance at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive. Shop in the store or online at bit.ly/okhistorygiftshop. A Family Membership also makes a great gift! Memberships cost only $75 and include free admission to the museum and other perks. Purchase at the “Support” tab at okhistory.org.

Oklahoma Swim Academy

Give the perfect experience gift of Survival Swim Lessons at Oklahoma Swim Academy – the only gift that allows a child to have fun in the water while providing them with a life-saving skill. Purchase the amount of your choice to use toward Private Survival Swim Lessons, Parent-Tot Classes or the OSA Gift Shop! OSA recently located to their new state-of-the-art facility in NW OKC and they are following CDC guidelines to keep participants safe. oklahomaswim.com

Once Upon A Child, North OKC

Find a great selection of gently-used holiday apparel and shoes at great prices and while there, pick up some unique stocking stuffers like slime, air dough, cars and magic bottles from Toy Smith. Gift certificates are also a great gift. Find them at 13801 N Pennsylvania Ave. 405-286-3114, onceuponachildokcnorth.com

Oui & Sí!

Want your child to learn French or Spanish this year? Check out Oui & Sí French and Spanish Learning Boxes, designed to give children a head start in learning language, counting, sorting and spelling through play. Each box also includes a code to an online interactive lesson plan created by French and Spanish professors. Say “yes,” “sí” and “oui” to making learning fun! $30-$50. ouiandsi.com

Pink Gazelle Boutique

Pink Gazelle Boutique carries the latest in affordable women’s fashions including hard-to-find styles, accessories and gifts. In addition to brands such as KanCan and Mono B, they have popular gifts such as the Fun Times Leopard Sneaker for $39.99 and mini backpacks in leopard and black for $54. Their website has a wide selection of great gift ideas for the special mom in your life. Use code FALL2020 for 10% off your order. pinkgazelleboutique.com

RIVERSPORT

Opt outdoors in 2021 with RIVERSPORT! Season passes are 50% off (limited time offer) and now include surfing, an expanded bike park and family tubing, plus all your faves like whitewater rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, the Youth Zone, Sky Trail, Sky Slides and more! NEW for 2021 – SKI OKC opens in Spring 2021. RIVERSPORT is open seasonal hours, March through October. $99.99-$124.99. Buy online at riversportokc.org.

Scissortail Park Foundation

The holidays are the perfect time to get a Scissortail Park Membership for everyone on your gift list! Membership benefits include free boat rentals and roller skating, as well as discounts on concessions at The Perch boathouse café and Scissortail Park branded merchandise. Members also save at local community partners including the Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens, Factory Obscura, Social Capital, Wheeler District Ferris Wheel, Ride OKC, Riversport OKC, Florence’s Restaurant and EMBARK. Memberships start at $40. Find more information at scissortailpark.org/become-a-member.

SkateGalaxy OKC

Roller skating is an excellent way to get physical exercise while also enjoying family fun times together. Skate passes are available for the holidays that give you five admissions for the price of four, usable at any of their skate sessions. Call 405-605-2758 to purchase. skategalaxyokc.com

SoccerCity OKC

Enroll your child (ages 18 months to 9 years) in Soccer City’s Lil’ Kickers program, an age-appropriate soccer development program. Sessions last 10 weeks and cost about $165, which includes a jersey. Sign your child up at 405-748-3888 or by email at hayden@soccercityokcity.com. Mention MetroFamily and get two free lessons upon registration.

Unpluggits Paint & Play

This fun venue in Edmond provides ceramic making among other creative offerings. Bring the whole family to paint a favorite customized coffee mug for Grandma ($18-$28). She’ll treasure her special gift! Find this idea and many more at unpluggits.com or by calling 405-340-7584.

Velocity Dance Center

Give happy, give dance! Dance is an amazing gift to give to any child this year. Velocity’s elves have planned three great options: a digital dance class package with six classes and the tools for a great class at home; a basic class package including two months of classes; and an all-inclusive package that includes classes and an end-of-the-season performance. Contact 405-721-8807 or admin@oklahomcitydancestudio.com to purchase.

Watonga Community Cat Foundation

Now is a great time to adopt a sweet kitten or cat for your family. The Watonga Community Cat Foundation is hosting a special adoption experience called “Cocoa and Kittens.” Families first need to apply for adoption at their website. Once the adoption application is approved, a counselor will call to set up an appointment for a private meet-and-greet. Adopters will arrive at a Christmas-themed adoption center in Watonga (located about 65 miles NW of Oklahoma City) with hot cocoa and other holiday treats! Dozens of kittens will be available to meet and interact with your family. One (or maybe two) special kittens would be happy to find their forever homes with your family this year. The adoption fee is only $65 for kittens and $50 for adult cats. Start your application today at watongacommunitycats.org/adopt. 580-310-3068.

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