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Indoors but out of the house: planning for this winter weekend

by Callie Collins

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This Thanksgiving, we’re expecting company. Getting ready for guests means that a particular household task has come due: painting the interior of our home. It’s good timing, actually, as I’d rather have this chore taken care of before our third child is born sometime in January.

However, this weekend is the last chance to move forward on a labor-intensive project with which I’m ill-equipped to help. My husband, Mario, is on his own with this one, so I’m on my own with our two sons, Sam and Isaac, ages 7 and 2. It’s time go find indoor family fun in Oklahoma City.

Between the paint smell, which doesn’t sit well with me right now, and the children’s sudden enthusiasm for lending their dad a hand during DIY projects, we need to be out of the house this weekend.
Here’s what’s on the tentative itinerary:

  • Unpluggits Playstudio: Painting doesn’t have to be completely off the agenda. Unpluggits gives Sam and Isaac a place where they can do arts and crafts, including pottery; art creations can come home but the mess stays there. An indoor playground with a pirate ship also makes for a fun alternative to the park during adverse weather.
  • Yukon’s Christmas in the Park: Chisholm Park is the site of Saturday’s event. It’s from 4:30 – 8 p.m. and features train rides and Santa visits, as well as refreshments.
  • The Metropolitan Library System: We can always spend an hour at the public library. Between the children’s programs and the selection of books available on every imaginable topic, that hour could turn into an afternoon.
  • Myriad Botanical Gardens: The Interactive Thanksgiving Display at the Children’s Garden shows the history of Thanksgiving dinner throughout the centuries. It’s free and we can spend part of the day walking around, which gives us all some exercise. I’m sure the display will also reinforce what Sam’s learning in school about the history behind the holiday.

If you’re looking for what to do this weekend, sign up for our Weekend Picks newsletter here. It’s published on Thursdays and features the 10 best events for the upcoming weekend as well as five for the next week. MetroFamily’s guide to Thanksgiving-related activities can be found here. The Smart Mom’s Guide to Fun Indoor Play Places also makes for a ready resource on snow days.

Know of a great indoor play place we should visit or write about? Email Once the paint has dried and the dust has settled, I’m sure our Thanksgiving will be happy. Here’s hoping yours is too!

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