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Plan a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day Weekend All About YOU

by Kirsten Holder

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Match your personality with OKC’s best attractions, eats & events

If you’re looking to spend your special weekend in a way that truly honors YOU, look no further. We’ve narrowed down the best spots for fun and celebration based on your personality type and interests, no “What Kind of Disney Princess Are You” tests required. No matter what you end up planning for your Mother’s Day or Father’s Day weekend, know that you are an important and special part of your family’s life and you deserve to be celebrated every day! Cheers, moms and dads!

Leisure Parent

Do you live in athleisure wear and tennis shoes, and generally use a backpack or fanny pack to cart your (and your kids’!) stuff? If so, you might be a “leisure parent.” The ideal day to celebrate you can (and should) include activities that feed your comfy and laid-back style.

Head down to Midtown District in OKC for a delicious brunch at Neighborhood JAM (you can even get in line ahead of time via Yelp). Treat yourself to the indulgent “Looney Cakes” (carrot cake pancakes) or opt for the healthy Acai Bowl topped off with a craft latte or creative breakfast cocktail like “My Grandma’s Mug” (Maker’s Mark, drip coffee, pH toasted caramel, sweet cream, nutmeg). Afterward, stroll around and shop hop! Your sneaker-loving self will drool over the stunning creations at The Laboratory. If you’d rather curl up with a new book, check out the charming Commonplace Books for inspiration and curated hits. Find more spots to shop at

Check out these Leisure Parent” local events!

Mothers Day Weekend

  • Indie Trunk Show
    Shop local artists, crafters, makers, and boutiques. May 7; 10am-5pm. State Fairgrounds Centennial Building.
  • Mother’s Day Dessert Cruise
    Experience a river cruise and enjoy bite-sized desserts and mimosas at the cash bar with Oklahoma River Cruises. May 8; departures at 1 & 4pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Regatta Landing.

Fathers Day Weekend

  • Third Saturdays in WesTen
    Enjoy an Open House at MadPotter and try your hand at the pottery wheel (ages 14+). Then take a tour of Castle Falls, Council Grove and many early 1900s downtown OKC artifacts. June 18; 11am-5pm. WesTen District, Northwest 10th Street Corridor
  • Father’s Day Cruise
    Experience a river cruise and enjoy snacks and the scenery with Oklahoma River Cruise. June 19; departure at 1:30pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Regatta Landing.

Sporty Parent

Riversport kayaker

If your favorite Saturday activity includes waking up before the sun (and the kids!) to get a little sweat sesh in, you might be a “sporty parent.” Lace up those sneakers and load up your family for an urban adventure at Riversport! Day passes start around $40 and include activities such as the zip line, sky slides, white water rafting or kayaking, paddleboarding, biking and so much more. You can also choose single-activity passes to go surfing (yes, really)!

Once you’re all adventured-out, ride the bike trail over to Wheeler Park for some lunch or dinner at the newly opened Taco Nation. The mouth-watering Carnitas Tacos or Ancho-Lime Chicken Tacos are a must! Wash it down with an “Okie Sunset,” an aptly-named soda made with coconut, mango and grapefruit mix. End your day by watching the sunset from the top of the Wheeler Ferris Wheel, which was imported from the Santa Monica Pier (passes start at $6).

Check out these Sporty Parent” local events!

Mother’s Day Weekend

  • Oklahoma Bicycle Society’s Donut Ride
    Take a casual ride suitable for beginners and young riders at a pace of 8-10 mph for about 11 miles with a stop for refreshments at a local donut shop. May 7, 9-11am. Will Rogers Tennis Center Parking Lot.

Fathers Day Weekend

Editor’s note – Enter our Dad & Me Selfie Contest for the chance to win a Radio Flyer’s “FLYER™ L885 Longtail Fat Tire Electric Cargo Bike and other great prizes.

Granola Parent

If Birkenstocks or Chacos are your summer live-ins, you might be a shoe-in as a “granola parent” (pun intended). Spend your special day wandering around the dreamy and colorful Paseo District, which is sure to match your vibe.

Start out with some inspiration from one of many art classes available in the district, such as a down-to-earth pottery class from Paseo Pottery, stitching art from Su Casa or stained glass classes from Prairie Arts Collective. Afterward, visit a culinary favorite: Paseo Cafe. From the best vegan cuisine in town to the most mouth-watering queso, this place is sure to please. Might we suggest the Drunken Pear Salad or Lobster Risotto?

Top off your experience by grabbing some dietary need-friendly donuts from Holey Rollers and strolling around shops like Betsy King Shoes, JW Jewelry and Home and the many fantastic and unique art galleries.

Check out these Granola Parent” local events!

Mothers Day Weekend

  • First Friday
    Walk the Paseo District to enjoy galleries offering special themed exhibits, guest artists and a variety of live entertainment. May 6, 6-9pm. Paseo District, NW 30th & 27th Streets, Walker and Hudson Ave
  • Oklahoma City Flower & Garden Festival
    Enjoy perusing a variety of vendors with herbs, perennials, roses, produce, pottery, jewelry, wineries, food products and food trucks. May 7, 9am-4pm. Myriad Botanical Gardens.

Fathers Day Weekend

  • Myriad in Motion Yoga
    Take part in some FREE zen! Practicing yoga while connecting with nature will help relieve stress and quiet your mind. Classes are open to all levels. 9am. Myriad Botanical Gardens.

Arts & Culture Parent

The Study fireplace
The Study

If you enjoy swirling a good cabernet and discussing renditions of Hamlet or the latest Sundance Film reviews, you might be an “arts and culture parent.” Get your swanky self down to Film Row and enjoy all the food, drink, drama and fun historic West Sheridan Avenue has to offer.

Start off with a pre-dinner drink at The Study, a cozy wine bar made for deep conversation and lined with rich bookshelves, art and fireplaces. Afterward, walk down to the newly reopened Mary Eddys inside 21C Museum Hotel. Options like the Steak Tartare or Butcher Board are plenty to share, or splurge on dinner items like the Flatiron Steak or Smoked Short Ribs.

Save room for dessert – you are treating yourself, after all! Cafe Disco is just a short stroll down the street and features the most adorable macaroon creations. Seasonal features are released each month, or enjoy classics like Honey Lavender or Crème Brûlée.

Check out these Arts & Culture Parent” local events!

Mother’s Day Weekend

  • Into the Woods
    In this musical mashup of Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood, watch the journeys unfold as each character’s wish is granted and see how the consequences of their actions affect their overall adventure. May 6, 7pm; May 7, 2 & 7pm; May 8, 2pm. Lyric Theatre.
  • As You Like It
    Enjoy an outdoor feature of this beloved comedy of mistaken identity, mismatched love triangles and a melancholy clown convinced that “All the World’s a Stage.” See website for times. Outdoor Shakespeare Gardens.
  • oNE OKC
    Take part in this FREE block party celebrating NE OKC and featuring live entertainment, food trucks, vendors, kids’ activities, volunteer opportunities and more. May 6-8. Booker T Washington Park.

Father’s Day Weekend

  • 3rd Friday
    Enjoy treats, drinks, giveaways, art, live music and more from participating businesses. June 17, 6-8pm. Film Row, California to NW 4th, Classen to Hudson Ave.

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