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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 belt bag 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 Automobile Alley in downtown OKC for a delicious brunch at Hatch Early Mood Food (you can even get in line ahead of time via Yelp). Treat yourself to the indulgent Bananas Foster pancakes or opt for a healthier option like the Brûléed Oatmeal. Pair either with a craft latte or creative breakfast cocktail like the Passionfruit Spritzer (sparkling on tap, Aperol, passionfruit, lemon, soda). Afterward, stroll around and shop hop! Just a short walk south of Hatch is local boutique Cargo Room, where you will fully understand the meaning behind the phrase “dopamine dressing.” The feel-good, cheery, feminine, and practical outfits will have you feeling fresh and happy, plus the shop staff are like girlfriends you look forward to catching up with. Next door is Shop Good, the perfect place for a new Oklahoma tee or crewneck in soft colors and timeless designs. If the after-brunch snoozies are taking over, swing into Junction Coffee’s Alley Shop for one of our favorites, a Lavender Latte.

Check out these Leisure Parent” local events!

Mothers Day Weekend

  • Mama + Mini Mixer – Enjoy a day of shopping and activities with your little ones at Cargo Room, including Little Cargo apparel, accessories and activities. May 11, 10 a.m. – 2p.m.

Fathers Day Weekend

  • Father’s Day Cruise – Experience a river cruise and enjoy snacks and the scenery with Oklahoma River Cruise. June 16; departure at 1:30 p.m. from Regatta Landing. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

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 at $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 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

Fathers 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. June 15, 9-11:30 a.m. Will Rogers Tennis Center Parking Lot.

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

  • Alpaca Farm Day at Magnolia Blossom Ranch – Interact with alpacas, the softest and most gentle animals you’ve ever met! Admission is $10 per person and includes several activities, including feeding, obstacle courses, classes and more. May 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • 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 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 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. June 15, 9 a.m. 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 Mary Eddys inside The Fordson Hotel. Options like the Steak Tartare or Butcher Board are plenty to share, or splurge on dinner items like the Flatiron Steak or Filet Mignon.

Save room for dessert – you are treating yourself, after all! Perets Dessert & Coffee Bar is just a short stroll down the street and offers the most romantic ambiance and late-night cravings. Order yourself an Affogato, which is made with delicious Oklahoma-made ice cream, from scratch toppings, and paired with a shot of espresso.

Check out these Arts & Culture Parent” local events!

Mother’s Day Weekend

Father’s Day Weekend

  • Jazz in June – Kick back at Andrews Park in Norman and listen to some of the best Jazz musicians! Headlining this year is Christian McBrides’ New Jawn. June 13-15.

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