I haven't chosen a firm date for our official start to the school year yet, but there are a few events I'm looking forward to this fall that I'm hoping to work into our school time!
Arts Festival Oklahoma (OKC, Sept. 5-7): I haven't attended this festival before, but it sounds like it is a great event. This is an opportunity for your kids to check out a wide variety of art, as well as see some performances and get some good food!
Cleveland County Free Fair (Norman, Sept. 9-13): There are fairs like this in many counties, but I picked this one because we have visited it before and had a good time. I'm not much of a crowd person, so I don't really enjoy the state fair much, but the smaller county fairs are much quieter and less crowded. We were able to see (and pet) many different animals and we enjoyed looking at all of the different entries in the competitions.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park's Julius Caesar (OKC, Sept. 10-26): If you're learning about Shakespeare with your kids, here is a chance to see it on stage as it was meant to be. We have previously studied some of his other plays, and I think we may try to check this out for our first stage production.
Oklahoma Wildlife Expo (Guthrie, Sept. 26-27): I've never been to this event before, but I've heard great things about it and I am really looking forward to it. The Lazy-E Arena is filled with all kinds of hands-on activities related to wildlife and nature. My friends who have attended in years past tell me it's one of those events that is really engaging for kids of all ages!
Homeschool Day at the Oklahoma History Center (OKC, Oct. 12): I can't find specific dates for this event yet, but in the past it has been held in October. We went last year and had such a fun day learning about so many different facets of Oklahoma history. There are lots of hands-on opportunities for the kids as well as re-enactors and demonstrations. It's also a great chance to learn about some of the many venues in the area that have programming geared toward homeschoolers!
Oklahoma City and the surrounding communities have so many great events that can complement your curriculum, so be sure to check out MetroFamily's calendar to see what's available for your family.