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Ultimate Summer Fun Necessities

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MetroFamily is all about FUN for families, so we’re highlighting a few of our favorite items. Make “on the go” easier this season! Plus, check out a few driving-distance destinations for the best summer yet. Celebrate togetherness with new adventures!

With their lightweight, seamless design, high-quality components and child-specific geometry, woom bikes are designed to give children the perfect introduction to riding a bike and spark a life-long passion for cycling. The woom balance bike encourages young riders to throw training wheels out the window and instead start with a balance bike to learn fundamental skills like balancing, steering and braking.

Don’t forget to protect your little one’s noggin! The woom Kids’ Bike Helmet has extended protection for the forehead, temples, and back of the head, an easy-to-use magnetic closure system, optimal ventilation, and a perfect fit thanks to interchangeable pads and a size-adjustment dial.

Perfect for a family picnic or day outside, this outdoor blanket is water-resistant, easy to clean, durable and compact for every family adventure.  These outdoor blankets are not only adorable but easily portable, too! The blanket folds up into a perfect package shape complete with a carry handle, shoulder strap, and zipper pocket.

The John Deere Ground Force takes outdoor play excitement to the next level! Kids will delight in listening to the radio while driving the large John Deere Ground Force Tractor with its extra large stake-side detachable trailer. Too bad it can’t really mow the lawn!

Tiny Traveler Classic

Tiny Traveler is this year’s must-have HD digital device, a wireless camera monitoring system for travel and home use. The device can be brought out of the car quickly and efficiently when you reach your destination, like at the grandparents’ house, at hotels, or while visiting friends. Parents can keep an eye on the road while Tiny Traveler captures the kiddo’s every move so you always keep sight of what’s happening with a clear camera view. It relieves the anxiety for new parents traveling for the first time with their infants, establishing a safe routine that calms baby, mom, and dad.

The Highlights Big Book of Activities for Little Kids includes over 200 screen-free activities for ages 3-6. Kids and grown-ups can use everyday household items to make lasting memories while they banish boredom and get the wiggles out. This is this perfect activity for long road trips!

Water Magic is an activity book that is perfect for travel days in the car or on the plane. Fill the brush with water and apply it to the scene boards to watch the colors magically appear! Let it dry for 5 minutes and you can do it over and over again. The brush is scented to match the theme of the book too! It’s no-mess activity to end the question, “Are we there yet?”

Sharing our similarities, while celebrating our differences with What’s Next? Special Needs Set – This brand’s games are unique because they make YOU the game piece with their life-sized board games. The Special Needs Set was specifically developed to provide all-inclusive options for special-needs families, ensure that every player feels completely comfortable with all actions of the game, and enhance player’s social skills, while engaging in physical activity. Each round will feel different based on your opponents, so you’re never playing the same game twice.

Driving-distance summer trip ideas:

Oklahoma Awesome Adventures is a family destination in southeast Oklahoma providing amazing experiences for the entire family. Partnered with the Endangered Ark Foundation, a private non-profit, Awesome Adventures offers elephant expeditions, a junior elephant ambassador youth summer camp, and exclusive cabin rentals with intimate elephant encounters. Oklahoma Awesome Adventures is also your adventure location for a wide variety of celebrations and rentals.

Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Tanganyika Wildlife Park was named the most interactive wildlife park in the Midwest for a reason. Enjoy the park of more than 400 animals, or choose from over 15 up close and personal experiences hand-crafted by Tanganyika keepers to deepen your connection to rare and endangered species. Interact with exotic animals such as sloths, penguins, otters, small cats and so much more, all in a boutique setting.

 

Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer

Sit back, relax and enjoy the unique scenery unfolding outside the windows of Oklahoma’s Heartland Flyer. The AMTRAK Heartland Flyer is a passenger rail service between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas. The Heartland Flyer offers two daily trains, one each way, with stops in Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley, Ardmore and Gainesville.

Local Summer Fun

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s leading professional theatre company, Lyric was named by USA Today as one of the 10 great places to see the lights way off Broadway. By bringing in professional actors, designers and technicians to work side-by-side with the best of local talent, Lyric continues its long-standing tradition of producing stellar productions for the people of Oklahoma.

Named the Official Theatre of the State of Oklahoma, Lyric annually serves more than 100,000 people statewide and is the state’s largest live theatre company, producing classic and contemporary plays and musicals on two stages, including the historic Plaza Theatre and the majestic Civic Center Music Hall.

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park performs classical productions in unique and exciting environments. Each season, casual visitors and devoted fans alike savor the works of Shakespeare while gathered around the outdoor performance area. Step back in time to days of yore where chivalry, bravery and revelry go hand in hand. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and prepare to be whisked away into the fascinating worlds of one of the world’s most influential playwrights, along with other brilliant productions.

 

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