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Make Your Weekend Plans

Feb 23, 2012 - 02:14 PM

What are you doing this weekend? As always, there's plenty going on in Tulsa and surrounding areas. Plays, musical events, astronomical happenings and a free lecture for parents are all part of the upcoming week, so get ready, get the calendar and go!

First up, Clark Youth Theatre is performing George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM at the Henthorne PAC on Friday night at 7:30. The play will run this weekend and next with Sunday matinees both weekends. I remember when my kids read this book in school. Maybe yours are reading it, too. What a great supplement to the book to go to a live performance. Then you can all go out for ice cream afterwards and discuss the meaning of satire, allegory and totalitarian regimes. Throw in a little pre-WW II history and a lecture on Stalinism and you'll have quite a lot to discuss.

For a different kind of literary experience, teens can go to OPEN MIC NIGHT on Saturday night at the YST Coffee House (311 S. Madison). Doors open at 7 and performances begin at 8:30. There's no cover and, better yet, there's free coffee, wiifi and cappucino. For more information, go to www.yst.org.

There's entertainment for the entire family at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center on Sunday. BLAST!, which is described as band pageantry with classical, blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll and techno-pop music all rolled in to one, will be performing. It looks like a combination of Marching bands, dance, cheer and hip hop....Hey, I used to think Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" was cool.

Slowing things down a little, grab your toddler, a beret and a croissant and head over to the Brookside Library on Monday morning for a little French culture. From 10:30 - 11 a.m. kids up to age 5 can attend a French storytime on the fourth Monday of every month. Oo la la.

My kids were always fascinated with the stars. And stargazing can actually be a relaxing activity for the too-tired parent. I can remember getting the sleeping bags and lying in the backyard on a summer night watching for falling stars. You may never see a falling star, but at least you're lying down. Anyway, just a suggestion... If you really want to look at some stars, the Broken Arrow Sidewalk Astronomers will be out at the South Broken Arrow Library from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Monday. They'll be exploring Pluto. It would be fun to get a book about Pluto, read it with your children, then go look at the former planet through a telescope. It is a FORMER planet, isn't it?

I want to let you parents know about a FREE lecture on Tues. night presented by OU-Tulsa. It's the second in a three-part series on ANXIETY. This one is called "How to Help Anxious Children." You may not realize that kids can have anxiety issues, just like adults. If you have a perfectionist child or a child who has unreasonable fears or who has repetitive habits that seem to be exteme, it could be anxiety. If you have concerns, this might be a good presentation to attend. The lecture is from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at OU-Tulsa Schusterman Learning Center at 41st & Yale. It's free, but call OU-Tulsa to register.

And, beginning on Wed. and continuing through March 3 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center is "Cinderella: The Lost Pages." This performance takes the original fairytale and imagines some new twists, including a sword fight and fantastical creatures.

So, there you have it. If none of this suits you, take a look at our online calendar to see what other things are going on for families this week.  Our March issue will be coming out this weekend, so be sure to pick it up. We have some great ideas for decorating kids' rooms and also a list of spring break activities -- it'll be here before you know it!

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Our editor-in-chief, Betty started working for TulsaKids when her youngest child was 3 years old. That daughter will be starting graduate school in the fall. Her son is now 27 and her middle daughter is 24. TulsaKids and her children literally grew up together (and she lived to tell about it)! Betty is an avid runner, cook (loves to eat) and coffee snob. She is an award-winning writer and most recently was honored with a Great Plains Journalism Award as Best Blogger of 2013. Last year, she wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, “May Finds Her Way” (2013 The RoadRunner Press). Watch for her every Tuesday on KTUL Channel 8’s Good Morning Oklahoma and Thursdays on KTUL’s Good Day Tulsa.

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