Tulsa Has It Goin' On!

By now, I'm sure you all know the Tulsa State Fair begins today. More on that later. I want to tell you about some other cool stuff that may be a little quieter, or not on your radar. Have you been to any of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center's Imagination Series performances? Grab the kids and go. This weekend "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters" is Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. It's kind of a Cinderella story set in Africa and is probably best for kids in 1st grade and up. Tickets are a bargain at only $10 to see professional, live theater. If you're not familiar with the Imagination Series, it's a whole season of performances sponsored by the PAC Trust that is geared specifically to children and young people. Support this opportunity for Tulsa families. You won't be sorry.

OK, now on to the fair. I used to go very early in the day and take my toddlers to see the animals. We never even made it to the midway, so my kids were probably in elementary school before they realized that the fair had rides and corndogs. I recommend taking your little kids to see the sheep and the pigs and the horses and cows. And if you do venture in to the rest of the fair, there's lots of kid-friendly things to do and see. I also recomment the Butterfly House. It's an interactive exhibit where you can learn all about butterflies. Best of all, in this exhibit, the butterflies land on you. How cool is that? Look for the Kids Adventure in Central Park Hall. They'll be doing daily science shows and there are plenty of hands-on activities like a building area and a giant sandbox. Swing by the Sugar Art Show in the Quiktrip Center on Sat. and see the new lightbulb-less version of the Easy Bake Oven.

Pumpkin Town at 81st & Mingo opens this weekend. Besides piles and piles of pumpkins, they'll have activities like pony rides and train rides. Some of my best kid pictures were taken of my kids climbing on the pumpkins with the bright blue October sky in the background, so don't forget your camera!

This is my last thing and one of my favorites. The Woolaroc Traders Encampment at the lake at Woolaroc is really fun to see. It's on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. You can see reenactors from all of the U.S. who are dressed as pioneers and traders who lived in Indian Territory during the early 1800s.

So, get out and have some fun with your kids this weekend!

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