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Feb 15, 201210:02 AMEditor's Blog

What? No School!

Feb 15, 2012 - 10:02 AM

I'm doing my out and about in Tulsa a little early this week since Presidents Day is coming up and you may have a day off. I did a little digging to come up with some things that you can do with the kids.

On Friday, you can go to the Tulsa Zoo and help celebrate Vindi the Chimpanzee's 5th birthday. At 10:30 a.m. the zookeepers will be giving some background on the zoo's chimps and giving Vindi and his friends some special birthday treats. So stop by the zoo and wish Vindi a Happy Birthday!

If you can't get to the zoo on Friday, go on Monday because it will only cost you a dollar per ticket. Not only is it only $1 this Monday, but every Monday in February. Since we've had a very spring-like winter so far, the zoo may be a perfect destination for some fun and fresh air.

The Oklahoma Aquarium also has a couple of unique activities for families this weekend. On Saturday, you can get a Behind the Scenes tour of the Sea Turtle Experience at 10:30, 11:30 and 1:30. You can meet the two sea turtles and tour their new home, and you'll also get a marine biologist's perspective on the Siegfried Families Shark Adventure. This tour requires a lot of walking, climbing and stairs, so it's not handicapped accessible and it's better for kids ages 5 and older.

Presidents Day at the Oklahoma Aquarium is special, too. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aquarium educators will have hands-on activities and programs so you can learn about the Arctic Zone and how creatures survive in the harsh climate.

For kids who enjoy art, Philbrook Museum's Heyman Family Adventures in Art for ages 6 - 12 is Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3. This week, kids and adults can design and decorate a 2-D black and white clay pot.

If you need an all-day camp for your child on Monday, the Tulsa Air and Space Museum has two options for a full day of activity. Kids in grades 1 through 3 can enroll in Robotics Camp and build a robot. Kids in grades 4 through 6 can attend LEGO Camp for a fun day of designing, building and creating with LEGOS. Call the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium to enroll or go to the website at


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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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