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Dec 27, 201101:16 PMEditor's Blog

What to Do in Tulsa With the Kids This Week

Dec 27, 2011 - 01:16 PM
What to Do in Tulsa With the Kids This Week

You may be at work like me, or you may have a few days off with the kids. Regardless, there are plenty of things to do with the remainder of school break. It looks like the weather is going to be sunny and warm, so the Tulsa Zoo is always a good option for working off some energy. Or be a park adventurer -- go to a park that you've never been to and pretend you're in another city. I always love hiking the trails at Oxley Nature Center.

Besides the usual great Tulsa Parks that you can explore, here are some specific activities to keep you busy.

Take a break and go to a free movie at Circle Cinema at 1st & Lewis. They're having a KidsFirst! Film  Festival this week, so you can take the kids to see a kid-friendly film. "Wubbzy's Christmas Adventure" is showing Thurs. at 1 p.m., and on Friday they're showing "The Littlest Angel," also at 1 p.m.

This weekend is the last weekend to lace up those ice skates at Winterfest downtown near the BOK Center. Have some hot chocolate and snacks in the warming tent, or take a carriage ride through downtown Tulsa. Also, the Pop Up Shops are still going on downtown at 5th & Boulder. I went with my family last week and we bought some cool stuff.

Another last chance opportunity (at least for this year) is Philbrook's Garden Glow. The last night to see the twinkly lights in the gardens of Philbrook is Thurs. night this week!

If you want to have some artistic fun, Gilcrease has some fabulous FREE art activities for kids with an adult. The workshops are on Thurs. and Friday, but you need to call Gilcrease to pre-register.

If you're looking for a super cool family New Year's Eve activity, Oxley Nature Center is having a New Year's Family Celebration from 5:30-8 p.m. on Dec. 31. You'll go for a winter hike, then warm up in front of a bonfire and share stories. They'll also have hot cocolate, hot apple cider and s'mores.YUM. And if the clouds don't get in the way, they'll have telescopes set up to view Jupiter and its moons. You do have to register by Dec. 28 (which is tomorrow). The cost is only $5, or $3 if you're a member.

If you like basketball, the Tulsa 66ers are playing at the Tulsa Convention Center at 7 p.m. Thurs. night.

And one last suggestion. Andy B's Bowling is open on New Year's Eve until 2 a.m. and from noon to midnight on New Year's day. So, if you want to get out of the house and get a little fun exercise, roll on over to 87th & Lewis.

Hope this gives you some ideas of ways to spend a little time having fun with the family!

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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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