Family Activities in Tulsa this Weekend

It's Friday and I have lots of ideas for activities this weekend for you and your family. The big Home and Garden Show at the QuikTrip Building (21& Yale) started last night and continues through this weekend. I don't know about you, but my landscaping is looking pretty dreary right now. And I have about a million projects that I would love to do at my house, both inside and outside. Unfortunately they take two things I don't have -- Time and Money. What I can do, though, is get some advice and ideas from the experts at the Home and Garden Show. It's start, right? If you go, take the kids along. Kids under 12 get in free and there are some kid-friendly exhibits and activities that will keep them busy and happy.

The Master Gardeners have a giant earthworm tunnel that they can crawl through. They also have a flower craft and an insect exhibit experience.

When you go to any info booth at the Garden Show, the kids can get a free pretend hard hat. The Arvest Booth has an XBOX Kinect station -- what kid wouldn't like that -- and Tulsa Stained Glass has a craft station.

Besides all the usual stuff to see like hot tubs and patio furniture and fountains, there are some very cool sand sculptures of Route 66 icons on display. And everyone can pick up a free guide to learn what you need to put in a family disaster planning kit.

Since the weather will be a little cool this weekend, here's an idea for a free indoor activity. It's Second Saturday at Philbrook, which means you get in free and they'll have special family art projects for you to do. While you're there, ask about the art boxes for kids. And get some information about the Heyman Family Art days, too.

A couple of other special activities for kids on Saturday are at the local malls. Promenade Mall at 41st & Yale has a Kids' Club every second Saturday from 1 - 2:30 p.m. They do singing, games and other activities -- and giveaways!  Woodland Hills Mall on 7st & Memorial is hosting an event to celebrate Dr. Seuss's 75th anniversary from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Of course, the Cat In The Hat will be there to greet kids and have photos taken. Kids can also make their own booklets and hear stories read by local community leaders. Goodie bags and giveaways will be a part of the celebration, too!

On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Woodland Hills Mall, The Tulsa Youth Symphony will be giving a free concert.

If you have an infant or toddler and want to find fun things to do, I have a couple of suggestions. Visit the Tulsa City-County Library's website and find out when the storytimes are at your branch library. Or venture out to a library outside your neighborhood. I attended the one at Schusterman-Benson Library this week and it was terrific. The kids (infants - toddlers) loved it, and it's such a great way to encourage early literacy.

The other suggestion I have for very young children is Gilcrease Museum's Museum Babies I and II. Museum Babies I is for infants (0-12 mos.) and parents. It's every Thurs. from 10 - 11 a.m. and Museum Babies II for toddlers, ages 1-2, is on Fridays from 10 - 11 a.m. You can call the museum or go to the website for more information.

For more stuff to do, visit our calendar, or watch me every Thurs. on Channel 8's "Good Day Tulsa" where I tell you what's coming up for the weekend. Have fun!!

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