Family Fun in Tulsa

Green country is full of fun, family-friendly activities and events. Here are a few you won’t want to miss this month!

AUGUST

1. Dollar Day Canned Food Drive: Friday, August 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tulsa Zoo guests donating a non-perishable food item will receive one-dollar admission on Friday, August 2, 2019. All donated items will go to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, the largest private hunger-relief organization in Eastern Oklahoma. Tulsa Zoo, 6421 E 36th St. tulsazoo.org


2. World in a Box: Saturday, August 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Stamp your passport as you visit and experience cultures from around the world! Enjoy live performances and free hands-on activities for all ages. Sponsored by Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Global Alliance. Central Library, 400 Civic Center, tulsalibrary.org


3. Family Craft Night: Thursdays in August (Aug. 8, 15, 22, 29)

Families can make a different nature-themed craft each week (August 8, 15, 22 and 29) in this drop-in activity.  Free with Garden admission. Note: Garden is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays in August. Tulsa Botanic Garden, 3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr., 6-8 p.m. tulsabotanic.org


4. Will Rogers/Wiley Post Fly-In: Saturday, August 10, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

You will not want to miss this year’s Will Rogers/Wiley Post Fly-In.   This event is one of the largest Fly-Ins in Oklahoma, with more than 125 planes flying in. Other activities include Cherokee Story Telling and Weaving, inflatables, face painting, food trucks nad more. Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 E. 380 Rd., Oologah, willrogers.com


5. Wondrous Worlds Festival: Friday, August 16, 6-9 p.m.

Experience Islamic arts, culture, and food. Includes demonstrations from artists and musicians, including Houston artist Shaheen Rahman, a Pakistani-born American who practices Ebru, the ancient Turkish art of paper-marbleing. Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Rd., 6-9 p.m. philbrook.org


6. Salsa Tasting Festival: Saturday, August 17, 12-5 p.m.

Join the Oklahoma Aquarium for its first annual Salsa Tasting! With thousands of families visiting the aquarium, this is a great way to celebrate the diversity of flavors! Activities include a jalapeño eating contest, a chihuahua costume contest, and more fun throughout the day. Attendees will vote on their favorite salsa in three categories: Mild, Hot, and Anything Goes. Salsa contest winners will receive awards, behind-the-scenes tours of the aquarium, and of course, bragging rights! Oklahoma Aquarium, 300 Aquarium Dr., Jenks, okaquarium.org


7. Maker Faire Tulsa: Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Maker Faire Tulsa is the Greatest Show (and Tell) in Oklahoma — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Fab Lab Tulsa presents the 7th edition on Saturday, August 24th, 2019 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Central Park Hall at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St. tulsa.makerfaire.com


8. TulsaKids Live! Parents Meet-Up: Your Child’s Developing Brain with Brain Balance Centers: Wednesday, August 28, 6-7:30 p.m.

Join TulsaKids and Brain Balance as we discuss how your child’s brain develops and what you can do at home to help encourage healthy brain development. This is part of the TulsaKids Live! series hosted by TulsaKids Magazine, a free monthly parents meet-up where Tulsa-area parents can learn relevant information from local professionals! Free and open to the public. Free childcare and snacks are provided! Southminster Presbyterian Church, 3500 S. Peoria Ave., facebook.com/tulsakidsmagazine


SEPTEMBER

1. Star Party: Friday, September 6, 6-11 p.m.

Tulsa Botanic Garden and BA Sidewalk Astronomer are teaming up for some Night-Sky Viewing. There will be a sun scope for viewing until dark, and telescopes available for viewing the night sky (possible views of Jupiter and more). After the sun sets, there will be a photo opportunity with a moon projection for “Moon-Selfies”! Make your own star charts and moon phase flip books and bring your own binoculars or telescope for night viewing, if you would like. Food truck and cash bar will be open from 7 – 10 p.m. Bring a blanket or chairs.

Admission is FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+, $4 for ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. Pets are not allowed. Tulsa Botanic Garden, 3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr., tulsabotanic.org

2. Symphony in the Park: Friday, September 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Celebrate music, family, and our wonderful city with this classic Tulsa tradition. Bring your picnic, enjoy the park, and hear an appealing program of pops and light classics. This evening is completely free and culminates in a spectacular fireworks finale in front of the beautiful Tulsa skyline. Guthrie Green, 111 E. M.B. Brady St. guthriegreen.com

3. Just Between Friends-Tulsa: September 8-14

Shop Just Between Friends-Tulsa’s annual Fall & Winter Sale! See website for schedule and discount details. Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St., tulsa.jbfsale.com

4. Garden Cat Book Launch + Internet Cat Video Festival: Friday, September 13, 6-10 p.m.

Philbrook is celebrating the launch of its first picture book, “The Cat Who Got Framed”! Get your copy signed by author/illustrator Katie Turner, then stay afterwards for the popular Internet Cat Video Festival! Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Rd., philbrook.org 

5. Snooz-a-pa-ZOO-za Family Overnight: Washed Ashore: Saturday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m.-Sunday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. 

Drift to the Tulsa Zoo and discover how the magnificent sculptures of Washed Ashore were created while spending the night! Let your creative tide flow while building your own Art to Save the Sea. Visit zoo animals, meet zookeepers, play games, roast marshmallows and more during this overnight for families with children 6 – 17 years old. Cost is $45 per person, zoo members get 10% off. More information and registration at: tulsazoo.org/overnights Tulsa Zoo, 6421 E 36th St. North

6. Tulsa Greek Festival: September 19-22

Want to be Greek for a Day? You can at the 2019 Tulsa Greek Festival. Featuring an array of Greek food, cultural demonstrations and dances, vendors and more, you won’t want to miss Tulsa’s annual Greek Festival! Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1222 S. Guthrie Ave., tulsagreekfestival.com 

7. Festival Americas 2019: Saturday, September 21, 4-10 p.m.

Festival Americas is a free multicultural festival that celebrates the rich culture and heritage of Latin America with live music, dance performances, food trucks, tequila garden, art marketplace and much more! Don’t miss an unforgettable night that will include a special presentation by three-time Grammy Award-winning band Ozomatli! Guthrie Green, 111 E. M.B. Brady St., guthriegreen.com 

DON’T MISS: 

Kermesse Hispana: Saturday, September 21, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with activities for the whole family. Join us for crafts, music, food, wares from local artisans and bilingual storytimes. For all ages.// Celebra el mes de la Herencia Hispana con actividades para toda la familia. Acompáñenos a disfrutar de manualidades, música, comida, vendedores de artesanías, y cuentos bilingües. Para todas las edades. Martin Regional Library, 2601 S. Garnett Rd., tulsalibrary.org 

8. Tulsa State Fair: September 26-October 6

It’s that time of year! The Tulsa State Fair returns to Expo Square (4145 E. 21st St.) for “11 Days of Awesome” September 26-October 6! Get details at tulsastatefair.com.

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