Tulsa, Oklahoma is the place to be for great summer activities for kids. In many cities across the nation it can be expensive and hard to find fun things for your kids to do. Therefore, we have found some great summer activities that all kids can enjoy in Tulsa, OK. They’re even great for families on a budget. So, no matter what your budget is, you can enjoy inexpensive things to do in Tulsa to keep your kids having fun all summer long.
Summer Movie Programs:
Enjoy children’s movies all summer long at the top named movie theaters for only $1 per child, some are even free. Each movie will be shown on a weekly basis with a new movie to enjoy each week. You can’t beat the ticket price, so drop by your local theater to a screening.
Summer Reading Programs:
Many local bookstores are joining in with reading encouragement. Help encourage your children to read this summer with lots of freebies. These books are geared to get your kids involved and excited about reading. It’s a great motivator to bring them to the local bookstore for summer reading each week.
Local Library Programs:
Each Tulsa library will have a complete summer schedule of children’s activities. You can bring your little ones in for fun reading programs that will have them fastened to their seat with excitement. You can earn free books by joining the program too.
Photo Op’s for the Kids:
If you are looking for great Tulsa photo op’s, head towards the Golden Driller, the world’s tallest free-standing statue. The Golden Driller stands 73 feet with a real old-school oil derrick beneath his palm. You can find this great photo op at Tulsa’s Expo Square on 21st Street.
Besides great children’s activities, Tulsa has a wonderful selection of homes for sale. So, if you are in the market to buy a new home in or around Tulsa, OK, contact Tom and Bev Herring, your local real estate resource.
Please enjoy this quick look into many of the festivals that you and your family and friends can enjoy in Tulsa, OK this June 2013. Many events are annual events that local residents and visitors look forward to and some are new. For a complete list of events in Tulsa you can visit the City of Tulsa website.
Tulsa, OK Events and Festivals:
Leake Collector Car Show and Auction – Come enjoy the presentation of the annual Tulsa auction by the Leake Auction Company at the Quick Trip Center at Expo Square. There will be over 700 cars crossing the auction block that range from collector, high-performance, muscle, vintage and specialty vehicles.
Date: Friday – Sunday, June 7 – June 9, 2013
Time: 9:00 am
Location: 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa OK
Oklahoma Chautauqua – The Roaring Twenties – Each night come see a different scholar give a presentation that is followed by a question and answer session. It’s the Roaring Twenties, behind the scenes of cultural shifting.
Date: June 4 – June 8, 2013
Time: 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 700 N Greenwood Ave. Tulsa, OK
1880’s Wild West Festival – This arts and crafts show is a must see. It’s a wonderful way to take yourself back to the wild west of the 1880’s.
Date: June 8 & 9, 2013
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00pm
Location: 6927 S. 115th E. Ave. Broken Arrow, OK
Vinita’s 34th Annual World’s Largest Calf Fry – A calf fry cooking competition and other cook off’s are the highlight of the festival. Come enjoy all kinds of cowboy cooking like cowboy breads, cobblers, beans and salsas.
Date: June 8, 2013
Time: 9:00 am
Location: 915 E Apperson Drive
OK Mozart International Festival – This music and cultural festival features roots, jazz, classical and folk music. Come get dazzled by the performances, talks, events, readings, tours and children’s activities.
Date: June 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2013
Time: 8:00 pm on every day except June 11 will be 5:30 pm
Location: 300 SE Adams Blvd.
First Annual BARUC Western Trade Days – This new event lets you purchase new and lightly used saddles, western themed items, tack, and more. There will also be a concession serving great food.
Date: June 22, 2013
Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location: Broken Arrow Round-up Club Arena
Now that it’s summer in Tulsa, OK, you can bring the family together for backyard fun with horseshoes. Building your own horseshoe pit is a wonderful way for friends and family to enjoy an outdoor activity that is healthy and fun. Therefore, we have some tips on how to build your own permanent horseshoe pit. It’s an easy process and doesn’t require many supplies.
DYI – How to build a permanent horseshoe pit
Dimensions & Options – A regulation size pit is 6ft by 40ft with a platform for pitching at each end. If you’re building one for children, you can use the 6ft by 30ft dimensions or for even smaller children, 6ft by 15ft. To mark your dimensions, use twine or a kite string and four wooden stakes.
Pitching platforms should be 6’ x 6’ each.
Materials List – You can easily find the needed lumber and materials at any lumberyard or home and garden center. For easy transportation, ask the home center or lumber yard to cut your 12’ boards in half.
2–2×10 x 36″ for the backboard
2–2×4 x 22″ for the backboard braces
8–2×4 x 72″ for the pitching platforms
10–2×4 x 15″ for the pitching platforms
1–4x4x 72″ bottom rail for backboard
6–2×6 x 72″ deck boards
#8 x 3″ deck screws, box of 100
Pitching Platforms – Create the platform boxes using two 72-inch 2x4s and15-inch 2x4s. Use the #8 deck screws to lock each corner together. Screw three additional 15-inch 2x4s to the sides equally spaced along the 72-inch length (use two # 8 deck screws at each joint). Next, attach the three 72-inch 2x4s to the top of the box to form the deck. Repeat this process for the second pitching platform.
The Backboards – To create the backboards you will need to position the two 2x10s for the backboard along their 36-inch edge and attach the two 2×4 x 22 along the short edge of the backboard, and attach each 2×4 brace with eight deck screws.
The Pit – If you will be using a sand pit, remove all grass and dig out 4 inches of dirt so you can allow for 4 inches of sand. Add the horseshoe stakes at each end of the pit with 18” above ground. Smooth the sand in your pit and you’re ready to have unlimited outdoor fun.
More tips: If you’re not crafty or just don’t have the time, you can buy horseshoe sets at any sporting goods store.
The most recent US Census Bureau statistics now show that it is more popular to move yourself into your new home. Last year, more people packed up and moved themselves vs hiring a moving company to do it for them. The do-it-yourself alternative is growing by leaps and bounds. Over 15% of our nation’s population move each year, with most of that being done in the spring and summer months when the weather is warmer and children are out of school.
Because of the affect on the moving industry, many companies are now offering options that can help and save you money. You can get a full service move at the price of a renting a moving truck. You just make a reservation for your moving date, they will bring a trailer to your home for you to pack, and they pick it up when you have finished. The trailer is then delivered to your new home where you will unload it yourself. They generally give you two days to pack it and two days to unload it.
The perks for this option let you get moved by a professional for a much smaller price. So, when it comes to finding companies like this for your move, simply search online for “you pack, we drive”. You will get a list of all the companies in your area that offer this service. And, when it comes to packing yourself, we have a few quick tips to keep in mind.
* Start early – packing will take longer than most people anticipate. Starting early will help you in the end.
* Think thin – get rid of anything you haven’t used in the past 6 months. You will have less to pack after you declutter.
* Label everything – when labeling each box, write what it contains specifically on the side.
* One-at-a-time – keep organized by packing each room one-at-a-time. If you start in the bedroom, finish it before you move to the next room.
* Take it with you – take all important/personal items with you. Any documents with your social security numbers on it should be in your possession at all time, never on the moving truck.
* Essentials – keep a box of essentials like paper towels, toilet paper, sheets, towels, etc. that you will need on your first night in your new home.
* Totes – consider buying inexpensive plastic totes for items that will go into long-term storage.
Tulsa, OK is hot, hot, hot with top events this April. There will be a lot of great events to take advantage of this month that will be great for the whole family. Therefore, we have compiled a list of a few of the top events that you don’t want to miss.
Tulsa, OK Events April 2013:
Sesame Street Live – April 4 – 7, 2013
About the Show
When Elmo gets his furry fingers on Abby Cadabby’s magic wand, there’s something in the air, and Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical monttage! Grover and Baby Bear sing their highs and lows, Cookie Monster sings fast and slow, Bert and Ernie converse in song and Murray makes mouth music for all to sing along! Learn why it feels good to sing a song, but why it feels good to stop, too! What will Elmo learn about the power of musical magic? Join the conga line of fun to find out!
Play Zone at Sesame Street Live is back by popular demand! Come and play BEFORE the show! Play Zone at Sesame Street Live, a fun way for children to experience their favorite street! Imagine your child sitting in Big Bird’s nest, popping up in Oscar’s trash can, twirling in Zoe’s dance studio or visiting Elmo’s World. You never know who’ll make an appearance! Families won’t want to miss a single picture-perfect moment. Play Zone opens one hour before the show, and best of all, Play Zone is FREE with your Sesame Street Live ticket!
Get the ultimate fan experience with Sunny Seats! The Sunny Seats Package includes a VIP Seat and a pre-show Meet & Greet photo opportunity with two Sesame Street Live Friends. Sunny Seat orders will include a special admittance ticket for entry into the Meet & Greet. You will receive the special admittance ticket with the rest of your show tickets. All Meet & Greets start 90 minutes prior to the performance. Please meet at the Sunny Seats sign. Latecomers may miss the opportunity. Please bring your own camera.
Thursday, April 4, 2013; 7:00 PM
Friday, April 5, 2013; 10:30 AM
Friday, April 5, 2013; 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 6, 2013; 10:30 AM
Saturday, April 6, 2013; 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 6, 2013; 5:30 PM
Sunday, April 7, 2013; 1:00 PM
Sunday, April 7, 2013; 4:30 PM
Location : BOK Center, Tulsa
Web : http://www.bokcenter.com
Doors: One hour before show
Tickets: $17, $22, $27, $37, $57
On Sale: Jul 25, 2012 – 10:00 am
Parkside’s By Your Side Run – April 13, 2013
About the event
Parkside’s By Your Side Run promotes physical fitness while raising funds for the By Your Side program benefiting Parkside’s clients and their families. The event features a 5K ,1 Mile Fun Run/Walk and Dog Walk. Participants are enchouraged to dress-up like their favorite animials to show support for Parkside’s pet therapy program and to add to the family fun. Strollers are welcome to participate in all events. Bring the family and stick around after the main event to meet the pet therapy animals, enjoy live music and other family fun.
Time : 9:00 am
Location : Mohawk Park – Shelter #3
Web : http://www.parksideinc.org/
Address: 5731 E 36th St N, Tulsa, OK 74115
Days/Hours: open 7 days a week
Admission: $25-5K (with t-shirt) $20-1mile funrun/dogwalk (with t-shirt) or 5-K (without t-shirt)
Chefs for the Cure – April 20, 2013
About the event:
Cancer Treatment Centers of America will host the annual Chefs for the Cure “taste-of” style event on Saturday, April 20. The evening provides a sampling of gourmet cuisine from local chefs. It will also include live music, wine, beer and cocktails with all proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tulsa affiliate.
Time : 6 p.m.
Location : Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Address: 10109 E. 79th St, Tulsa, OK
Days/Hours: Saturday, April 20 at 6 p.m.
Artscape – April 28, 2013
About the event:
Please save the date for our annual special event fundraiser, ARTSCAPE. All funds raised support The Grief Center programs and counseling services. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for this event, please contact us at 587.1200 and ask for our Executive Director, Susan Bramsch.
Time : 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Location : The Summit
Address: 15 W 6th St # 2913
Days/Hours: 6 hours
Admission: $90/Individual, $175/Couple
Even though it’s still early in the year, you can still start your spring cleaning and make some extra money at Tulsa, OK’s consignment sale events. Therefore, we have some tips for helping you get the most of the things you no longer need or want.
First you want set aside some time for going through all your stuff. It could take quite a while to pick through everything you have depending on how much you have kept over the years. You will also need supplies like boxes, trash bags and hangers along with pen and paper to take inventory and the items price.
To make things easier, you may want to start with the most expensive items first. To get your items values, you can visit sites like eBay. This process will help you see what particular items like electronics and furniture are going for. If you have many clothes to sell, you may want to consider selling them in sets like shirt and pants, dress and belt, shoes and handbag, etc. Using this technique will help your items sell for more money. When joining in a children’s consignment event, books, DVD’s, games and clothes are all big ticket items.
To make things run smoothly for you throughout the year, you can set aside a box in the laundry room or garage that is designated for items that you can sell at consignment. When you no longer need items, place them in the box. When the box is full, start your inventory and pricing list.
Tulsa Consignment Sale Events:
Just Between Friends:
Sun, Mar 3 from 1p-7p
Mon, Mar 4 from 9a-7p
Tue, Mar 5 from 9a-7p
Wed, Mar 6 from 9a-7p
Thur, Mar 7 from 9a-7p 25% off sale
Fri, Mar 8 from 9a-7p 25% off sale
Sat, Mar 9 from 9a-5p 50% off sale
Location: 4145 E 21st St. Tulsa, OK
Dates: February 10 – 16
Location: 10425 and 82nd Avenue in the Regal Plaza, Tulsa, OK
Tulsa Oklahoma’s Gilcrease Museum is another great reason to relocate to Tulsa, OK. The museum is located in downtown Tulsa and now houses the world’s biggest and most comprehensive collection of American West art. They also have a growing collection of artifacts and art from Central and South America.
Gilcrease Museum is a must see for every art and culture buff. Many of the most famous American artists have their work displayed in the Gilcrease Museum. Some of those famous names include Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, Joseph Henry Sharp, Frederic Remington and many more.
The museums art collections focus on the cultural history of North, Central and South America. There are approximately 300,000 artifacts that cover historic and prehistoric archaeology. These artifacts are materials from Native American, Anglo-American, pre-Columbian and Hispanic cultural traditions.
Gilcrease Gardens is also a must see. There are twenty-three acres of themed gardens that reflect gardening styles and techniques from four time periods in the American West, including Pre-Columbian, Pioneer, Colonial, Victorian and there’s even a rock garden.
When you’re hungry, you can enjoy the Restaurant at Gilcrease. The restaurant overlooks the splendid Osage Hills that surround the facility.
If you like this Tulsa museum, you may also like other Tulsa Museums. There are many in the area; therefore, we have found an online directory of all Tulsa OK Museums for your convenience. Click here for the directory.
Tulsa’s largest family event, the Tulsa State Fair will be here September 27 through October 7 at Expo Square in Tulsa, OK. Along with cool rides and attractions, the fair will have a variety of free concerts on three stages. There will be some big names coming to the Tulsa State Fair this year.
The fair attractions will include a variety of entertainment you don’t want to miss. There will be featured attractions and daily attractions including just for kids adventures, the Muscogee Greek stage, the Bud Light tailgate tent, the international beer garden, a wine garden, a culinary stage and more. And best of all, each attraction is free with your paid general admission.
Disney on Ice will perform at various times each day and you don’t want to miss the biggest event, the PRCA Rodeo and concert series. Rodeo and concerts will be October 5 and 6 at 7pm. For an additional $30 you will get to enjoy the rodeo and live performances by Jake Owen and the Randy Rogers Band.
Don’t forget to have fun on the rides and visit the livestock shows and the competition exhibits. For more information about the fair you can visit www.tulsastatefair.com.
Tickets prices are as follows:
Friday-Sunday – $10 for adults
Monday-Thursday – $8 for adults
Military, Seniors 62+ and Youth 5-12 are $6
Children Under 5 – Free