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Spring Break 2011 Destination: Central Oklahoma Frontier Country
CENTRAL OKLAHOMA – Central Oklahoma is home to many camps and activities for children, live music and plenty of exhibits and attractions for all ages this spring break. Save money on gas and enjoy a full week of entertainment and exploring in the 12 central counties of Oklahoma, known as Frontier Country.
“Spring break is a great time to take a ‘staycation’, especially with the rising gas prices,” said Sherri Rogers, Executive Director of Frontier Country Marketing Association. “Central Oklahoma has so many attractions, events, lodging and restaurants that your family will still feel like they’ve been on a great vacation while remaining close to home.”
Camps for Children
Give your children an educational and fun spring break with a variety day camps to attend in central Oklahoma.
Spring Break Escape hosted by the Sam Noble Museum in Norman March 14-18 teaches children about the culture and nature of Oklahoma. Spring Break Escape is free with museum admission and includes activities such as nature hikes, art workshops, storytelling, scavenger hunts and more. All programs are free with museum admission.
Join Oklahoma Children’s Theatre in Oklahoma City March 14-18 for spring break camps that offer new and entertainment experiences in drama education along with theater games and other activities. This year’s theme is “Dragon Country” and registration is required.
The Oklahoma City Zoo offers day camps March 15-18 with zoo tours, up-close animal visits, crafts and more. Camps are for 4-11 year olds and meet daily from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost per child is $20 for members and $25 for non-members per day. Advance registration is required. The Zoo also boasts a brand new 9-acre elephant habitat to explore along with a Children’s Zoo.
Spend the night at Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City during a Bright Night of Flight March 18. Learn about the forces and materials of flying machines and find out what it takes to make the miracle of flight happen. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event goes until 8:30 a.m. March 19. Registration is required.
Experience Spring Break Blast 2011 at Andy Alligator’s Fun Park in Norman March 14-18. This family fun park features over eight different attractions including a game room, go-karts, miniature golf, climbing wall and more. Extra attractions will be available throughout the spring break week.
Orr Family Farm in Oklahoma City offers an impressive list of activities for spring break including train rides, fishing, barn animals, playground, jumping pillows and the reveal of the farm’s new zip line. Enjoy activities at a special spring break admission price of $10.50 March 15-19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center hosts Family Saturday March 19. Enjoy the family-friendly event with cowboy themed activities including 1870’s cowboy camp with roping, branding, cowboy cooking, coloring and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children are encouraged to dress as cowboys and cowgirls and compete in a costume contest and the winner receives a family membership.
Spend a night in Stroud at Tatanka Ranch where the whole family can enjoy horseback riding, fishing, ATV tours, recreational games, indoor game room and more. The cozy cabins at Tatanka are the perfect spring break getaway and just a few miles from the ranch parents can enjoy Oklahoma wines and a tour at StableRidge Winery.
For more unforgettable family fun, go bowling while enjoying lunch at RedPin in Oklahoma City or take a day to discover other communities in Central Oklahoma Frontier Country like Shawnee, Yukon or Stillwater.
Other Special Events
Enjoy live entertainment in central Oklahoma with Easton Corbin at Riverwind Casino in Norman March 18 or a live banjo performance at the American Banjo Museum March 12 and 19. Experience live entertainment and displays along with extended merchant hours during 2nd Saturday/2nd Sunday in Historic Downtown Guthrie March 12-13 or find a variety of live musical performances in Edmond at the Jazz Lab.
Head to El Reno for Ghosts of Fort Reno tours March 19 where by lantern light, hear stories of restless spirits of the old post, along with some of the unsolved mysteries and murders that occurred there.
Take a St. Patrick's Day Sunset Cruise, March 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with Oklahoma River Cruises. The cruise will depart from and return to the Regatta Park Landing during sunset on the Oklahoma River with themed music, savory hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks. A cash bar will also be available. The cost is $35 per person and reservations are required.
Explore Central Oklahoma Frontier Country this spring break! Frontier Country Marketing Association, a 501 c-6 organization, represents the 12 central counties in Oklahoma promoting economic growth of the tourism industry. For more information on these events or to request a free 2011 travel guide, coupons and more visit www.oktourism.com or call (800) FUN-OKLA.
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http://www.oktourism.com/uploads/images/attractions/BBoats.JPG – Girls enjoy bumper boats at Andy Alligator’s Fun Park in Norman.
http://www.oktourism.com/uploads/images/attractions/Tatanka2.jpg – A family enjoys horseback riding at Tatanka Ranch in Stroud.
Katie Puckett, Public Relations Manager