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Summer Fun for Kids

There’s still plenty of time for summer fun before school starts. If your kids are getting bored with the same old routine, try some of these stimulating events going on in your area.

Any Age

TULSA ZOO’S FEATHER FEST
Featuring over 500 different birds from Australia, this hands-on exhibit lets you see, touch and learn all about these colorful birds. The exhibit features many species including cockatiels, rosellas, and grass parakeets. $2 in addition to Zoo admission. Tulsa Zoo, 6421 E 36th St N. Call 669-6600 or visit tulsazoo.org. Thru October 1.

BOOKMOBILE
Sometimes getting a ride to the library can be tricky especially for kids who’s parent are at work all day. So if you’re on of these kids or your cousin Lou borrowed your car a couple weeks ago and you haven’t seen him since, be on the look out for the library’s bookmobile, bringing the library’s books right to you. Visit tulsalibrary.org for more.

CATCH THE READING BUG
Reading is fun and to prove it, the library is giving away sweet prizes for reading books over the summer. Read eight books and visit the library four times to get a medal of achievement and a book of coupons. Visit your neighborhood library to get started. Call 596-7977 or visit kids.tulsalibrary.org for more. Program lasts thru August 3.

THE POOL’S OPEN
Summer’s finally here, and community pools are open! The following parks’ pools are ready for visitors: Lacy Park, 2134 N. Madison Pl., McClure Park, 7440 E. 7th St., Reed Park, 4233 S. Yukon Ave., Zeigler Park, 3903 W. 4th St., Springdale Park, 2223 E. Pine St., Turner Park, 3503 E. 5th Pl., Whiteside Park, 4009 S. Pittsburg Ave., Manion Park, 3003 E. 56th St., Berry Park 5002 N. Wheeling Ave., Hawthorne Park, 955 E. 33rd St. North.

0-Kindergarten

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME
For ages 3-5. Various times and locations. Call 596-7977 or visit www.tulsalibrary.org for the storytime nearest you.

STORYTIME
Every Tuesday, various preschool themes, preschool, snacks and crafts, Barnes & Noble, 5231 E. 41st St, 11am, 665-4580.

MY FIRST STORYTIME
For newborn-2 year-olds and their caregivers. Various times and locations. Call 596-7977 or visit www.tulsalibrary.org for the storytime most convenient for you!

MUSIC TOGETHER
Barthelmes Conservatory offers a 10-week session of Music Together, a music and movement program for children aged 0-5 and their caregivers. Call 794-0330 or visit tulsaconservatory.com for more.

FAMILY STORYTIME
Books, music, rhymes, songs, and chants. For newborns to 3-year-olds and their caregivers. Thursdays, Helmerich Library. 10:15-10:30am. Call 596-2466 for more information.

TODDLER TIME
Toddlers ages 2-3 and their caregivers are welcome to join for stories, finger plays, and music. Mondays 10-10:20am and Tuesdays 6:30-7pm. Hardesty Regional Library. 250-7307.

MARVELOUS MONDAY STORIES
Join Ms. Karen for stories and other fun activities. Ages 3-5. 6:30pm. Hardesty Regional Library. 250-7307

MOMMY & ME PRESCHOOL ART
Fun art projects for 3-5 year-olds and their caregivers. Wed., 10:30-11:15am. $15/session. Glenpool/Jenks Rec Center, 13800 S. Peoria, Bixby. Call 746-3780 for details.

BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Stories, songs and finger plays in Spanish & English. Ages 3-5. 10:30am, Thursdays. Martin Regional Library, 2601 S. Garnett, 669-6340.

1st-5th Grade

ART SENSE PROGRAM
Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd, is now offering an Art Sense bag for kids over 4. The bag is full of objects to help the little ones enjoy the art of Gilcrease through physical sensation. Kids can see what a painting feels like, smell a campfire breakfast, hear what a rattlesnake sounds like and much more. Museum hours (starting July 1) are Tues-Sat 10am-5pm. Call 596-2700 or visit gilcrease.org for more.

AQUATOTS
Program includes story time, puppet shows, crafts, songs and games. Oklahoma Aquarium, 300 Aquarium Dr., 96th St. Bridge and Arkansas River, Jenks; 528-1504, www.okaquarium.org.

SUMMER SEACAMPS
Learn about sea creatures, do science experiments and crafts, and have fun outdoors at the Oklahoma Aquarium’s summer camps, designed for kids entering kindergarten-5th grade in the fall. Call the Oklahoma Aquarium Education Department at 528-1508 or visit www.okaquarium.org for more.

6th Grade and Up

Monday, July 21 – BASIC MAGIC
Learn tricks that’ll make you the life of the party. Slight-of-hand and basic card tricks are included in this magic introduction. 6:30-8:30pm. $15. Central Center 1028 East 6th St. Call 596-1444 for more info.

Wednesday, July 23 – BORED/BOARD CHALLENGE
Don’t let the heat burn your feet, take a retreat and play some fun board games, how neat! 2-3pm. For teens. South Broken Arrow Library, 3600 S. Chestnut. Call 451-0002, or visit tulsalibrary.org for more.

ART SPARKS: TELLING TALES
Visit different times, places and people in the Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd., and then create an art project based on the discoveries. 6-8th graders on Mon. and Wed., 4-5:30pm. $5-$8. Pre-register at Gilcrease.org or call 596-2700.

YST DRAMA TROUPE
Youth Services of Tulsa Drama Troupe is designed to give youths a way to express themselves through theatre by researching and writing plays that about topics that affect every teen. New members are always welcome. Free program. Youth Services of Tulsa, 311 S. Madison. Contact Scott Heberling at 382-4427 or sheberling@yst.org for more info.

MIXED MEDIA PAINTING
Create paintings using a wide selection of objects and materials. Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm. $40. Youth Services of Tulsa, 311 S. Madison. Contact Scott Heberling at 382-4427 or sheberling@yst.org for more info. Thru August 27.

YOUTH RUGBY
Ages 7-14.10-lesson curriculum with one hour sessions twice a week, Mon. and Wed. beginning in Feb. $60 for YMCA members and $75 for non-members. Contact Zach Bible at zbible@ymcatulsa.org or call 728-3943 for more info.

[ Via Urban Tulsa Weekly ]

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