Celebrate Grandparents Day in Frontier Country
CENTRAL OKLAHOMA - Frontier Country has plenty of options for fun, hands-on activities for National Grandparents Day as several tourist attractions are honoring grandparents with special events, discounts, promotions or free admission that weekend.
Grandparents Day on Sept. 7 is the perfect opportunity for grandparents and grandchildren to spend quality time together and strengthen their relationships while sharing fun experiences at local events, museums and tourist attractions. ¬
Orr Family Farm
The Orr Family Farm in Oklahoma City is honoring grandparents Saturday, Sept. 6 with free "Olde Tyme" photos. With paid admission, grandparents can dress up with their grandkids in Western, Victorian or saloon costumes and get a free 8-by-10 color or sepia photograph. While there, ride the Jupiter replica train, mine for gemstones or go fishing with your grandchildren. The working horse farm also has an animal barn, playgrounds, maze, peddle cars, carousel rides and pony rides and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A free family event, perfect for grandparents to spend with their grandchildren, is the annual Septemberfest held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Governor's Mansion Grounds in Oklahoma City. This can't-miss fest features arts and crafts, Oklahoman musicians, sports activities, storytelling and more.¬ Sample chuck wagon cooking from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and learn about Oklahoma's unique history with free admission to the nearby Oklahoma History Center. ¬
Oklahoma City Zoo
The Oklahoma City Zoo, located in the Adventure District, is offering free admission Sunday, Sept. 7 for guests 65 and older when accompanied by a child ages 3 to 11. With 110 acres of exotic plants and animals for guests to enjoy, the Oklahoma City Zoo has been ranked the third best family-friendly zoo in the United States and is a perfect place to bond with your grandchildren.¬ While there, check out the new snow leopard cubs every day from 8 a.m. to noon at the Cat Forest.
Disney Live!¬ Winnie the Pooh¬
As another option on Sept. 7, take your grandchildren to see the popular "Disney Live! Winnie the Pooh" at the Ford Center in downtown Oklahoma City. Enjoy one of two theatrical performances with familiar "Winnie the Pooh" characters and interactive elements that will involve members of the audience. Showtimes are 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15 to 50 and can be ordered by calling (405) 235-8288.
Lil Romans Family Day
Grandparents and their families should visit the Oklahoma City Museum of Art's Family Day Sept. 7 for some fun-filled Ancient Roman history.¬ From noon to 4 p.m., check out the impressive Roman art exhibition and enjoy hands-on activities for all ages, including art, face painting, dress-up, mini tours and scavenger hunts in the galleries. All activities for the "Lil Romans Family Day" are free with paid admission. Plus the event continues at 1 p.m. in the Downtown Library with a gladiator parade and Roman play by the Oklahoma Children's Theatre.¬ ¬
Frontier Country offers many activities that grandparents and their grandchildren can enjoy together. Other Grandparents Day travel ideas include visiting the Little River Zoo in Norman, Jasmine Moran Children's Museum in Seminole and Tiger Safari in Tuttle.
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