With Oklahoma City public schools being out both Monday, September 2nd, and again on Friday, September 6th, you might be looking for something to do this labor day weekend to get out of the house that won't cost you an arm and a leg, even with the heat. One great thing going on this weekend is the Arts Festival Oklahoma at OCCC. If you haven't ever been you might be thinking that your kids would be bored out of their minds. However, that is not the case if you take advantage of the kids tent which features a large sand box, water color painting, clay art, bead stringing (bracelets, necklaces, key chains,..etc.), and picture farm making. Even better is that this is all in the shade of a tent and only costs $1 per child to do it all. This means you can spend as much time in and out of the tent while you are there that you want to or need to. Parking does cost $5, but even with that the $1 per child for the kid tent is more than reasonable. There is also a face painting station in the kids tent, so be warned it does cost extra depending on what your child wants. If you aren't wanting to pay for that then best to tell you kids before you go about it and make it clear you won't be doing that.
There is also live music, food stands, several tents of art work that has a little for everyone from paintings to jewelery, a paint your own pottery tent (just next to the kids tent), and a buy/break open your own Geode. The two things I think your kids will like outside of the kids tent will be the pottery tent and the Geode guy. The pottery tent costs different amounts depending on what size of pot or how many you want to paint. Keep in mind that it will take 45 minutes for them to fire the pot. So if you decide to spend the extra money on letting you child or children do this then it might be best to hit it first so you have time enjoy the festival why it fires, and you don't get stuck waiting around for it to be done.
Buying a Geode to have broken open for you right there cost any where from $10 and up, depending on the size you pick. The guy selling them was very nice and willing to tell kids all about them. You have to love things that teach your kids while entertaining them. The $10 Geodes are bigger than a golf ball but smaller than a base ball. The man even openly stated that they are just as pretty opened as the bigger ones. You might not want to spend the money doing this, but if you are not on a budget and can afford it then I would suggest to you that you take advantage of it just so your kids can see the wonder of geodes, while getting a nice story to tell their friends and teacher along with the two pieces of the geode that comes with a paper telling all about them also.
Festival hours are Sat., Aug. 31 and Sun., Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Mon., Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. OCCC is located at S.W. 74th and May Ave. For more information, call (405) 682-7576 or visit the Arts Festival Oklahoma web site at www.occc.edu/afo. - See more at: http://www.occc.edu/news/communicator/afomainrelease2013.html#sthash.LOh...