5 fun family activities in May

Henry David Thoreau said, “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?”

May can seem like an endless to-do list for busy families: attend the awards assembly, buy a teacher gift, and video the year-end choir performance of one kid for dad, who’s missing it because of the last baseball game of another kid.

Who’s thinking of family fun and togetherness when you remember at midnight that your kid needs two dozen iced cupcakes for a year-end class party the next day and the only thing you can find resembling a cupcake in your pantry is a stale package of Oreos with the centers eaten out?

Parents can make sure they are “busy about” the important task of making happy memories, even during the chaotic month of May, by scheduling in one or two special kid- and parent-friendly activities.

Check out these upcoming, exciting and unique events around the OKC metro in May:

Sam Noble Museum of Natural History

Visit the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman starting May 5 and continuing through the month for their interactive Be the Dinosaur exhibit. This exhibit features video game stations where players move through a virtual world as dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period, making life and death decisions. Visit samnoblemuseum.ou.edu for more information.

Fairy Ball

Attend the Fairy Ball at the Crown Heights Christian Church Amphitheater on Saturday, May 14, 7-9 PM. Admission is free, fairy costumes are encouraged, and the evening promises to be full of creative, magical fun. Call 405-528-5568 for more information.

Full Circle Bookstore

Become a regular at OKC’s own Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 NW Expressway (bottom floor of 50 Penn Place building), for Storytime with Julie. This weekly event on Saturdays at 10:15 AM provides a different featured story each week, selected by the book-loving Full Circle staff, and sometimes even welcomes a special literary guest. For more information, check out fullcirclebooks.com.

Live on the Plaza

Try a family night out at one of the metro’s most fun monthly events, the Plaza District’s Live on the Plaza, Friday, May 13, 7-11 PM. This event takes place “rain or shine” every second Friday and features a different monthly theme, food trucks, kids activities, live music, local shopping and did we say food trucks? Visit plazadistrict.org for details on May’s event.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Annual Chuckwagon Festival

Round out the month celebrating cowboy-style at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Annual Chuckwagon Festival, Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. The festival offers traditional chuckwagon food samples and fun for children of all ages with bandana decorating, leather stamping, butter churning and even selfie stations. See nationalcowboymuseum.org for more information.

Don’t get caught in the May-hem! Make sure that deadlines, awards assemblies, field trips and class parties don’t keep you from spending that quality time with your family.

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