As a basket drifts against the twilight, the only sound one can hear is a burner whispering to invisible gas, commanding it to push the carriage higher into the evening sky. At Go Hot Air Ballooning, flights stay close enough to the ground to witness deer wandering the earth, and each excursion—from private rides to tethered convoys—takes off with passengers' well-being in mind. An FAA-licensed pilot with more than 20 years of ballooning experience—and a perfect safety record—takes the helm of each flight, personally confirming each reservation and watching up-to-date weather reports to ensure safe flight conditions. Though the in-air portion lasts only an hour, most journeys take up to four hours in all, allowing passengers to witness such behind-the-scenes action as the pilot inflating the entire balloon with his lungs.
Both of today's deal options apply during daily open play hours, which are split up into age-specific timeslots for kids five and under and kids 10 and under. Adults and non-walking infants always enter for free with a paying child—click here for complete details.
What makes your business stand out?
We never charge for parents or guardians. We offer a very clean and safe environment for children to play.
What inspired you to run this business?
To have a place for parents to take their children where they can indulge in the lost art of pretend play. It was important for me to be able to offer a play center that wasn't expensive for families. I wanted it to be somewhere parents could come on a whim and not have to plan it in advance because of money.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
Children not wanting to leave, even if they've been here for two hours, is by far the best compliment. And of course, repeat customers. That always warms my heart.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Watching the children play creatively. They are fascinating little people. I hear some really funny stuff everyday. They have no limitations to their imaginations and it is amazing to see what they do with that.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Admission is good all day. Once you check in, you may leave and come back within the same day.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Reservations/Appointments: Not necessary
Most popular offering: Regular admission for open play.
Pro Tip: We encourage child-parent interaction.
The Hard Rock Casino Oklahoma Golf Expo assembles top instructors and showcases the game’s newest gear and technology for a two-day event. As guests explore the carpeted fairway of the Sequoyah Ballroom, they pass a gauntlet of displays offering discounted equipment, gear and golf travel. A 100-foot hitting net allows golfers to demo new products and glean free swing advice from PGA instructors. The first 200 guests to arrive each day get a $10 free play voucher for casino games, and all attendees receive a free 2013 Golf Oklahoma Travel and Course Directory as well as a subscription to Golf Digest, a monthly bulletin detailing new recipes for preparing and eating golf clubs. Get an early start to your Friday night at the Hard Rock with our Happy Hour party from 4-6 featuring live music, drink specials, and giveaways.
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