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At Star Skate, you might find skaters trailing balloon bouquets or waving glow sticks as they circulate smoothly around the rink. These—along with providing dishes of ice cream, hot dogs, and soda—are a few of the ways the staff helps party guests celebrate birthdays and other events. But whether it’s someone’s birthday or not, guests can always celebrate the joy of frictionless frolicking by outfitting their feet with roller, inline, or speed skates at any of Star Skate’s four locations.

37303 45th St
Shawnee,
OK
US

Aesthetes and anthropologists can devour an eyeful of wide-ranging cultural artifacts and extensive fine art collections at the Mabee-Gerrer. The permanent collection of Egyptian art claims Oklahoma's only mummy that's not living, and the antiquities section features sculpture and pottery from ancient Greece, China, and Mesopotamia. Visitors can also set their sights on a broad sweep of American works, including timeworn Aztec textiles housed in the Arts of Ancient America collection, present-day paintings by Oklahoma artists in the Contemporary Art section, and the unpainted canvases hanging in the museum's 23rd-century collection.

1900 W MacArthur St
Shawnee,
OK
US

Located near the Oklahoma–Arkansas border, Lake Wister State Park is a gateway to the Ouachita National Forest, an area known for its hiking trails and mountain scenery. There are five camping areas throughout the park, each filled with a mix of cabins and sites for tents and RVs. Although the area is surrounded by wilderness, you won’t have to rough it—each site has access to amenities such as comfort stations with showers, full kitchens, and picnic shelters.

Naturally, most visit the state park for its many outdoor pursuits. There’s 115 miles of shoreline, which include a swimming beach and lighted boat ramp. The area is especially popular in the summer, when Lake Wister bustles with water-skiers and anglers out for the water’s catfish and sand bass. Meanwhile, the cabins have direct access to nature trails that show off the resident white-tailed deer, rabbits, and bald eagles. You can also learn more about the local wildlife by checking out the exhibits at the park’s nature center. When the kids aren’t out exploring nature, they can take enjoy the onsite water spray park and miniature golf course.

25567 US Highway 270
Wister,
OK
US

Did you know that, on average, 88% of the seats in a movie theater remain empty during a showing? According to the New York Times, this phenomenon really surprised Sean Wycliffe a few years back when he went to see the Oscar-winning film The King's Speech and shared the theater with only two other audience members. With all the focus on online video services, Sean realized movie theaters were being overlooked, and came up with a concept that could help movie houses fill their empty seats.

His brainchild became Dealflicks, a website that offers customers discounted tickets (sometimes with popcorn or soda) for same-day showings. Customers shop a selection of deals, each of which is specific to a particular film, theater, and showtime, and upon purchase, receive an email voucher they present at the theater's ticket counter. Dealflicks is partnered with theaters around the country, particularly independent and neighborhood venues, such as the treehouse of the enterprising kid down the street.

1110 Ew Highway 123
Seminole,
OK
US

The professional matchmakers at D&D Dating Services don't just set people up at random—they handpick each of their clients, enabling them to become familiar with what each one is looking for in a counterpart. To begin, clients fill out an application specifying their hopes and desires. From there, they meet with D&D's matchmakers to hammer out remaining details. Then, the search begins. Each month, a typical D&D client goes on two dates, which take place at restaurants around the city. However, D&D never releases any personal information, so if clients hit it off, they must make sure to exchange numbers or geographic coordinates of their secret treehouses to ensure they can meet up again.

34405 Lake Road
Shawnee,
OK
US

Established: 2004

Parking: Free Parking

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Recommended Age Group: Adults 21+

24 hours a day and seven days a week, The Black Hawk Casino thrills risk-takers and rabble-rousers with its nearly 700 slot machines and popular table games on its revamped floor, including blackjack, mini baccarat, and Ultimate Texas Hold ?em. Going all-in on the celebration factor, the casino stages daily promotions for visitors, ranging from Mega Mondays, TNT Hot Seats, and monthly prize giveaways that include an RV and a Camaro Z28.

42008 Westech Rd.
Shawnee,
OK
US