Gather a group of up to 30 folks for a private joyride down to the ranch's secluded Cowboy Camp, where picnic benches and a large grill are provided for outdoor feasts. Play volleyball in the serene backwoods, watch the multi-hued sunset, or roast marshmallows underneath an all-encompassing blanket of stars. Sequoyah Riding Stables can tailor hayrides to fit any group, with musicians, cowboy storytellers, and poets available for extra entertainment. During your visit, you'll also make acquaintance with Bojangles, the stables' buffalo, and have the opportunity to feed this sociable bison by hand.
The experienced strapclingers at Stay in the Saddle's Cactus Bars Ranch teach fledgling equestrians how to ride in the authentic Western riding style. Different from methods taught at most instructional facilities, the Stay in the Saddle method incorporates comfort, control, confidence, and telepathic communication to create an unbreakable bond between horse and rider. Stop by Cactus Bars Ranch for a challenging, on-site lesson, or take a digital ride with the Basic Western Horsemanship and Riding Lessons DVD, which provides safety, handling, grooming, tack, and riding know-how through comprehensive elucidations and demonstrations. The DVD's instructor, Janel Brookshire, teaches a deep and balanced seat and offers tips on buying your first horse while discussing ways to teach your second horse not to split its infinitives.
Lokomotion Family Fun Center paves the way for friendly competition and family fun in a multi-attraction complex filled with arcade games, mini golf, laser tag, go-karts, and bumper boats. Feed fistfuls of tokens ($0.25 value each) into a multitude of games to shoot hoops, smack air-hockey pucks, and recklessly race virtual cars without being grounded for hitting the neighbors' mailbox. Take aim at sibling rivalries during black-light laser-tag games or spray down peers in the bumper-boat pool. Thirty-six mini golf holes border an Illinois River tributary, setting a beautiful scene to knock grandma off the top of the family standings. Four different go-kart tracks separate racers by age with single-seat pro-track cars for licensed drivers and double-seated family-track cars that liberate backseat drivers.
Founded in 1985, Theatre Arts, Inc. has continued to honor its core mission of supplying Oklahomans with performance education and opportunities. Within a newly renovated 10,000-square-foot facility, students train tapping toes in more than 10 styles of dance—including tap, jazz, and hip-hop—and channel their inner thespian in acting classes or private lessons that focus on both improvisation and script work. Private instruction and classes also accommodate vocalists who receive personalized tips on stage presence from the faculty and practice harmonizing by singing duets with humming radiators. Numerous alumni have harnessed their training into careers, working locally and nationally on television and Broadway, and two—Lauren Nelson and Shawntel Smith—have gone on to become Miss America.
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.