Outdoor Children's Camps Choctaw OK

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Chesapeake Boathouse
(405) 552-4040
725 South Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK
Hours
Mon-Fri 6am-8pm; Sat 7am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm
Cost
Varies with program
Ages
8And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Tourist Spots

Science Museum Oklahoma
(405) 602-6664
2100 Northeast 52nd
Oklahoma City, OK
Hours
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 11am-6pm
Cost
Museum exhibits and dome theater show: Adults $13.95; Children (3-12) $10.75, (under 3) free
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Tourist Spots

Harn Homestead Museum
(405) 235-4058
1721 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK
Hours
Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
Cost
Adults $5; Children (3 & under) free
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Tourist Spots

Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum
(405) 235-4458
1400 Classen Drive
Oklahoma City, OK
Hours
Tue-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 10am-5pm
Cost
Adults $7; Seniors & Students $5; Children (5 & under) free
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Tourist Spots

Oklahoma Children's Theatre
(405) 606-7003
2501 North Blackwelder Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK
Cost
Moderate
Ages
3And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment

Oklahoma City Zoo
(405) 424-3344
2101 Northeast 50th
Oklahoma City, OK
Hours
Summer: Daily, 9am-6pm. Sep-May: Daily, 9am-5pm.
Cost
Adults $7; Seniors & Children (3-11) $4
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Tourist Spots

Blazers Ice Centre
(405) 631-3307
8000 S 1-35
Oklahoma City, OK
Cost
$$
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment, Leagues & Teams

Oklahoma City Museum of Art
(405) 236-3100
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK
Hours
Tue, Wed & Sat 10am-5pm; Thu-Fri 10am-9pm; Sun 12n-5pm
Cost
Adults $12; Children $10, (5 & under) free
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Tourist Spots

The Little Gym of Oklahoma City
(405) 691-5383
10400 S. Western, Suite 12
Oklahoma City, OK
Hours
See website for class schedule
Cost
Moderate
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Young Chefs Academy
(405) 285-5939
3209 South Broadway,Suite 101
Edmond, OK
Hours
Mon & Wed 11am-3pm; Tue & Thu 4pm-7pm; Fri & Sat for parties and special events
Cost
Call for class, party, and field trip costs
Ages
15-Mar
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Great Big World

Spending time immersed in nature helps produce happy, well-adjusted kids.

By Violet Snow

April 2010

I like to play indoors better ‘cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are—a fourth-grader in San Diego, quoted in Last Child in the Woods (Workman Publishing Company, 2005), in which journalist Richard Louv introduced the concept of “nature deficit disorder” in children.

Freewheeling outdoor play, from building stick shelters to cloudgazing, that was once common for children is much less available to today’s youth—and Louv says they’re missing something vital. He blames influences such as the loss of green space, an obsession with safety, educational pressures and the fascination of electronic media.

Numerous studies show that problems such as obesity, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) improve when kids are exposed to nature. Cornell University researchers found that children with ready access to nature handled stress more successfully (Environment and Behavior 5/03). Scientists at the University of Southern California found that children who had park space within 500 meters of home tended to be less overweight (Association of Research Libraries conference, 4/09).

One recent University of Illinois study, involving children with ADHD, may help explain why interaction with nature is so important for all youngsters. It is based on attention restoration theory. Most of the time we use directed attention, which lets us focus on tasks but also fatigues with use. Involuntary attention is spontaneous and does not require effort. Natural settings often contain elements that engage involuntary attention, which allows directed attention to rest and recover.

In this study, children with ADHD took guided walks for 20 minutes through three different settings: a park, a quiet downtown area and a residential neighborhood. The youngsters’ capacity for concentration was tested after every walk; they scored higher after walking in the park than after the other outings (Journal of Attention Disorders 8/08).

Nature’s regenerative effects can be observed in all children, but they often need encouragement. The second edition of Last Child in the Woods (2008) lists 100 suggestions for connecting kids and nature, such as buying a truckload of dirt to play in; going for a family walk when the moon is full; buying field guides to birds, trees and flowers; planting a butterfly garden; and studying animal tracking.

Andrea Taylor, PhD, one of the University of Illinois researchers, believes that these study results offer clear implications for public policy. “We have to make nature accessible,” she says. “It’s not enough to have a massive park six blocks away. There should be small pockets of natural area near the home.

Louv’s book sparked the creation of a Children and Nature Network ( www.childrenandnature.org ) to promote awareness and push for legislation. Such calls for action are starting to bear f...

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