Oklahoma City Septemberfest

by Megan on September 10, 2011

in Education: Home and Otherwise, Family Life, Tourist in Your Own Town

OKC Governor's Mansion
 Earlier this week I started a new Facebook page called Oklahoma City Family Fun. I have no idea if it will turn into anything major or not, but I'm okay with whatever happens there.

In fact, I'm more than okay with it because in addition to posting the few things I actually know about already, there are others who are starting to share some finds as well. I made one of them an admin yesterday so she could post stuff "officially" and one thing she mentioned this week is the annual tradition that is Septemberfest in Oklahoma City.

I didn't take a good look at the link until this morning at about 9:45. It was at that exact moment I realized two things: 1) Septemberfest was today and 2) It started in 15 minutes.

I called out to the girls, "Hey, you want to do something fun? Get dressed! We're leaving in ten minutes!"

Basically, there's this annual tradition of being able to tour the Governor's Mansion that has morphed into a big ginormous party. There were tons of things to do and, in fact, I just realized we didn't even know about all the stuff INDOORS inside the Oklahoma History Center. Ah, well, there's always next year.

In truth, we were there almost four hours and I can tell you, we were ready to leave when we left. But it was awesome and I'm glad we went. 

There's no way I can post all the photos I took or even give a list of everything we did (or wanted to do but didn't), but I can give you a sampling. One important note is that it was all free! Normally those types of events seem to have a section of cool stuff that you have to pay for. All the cool stuff here was also free. But what that meant was…LINES! Not unexpected, I know, but something to be aware of on the front end.

The first booth we stopped at was the OKC Zoo booth. They had a nice display of information, crafts, and hands-on learning.

OKC Zoo Exhibit
Here are some of my kids making bracelets and bookmarks at either the Red Earth  Museum & Gallery or the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art booth (I can't remember which one this is!):

Museum Fun
And then here we are, standing in line to go inside the Oklahoma Governor's Mansion. Don't we all look so thrilled to be standing there?

Governor's Mansion
And then imagine our surprise when the governor herself, Mary Fallin, walked by right in front of us. Imagine even MORE surprise when all of my girls went, "Who? The governor is a woman?" Guess who forgot to tell her children who the governor of Oklahoma is before we toured her house? Yes. Political mom fail. We can talk more about that later. Ahem. Moving on then. A photo:

Governor Mary Fallin
And one of the many line-infested inflatables/bungie jump swing things:

Swinging Fun
It was here where we turned into raging monsters got a tad cranky. The line was long, it was right around lunch time, it was super hot. And then, after waiting in the line for FOREVER, a kid from the back cut the line right in front of us. My girls were not happy about it. I told them that some things you just had to live with. And then the punk boy called over to his sister to join him in his newly buffeted position in line. It was at this moment I calmly said to him, "Hey. You know, we know you were behind us and now you are in front of us. Not much we can do about that at this point. But I'd really appreciate it if you didn't invite a big group of your friends over here to join you now that you've done it."

Yep. Mama needed a time out too. Moving on then.

So there was a pretty awesome agricultural display. This fella in the picture with E7 gives a literal meaning to the term HOLY COW!

Ginormous Cow
And then we hit the historical section. I was fascinated to learn of this whole group of people who do something referred to seemingly officially as "Rendezvous and Muzzle Loading" (that link was the closest I could find to what I think he was talking about). In short, they do the period-costume and camping thing and they do it regularly, with their whole families. Interesting, for sure.

Here are my girls playing with some replica land-run era toys along with this little cutie who went on her first Rendezvous when she was just two weeks old!

Historical Toys
And on our way out we had to get a picture of K9 in front of her military vehicle namesake:

Military Vehicle
And one more – though I snapped this photo on our way in, it didn't occur to me how funny it looks until on our way out. I think it's hilarious that this giant state capitol sign is positioned where it is. I guess it's for those of us who don't, in fact, realize that they are standing right in front of said state capitol. Guess you just can't assume anything here in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State Capitol
So there you have it. The Half-Pint House experienced Septemberfest today and overall we give it 10 thumbs up! I can see us doing this again next year for sure.

Katy September 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I don’t think there is anything wrong with telling a kid not to cut in line! Truly!
Just think of perhaps the favor you are doing someone else down the road when maybe he decides not to cut in line!
I always feel a little funny saying something to someone else’s child, but at the same time, if a parent is not there and the kid does something they shouldn’t, sometimes you have to!

Becky K. September 11, 2011 at 7:03 am

I love that you didn’t just THINK “we should get dressed and go” but you DID it. You rock. (AND that state capitol sign is hysterical.)

Megan September 11, 2011 at 10:02 am

Yep. I agree. I still felt funny doing it, but ah, well, there you have it!

Megan September 11, 2011 at 10:03 am

Yep, I agree. I did feel a bit funny doing it, though, but there you have it. :)

Megan September 11, 2011 at 10:03 am

I KNOW. It’s so not like me normally! *wink*

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