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Things to do in Oklahoma in January

The start of a new month provides Oklahoma Christian University students with numerous activities to get off campus and involved in the surrounding communities. From murder mystery dinners to a Muppets exhibit, the following events are intended to help students see why the new year is the perfect time to get out and about in Oklahoma City.

Devon Ice Rink – Oklahoma City, OK

Jan. 4 – 27

For the eighth year, visitors can enjoy outdoor ice skating with views of the Devon Tower. The rink hosts daily public skating, private parties and special events throughout January. Regular hours are Monday – Thursday 3 p.m. – 9 p.m., Friday – 3 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

ArtNow 2019 Exhibit – Oklahoma City, OK

Jan. 3-17

  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center (3000 General Pershing Blvd. State Fair Park Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Price: Free
  • Phone: (405) 951-0000

The 2019 ArtNow exhibit features 23 new artists and an art sale with the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind pieces. According to VisitOKC, this year’s exhibit includes “traditional media — such oil painting, photography, ceramics and weaving — as well as crafts appearing for the first time, such as (on paper) tattoo designs and handmade knives.”

Into the Fold: The Art and Science of Origami – Oklahoma City, OK

Jan. 3-13

  • Recurring daily
  • Location: Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Place Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Price: Free with regular admission
  • Phone: (405) 602-6664

Exploring the styles, backgrounds and techniques of more than 30 origami artists from around the state, The Art and Science of Origami exhibit showcases creations from mere millimeters tall to over 80 feet long.

Jim Henson: Life and Legacy – Oklahoma City, OK

Jan. 1 – Aug. 31

  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: American Banjo Museum (9 E. Sheridan Ave. Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Phone: (405) 604-2793

Paying tribute to Jim Henson, the man who created the Muppets and “positively influenced generations of the young and young at heart,” the exhibit features Kermit the Frog, original artwork, rare photographs, pop culture objects and one of the most famous banjos of all time: the Muppets Banjo.

Whiteout at Campbell Art Park – Oklahoma City, OK

Jan. 4 – Mar. 31

  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 6:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
  • Location: Campbell Art Park (N.W. 11th and Broadway Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Price: Free
  • Phone: (405) 604-0042

Partnering with Madison Square Park Conservancy, Erwin Redl’s installation Whiteout at Campbell Art Park features “transparent white spheres, each embedded with a discrete, white LED light and suspended from a square grid of steel poles and cabling.” According to VisitOKC, “The orbs are not fixed and can move with the wind currents from their positions of one foot above the ground plane. The white LEDs are animated in large-scale patterns, superimposing a virtual movement on top of the kinetic movement of the spheres. The sequence of light is an incandescent treatment of urban public space across the dark seasons of the late fall and winter.”

Live on the Plaza – Oklahoma City, OK

Jan. 4 – Mar. 31

  • Recurring monthly on the 2nd Friday
  • Times: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Location: Plaza District (N.W. 16th St. between N. Blackwelder Ave. and N. Pennsylvania Ave. Oklahoma City, OK)

Featuring artists, live music, special events and local shopping, Live on the Plaza takes place every month on the second Friday.

The Dinner Detective – Oklahoma City, OK

Jan. 5 – Dec. 28

  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City (1 Park Ave. Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Price: $59.95
  • Phone: (866) 496-0535

Tackle a challenging crime while you eat dinner at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, as America’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show has arrived in Oklahoma City. According to VisitOKC, “The criminal is lurking somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect before you know it.” The shows are geared toward adults and carry a PG-13 rating. Some mild content, loud noises and adult humor will be present. Children ages 15+ with adult supervision are permitted.

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