Valentine’s Day in Tulsa: Make your plans now.

Posted by Tasha on February 5th, 2011 in Culture

PSST: Looking for 2012 Valentine’s Day things to do in Tulsa, Oklahoma? Snuggle up to the full list at DO WHAT? at This Land Press. Your love life will thank you.

The otters in that video, who live to entertain at the Oklahoma Aquarium – aren’t they adorable? Be like them this Valentine’s Day and go crazy with one of these options for lovey-dovey entertainment.

Valentine’s Day for Tulsa Kids and Families

Tower Tots: Valentine’s Tea Party
When: Tuesday, Feb. 8, 10am
Where: Price Tower Arts Center, 510 South Dewey Avenue in Bartlesville
Catch a morning story and Valentine’s Day-flavored activity hour for kids aged 3-6. Be sure to call ahead to register for this free event.

Sweetheart Tea Party
When: Wednesday, Feb. 9, 10am
Where: Whiteside Community Center, 4009 S. Pittsburg Ave.
The kids can celebrate Valentine’s Day this year with crafts, snacks and more. For ages 2-5 years. Cost is $6.

Preschool Story Time: Valentine’s Day Party
When: Thursday, Feb. 10, 10:30am
Where: Pratt Library, 3219 S. 113th W. Ave. in Sand Springs
Dress the kiddos up in red pink and bring goodies to share with the rest of the kids at story time today. This event is for ages 5 and younger with an adult.

Valentines by You!
When: Thursday, Feb. 10, 3pm
Where: Judy Z. Kishner Library, 10150 N. Cincinnati Ave.
Stop by Judy Z. Kishner Library after school and make your own Valentine’s Day cards for your relatives, friends or maybe even that special someone. Card-making supplies will be available all evening for this drop-in event, open through 7pm. This event is for ages 12 and younger.

Valentine Crafting
When: Thursday, Feb. 10, 5pm
Where: Hicks Park, 3443 S. Mingo Road
Kids can bring a friend to make a craft valentine to give to someone special. Pre-register by calling (918) 669-6355. For ages 8-13. Cost is $10.

Father/Daughter Dance
When: Friday, Feb. 11, 7pm
Where: Barnes Elementary, 7809 E 76th Street North
This event is opened to the entire Owasso Community, and is for children up to 5th grade and their parents. Cost is $5 per couple, or $7 for families attending both the Father/Daughter Dance and the Mother/Son Bash. All the proceeds will benefit Owasso’s Elementary and 6th Grade Odyssey of the Mind teams, as well as the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.

Free Family Day at Philbrook
When: Saturday, Feb. 12, starting at 10am
Where: Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Ave.
Take your significant other – and hey, why not bring the family, too? – to Philbrook Museum for Free Family Day. Enjoy art, spend time together, get your hands dirty with some hands-on art projects, tour the museum and even embark on a scavenger hunt. Go for romantic or go for family-friendly – either way you want to do this Valentine’s Day thing, you can find it at Philbrook on Free Family Day.

Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating
When: Saturday, Feb. 12, 10am; 11am; 12pm
Where: Sage Culinary Studio, on Brookside and in Bixby, at 105th and Memorial
Sign the kids up to make seven V-Day-themed cookies – that’s one to eat, six to take home or to gift to their special someone (read: that’s Mommy, if you know what’s good for ya). The greatest part about this kid-friendly Valentine’s Day activity? Parents get out of clean-up duty, scott free. Cost is $15. Registration after Feb. 10 is $20.

Valentine’s Day Father Daughter Dance
When: Saturday, Feb. 12, 6pm
Where: Bixby Community Center, 211 N. Cabaniss
Look for dance competitions as well as punch and refreshments at this annual father/daughter dance. More than 400 dads and daughters attended last years event, so be sure to dress to impress a crowd. Tickets are $5 per person. Through 9pm.

Daddy/Daughter Dance
When: Saturday, Feb. 12, 6pm
Where: Nienhuis Community Center, 3201 North 9th Street in Broken Arrow
Do something special this year with your daughter – get gussied up and head to this daddy/daughter dance. This year the theme for the dance will be a sock-hop, so come dressed casually.

Mother/Son Bash
When: Saturday, Feb. 12, 7pm
Where: Owasso YMCA, 8300 N. Owasso Expressway
This event is opened to the entire Owasso Community, and is for children up to 5th grade and their parents. Cost is $5 per couple, or $7 for families attending both the Father/Daughter Dance and the Mother/Son Bash. All the proceeds will benefit Owasso’s Elementary and 6th Grade Odyssey of the Mind teams, as well as the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.

Skatedate
When: Sunday, Feb. 13, starting at 10am
Where: BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave.
Back by popular demand, Skate Date returns in 2011 for an encore at the BOK Center. Skate Date 2010 welcomed over 7,500 skaters and 10,000 visitors to the 17,000-square-foot indoor arena at the BOK Center in Downtown Tulsa. It’s one the short list of top Valentine’s Day events here in the Tulsa area and is an easy option for kids, couples and singles alike – oh, and there will be exhibitions by local figure skaters, music and a DJ, photo opps in front of a smirk-worthy green screen, concessions, flower and novelty stands and a giant mirrored disco ball to enjoy while you’re there, too. New to Skate Date this year is an interactive Kids Zone area, complete with inflatables and bounce houses sponsored by H&R Block (who, by the way, will be at the event and willing to give your 2009 and 2010 tax returns a free second look). Admission is free; if you opt not to bring your own skates, you can rent a pair for $10. Also available at this year’s Skate Date will be horse and carriage rides, just outside the BOK Center at the corner of 3rd Street and Denver Avenue – those start at noon and run until 8pm. For more info, visit BOKCenter.com.

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Valentine’s Day Date Night Ideas in Tulsa

Falling in Love Again: An Evening of Shakespeare’s Valentines
When: Thursday, Feb. 10, 7pm; Friday, Feb. 11, 7pm
Where: Club 209, 209 N. Boulder Avenue
The sonnets of William Shakespeare are some of the most beautiful love poems ever written. Watch as the Actors Company of Tulsa presents these sonnets in a night of elegance, love, and fun that is sure to be a night that you won’t soon forget. The bonus? It’s all free and open to the public. Ages 21+ only.

Love Song
When: Feb. 10-12, 7:30pm; Feb. 13, 2pm
Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second Street
Join Playhouse Tulsa this Valentine’s Day and settle in for what’s sure to be an expert performance of a man named Beane, who is invisible to his career-focused sister and her cynical husband. His life is a shrinking, darkening world – that is, until Molly appears. When the two meet, suddently all the old love songs make sense. Written by John Kolvenbach, Love Song premiered at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company in March 2006 and later opened in London’s West End, garnering a 2007 Olivier Award Nomination for Best New Comedy. Recommended for mature audiences. Tickets are $25.

Valentine’s Bingo
When: Thursday, Feb. 10, 1:30pm
Where: Hicks Park, 3443 S. Mingo Road
Seniors can play for prizes, enjoy some sweet treats and meet new friends at this Valentine’s Day-themed get-together. Bring a snack item to share and the folks at Hicks Park will do the rest. Call (918) 669-6355 to reserve your spot. Free to attend. Ages 55 and older.

Wild Hearts Ball
When: Friday, Feb. 11
Where: Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. Fourth Street
Looking for a wild-yet-free party this Valentine’s Day weekend? Join Oklahomans for Equality at the annual Wild Hearts Ball. Get a cash bar, raffles, food, and party pics at this shindig – plus, I hear some hot fire fighters are going to be on duty. Party down through 11pm.

Sweetheart Run
When: Saturday, Feb. 12
Where: Mohawk Park
Why you should run this race: Because you get to run it with a partner, whether it’s the love of your life or the dude who shares a cubicle with you at work. Plus, all participants are treated to a free pancake breakfast. Beat that. Races are 5K, 10K and 20K -learn more hereregister here.

Valentine’s Day Poker Run
When: Saturday, Feb. 12
Where: Lee Elementary, 1920 S. Cincinnati Ave.
Poker races are tons-o-fun. Here’s how they work: For every mile of the race you complete, you get a playing card. Whoever has the best hand at the end of the race gets first pick at a table full of awesome gifts. It’s like game night and workout time got together and made a baby – a sweaty baby, but still. Learn more hereregister here.

Valentine’s Cards
When: Saturday, Feb. 12, 10am
Where: WaterWorks Art Studio, 1710 Charles Page Boulevard
Students will make a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day card for their favorite sweetie and work in a day’s worth of cutting, folding and pasting at the same time. Cost is $40. For ages 16 and older.

Tony Valentine’s Girls Night Out
When: Saturday, Feb. 12, 7pm
Where: Osage Event Center, 951 W. 36 Street North
Hubba, hubba. A group of guys with abs suited perfectly for the grating of cheese will be in Tulsa Valentine’s Day weekend. Grab the girls and head to Osage Event Center at the Million Dollar Elm Casino to see ‘em. Tickets are $10.

The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate: Vintage Valentine
When: 7:30pm
Where: The Home Builder’s Association of Greater Tulsa, 11545 E. 43rd Street
Want to take your sweetie out somewhere special this Valentine’s Day, or celebrate the single life in style, and learn something new and hear incredible live music at the same time? Get it all at this event, featuring my friend and acclaimed local vocalist Rebecca Ungerman. If learning to swing dance sounds like a romantic and fun way to start off the evening, arrive at 6:30pm – the band starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Valentine Party: Olivia Duhon & Grady Nichols
When: Saturday, Feb. 12, 8pm
Where: Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First Street
Two of Tulsa’s most popular and thrilling musicians come together for the first time to celebrate the Valentine weekend at the Depot. Olivia Duhon is known for her incredible sultry voice and her stunning visual impact (translation: she’s absolutely gorgeous), while Grady Nichols is the sexiest saxophonist in Oklahoma. Look for fireworks and sparks to fly as these two create their own special Valentine music magic. Tickets are $25.

Love and Lust
When: Saturday, Feb. 12, 8pm
Where: Living Arts of Tulsa, 307 E. Brady Street
Get ready for a night of long stares, bated breaths and raised libidos as some of Tulsa’s hottest poets make it a Valentine’s to remember. With special performance by Tulsa’s own Mason. Bar opens at 7pm. Cost is $7, or $5 for members.

Trio Cavatina
When: Sunday, Feb. 13, 3pm
Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second Street
Little is sexier than good string music from an outstanding chamber ensemble. Hear the music of Fanny Mendelssohn, Gabriela Ortiz Torres, Augusta Reed Thomas and Felix Mendelssohn as performed by the women of Trio Cavatina with a special someone at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center today. Tickets are $25.

Jazz Keyboard Concert with the Tulsa Jazz Society
When: Sunday, Feb. 13, 5pm
Where: Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First Street
Take a trip back to the sexy, swinging jazz age at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame with music by the likes of Donald Ryan, Cheryl Bocanegra, Scott McQuade and Sonny Gray. Guys, this event will be a guaranteed hit with the ladies.

Valentine’s Day Cabaret
When: Sunday, Feb. 13, 6pm
Where: Harwelden Mansion, 2210 S. Main Street
Enjoy fantastic food prepared by the fabulous Palace Cafe as you listen to music by Light Opera Oklahoma favorite Andrea Leap and LOOK Festival artistic director Eric Gibson at the piano. Dinner will be seated throughout Harwelden, one of Tulsa’s most beloved mansions – the breakfast room, the formal dining room, upstairs, on the grand staircase landing – giving you the feel of what it must have been like to dine in the house during its hey day. Tickets are $150 per couple, which includes dinner, wine, dessert, the cabaret performance and parking. Make reservations by calling (918) 583-4267.

Grady Nichols & The Valentine Divas
When: Monday, Feb. 14, 6:30pm
Where: Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, 701 S. Main Street in Broken Arrow
Get a star-studded line-up of some of Tulsa’s most popular vocalists – we’re talking Grady Nichols, Jenny Labow, Mary Cogan and Starr Fisher here – as they present a powerful, romantic show to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Tickets are $50, or $30 for singles. VIP packages are available.

Valentine’s Day Special Performance: Steve Kramer
When: Monday, Feb. 14, 8pm
Where: The Loony Bin, 6808 S. Memorial Drive
I would say something here about funny Valentines, but that’d be too easy. So instead, I’ll just say that if you’re looking for a way to laugh Valentine’s Day away, comedian Steve Kramer brings you your chance. Tickets are $10 per person, or get two tickets with a dessert of New York Cheesecake with fresh strawberries and chocolate drizzle and two glasses of Champange for $35.

Black Hearts Bash
When: Monday, Feb. 14, 7pm
Where: Shenanigan’s, 31st and Memorial
Hate Valentine’s Day? Then this karaoke event will be right up your alley. Look also for free food and drink specials. And someone, please, sing Total Eclipse of the Heart for me. Please.

Murder Mystery Dinner
When: Saturday, Feb. 19, 6pm
Where: Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium, 3624 North 74th East Avenue
Mystery, intrigue, torrid love affairs and murder – it’s everything that Valentine’s Day represents, right? Heh. Join the folks at TASM for this Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, where comedy, mayhem and music will unfold and food and libations will be in plenty supply. Take the evening to solve with your special someone what happened to Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan. Cost is $100 per couple, $50 per individual. Attire is 1940s costume or business casual. Ages 21+ only. Reservations are required; call (918) 834-9900, ext. 122 to make yours.

What are YOU doing to celebrate (or bemoan, depending) Valentine’s Day in Tulsa this year?

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6 Comments to Valentine’s Day in Tulsa: Make your plans now.

  1. Jill of All Trades

    On February 6, 2011 at 8:50 am

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    The Hubby refuses to take me out to dinner on Valentines or Mother’s Day. He says the service and wait is horrible so we choose to celebrate a few days earlier or later. Kind of ticks me but hey we’ve been through 35 or so of each, I’m okay with it.

  2. Tasha

    On February 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm

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    Jill, we were going to celebrate V-Day this year by spending this weekend at The Canebrake. Thanks to the snow, The Canebrake closed and we got snowed in with our two-year-old here at the house. Not that I haven’t enjoyed the mega-dose of family time, but yeah – I want my Valentine’s Day plans back! Ha!

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