If you're looking to enjoy the feel of a cold winter, but remain warm on the inside, how about taking in an Oklahoma City Barons hockey game?
I've taken my two sons Dante and Joseph to some games, and what a great time we had!
There is never a dull moment at a Barons game.
Even during the timeouts, there's something exciting going on — it's all fun family entertainment.
“What we try to do is incorporate what we call ‘the show' around the hockey game,” said Bob Funk Jr., president of Prodigal LLC, the Barons' ownership group.
“We know that the hockey on the ice is going to be great night in and night out. But we want to ... bring something extra for the casual fan. Hard-core hockey fans enjoy the game and that's enough for them. But, there are casual fans or families that are really focusing on the family-oriented entertainment.”
Speaking of that something extra, every Saturday home game during the regular season, the Barons will be giving away a car.
After that first game when my sons talked nonstop about how exciting and “cool” it was, I knew we would be coming back to another game, and another, and another.
Dante and Joseph particularly enjoyed “Chuck a Puck,” where everyone throws a small puck onto the ice and if you hit the target, you can win cash and prices.
It's fun just to sit back and watch the bazillion of those pucks hitting the ice!
In just a few weeks, my wife and daughter will be joining us for a game.
Where else can you combine the chill of winter ice and the heat of nonstop action on that ice but a Barons hockey game?
My boys and I also think it's very impressive that this is the only time a professional organization in Oklahoma had two No. 1 overall selections playing on the same team — Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
For you families with smaller kids, there is a children's area where they get their faces painted, make posters, play video games and take a shot with a hockey stick and a puck at a dryer.
There's an exciting, fun energy at a Baron's hockey game.
And for my boys, it has made for some great bonding time.
And around the dinner table, when my sons continue to tell stories weeks after the fact about how much fun they had or mention a specific thing that occurred at one of the games, I know I've stumbled onto something pretty special.
Yes, I stumble every time I step on the ice, but more importantly, I've created memories for my sons and for myself.
You can go to www.okcbarons.com to find out more about their upcoming schedule and events.
Dino Lalli is the producer, a reporter and co-host of the weekly TV travel show “AAA's Discover Oklahoma.”