Looking for fun family experiences once Thanksgiving Dinner is finished? If you have family in town for the holiday or are just looking for fun family activities, we have put together a list of memorable experiences for you. Starting on Black Friday and continuing through the weekend, these activities range from free family fun to ticketed sporting events that will help you ring in the holiday season.
FREE FAMILY FUN
Start the holiday season with a visit to the annual Red Earth Treefest presented by the Red Earth Art Center. This year, 20 Native Tribes have created handmade ornaments and art objects to decorate individual Christmas trees. Each tree showcases the tribe’s culture. Open weekdays until 5pm (closed Thanksgiving Day).
Mark your calendar Friday evening for the annual Bricktown Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. There will be free activities, live music, face painting, visit from Santa Claus, and more. You’ll find this event in the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark 3rd Base Plaza.
Head out to view the Christmas lights around the city. Start in Bricktown where you’ll find the Bricktown Canal Lights Display. A great way to see the Bricktown lights is aboard the Bricktown Water Taxi. Starting the Friday after Thanksgiving, enjoy a free ride Thursday-Sunday 6-9pm. The Automobile Alley Lights is another local favorite with over 180,000 LED lights strung along North Broadway Avenue. Finally make your way to Film Row for more twinkling light displays.
While in Bricktown, head to Bass Pro Shops for their Free Santa’s Wonderland. Children can take part in free crafts, games, and visit with Santa daily. On Saturday morning, get some fresh air and take a guided, family friendly tour of the Myriad Gardens. The Gardens Walking Tour is a fun way to learn about Oklahoma plants and see the downtown park.
Give back this holiday season and donate blood to the American Red Cross. The OKC Zoo is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a regional blood drive Saturday from 9am to 3pm. Adults who donate receive two complimentary admission vouchers good for to the OKC Zoo!
OKC FAMILY FUN
Have you been to the new Sanctuary Asia habitat at the Oklahoma City Zoo? Come see the resident Indian rhino, Asian elephant, red panda, Komodo dragon, and other animals in their new home. Be sure to catch one of the scheduled daily Keeper Chats to learn more about these animals and other zoo residents. If you are looking for a unique gift you can also symbolically adopt one of the zoo animals. Net proceeds from each animal adoption benefit The Oklahoma Zoological Society.
Also check out what’s new at Frontier City as they celebrate the holiday season with their inaugural Holiday in the Park festivities. Enjoy your favorite thrill rides and family attractions plus new Christmas lights, visits with Santa, holiday shows, and so much more. Friday through Sunday.
Skating anyone? Devon Ice Rink will be open throughout the weekend including Thanksgiving Day (hours vary). It’s fun to strap on your ice skates and go for a spin around the rink. Want to go indoor skating instead? Head to Skate Galaxy OKC for family roller skate sessions Friday through Sunday.
If you want to do a little shopping, take part in Small Business Saturday and shop local. The Pop-Up Shops in Midtown feature local, independent shops on a rotating schedule. Grab a cup of hot cocoa, pick up the family tree on the urban Christmas tree lot, and grab a bite to eat at nearby restaurants. Other shopping districts to shop local include Automobile Alley, Western Avenue, and Plaza District.
The Science Museum Oklahoma is a family favorite. Families can spend the whole day between exhibits, hands-on learning areas, and shows. During the holiday season, get a rare glimpse inside the museum’s Pullman car. This historic parlor car is all decorated for the season and open for daily tours.
Another fun local museum is the American Banjo Museum. A special exhibit, Jim Henson – Life and Legacy, showcases original artwork, Kermit the Frog, photographs and more from the creator of the Muppets. Saturday afternoon, an open jam session is a great opportunity to listen to live.
ART AND THEATRE
This weekend is your last chance to see "The New Art: A Milestone Collection Fifty Years Later" exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. This is OKCMOA's fiftieth anniversary exhibition featuring the 150+ piece Washington Gallery of Modern Art collection. Additionally, the Museum Store will be participating in Small Business Saturday and will have special deals and sales throughout the store.
Don’t miss a limited screening of IFC Films Wildlife at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. This PG-13 film with Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan is partially shot in Oklahoma.
This weekend there are three sporting events to choose from. Friday night the OKC Blue play the Iowa Wolves. The OKC Thunder take on the Charlotte Hornets on Friday and the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.
These are just a few of the fun family activities you can enjoy this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend. For more happenings, check out the.