Schedule pick up dates and school supply lists may be filling your email inbox, but summer isn’t officially over. Back to School is a still a few weeks off and there’s still time to plan some end of summer family fun. We have put together some of our top picks for Oklahoma City attractions, activities, and events to keep your family entertained before the bell rings.
Let us start in the city’s Adventure District with some indoor fun at one of Oklahoma City’s many museums. The Science Museum Oklahoma is a family favorite for all ages. Their interactive exhibits and shows make science fun. Visitors can travel the solar system during one of the planetarium shows, get a “BANG” from the Science Live show, or let your curiosity go inside CurioCity. On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, young visitors can take part in special story times with themed activities geared specifically for them.
If you’d rather get outdoors and discover wildlife, walk across the street to the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Here kids can encounter animals from all over the world including African Lions, Gorillas, Giraffes, Tigers, Grizzly Bears, and Bald Eagles. Visitors 11 and under can pick up a free Eye Spy Safari Card at Zoo Guest Services and take an interactive safari around the grounds. Once you complete your card you can redeem it for a prize. Want a wilder experience? The zoo has their summer camps and family programs running through mid August and through September.
Don’t forget Western fun at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Kids love to explore Prosperity Junction and the Children’s Cowboy Corral where they can get hands-on and pretend to be in a town on the Frontier.
Other Adventure District attractions you can check out include the country’s only firefighters museum, a free train museum dedicated to the Oklahoma railroad, the nation’s largest state operated military history museum, and the American Pigeon Museum & Library.
Myriad Botanical Gardens is one of the city’s most beautiful green spaces. This 15 acre downtown park has plenty for families to do. Kids enjoy exploring the children’s garden, playing in the splash fountains, walking the park’s many paths, and/or visiting the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. You can also make plans for one of the many classes, events, or scheduled activities. Check the Visit OKC’s Event Calendar for these events. A family-favorite is the Sunday Twilight Concert Series on the Great Lawn Stage. Every Sunday through August 26, you can sit out and enjoy a free concert.
Speaking of concerts, Frontier City has a concert series on select Saturday’s this summer. Concerts are free with paid admission. In addition to these special events, the area’s only theme park has rides for the whole family from kiddie rides to adrenaline pumping thrill rides. You’ll find the park open late on weekends and weekdays until school goes back.
When you are ready to beat the summer heat, head to White Water Bay water park. The park has over 30 water rides and activities including water slides, lazy river, kiddie area, and wave pool that are guaranteed to help you cool off.
Another wet adventure is Riversports OKC at the Boathouse District. Here you can try your hand at whitewater rafting and tubing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, zip-lining, elevated ropes course, zip down a 72’ slide, and more. On Friday evenings through August 31 Glow at Riversports Rapids is the place for live music, food, and enjoying Oklahoma sunsets.
Have you seen any of the summer blockbusters this year? If not head to one of the area theaters and get tickets to a show. You can choose between one of the multi-screen theaters or head to the Winchester Drive In, OKC’s oldest drive in.
In addition to new releases, Harkins Theater - Bricktown 16 hosts second run family friendly films and classic movies during the summer months. Every weekday morning through August 2, Summer Movie Fun shows a family friendly film. Tuesday Night Classics show movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Wednesdays nights you can watch a movie under the stars. Head to Myriad Garden’s Great Lawn for the free Sonic Summer Movies series. Every Wednesday evening, set out your blanket or chairs and watch a free movie under the stars. Pick up food and make it dinner and a movie downtown.
On Thursdays, Oklahoma Hall of Fame is the place for FREE Family Fun Thursdays. Each week’s theme includes a story, movie, and craft. New museum features include permanent Makerspace installation by OKC artist Kris Kanaly, interactive displays, and reveel.it Portrait Exploration that allows visitors to use their smartphone to explore the museum in a new way.
You can find dates for other featured events on the Visit OKC’s Event Calendar. Take a look at a few family friendly activities coming up in the next week:
• August 3-5 - Tax Free Weekend
• August 4 Ice Cream Festival @ Myriad Botanical Gardens