If you're looking for adventures for you and your little ones, Oklahoma City has plenty of options. Here are just a few, broken down by ages from toddlers to pre-teens and beyond. Oklahoma City is a true family destination. Writer & blogger, Sarah James, shares her family's staycation experience highlighting their favorite things to do around the city. Whether it's a day spent in the Adventure District exploring the Science Museum or Oklahoma City Zoo or walking to all of the shops and restaurants in midtown, there's a vibrant energy around these diverse districts. Previously from out of state, the James family has found a permanent home in the heart of OKC, encouraging friends and travelers alike to visit her blog and social media. Be sure to head over to our Insider's Guide where we share what's new in OKC, trip inspiration and upcoming events.
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Little Kids (Ages 5 and Under)
Myriad Botanical Gardens
Kids can run, jump and climb their way through the six-acre Children’s Garden, which is free. Myriad Gardens also host regular events, workshops, movies and concerts for all ages throughout the year, so check out our calendar for family-friendly activities.
Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum and Oklahoma Railway Museum
Located in the Adventure District, your future firefighter will love the classic fire trucks and other exhibits at the Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum. Down the street, the Oklahoma Railway Museum features historic locomotives and train rides on certain days.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
At the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, have your kids explore the Children’s Cowboy Corral, where kids can dress up like little cowpokes and participate in other activities. While there, see the collection of Western art and sculpture, as well as remnants of cowboy life, including weaponry, hats, boots and more.
Big Kids (Ages 6-9)
Youth Zone in the Boathouse District
Outdoor adventure in the Boathouse District includes activities for active kids – big and small zip lines, an 80-foot tower to climb, a playground and more. Also, families can rent kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards on the Oklahoma River, with options for children as young as 5.
Science Museum Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Zoo
Science Museum Oklahoma’s hands-on activities will teach kids about everything from space exploration to crime scene investigation. Next door in the Adventure District, the Oklahoma City Zoo has more than 2,000 animals and amazing exhibits. Both have regular events for various ages.
Museum of Osteology
As America’s only skeleton museum, the Museum of Osteology, displays hundreds of skeletons and skulls from all corners of the world. Their gift shop is one-of-a-kind as well, with lots of fun, science-related gifts and souvenirs for the whole family.
Brickopolis took family fun to a whole new level in Bricktown when it opened in 2015. Actually, there are three levels of fun, with games for toddlers to pre-teens and beyond. Visitors can play mini golf, laser tag and “Lazer Frenzy,” an arcade-style maze attraction, and enjoy a variety foods on both canal and street levels.
Tweens and Teens (Ages 10+)
Frontier City and Hurricane Harbor Oklahoma City
Frontier City offers more than 50 rides and attractions, including four roller coasters, an outdoor water park and concerts all summer. At Hurricane Harbor Oklahoma City, more than 30 slides, pools and water fun will keep them cool in summer.
Don’t miss one-stop-for-all-ages places like Main Event Entertainment, which offers video and arcade games, bowling, billiards, laser tag and more, as well as food. And Dave and Buster’s is a hit with older kids and adults alike, with plenty of games, food and drinks.