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.
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Kids can run, jump and climb their way through the six-acre Children’s Garden, which is free, or explore the flora and fauna of the Myriad Gardens’ landmark, the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. The gardens also have regular events, workshops, movies and concerts for all ages throughout the year, so check the calendar at VisitOKC.com for family-friendly activities.
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.
At the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, have your kids explore the Prosperity Junction, a replica of a turn-of-the-century cattle town, and then 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.
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’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.
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.
Frontier City offers more than 50 rides and attractions, including four roller coasters, an outdoor water park and concerts all summer. At White Water Bay, 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.