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52 Things To Do With Kids In Oklahoma

Published Feb 21, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Explore the city, its history, and adventures by visiting some of the coolest activities, attractions, and museums in OK.

1. Explore the Science Museum Oklahoma

Founded in 1958, the museum is now house of over eight acres of science, space, and cultural artifacts. You can learn about physical science, and its relevance in our lives, which makes the Science Museum Oklahoma a perfect activity for the family.

2. Discover the Plaza District

This commercial district offers famous flavors, galleries, studios, and creative services, encouraging the family to dive into different cultures without leaving the city.

3. Visit the Myriad Botanical Gardens

There are lots of activities and places to explore here, like a children’s park, dog park, multiple walking paths, and occasional concerts to turn a normal weekend into something your kids will be looking forward to.

4. Explore At The Oklahoma History Center

Want to go back in time? This history center offers more than 2,000 historic artifacts to make the family feel like they live in another century.

5. Feel like Henry Overholser at the Overholser Mansion

Built in 1903, this historic attraction represents Oklahoma City and its story. Tour around the mansion and see how the ‘father of the city’ lived.

6. Cool down at White Water Bay

Enjoy the summer with the premiere water park in OKC, and take advantage of over 25 acres of water rides, slides and pools.

7. Explore The Museum Of Osteology
For the science enthusiasts, this museum has over 300 skeletons on display, and was the first of its type in the US. A learning and fun experience for the family, indeed.

8. Cheer for Oklahoma City Thunder at The Chesapeake Energy Arena
A once-in-a-lifetime experience for families, the chesapeake arena is home to the OC Thunder NBA team. Cheer with other 18,203 fans and enjoy the awesome choice of restaurants and bars.

9. Go back to WWII at the 45th Infantry Division Museum

This museum provides visitors an educational tool designed to enhance appreciation of our State and its citizen soldiers and their participation in our Nation’s lineage.

10. Be adventurous At Frontier City

Ready to get that adrenaline running? Frontier city offers more than 50 rides to make the family’s weekend one of the greatest.

11. Travel back in time and visit The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

History museums are an awesome tool for kids to understand its nation's past and heritage. Explore the great collection of items used by the American West and learn its history for a fun learning experience.

12. Explore the Oklahoma City Zoo

Have fun at this 110-acre zoo, and see how animals interact and live. Often called a living museum, the OC Zoo will teach your kids the magic of the wild world.

13. Visit the Gaylord-Pickens Museum - Oklahoma Hall of Fame
Who are the iconic and historic figures of OKC? Understand the city’s story by visiting the most iconic individuals Oklahoma City has housed.

14. Eat some ice cream at Roxy’s Ice Cream Social
Because there is nothing ice cream can't solve.

15. Visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
The museum just went a through a $10 million renovation in order to make sure you and your kids learn a lot while having fun.

16. Conquer your fears at the Riversports Adventures
This adventure park features an 80-foot structure with six levels of challenges, a 72-foot sky slide, and a zip line!

17. Take a Picture with Buffalo Bill 
Make sure your kids say hi to Bill at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The statue has been at the museum since 1977 and represents the West.

18. Tour the city with the Bricktown Water Taxi
Enjoy a ride full of entertainment while getting to know Oklahoma City better!

19. Take your kids to explore CurioCity
They will understand science a lot better and get to see one of the finest learning experiences in their life.

20. See the fireworks after the Tulsa Drillers’ Friday night games
Cheer for the local team and enjoy the after-game spectacle. 

21. Eat at the Guthrie Green in the Brady Arts District on Wednesdays
Enjoy the wild card food truck festival every last Wednesday of the month and eat a large combination of ethnical and local food.

22. Camp at Osage Hills State Park
Big chance for the family to bond, enjoy the outdoors, and take a break from technology.

23. Learn at at Gilcrease Museum
Explore one of the country’s best facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history.

24. Try pops you did not even know existed at Pops
Enjoy over 600 flavors in its soda ranch. 

25. Explore Chelsea

Take a selfie with a totem pole and appreciate our beautiful Native American culture.

26. Tour the State Capitol
Just pop in to check how the local government is doing. Maybe one of your kids will want to have a career there.

27. Stargaze with the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club
Enjoy the sky from Sept. 20th-28th at the 31st annual Okie-Tex Star Party.

28. Visit Woolaroc outside of Bartlesville
Explore the wildlife with the family and learn how the animals normally interact.

29. Learn more about dinosaurs at Kenton
Discover dinosaur tracks preserved in sandstone.

30. Experience the historic Mattie Beal Home
Enjoy a house built more than 100 years ago. The house belonged to Beal, the second person selected from a lottery to own a 160-acre parcel.

31. Go for an easy hike at the Oklahoma City’s Martin Park Nature Center
Enjoy nature with your family and exercise at the same time. Sweet combination!

32. Fuel up with some Italian food at Pete’s Place in Krebs
Nothing better to recharge your batteries than some authentic Italian food in Oklahoma City.

33. Enjoy the Darryl Starbird’s National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum
Because there is nothing like more than 50 custom-built exotic vehicles to make the boys happy!

34. Give the kids a treat by taking them to the Bedre Fine Chocolate factory in Davis
Because they deserve to know how their favorite sweet is made.

35. Teach your kids how to fish on Lake Skiatook
Just rent a boat and teach your kids how fun fishing can be.

36. Enjoy a hot summer day at Pelican Bay Aquatic Center in Edmond
Cool down one of these days in the water at the Pelican Bay.

37. Learn how Ice Cream is made at the Braum’s Processing Plant and Bakery in Tuttle
Now that your family knows how chocolate is made, how about you bring them to learn about ice cream?

38. Attend a concert at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee
Some of the state's most talented artist have played here!

39. Want to explore how the medieval age was? Visit the Wentz Camp & Pool in Ponca City
Enjoy multiple attractions like bunkhouses, swimming, and mess halls while understanding the medieval age.

40. Cruise The Cherokee Queen
Sit down and enjoy the ride while getting to know the Oklahoma City Grand Lake.

41. See the Oklahoma Land Run Monument
Enjoy the monument that recognizes the historic beginnings of Oklahoma Territory's settlement and eventual statehood.

42. Tour the Martin Park Nature Center
Pet some cute furry animals and get to know some others at a large nature preserve with 2.5 miles of trails that cover woodlands, plains, and a large creek

43. Attend an event at the Civic Center Music Hall
Built in 1937, the city center has been renovated many times throughout the years. Perfect for a family friendly night out!

44. Visit the Paseo Arts District
The buildings of this two-block street reflect the Spanish revival style of architecture. Take some pics on the way!

45. Explore the National Softball Hall of Fame
Browse through the most difficult hall of fame in the country. Only 366 players have been able to be part of this club.

46. Visit the Orr Family Farm
You and your kids can take part in exciting outdoor activities such as gemstone mining, paintball, hayrides, and pony rides.

47. Drive through historic Route 66
Drive through the historic U.S. Route 66 ran from west to northeast across the state of Oklahoma, along the path now taken by Interstate 40 and State Highway 66.

48. Visit the Conoco Museum
The museum's exhibits depict the growth of a company born from the early days of a kerosene distributor and the wildcat days of the Cherokee Outlet, to an international energy empire. Good way to inspire your kids to pursue their dreams!

49. Get to know the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion
Explore one of the most historical mansions in Oklahoma, built in 1928 for Governor Henry S. Johnston.

50. Enjoy the Chickasaw National Recreation Area
The park contains many fine examples of 1930's Civilian Conservation Corps architecture. Nice space for a warm summer day.

51. Visit Lake Eufaula
Enjoy one of Oklahoma's most scenic lakes. Take a swimsuit and a BBQ with you, and make this a day to remember.

52. Explore the Beavers Bend Area
Beavers Bend State Park offers a variety of individual and group activities. Eagle watches are available from November through February. Trout fishing, fly fishing clinics, guided horseback rides, and hayrides throughout the park are other activities offered at Beavers Bend.

Happy exploring!

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