Fun Things for Kids in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma is surprisingly packed full of fun things for kids – here are the highlights:
Science Museum OK
Formerly known as The Omniplex, Science Museum Oklahoma should make the short list for any visit to OKC with kids. There are so many amazing and engaging exhibits, it’s hard to only list the highlights. If I had to pick, I would chose the Tinkering Garage, Airplay, and Gadgetrees. Don't miss the chance to ride a segway and catch a show at the planetarium. Location: 2100 NE 52nd Street (405) 602-6664.
Oklahoma City Zoological Park and Botanical Gardens
It's hard to believe, but the OKC zoo really does get better every year. The most recent openings were the world-class elephant exhibit and the giraffe feeding platform. Up next, Expedition Asia; the kids and I can hardly wait. Physical address (best for GPS): 2000 Remington Place Oklahoma City, OK 73111. Mailing Address: 2101 NE 50th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73111 Phone Number: (405) 424-3344.
Myriad Botanical Gardens
The 17-acre park, completely renovated in 2011 offers a children’s garden, playable art and even a labyrinth. If you are visiting on a Saturday or Sunday, there are game rentals; navigate the lake with a remote control sailboat or try your hand at a fun game of bocce ball or corn toss. Located at Reno & Robinson in downtown OKC 301 W Reno, OKC, OK 73102 Phone: (405) 297-3995.
The perfect spot for an afternoon picnic, followed up with a bike ride along the river. Come during a rowing event for extra excitement. Better yet, rent kayaks and get on the river yourself. This was even the site of US Rowing Olympic trials. Location: 25 S Lincoln Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73129.
OK Land Run Monument
After leaving the OK river, stop by the Land Run Monument and be inspired by the pioneer spirit displayed by Oklahoma’s early settlers. It’s both a good history lesson for kids and a fun photo opportunity.
Will Rogers Park
The playground equipment here is perfect for little kids; it’s worth the drive even if it’s not your neighborhood park. You can also try your hand at a round of Frisbee golf. The park is also a prime spot for family photos, with its pretty gardens, meandering paths, and towering trees.
Oklahoma History Center
Located on 18 acres of land, the Oklahoma History Center offers things to do both inside and outside of the facility, including oilfield exhibits and a 1/4-mile walking tour. Experience Oklahoma's rich and diverse history through 5 main galleries housing more than 200 audio, video and computer activities. There are also many fun events throughout the year. Location: 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 522-0765.
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National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center
Who knew that an exhibit on barbed-wire could be so much fun! But, yes, it is. They even host a genuine chuck wagon gathering Children’s Cowboy Festival each May. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum was formerly known as the Cowboy Hall Fame. Location: 1700 NE 63rd Street (405) 478-2250.
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Offering a variety of age-appropriate classes and workshops based on the Museum’s exhibitions and permanent collection, The Oklahoma City Museum of Art helps parents foster their children’s love of the arts and inspire their creative expression. We've been lucky to catch live children's concerts, including Spaghetti Eddie, at The Museum. Location: 415 Couch Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73102 (405) 236-3100, ext. 237.
Oklahoma City With Kids
Oklahoma City really is a wonderful city, with so much to offer families, including some things you wouldn't expect to find in OKC. What are your favorite fun things for kids in Oklahoma City?