50 Free (or Nearly Free) Things to Do in OKC This Fall


School has started and Pinterest is exploding with recipes for all things pumpkin.  We are ready to embrace the cooler temperatures and snuggle down in our boots and scarves, ready to surrender ourselves to weekends scheduled around football games.  Fall is so close – we can feel the crispness in the mornings.

To really embrace the changing of the seasons, we’ve come up with 50 things to do in OKC this fall, that are free or nearly free!  Enjoy your family time, mamas!free things to do in okc

  1. Enjoy a football game.  Whether you are in Stillwater, Norman, or just hanging at the house on the weekends, there is lots of fun to be had while watching your favorite team or getting outside for an impromptu game of your own.
  2. Fall photoshoot.  The temperature, changing of the leaves, and all the fall colors are a perfect time to get your family together to create some lasting memories, even if it’s with your camera phone!
  3. Make applesauce.  Go old school and grab some apples instead of the pre-packaged ones at the store.  It will be an experience with your kids AND it will make your house smell yummy!
  4. Go on a scavenger hunt.  Let the kids take the lead and let them create a hunt for YOU, or print out our fall scavenger hunt and head to the nearest park.
  5. Make a DIY Fall Banner! This is one easy way to spruce up your decor.
  6. Have a bonfire.  Grab a few of your close friends and roast some hot dogs and of course, s’mores!
  7. Get creative with s’mores! Try variations such as Reese’s instead of plain Hershey’s chocolate, fudge striped cookies instead of graham crackers, or drop all of those ideas and roast a Snickers bar instead!
  8. Find the best pumpkin. There are so many pumpkin patches in our area with plenty of pumpkins to choose from! My kids always really enjoy picking out “their” pumpkin.
  9. Paint or carve pumpkins.  Fall is perfect for letting the littles take their own artistic approach to how your pumpkin should look. When it gets close to Halloween, carve a face into their creation.  They will love it twice as much.

    carving pumpkins
    Kids love the gooey stuff inside pumpkins!
  10. Head to an OK Metro library location to pick out Fall themed books or movies!
  11. Make {and eat!} caramel apples.
  12. Go camping!  This is one of my family’s favorite fall activities. Lake Arcadia or Chickasaw Country have excellent spots for this, and they aren’t lengthy drives.
  13. Host a chili cookoff!  Gather a few family friends and bust out your favorite recipe. This also pairs up very nicely with #1 (FOOTBALL!)
  14. Walk or ride a bike on your favorite trail.  The sights at Lake Hefner are beautiful, head down to the Oklahoma River, or enjoy your local neighborhood park.
  15. Make a new friend.  Join a neighborhood group, work up the courage to ask that mom you’ve been wanting to get to know to coffee, or meet up with pals at Roxy’s.
  16. Try a new local coffee shop. Again, pumpkin everything.
  17. Find your way out of a corn maze and then head over to Pops for a burger.

    The iconic Pops landmark on Route 66.
  18. Create an art project out of fall leaves and sticks!
  19. Make a Fall Thankful Tree Centerpiece.
  20. Meet friends for a picnic.
  21. Bake cookies for someone just to say thank you. Don’t forget to sample one or two.
  22. Make an acorn or twig wreath.
  23. Send a “We are Grateful” note in the mail, just because. This also teaches kids the importance of gratitude.
  24. Rake up all.the.leaves and JUMP! Repeat several times.

    Raking Leaves_logo
    Jumping in the leaves is always fun!
  25. Create costumes out of leaves and have a “fashion” show.
  26. Schedule a time to tour the Braum’s factory in Tuttle.
  27. Enjoy a morning at the Edmond Historical Society children’s area and then enjoy Hideaway pizza for lunch.
  28. Catch a dollar movie at Northpark Mall or a matinee at Harkins Theatre.
  29. Host an outside movie night for the neighborhood.
  30. Take a trip downtown to show your kids the OKC National Memorial. Sit out under the survivor tree and discuss our city’s history of April 19, 1995 and how Oklahoma is stronger to this day.
  31. Host a block party with fun outdoor games.
  32. Take a tour of the Oklahoma City State Capitol.
  33. This isn’t in OKC, but fall break is coming up and it’s a fun place take a family trip out to Jet, Oklahoma.  Camp or rent a cabin at the Great Salt Plains State Park and bring your digging tools to find some salt crystals that is a perfect souvenir! This may not be free to stay for the night, but it’s free to dig!

    Our treasures from our family trip!
  34. Have breakfast in Luther at 116 Farmstead Market or at your favorite donut shop.
  35. Peruse the trains at the Oklahoma Railway Museum. There is a playground too, to get those extra wiggles out.
  36. Fly a kite with the winds sweeping down the plains.
  37. Stay up late to stargaze and use the SkyViewFree app to point out planets and constellations to your kids!
  38. Try new pumpkin recipes.  We have your top 5 right HERE.
  39. If you are brave {and so many of you ARE}, make a REAL pumpkin pie.
  40. See breathtaking views of the OKC Skyline and catch a ride on the Wheeler Ferris Wheel!

    Contributor Patty enjoying the time at the Ferris Wheel!
  41. Go on a tour of the historic Harn Homestead.
  42. Attend Wiggle Out Loud! This is a free festival downtown where you can come enjoy the day! Geared towards kids – come see us at the breastfeeding/nursing tent!
  43. Go to a friend’s soccer game and cheer them on just because!
  44. Go hiking! Martin Park Nature Center is a great place to bring the kids for trails, bird watching, fort climbing, and rock hopping.
  45. Head over to Wiley Post Airport to watch the planes landing and taking off.  Grab a bite to eat at their cafe (check hours.)

    Wiley Post
    Seeing planes up close and personal at Wiley Post.
  46. Go to the Oklahoma State Fair! Make sure you check out the discount days!
  47. Talk with your kids about being thankful.  Use these ideas to encourage thankfulness!
  48. Hit up the local farmers market with the family to buy some fresh produce!
  49. Stockyards Stampede!  This is a fun family event for all down in our historic Stockyards City.
  50. Pumpkinville.  Because it’s just not fall until you run around the Children’s Garden with thousands of pumpkins!

What are you doing this fall that we could add to the list?



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