Summer Bucket List: 30+ Free & Cheap Activities around OKC

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It’s already felt like the longest summer on record but now there are even MORE days to fill. This summer our activities will certainly look different, but we are still going to find all the fun we can! Have fun making memories in an all new way this summer!

30+ Free Things to do in OKC This Summer:

Special “Freebie” Days You Don’t Want to Miss

1. Free Slurpee Day – On July 11th grab a free slurpee at 7-11! (See what they did there?)

2. Free Chick Fil A – Show off your costume skills and dress like a cow for a free Chick Fil A Entree on July 14th. Mooo!

3. Free Donuts – On June 7th head to Krispy Kreme for a free donut in honor of national donut day. Help them give away one million donuts this year! 

Head to a Museum 

4. Kids Take Over at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – Head to this great museum on the first Saturday of the month for gallery tours of select exhibits and hands-on learning (Free for members or with admission).

5. Visit the Edmond Historical Society Museum – Another free attraction, this museum features a Children’s Learning Center with hands-on play areas, costumes, and more (the museum will reopen June 2nd)

Foster a Love of Reading at a Local Storytime

6. Bringing Books to Life – Every Wednesday from 10 – 11 a.m. in the Children’s Garden at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, catch nature-themed storytime and crafts.

7. Full Circle Bookstore – Saturdays at 10:15 a.m. For toddlers thru age 10 – enjoy the cozy children’s room and storytime – sometimes with a special guest! (Story Time begins again June 6th)

Soak Up the Sun With Free & Cheap Outdoor Fun

8. You Pick Farms & Orchards – This guide lists great pick-your-own farms around the area for you to enjoy!

9. Discover the Great Outdoors – Oklahoma has so many great places to hike and explore. Venture a bit further out to enjoy more of our beautiful state!

10. Take a Socially Distant Field Trip – Explore the metro in a whole new way while allowing for distance – and picnic lunches!

11. Visit the Clydesdales – Located in Yukon, the Express barn is home to the world-famous Express Clydesdales. You can get up close and personal with these gentle giants for free! Open by appointment only – be sure to call ahead!

12. Spend Time in the Park – Find a park or recreation center near you to explore and play outside. (OKCYukonEdmondNormanMoore).

13. Go Geocaching – Geocaching, the world’s largest treasure hunt, is both free and educational. Using GPS devices, you try to locate hidden containers and share your experiences.

14. Backyard Games – Never run out of fun at home with this great list of fun games!

15. Fairy Houses – Such a sweet way to pass the time!

16. Plant a Garden – Teach the kids about gardening by picking a few flowers or trees and watching them grow.

17. Great Salt Plains – Take your turn at digging for unique selenite crystals on the beautiful salt flats of the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge near Jet, OK. It’s free, and you get to take your treasures home with you! 

18. Oklahoma City Boathouse District – Hike along the Oklahoma River and let your kids enjoy the beauty along the banks in Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District. While you’re there, be sure to kick back and watch the various boats, canoes and kayaks working their way up and down the river.

19. Keystone Ancient Forest – Hike and explore this unique-to-Oklahoma forest, made up on 500-year-old post oaks and 300-year-old cedars located in Sand Springs. You can also take a break at Keystone Lake to enjoy wildlife watching. Open during select Saturdays.

20. Gathering Place – This is WORTH the drive to Tulsa for an amazing park with fun for all ages. Please follow their web site for updates as they are re-opening in phases. 

21. Complete Guide to Outdoor Fun – Wanting more outdoor ideas? Check out our complete guide to getting kids outside in the metro.

Have an Experience with History

22. Explore Historic Guthrie – Check out Oklahoma’s First Capital, ride the trolley, or just stroll through downtown and window shop. 

23. Travel Route 66 – You don’t have to go far to find Route 66 in Oklahoma. A quick drive to Pops and the Round Barn in Arcadia are quick ways to discover some of the state’s quirky, beloved roadside attractions.

24. Territorial Schoolhouse – Step back in time and visit the first one-room schoolhouse in Oklahoma. Open on Saturdays by appointment only. 

Keep it Local at a Festival or Special Event 

25. Venture to McLoud for the Blackberry Festival – Find all sorts of blackberry items including cobbler, sodas and more. There will also be live music, a parade, a pageant and fireworks for you and your family to enjoy. The festival runs July 10th & 11th. 

26. Experience Native American Culture – At the Red Earth Festival, enjoy a variety of both traditional and contemporary artworks will astound as you move through the exhibits featuring some of today’s most celebrated Native American artists. 2020’s festival will be rescheduled – new date is TBD.  

Summer Classics

27. Set up a Lemonade Stand – Minimal cost, maximum fun (and cute!) Plus you can totally pass this off as a teachable activity – put those little entrepreneurs to work!.

28. Catch Lightning Bugs – This summer staple can’t be beat, and it’s free fun for the whole family.

29. Go Camping – But not without reading this list of tips for a successful trip first!

30. Have a Water Balloon Fight – Bonus points if you’re the one that starts it, mom!

31. Make Your Own Art – While you’re outside with the water balloons, break out the sidewalk chalk and let your little artists create their own masterpieces.

32. Get Pinteresty – With this great list of kid-approved crafts

33. Sprinklers – Turn ’em on. Run like crazy. Water your lawn and wear out the kids all at once. Yes please!

What are YOUR summer plans? 

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