Summer Bucket List: 60 Free and Cheap Things to Do In & Around OKC

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The weirdest school year in human history is over and summer is here!! We are all itching to get out and explore this great city and state of ours as more things begin to open up again!

Luckily, there’s no shortage of fun in the OKC metro and even luckier? So much of it is free or cheap! I hope you enjoy this Summer Bucket List of Free & Cheap Fun in OKC

60 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 bovine skills and dress like a cow for a free Chick Fil A Entree on July 10th. Mooo!

3. Free Donuts – On June 4th head to Krispy Kreme for a free donut in honor of national donut day

Head to a Museum for Free

4. Visit the Sam Noble Museum – On the first Monday of every month, enjoy complimentary admission for children 17 and under.

5. Art Adventures at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art – Admission is always FREE! Be sure to pick up a scavenger hunt or BINGO card to keep your kiddos engaged while at the museum.

6. Saturdays for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – Head to this great museum on the first Saturday of the month for free gallery tours of select exhibits and hands-on learning. Free with membership or museum admission.

7. Perked Up Playdate at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – Meet up with friends on the third Tuesday of the month April through September within a safe community space at the all-new Friess Family playground. During these playdates, friendships will form, a community will develop, and conversations will take place while children engage with each other and explore the playground. Enjoy refreshments for both adults and littles. Kids also can take part in a craft activity. Free with membership or museum admission.

8. 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. Reservations currently required. Call 340-0078 to reserve your time. 

9. 45th Infantry Museum – Check out World War II relics and other items from military history at this free museum set on a beautiful 15-acre park. 

10. Second Saturdays Make & Take Art – Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center offers free art projects for children every second Saturday of the month from 12 to 3 p.m. Projects are fun for children of all ages and experience levels. Tickets (free) required. Reservations are available two weeks prior to the event. 

11. Summer Thursdays at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum – On Thursdays beginning at 10:00 a.m., enjoy free admission to the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Crafts are also included.

12. OSU Museum of Art Family Day – All summer long, on the second Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., visit the OSU Museum of Art for free, hands-on art activities for all ages.

Catch a Movie, Game, or Concert for Nearly Nothing

13. Art Moves – The Arts Council of OKC and Devon present this free art event that features daily performances in various locations downtown. From Noon – 1 p.m. every day, bring the kids out and enjoy something new! Currently streaming only on the Art Moves Facebook page here

14. Take in a movie at the Summer Movie Fun Series at Harkins Theater – Beginning June 11, catch a family-friendly movie on Fridays for just $5 ($3 for Harkins reward members!).  

15. Live! on the Plaza – The Plaza District’s art walk occurs every second Friday of the month. From 6 to 10 p.m., you can enjoy live music, local artists, special events, shopping, and more!

16. Catch a baseball game – Catch an OKC Dodgers baseball game in Bricktown. Tickets start at $10.00 and the season lasts all summer.

17. OKC Energy Soccer – Cheer on OKC’s newest team for a fun family outing – tickets start at $13.00. Be sure to check out kids eat free nights for an even bigger bargain at the game!

Foster a Love of Reading at a Local Storytime

18. 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. 

19. Metro Library Story Times & Activities – Check out your local library’s calendar of events for storytimes and other awesome free activities

20. 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!

21. Keep a Home Reading Log – these book recommendations will keep their minds & imaginations running all summer long! 

Soak Up the Sun With Free & Cheap Outdoor Fun

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

23. Walking Tour of Myriad Botanical Gardens – On the last Saturday of every month, you can join the free Walking Tour program at 10 a.m.

24. Fish for Free – The City of Oklahoma City offers free fishing days on the first Saturday of every month. For those 16 and older, a state license is required.

25. 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!

26. Head to an Area Splash Pad – Soak up the sun and check out this guide, which will help you find splash pads near you.

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

28. 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.

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

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

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

32. 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! 

33. Oklahoma City Boathouse District – Hike along the Oklahoma River and let your kids enjoy the modern playground located on 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.

34. 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.

35. Gathering Place – This is WORTH the drive to Tulsa for an amazing park with fun for all ages.

36. Tour the Pioneer Woman Lodge – Another freebie worth the day trip, but be sure to check out these tips for a great day in Pawhuska before you go!

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

38. Explore the Great Outdoors on a Family Field Trip – Pack up and GO! Oklahoma has a lot of beauty to offer to those who are ready to explore!

Have a Hands-On Experience with History

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

40. 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.

41. Territorial Schoolhouse – Step back in time and visit the first one-room schoolhouse in Oklahoma. 

42. Visit historic all-black towns – Bonus points if your kids do some research before you go!

43. Visit the National Memorial – For a few moments of history and reflection, take the family to the Oklahoma City National Memorial in downtown Oklahoma City.

Keep it Local at a Festival or Special Event

44. Attend an Art Walk – The Paseo Arts District hosts the First Friday Gallery Walk on the first Friday of every month (rain or shine!) from 6-9 p.m. with themes exhibits, guest artists, and more! 

45. 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 9th & 10th. 

46. 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.

47. Bust out your red, white and blue for Libertyfest – Take in the all-day activities in Edmond this July Fourth. Check out the parade, festival activities, food, music and more throughout the day, and wrap your night up with a brilliant display of fireworks over the UCO campus. 

48. Rush Springs Watermelon Festival – Who doesn’t love watermelon in the summer? Visit Rush Springs as they celebrate the watermelon harvest with seed spitting contests, arts and crafts, live entertainment, carnival rides, FREE watermelon and more.

49. Farmer’s Market Guide – Support local Farmer’s and enjoy an open market at your local Farmer’s Market. 

Learn Something New at a Free or Cheap Class

50. Michael’s Camp Creativity – Your child can enjoy great crafts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through the summer. Currently offered virtually

51. Build and Grow With Lowe’s – Attend free workshops at Lowe’s that help kids learn how to make fun projects, like a birdhouse and planter. Register ahead for these monthly events.

Summer Classics

52. 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!.

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

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

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

56. 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.

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

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

59. Sign Up for Vacation Bible School – with SO many options around the metro you’re bound to find one right in your backyard! 

60. Go Bowling – Did you know you can register your kids to receive free bowling all summer long? Several OKC bowling alleys participate in this program, and it’s a great way to save money and stay active.

What are YOUR summer plans? 

 

 

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