Fun Things to Do in Oklahoma

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Oklahoma offers many fun things to do, both indoor and outdoor, to keep your children engaged and entertained all year long.

Free Fun

If you live near Oklahoma City there’s a ton of fun things to do. The city’s numerous spraygrounds (http://www.okc.gov/parks), found in 16 of its parks, are a great way to cool off for free in the summer months. If your kids love trains, head to the Oklahoma Railway Museum (http://www.oklahomarailwaymuseum.org/), which offers free admission and gives kids the chance to see freight cars, a steam engine, and passenger cars. Train rides are an additional cost. In the winter, head to the Oklahoma City Zoo (http://www.okczoo.com/) on Mondays in December, January, and February when admission is free.

Educational Fun

Oklahoma has several museums that provide kids with fun things to do that are educational at the same time. For instance, the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum (www.jasminemoran.com) in Seminole provides hands-on exhibits that let them explore careers, learn about science, and test their cognitive skills, all while having fun. The Oklahoma WONDERtorium (http://www.okwondertorium.org/) is another such museum. It is scheduled to open in Stillwater in the summer of 2011, and offers interactive play-based exhibits. Tulsa has the Kaleidoscope Children’s Museum (www.kaleidoscopecm.com), yet another option. The Oklahoma Science Museum (www.omniplex.org) may cater to those with older children, and it is located in Oklahoma City.

Environmental Fun

If possible, take your children to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and Visitor’s Center (http://www.fws.gov/southwest/) in Lawton, where they can see buffalo, Texas longhorn cattle, and a variety of elk and deer free ranging. Activities here include hiking, picnicking, fishing, and rappelling. If you and your kids enjoy water activities, head to Kaw Lake (http://www.kawlake.com/) in Ponca City, which has two full-service marinas and excellent fishing. The Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum (www.tulsazoo.org) is a small, but educational zoological park. For a larger zoo experience, plan a visit to the Oklahoma City Zoo (www.okczoo.com).

Seasonal Fun

To experience something truly unique, head to Sand Springs (http://sandspringsok.org/) in the beginning of December for Oklahoma’s oldest nighttime Christmas parade. It is one of the largest parades in the state with over 100 displays and draws thousands of people each year. In the fall, visit one of the state’s many farms to pick apples and pumpkins and visit the petting zoo. Wild Things Farm (http://www.wildthingsfarm.com/) in Pocola is a good choice, offering a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and flashlight maze in the fall. There are fun things to do all season long.

Just for Mom Fun

The Cottonwood Salon Spa (http://www.cottonwoodsalonspa.com/) has won numerous awards for excellence, and has even been featured in TLC’s “A Makeover Story” show. This is an excellent place to go for a mom’s night out with your girlfriends, or even a weekend getaway when you can send the kids to grandma’s. For shopping fun, visit Sooner Mall (http://www.soonermall.com/) in Norman, one of the Oklahoma City area’s top shopping malls.

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