Our family moved to the Oklahoma City area about a year and a half ago. As parents with two young daughters we were excited to find that the metro area has held many attractions for us to explore. Currently I live down in the Norman area so while most of my exploring has been central or south OKC, in the last few months we have begun to explore more of the north side of the city and surrounding areas like Edmond. I’m excited to keep adding to this post as our list for fun family activities in OKC and Central OK grows.
One of the best resources I found when trying to figure out what things to do and places to go in OKC was the local mom’s blog – OKC Mom Collective. Just hop on their site and search away! You’ll find a lot of what you need for fun family activities in OKC area ad the metro area. You can find food options, local festivals, day trips in the area, best of lists – all put together by local Moms.
I also like using the Instagram account – OKC kid friendly to learn and discover fun family activities in OKC and the surrounding areas. She highlights and features different places as well as holds some monthly meet ups so you might want to check that out! And the metro OKC family magazine is another good resource to gather ideas from.
fun family activities in OKC metro
- Myriad Gardens – the children’s garden here has been by far a huge highlight for littles. Lots to do and play with. Come winter time they fill it with lights which makes it a fun and different winter activity. They also have a great splash pad area in the summer.
- science museum – by far the top rated place amongst my little girlies. It really has something for all ages. Exhibits to visit, open areas for play, an outdoor garden – variety for all ages makes this an excellent place to search out. It has a room for breastfeeding moms if you need a place to be quiet for a bit. The upstairs has a large open room where kids can build and play with lots of different things. A membership is for sure the way to go here – going for a few hours at a time is the way we have found best to explore this place.
- Scissortail Park – pathways to explore, a splash pad and playground. This park doesn’t have a lot of shade and so gets super hot in the summer. It’s also not as little kid friendly as some.
- the Libraries! Most of the libraries around the area have awesome children’s spaces. Our local Norman one has areas for all ages and lots of fun play activities.
- Another delightful place to stop in while you are out and about is Commonplace Books – they have simple toys for children to play with you while you browse.
- the Zoo
- PlayPit in Norman – this place is great especially when it’s too cold or too hot outside!
Norman area parks
- ruby grant
- Sutton wilderness park
- goldsby park – love this quite gem of a place! It has a walking path set amongst trees and a creek. And 3 different playgrounds for kids to climb around on.
Newcastle Splash Pad – huge splashpad with a playground on site. It also has several tables with shade for watching the kids from.
Moore Little River Splash Pad – large park with a huge splash pad which can overwhelming and full of kids at times. Not the friendliest place for the real little ones.
Places to Eat
- Pryors in Goldsby – my girls love going to Pryors Pizza out at the Selah. An indoor play area can keep them occupied while you wait for your food. And then an outdoor playground will make so they don’t want to leave. Outdoor seating is also available. Pryors serves an awesome gluten free pizza too!
- Flower Child in OKC
- Stitch – best breakfast tacos in the area! Also love the vibe of this place with lots of light and plants. 🙂 It can get busy at brunch times so be warned.
- Syrup – this lovely brunch place has lots of different delicious breakfast foods to try but do be aware that the lines and wait times can be long especially for little ones!
Adventuring and Exploring in Oklahoma
- Sulphur Springs – the little nature center is quite fun to visit here and the path back to springs is stroller and kid friendly. There’s a few different hikes around the area but the one by the nature center is perfect for little kids.
- Camp Arbuckle – we went camping here this past fall and had a great time. The lake is pretty and can have swimming. Lots of hikes in the near area that are safe and fun for little ones.
- Wichita Mountains – the wildlife refuge offers some great family-friendly hikes. Make sure to pack lots of water if going during the summer as there’s not a ton of shade on some of a lot of the hikes from the heat. Last summer we made good memories getting to eat our lunch with buffalo in sight. Prairie dog villages, buffalo and longhorn cattle are some of the native animals you can experience while there. Then stop in Medicine Park for ice cream afterwards to finish off a great family day!
- get a family photo session done! Ha of course I add that one in…but as a family photographer I love getting to photograph families in their favorite spaces and giving them images that capture their memories for a lifetime.