50 Things to Do This Spring Under $5




Spring is such an exciting time in Oklahoma City. Neighborhood street festivals and statewide festivals usually get kicked off in spring and tons of opportunities for family fun abound. With summer break just around the corner, save your money this spring by attending family events that are cheap or totally free. Here are 50 opportunities to have family fun under $5 this season. For more ways to save money on family fun, check out our Kids Pass which has several coupons to popular local attractions.

 

  1. March 13 – 19: Three Sister Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial, Sulphur) features experience cultural demonstrators about 18th-century Chickasaw life in the living village, test their skills at traditional games including stickball and archery, enjoy a series of family-friendly films and more. Free to attend; theater admission applies. Monday- Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.
  2. March 18: FREE Heard on Hurd (Broadway Ave, 1st & Hurd) is a family-friendly street festival featuring local food, unique shopping and live music. 6 – 10 p.m.
  3. March 25: FREE OKC Dodgers Fan Fest at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features a hot dog eating contest, autograph sessions, behind-the-scenes tours of the ballpark, homerun derby, batting practice in the indoor team batting cages and other family-friendly activities. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  4. March 25: Bird Egg Hunt at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd). Replica bird eggs will be scattered throughout a meadow, and it's your job to find one of each species and learn about its unique characteristics. $2. For ages 2-6,   3-3:45 p.m.;  for ages 7-10, 4-4:45 p.m.
  5. March 25: Industry Flea in Midtown (10th & Hudson) is an open-air market featuring food trucks, live music and a variety of artisans and shops offering vintage clothing, furniture, art, locally-made food and more. Free to attend. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  6. March 26: FREE Butterfly Gardening Class at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St, Warr Acres). Holly Hunter, curator of Warr Acres Library's butterfly garden, will share about growing tips, plant selection, Monarchs and more. Pre-registrants will each receive a pack of seeds at the end of the program. All ages welcome. 3 – 4 p.m.
  7. March 26 – April 1: Bandanna Week at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Get into the Museum FREE when you visit sporting your favorite bandanna. Special activities are planned throughout the week. 10 a.m.
  8. March 31 – April 2: Medieval Fair of Norman at Reaves Park (2501 Jenkins Ave, Norman). Learn about the middle ages with educational exhibits, craft demonstrations and more. Free to attend; parking, $5. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  9. April 1: FREE Saturdays for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63 St) celebrates Earth Day with a bandanna craft made from recycled materials. Best suited for kids ages 4 - 12. Preregister.
  10. Check out some public art! These must-see murals are scattered throughout town and don't cost a dime to visit.
  11. April 1: Special Saturday Event at Harn Homestead (1721 N Lincoln Blvd) features tours of the homestead and craft vendors. $5. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  12. Get some fresh air and exercise together and go for a bike ride. There are plenty of scenic trails to discover together.
  13. April 2: FREE Open Street OKC in the Uptown 23rd Street (NW 23rd between Western & Robinson) is a street celebration to encourage active transportation and healthy lifestyles. Accenting the fun will be a local food trucks and wellness ideas and activities. Noon – 4 p.m.
  14. April 3 & 4: FREE Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman). Hundreds of pre-kindergarten through 12th grade Native American language students participate in judged written and oral performance categories that celebrate the use of native languages in traditional and modern ways. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  15. April 7: FREE First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo District (NW 30th & 27th St, Walker & Hudson Ave) features more than 80 artists, special themed exhibits, refreshments, live music and food trucks. 6 – 10 p.m.
  16. April 7: FREE Community Tree Planting at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Help plant trees for the Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum, and along the way, learn about proper tree planting, pruning and care. No registration required. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  17. April 8: FREE Covered in Color: Sidewalk Chalk Competition and Art Festival at Charles J. Johnson Central Park (SE 29th St and Mid-America Blvd, Midwest City) features a vibrant showcase of art and creativity as well as live entertainment, art vendors, food trucks and more. Open chalk zones will be available for those wanting to add their colorful contribution to the festivities. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  18. April 8: FREE Arcadia Lake Sweep at Spring Creek Park (SE 15th St, Edmond). Help clean up the shores and parks of Arcadia Lake. Participants will receive a t-shirt while supplies last as well a hotdog lunch. 7 – 10 a.m.
  19. Admission at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman) is always FREE. They're open Tuesday through Sunday and packed with exhibits your little ones are sure to find intriguing. 
  20. April 8: FREE Family Make + Take at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) feature an art-making project inspired by works of art on view at the museum. Projects are designed to be accessible and fun for visitors of all ages and all levels of art-making experience. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 1 – 4 p.m.
  21. April 8: Oklahoma Sooners Spring Football Game at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (1185 Asp Ave, Norman) features a scrimmage, live music, kids’ amusement rides, tailgating cuisine and more. Activities, 9:30 a.m.; game, 1 p.m.
  22. April 8 - 9: FREE ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest in Bricktown (various locations) features more than 60 artists at 10 different venues. See website for a current lineup of bands and venues. 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  23. April showers bring May flowers but they also bring muddy puddles which might mean you need an indoor playground. Play places are available at both Sooner Mall (3301 W Main St, Norman) and Quail Springs Mall (2501 W Memorial) to provide a little air conditioned entertainment at no cost.
  24. April 9: FREE Family Day at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr). Enjoy free admission and a host of hands-on art activities and experiences throughout the entire Museum including kid-friendly performances throughout the galleries and in the Samuel Roberts Noble Theater. Noon - 5 p.m.
  25. April 13: Art in the Park at Hafer Park (1034 S Bryant Ave, Edmond). Enjoy nature inspired art in the park. 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  26. April 14: FREE 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk in the Norman Arts District (downtown Norman) features a monthly celebration of the arts in Norman. 6 – 9 p.m.
  27. April 14: FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 block of NW 16th St) features artists, live music, special events, local shopping and more on the second Friday of the month. 7 – 11 p.m.
  28. April 14: FREE Movie Night in the Park at the MAC Amphitheater (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features a screening of Trolls. Concessions available for $1. Movie begins at dark.
  29. Whether you are looking to explore something new or simply excite your mind in a new way, museums are a fun way for families to spend time together while learning about our world. From art and science to history and more, visit a local FREE museum.
  30. April 18 – 22: 89er Days Celebration in Guthrie (various locations) features a chuck wagon dinner, carnival, 1889-style baseball game, parade, rodeo and more. Most events are FREE to attend. See website for a complete schedule.
  31. April 20: FREE Third Thursday at Gaylord-Pickens Museum (1400 Classen Dr) features a story and craft time and with FREE admission. 10 a.m.
  32. April 23: FREE Earth Day Festival at Reaves Park (2501 Jenkins Ave, Norman) features family fun activities teaching the importance of protecting our earth including hands-on art projects, musical entertainment, mascots, pet adoption and more. Noon – 5 p.m.
  33. April 25 – 30: Festival of the Arts at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features art from over 200 artists, food entertainment and more. Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  34. April 27 – 29: FREE Norman Music Festival in Downtown Norman (Main St & Jones Ave, Norman) s a free, three day independent music festival featuring more than 300 performers providing free arts, culture and entertainment. See website for a complete list of bands and schedule of events.
  35. April 29: FREE Earth Fest at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features a family celebration of the Earth with eco-friendly games, crafts and activities. 1 – 5 p.m.
  36. April 30: FREE Festival’s Got Talent at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) is a talent competition for kids in grades k- 12th. All forms of entertainment are welcome. 3:30 – 5 p.m.
  37. Taking the whole family out for a restaurant meal can be expensive. Pack up your regular homemade lunch and take it on a picnic to instantly upgrade your meal time for free. Our list of top picnic spots in the metro should provide you with an ideal location. 
  38. May 5 - 7: FREE Downtown Edmond Arts Festival (30 W 1st St, Edmond) features more than 100 artists, food vendors, live music and a children's area. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  39. May 5 – 7: Rose Rock Music Festival in Downtown Noble (304 S Main St, Noble) features a carnival, art and craft vendors, festival food, parade, car show and live music ranging from country, blues and rock to classical and retro pop. Free admission. Friday, 5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.
  40. May 6: FREE Fishing Days at OKC Lakes & Ponds (Various Locations). The City of Oklahoma City offers FREE fishing on the first Saturday of each month. No city permit is required; however a State license is for anyone 16 and older.
  41. May 6: Festival of the Child at Yukon City Park (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon) is a one-day celebration featuring over 50 areas of fun including kayaking, moon bounces, crafts, pony rides, storytelling and more. All activities are geared for children 12 and under. Kids, $5 in advance, $7 day of; adults, FREE. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  42. May 6 – 7: FREE May Fair Arts Festival at Andrews Park (201 W Daws, Norman) features two-day, outdoor art show featuring artists and quality craftsmen, top area performers, artists demonstrations, children's art activities, a student art show, food and more. Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  43. May 7: OKC Garden Fest at the Oklahoma City Farmer’s Public Market (311 S Klein Ave) features Oklahoma herb & plant growers, wineries, produce, garden art, local food trucks, gardening demonstrations, kids activities and more. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  44. May 8: FREE First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) feature FREE admission for kids 17 years old and under. General admission applies to guests 18 and older. Adults (18-64), $8; seniors (65+), $6; Kids (17 & under), FREE. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  45. May 20: FREE Star Spangled Salute Air Show at Tinker Air Force Base (3001 S Douglas Blvd, Midwest City) features the USAF Thunderbirds and an array of other flying acts, static displays and live entertainment. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  46. May 26: FREE Movie in the Park at Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features a screening of Rogue One. Star Wars characters will be present for photo opportunities. Concessions available. 7 – 10 p.m.
  47. May 27: Bethany 66 Festival (Ashbury & College Ave, Bethany) is a family-friendly event featuring food, downtown sidewalk sales, antiques, commercial exhibits and children's activities. FREE admission. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  48. May 30: Tuesday Night Classics at Harkins Theatre (150 E Reno Ave) features a screening of Wizard of Oz. $5. 7 p.m.
  49. May 31: Bringing Gardens to Life at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno). Make a nature-based, take home craft that relates to the book, such as an insect “hotel” or a seed pot with some extra pizzazz. Best suited for ages 2 - 5. $3 suggested donation. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  50. June 4: Peace, Love & Goodwill Festival at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno) features music, food, kids activities, shopping and more, benefiting of the youth programs of Goodwill. Free to attend. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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