50 Things to Do This Summer under $5
Art After 5 at OKCMOA
Editor's Note: This list was updated as of July 24, 2017.
Summer is a glorious season when kids are out of school and families get to spend lots of extra time together. As many parents know too well, entertaining little ones can get expensive. We've got you covered with this list of 50 exciting summer ideas all under $5. Most of these events and activities are actually totally free! Oklahoma City offers plenty of frugal fun, so be sure to take advantage of these incredible inexpensive programs and activities.
- Start your summer with an excitement for learning at Moore's FREE Summer Reading Kickoff & Parade. Hosted 10 a.m. on June 1.
- FREE Wheeler Criterium in the Wheeler District (1701 S Western Ave) features some of Oklahoma’s top riders in fast-paced, flat track races as well as live music and food trucks. Tuesdays, 5-8:30 p.m.
- Art After 5 Rooftop Summer Concert Series at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features live music, complimentary chips & salsa, a full bar for the adults and a beautiful view of the city skyline as well as museum admission. Members, free; non-members, $5. Thursdays this summer, 5-10:30 p.m.; Galleries close at 9 p.m.
- Trucks for Tots at on the lawn behind Whole Foods (62nd & Western). Families will have the chance to meet and interact with our community's heroes and take a peek inside their exciting machines they drive every day to save lives and change our community. $2 suggested donation benefiting Infant Crisis Services. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 3.
- FREE Midwest Summer Fest at Charles J. Johnson Central Park (Mid-America Blvd & SE 29th St, Midwest City) features live entertainment, a movie in the park, yard games, food trucks and more, on the first Friday of June, July & August as well as Sept. 8. 6:30 – 11:30 p.m.
- Summer Kids Series at Warren Theatre (1000 S Telephone Rd, Moore) features kid-friendly screenings of fun movies for a discounted price on Tuesdays and Thursdays. See website for a list of scheduled movies. $2. 10 a.m.
- Okietales at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features a one-of-a-kind reading and storytelling time where kids can see and hear history. Best suited for ages 5-9. Museum admission included. $2 Wednesdays in June & July, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
- Full Moon Bike Ride and Run at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a leisurely hour ride through downtown and time training runs. $5 suggested donation. All ages welcome. 8 - 9:30 p.m. Rides are planned for June 7, July 8, August 7, September 11 and October 5.
- Try a new playground! There's no better way to entertain the kids than to take them to a new open-air play place. These 10 are totally free and recommended by our readers.
- FREE Play in the Park in Moore (various locations) features fun games and activities at a different Moore park every Friday throughout the summer, except July 1. Best suited for ages 6-14. Parents must accompany children. Fridays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
- Mommy Son Luau at Reno Swim & Slide (101 S Douglas Blvd, Midwest City) features an after-hours pool party with swimming, limbo and big splash contests. Ticket includes a hot dog, chips and a drink. $5. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., June 9.
- Summer Movie Fun Series at Harkins Bricktown 16 (150 E Reno Ave) features fun family films every day of the week for a discounted price. See website for a list of movies. $2. 9:45 a.m. daily.
- FREE Summer Concert Series at Hafer Park (1034 S Byrant St) features local bands performing in the park every Thursday in June, July & August from 6:15-8:45 p.m.
- FREE Kids’ Fishing Derby at Arcadia Lake’s Spring Creek Park (7200 E 15th St, Edmond). Kids ages 5-15 can compete to see who can catch the biggest fish. Preregister. Concessions & worms available for sale. 7:30 a.m. - noon, June 10.
- Wild Wednesdays at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features half price admission every Wednesday in July & August. Adults, $4; kids (3-11), $2.50
- Banana Fro-Yo is a cheap snack that will hugely upgrade a banana bundle. Use on-hand ingredients to make this stellar summer snack.
- FREE deadCENTER Film Festival kidsFEST at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) & Harkins Theatre (150 E Reno Ave) features a series of family friendly short films. Saturday, June 10, 11 a.m.; Sunday, June 11, noon.
- FREE Monthly Mini Model Build at the Lego Store in Penn Square Mall (1901 NW Expressway) features a new model to build in store on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of the month. Quantities are limited. For ages 6-14. Preregister. June 6
& 6, July TBA and August 8 & 9. 5 p.m.
- 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. July 10.
- FREE Summer Nights Concert Series at Central Park Amphitheater (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features live music from local artists including Nicnos & Riders Ford. Fridays from 7-10 p.m.
- FREE Art in the Park at Hafer Park (1034 S Bryant Ave, Edmond) on June 15. Enjoy art in the park and use nature and natural items as inspiration. Preregister. For ages 2 -12. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Also held at Chitwood Park on July 13 and at Stephenson Park on August 10.
- FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 block of NW 16th) features artists, live music, special events, local shopping and more on the second Friday each month, rain or shine. 7 to 11 p.m.
- FREE Art Moves at various locations in Downtown Oklahoma City offers a free hour-long lunchtime art experience every weekday. Events run every weekday, noon-1 p.m. (unless otherwise noted), and are free and open to the public.
- Tuesday Night Classics at Harkins Theatre (150 E Reno) features special presentations of classic films on the big screen every Tuesday at 7 p.m. for $5.
- Go bowling! At least three local bowling lanes are offering free games every day for kids out for summer break. You'll have to pay for shoe rental, but this is still incredibly cheap summer entertainment. Learn more about these offers on our Indoor Summer Fun Guide.
- Head to 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.
- Outdoor Summer Movies & Concerts are offered totally free at many local parks. Spend a few bucks on concessions and you have a killer summer outing!
- FREE Summer Thursdays at Gaylord-Pickens Museum (1400 Classen Dr) features story time and a craft for families as well as FREE museum admission. 10:30 a.m. every Thursday.
- FREE Story Time at Moore Parks (various locations) features an outdoor story time a different city park led by the Moore Public Schools. Mondays, 10 a.m.
- Enjoy Storybook Hour at Cuppies & Joe (727 NW 23rd). This twice monthly event is totally free so spend a few bucks on a tasty cup of coffee and relax while your kids are entertained by a lively story reading on the first and third Saturday at 10 a.m.
- FREE Friday Fun Days at Yukon Parks (various locations) feature fun activities for kids including Touch a Truck, turtles races, picnics and more. Select Fridays, 10 a.m.
- Visit the Wiley Post Park Splash Ground (SW 17th & Robinson) or any of the other free splash pads and parks on this handy list.
- FREE Paseo Arts District Fairy Ball at First Christian Church (36th & Walker Ave) features an enchanted world of make believe, costumes and dancing. Children are invited to come dressed as a character from an enchanted garden. They can add finishing touches to their costumes with flowers and more at the ball. 7 – 9 p.m., June 17.
- Catch a movie at Northpark 7 (12100 N May, Ste G). If you think it's impossible to go to the movies for $5 or less, think again. This theater offers $2 admission to regular shows and drops admission to just $1 on Tuesdays.
- FREE Hooked on Fishing lessons at various Oklahoma City parks offer kids a chance to learn to fish without the expense of equipment or a license. Everything's provided, just show up ready to have fun. The lessons are held weekly at various parks.
- Weekly Walk-ups at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features fun activities that explore and celebrate the plant world. Activities vary by each day’s theme. $2 suggested donation. 10 a.m. – noon, weekdays from June 19 – Aug. 11.
- Use our Kids Pass coupon to get admission for four into Harn Homestead (1721 N Lincoln) for just $10. That allows you to explore the impressive historical venue for less than $3 per person!
- Visit a historic one-room schoolhouse. Many of the ones on our list offer free admission.
- 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.
- Explore Full Circle Bookstore (1900 NW Expy) with the whole family. The shop has an extensive children's area and regular events like live music and story times that are offered at no charge.
- FREE Make + Take at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features new art-making projects 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. No registration required. All supplies included. 1-4 p.m. every second Saturday.
- Check out some public art! These must-see murals are scattered throughout town and don't cost a dime to visit.
- Geekapalooza: A STEAM Festival for Kids at Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (1141 N Lincoln Blvd) encourages families to learn about STEAM topics through hands-on expo booths, demonstrations, robotics and short workshops, all focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. "Geek" costumes are encouraged as there will be a contest. $10 per family (up to six people). 9 a.m. - noon & 1 – 4 p.m.
- 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.
- FREE On The Lawn Festival behind Whole Foods (6233 N Western Ave) features food trucks, music, kid-friendly fun, yard games and more. 6 – 9 p.m. on the first Thursday.
- Hit up Sonic's Happy Hour or any of the other special meal discounts on our Restaurant Family Discount page for seriously cheap refreshment.
- Enjoy a FREE behind-the-scenes tour to learn about the equine industry and meet an Arabian horse at the Youth National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show, July 22-29.
- Drop a line at the City of Moore’s FREE Fishing Derby on July 29! Kids ages 5-15 can cast a pole to try to catch a prize fish.
- RIVERSPORT Adventures is offering families a unique camping experience, just steps away from modern conveniences. Enjoy stargazing and outdoor games and movies for just $10 per tent on July 29 & August 12.
- Visit your local library. Both the Metropolitan Library System and Pioneer Library System have several locations and dozens of free events offered all summer. Even if you don't catch a special event, these facilities are havens for families seeking free summer fun.
Looking for even more summer time fun? Check out our lengthy list of summer resources.