50 Things to Do This Winter under $5

The winter season brings tons of fun to the Oklahoma City area. Between kids being out of school for winter break and cold weather lingering long into the New Year, we know parents are searching high and low for ways to keep kids entertained. We want to help you do it all on a budget, so we've outlined 50 fabulous ways to stay busy this season all for $5 or less! Looking for more family fun? Be sure to check out our searchable calendar and sign up for our Weekend Picks to get events sent straight to your inbox.

  1. Enjoy $5 admission to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory during the Winter Solstice Night in the Gardens. The bride will stay open late for families to enjoy crafts and take their photo with the Ice King & Queen. 6 – 9 p.m.
  2. Try out this exciting science experiment about floating!
  3. Enjoy the exhibitions on display and learn about printmaking at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. During winter break, kids 17 & under can enjoy FREE admission.
  4. Go explore a local shop! Here are some of our favorites. Allow your kids to explore new spaces and don't feel pressure to buy anything new!
  5. Jan. 1: FREE First Day Hike at Lake Thunderbird State Park (13101 Alameda Dr, Norman). Meet at the Nature Center and then head out on a moderate hike. Be sure to bring your leashed pets, camera, binoculars, water and appropriate dress for cold weather. Afterward, there will be complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and healthy snacks. 1 p.m.
  6. Jan. 5 – 7: Eagle Watch at Arcadia Lake (900 E 2nd St, Edmond). See majestic eagles in their natural habitat. Begin at the Arcadia Lake Park office for information about where the eagles can be spotted and check out the raptor wingspan display. Dress warmly and bring binoculars. $3 per vehicle. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  7. Stick with those get-healthy resolutions at Tot Town’s weekly Mommy & Me Yoga on Saturdays. Kids can try poses or play while moms enjoy the yoga. 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  8. Jan. 6: Explore the art of beadwork and design themes, and make your very own beadwork samples to take home at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s FREE Saturdays for Kids event. 10 a.m. - noon
  9. Jan. 6: FREE Eagle Watch at Lake Thunderbird State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman) features an information session and a tour of the park to catch a glimpse of magnificent eagles in their winter home. Preregister. Be sure to bring your binoculars and dress appropriately. 1 p.m.
  10. Whether or not snow is falling outside, your kids will love creating these homemade icicles
  11. Jan. 9: Explore the colder side of science at the FREE Icy Cold Science Lab at the Edmond Library. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  12. Jan. 12: FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 block of NW 16th St). Businesses stay open late with featured artists, live music, special events, local shopping and more. 7 to 11 p.m. 
  13. Go to your local library and find some fun books to read aloud at home.
  14. We rounded up 10 kid-friendly day trips to take out of Oklahoma City. Besides the money for gas, it's possible to pack up some snacks and see many of these sights without spending a dime.
  15. Embrace the great outdoors by heading to one of these top spots for exploring nature in OKC. Find some tips for heading outdoors with little ones here.
  16. Jan. 13: FREE Make + Take at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features a family 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 to 4 p.m.
  17. Rent a movie, make this festive popcorn and just have a night in!
  18. Winter weather makes us even more aware of the usefulness of insulation. Teach your kids more about the science behind insulated mugs and even homes with this fun experiment.
  19. Jan. 13: FREE Diaper Dash Baby Crawl & Toddler Trot at the Yukon Community Center (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon). Babies 6-14 months compete to see who can crawl a set distance in a timed event. Toddlers trot to see which baby can walk the fastest. Prizes awarded in three categories. 10:30 a.m. to noon.
  20. Visit an Oklahoma State Park! Not only are they free to enter, but the family could easily spend hours exploring nature and learning more about Oklahoma wildlife.
  21. A perfect indoor activity on a cold winter day is to visit a story time. They happen regularly all over the OKC metro and we've listed several here.
  22. Find a fun new idea on our page full of free events and activities happening in OKC!
  23. Jan. 15: FREE Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at various locations across Oklahoma City celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a parade, silent march, bell ringing ceremony and more. The festivities begin and end at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (127 NW 7th St). 9 a.m.
  24. Enjoy $1 admission at Oklahoma WONDERtorium with a food donation for Stillwater’s Weekend Food Sacks for Children program. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  25. Jan. 16: FREE Art Adventures at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art  (555 Elm Ave, Norman) features a themed story time and correlating craft project for kids ages 3-5 with an adult. 10:30am.
  26. You probably have all the ingredients on hand already to make homemade ice cream in a bag. Teach your kids a science lesson while you do it!
  27. Jan. 17: Get your heart pumping with some FREE, action-packed minute-to-win-it challenges at the Edmond Library. 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  28. Find a fun library event. Many of the events at Oklahoma City's libraries are totally free and great for keeping kids entertained.
  29. Call up some friends and head to a park for a playdate!
  30. Jan. 25: Enjoy some time together at the FREE Family Game Night at The Station at Central Park. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  31. Jan. 25: Challenge your mind and escape the Northwest Library. Kids ages 12 & up can use clues and solve puzzles to see if they can escape before the time runs out.
  32. Jan. 26: FREE Snowflake Dance at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features a winter themed dance party for preschoolers. 10 – 11 a.m.
  33. Winter is the perfect time to bring the learning indoors. We've got you covered with this simple science experiment to teach your kids about surface tension.
  34. Whether the weather is rainy or not, this list of rainy-day activities offers plenty of ideas for fun.
  35. Jan. 30: Enjoy the classic Back to the Future on the big screen at Harkins Theatre’s Tuesday Night Classics. 7 p.m.
  36. Enter our contests! It just takes a second and you could win big!
  37. Feb. 6: Using real artifacts from the Oklahoma City Zoo, explore some unique Oklahoma animals, as well as complete related crafts and activities at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  38. Volunteer! Check out our list of family volunteer opportunities and take time to give back. 
  39. Feb. 10: FREE See You Saturdays at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features special activities for the whole family including a conversation series, themed museum tours and immersive crafts. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  40. Feb. 3: FREE Eagle Watch at Lake Thunderbird State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman) features an information session and a tour of the park to catch a glimpse of magnificent eagles in their winter home. Preregister. Be sure to bring your binoculars and dress appropriately. 1 p.m. Also held: 2/18.
  41. Feb. 4: Explore the Generations in Modern Pueblo Painting exhibition at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s FREE Family Day and enjoy hands-on activities for the whole family
  42. Feb. 6: Celebrate together at the Southwest Oklahoma Library’s FREE Valentine’s Dance. Enjoy a fun dance party and snacks at the library. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  43. Feb. 7: Explore the winter season at Myriad Garden’s FREE Reading Wednesdays. Each week offers a nature-themed story time and related craft. 10 – 11 a.m.
  44. Feb. 9: FREE Night to Shine Prom at Putnam City Baptist Church (11401 N Rockwell Ave) features an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs, ages 16 and older, including hair and makeup stations, a karaoke room and, of course, dancing. Parents and guardians can enjoy a special night of their own with live entertainment by Wade Tower, a professional ballroom dancing presentation by Bruce and Nancy Smith, dancing and dinner. Preregister, space is limited.
  45. Feb. 10: Watch as fun characters and floats parade down Main Street for the FREE Norman Mardi Gras Parade. 7 – 9 p.m.
  46. Feb. 11: FREE See You Saturdays at the Gaylord Pickens Museum (1400 Classen Dr) features special activities for the whole family including a conversation series, themed museum tours, immersive crafts and a chance to collect Hall of Fame Heroes. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  47. Feb. 15: Take part in some friendly competition at the FREE Ping Pong Mania at The Station at Central Park. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  48. Feb. 21: FREE Snow Touch, Learn, Create at the SOKC Library (2201 SW 134th St). Explore and play at numerous sensory snow-themed activity stations.  For children ages 2 - 6. 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  49. Got some extra soda cans around the house? Take this opportunity to teach kids about air pressure with this fun and simple science experiment!
  50. Feb. 27: Is your teen meant for the stage? Check out this FREE Acting 101 Series at the Norman Central Library. Classes will be taught by Lazara Gonzalez, a television writer and director.

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