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. Have an ornament exchange and watch your kids learn about other cultures and nations without even realizing they're doing something educational. You can do this with friends nearby or even do it remotely with friends and family living far away!
  2. Try out this exciting science experiment about floating!
  3. Dec. 21: FREE First Day of Winter Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulpur). Enjoy a fun-filled weekend of cultural demonstrations and crafts, traditional games, storytelling, stomp dancing and more. Admission to the exhibit center applies. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  4. Dec. 28: FREE Winter Movie Series at the Mustang Library (1201 N Mustang Dr, Mustang) features a screening of Storks. 3:30 – 5 p.m.
  5. Dec. 29: FREE Winter Science Extravaganza at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman). Create a snowstorm in a jar, grow your own crystal snowflakes, discover how arctic animals stay warm, and experience the science of ice. No registration required. All materials provided and activities are come & go. 1 – 4 p.m.
  6. Dec. 30: FREE The Mitten Presentation by the Oklahoma City Zoo at the Mustang Library (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) discovers the cool ways animals overcome the cold with stylish winter coats, built-in blubber, and even antifreeze as they journey into Jan Brett’s “The Mitten,” a humorous tale of several animals squeezing into a mitten to stay warm. No registration required. 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  7. Dec. 31: FREE Rockin’ Noon Year’s Eve Party at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore). Enjoy games, crafts, music, and fun as you rock the last noon of 2015. 11 a.m. to noon.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. Jan. 3 & 4: FREE Monthly Mini Model Build at the Lego Store in Penn Square Mall (1901 NW Expressway). LEGO VIPs ages 6-14 can build an exclusive model to take home. Models must be built in store. Preregister. 5 p.m. 
  11. Jan. 6: FREE First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo Arts District (NW 30th & 27th Streets, Walker & Hudson Ave) features guest artists, art exhibits, refreshments, live music and food trucks on the first Friday of each month. 6 to 10 p.m.
  12. 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.
  13. Jan. 6 – 8: 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.
  14.  Jan. 7: FREE Saturdays for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Kids can decorate a saddle bag to hold a “bucket list” of ideas for the New Year. Designed for children ages 4 – 12. Free for children and accompanying adults. Reservations requested by noon on Jan. 6. 10 a.m. – noon.
  15. Jan. 13: FREE 2nd Friday Art Walk in Norman (Main St, Norman) is a monthly celebration of the arts. All events are free and open to the public. 6 to 9 p.m.
  16. Whether or not snow is falling outside, your kids will love creating these homemade icicles
  17. Jan. 13: 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. 
  18. Go to your local library and find some fun books to read aloud at home.
  19. 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.
  20. Jan. 14: FREE Dinosaur Discovery Event at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May Ave). Explore the wild, prehistoric world of dinosaurs with hands-on science stations, story time and crafts. 10 a.m – 3 p.m.
  21. 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.
  22. Jan. 14: 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.
  23. Take a trip to the Oklahoma City zoo. Through February, get two for one admission on Tuesdays!
  24. Rent a movie, make this festive popcorn and just have a night in!
  25. 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.
  26. Jan. 14: 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Find a fun new idea on our page full of free events and activities happening in OKC!
  30. Jan. 16: 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.
  31. 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!
  32. Jan. 21: FREE Watercolor Painting Class for Teens at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St). Learn basic techniques, and applying color and composition. Leave with a finished painting suitable for framing or gift-giving. For ages 12 - 18. All supplies are provided. Preregister. 2 to 3:30 p.m. 
  33. Jan. 21: FREE Edmond Authors’ Book Fair at Edmond Historical Society & Museum (431 S Boulevard, Edmond). Enjoy an afternoon discovering local authors in the museum's gallery, free of charge. 1 – 4 p.m.
  34. Jan. 24: FREE Snowy Science Activities at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond) features a hands-on winter science lab to answer questions like how do snowflakes form or what makes ice melt so quickly. Preregister. Best suited for ages 5 -12. 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
  35. Find a fun library event. Many of the events at Oklahoma City's libraries are totally free and great for keeping kids entertained.
  36. Call up some friends and head to a park for a playdate!
  37. Jan. 26: FREE Teen Game Night at Mustang Public Library (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang). Teens may bring their own games or play some of the library's games. No registration is required. 6 – 8 p.m.
  38. Jan. 27: 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.
  39. Jan. 27 - 29: FREE Teddy Bear Sleepover at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard St). What mischief will they get into when the lights go out at the end of the day? Register your stuffed animal and then bring them to the library on Friday, Jan. 29, then pick them up on Sunday and read about their adventures in a take-home book!
  40. 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.
  41. Jan. 30: Yukon's Daddy Daughter Dance at the Dale Robertson Center (1200 Lakeshore Dr,Yukon) is a A special dance for dads and their daughters to spend time together featuring great music by Mr. Rock-n-Roll Ronnie Kay, light refreshments and photos. $5 in advance, $7 day of. 5-8 year old, 3 to 4:30 & 5-6:30 p.m.; 9-12 year olds, 7-8:30 p.m.
  42. Whether the weather is rainy or not, this list of rainy-day activities offers plenty of ideas for free fun.
  43. Enter our contests! It just takes a second and you could win big!
  44. Jan. 28: Yukon Daddy Daughter Dance at the Dale Robertson Center (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) features music, light refreshments and photos. Best suited for girls ages 4-12 years old. $5 in advance, $7 day of. 3, 5 & 7 p.m.
  45. Volunteer! Check out our list of family volunteer opportunities and take time to give back. 
  46. Feb. 4: 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.
  47. Feb. 10: 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.
  48. Feb. 11: FREE Harry Potter Day at the Moore Library (225 S Howard, Moore) features crafts, photo booths, Sorting Hat quiz and ceremony, potions class, Quidditch and more. Costumes encouraged. Registration and signed waivers are required for Quidditch. 1 – 3 p.m. Costumes are encouraged, all ages welcome.
  49. Feb. 14: 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.
  50. Got some extra soda cans around the house? Take this opportunity to teach kids about air pressure with this fun and simple science experiment!

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