Editor's Picks: Indoor Entertainment in OKC
Illustration by Lauren Rebbeck
The average daily high temperature in Oklahoma City in January is 50 degrees. That's hardly park weather. Here are some great places in the Oklahoma City metro to kill some time or get the wiggles out indoors.
Dollar Movie Theaters
Everyone loves a trip to the movie theater but taking the whole family out all winter could get pricey. AMC Northpark 7 in Northpark Mall (12100 N. May Ave.) features movies for just $2 with $1 showings each Tuesday. Concessions are reasonably priced, too. Another great pick that's just a short drive east of the city is Carmike Hornbeck & Penthouse Twin (125 N. Bell, Shawnee). Also $2 per ticket, this historic theater only has two screens but is worth the drive for its quaint location downtown and unique 1940s interior.
Libraries & Story Times
The Metropolitan Library System and Pioneer Library System both serve the Oklahoma City metro area with incredible facilities and entertaining events. The library is so much more than a place to check out a book. This month alone, there are more than 15 special events happening at libraries in the Oklahoma City metro area. Find them all here. Story times also offer entertainment indoors. We've listed more than a dozen local story times (most of them are totally free) at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/story-times.
Trampoline Parks & Bounce Houses
For older kids, Elevation Trampoline Park's two locations (14402 N. Lincoln Blvd., Edmond and 1431 N Moore Ave, Moore) are great places to let off some steam indoors. Open jump times are available daily where kids are invited to jump freely across long trampolines. The facility also features sport courts for playing dodgeball, basketball and volleyball.
While there is a special jumping area here for ages 2 to 6, younger jumpers will probably enjoy Jump!Zone (10400 S. Western Ave.) more. The facility features six different inflatables for jumping and tumbling and a special toddler area for jumpers under 4.
Indoor Playgrounds & Board Gaming
If you're seeking a good old-fashioned playground sheltered from the outdoor elements, Oklahoma City has plenty. Two great ones that are available for free are at area malls. Visit the lower level in front of Dillard's at Quail Springs Mall (2501 W. Memorial Rd.) or the Old Navy Wing at Sooner Mall (3301 W. Main St., Norman) to let your little ones burn some energy inside.
If your older kids are getting bored at home, a board game cafe is the perfect destination to kill some time. Loot & XP (2228 W. Main St., Norman) has more than 300 board games just waiting to be played. The venue also features a snack bar with coffee to keep teens warm and comfortable for long days of game-playing.
Museum Exhibits & Events
Local museums offer great opportunities for kids to have fun inside. In fact, a brand new exhibit is opening at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 N.E. 63rd St.) just in time to enjoy throughout the winter weather. Their new Power and Prestige Children's Gallery opens Feb. 3 and promises to be an engaging attraction for young learners.
With made-and-take activity areas, a mapping journey and a story-station reading area, kids won't even realize they're packing in tons of information about the histories and cultures of the American Plains Indians.
The special gallery will be open until mid-May. Other great learning opportunities for kids are available through the museum's Saturdays for Kids program, offered free one Saturday a month. Find out more about current museum exhibits throughout Oklahoma City at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/museum-exhibits.