Free Kids Activities and Events in the OKC Metro

The Only Thing Better than Family Fun is FREE Family Fun!

The OKC metro area is full of great opportunities to have free (or nearly free!) family fun—you just have know to where to go and what to do! Below, you'll find free activities, events (see this week's free activities in the calendar!), as well as reader-suggested places to go and things to do that require little to no cash. 

[Editor's Note: This is a working list, so please check back often for updates and changes.  Know of something that should be added? Comment below or email hannah@metrofamilymagazine.com and let us know!]

Our readers' 10 favorite free activities in the metro:

  1. Storytimes and other activities at the Metropolitan Library System and Pioneer Library System branch libraries in their area.
  2. The monthly mini-model LEGO build at Penn Square Mall on the first Tuesday of each month.
  3. Arts Festival Oklahoma (Labor Day Weekend)
  4. Volunteering at the Regional Food Bank - Rewarding, humbling, gratifying and so much more.  (Find other family volunteering opportunities here.)
  5. Hafer Park in Edmond
  6. Window Shopping in downtown Edmond
  7. The Paseo Arts Festival (Memorial Day Weekend)
  8. Free admission at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History on the first Monday of each month
  9. Free admission at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art every day!
  10. Live on the Plaza event held on the second Friday of each month in the historic Plaza disrict in Oklahoma City.

Thanks to readers Jaretta B., Nicole C., Jennifer S., Kristi W., Jason B. and Dena F. for their contributions to this list!

Looking for more free fun and family discounts?

Here are this week's free events around the OKC metro:

September 2014

Activities and events celebrating Chickasaw heritage, history and customs will be featured at different venues throughout the Chickasaw Nation, including the cities of Tishomingo and Ada and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
, OK

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Features the first world championship event hosted on the Oklahoma River. Watch athletes from around world gather in Oklahoma City to compete in this prestigious event.  The...

Cost: FREE for public viewing

Where:
Boathouse District
725 S. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City , OK  73129
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Telephone: 552-4040
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No Oklahoman needs to die by suicide.  Join us at the UCO Nigh Center to hear Kevin Hines’ survivor story after he attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Univ. of Central Oklahoma
100 N. University Drive
Nigh Center
Edmond, OK  73034
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Sponsor: OK Dept. of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
Telephone: 405-628-8911
Contact Name: Lynn Smith
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Activities and events celebrating Chickasaw heritage, history and customs will be featured at different venues throughout the Chickasaw Nation, including the cities of Tishomingo and Ada and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
, OK

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Opening Reception: 4-5:30 pm, Sept. 4, Donna Nigh Gallery, 3rd and 4th Floor, Nigh University Center This exhibit highlights the outcomes of freshman through senior level course work created...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nigh University Center
100 N University Dr.
Edmond, OK  73034
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Sponsor: Department of Design
Telephone: 974-3860
Contact Name: Jordan Domanski
Website »

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Art Moves, presented by Devon, is the Arts Council of OKC’s newest initiative, offering free hour-long lunchtime art events and demonstrations in Downtown OKC. The program has provided...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 405-270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
Website »

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Heritage Hall invites the community to attend its Distinguished Speaker Series featuring eminent speakers and performers sharing their fine arts and academic passions with our students, patrons...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Heritage Hall, Middle School - Howard Theatre
1800 NW 122nd St.
Oklahoma City, OK  73120
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Sponsor: Heritage Hall
Telephone: (405) 749-3001
Contact Name: Regina Banks
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Heritage Hall invites the community to attend its Distinguished Speaker Series featuring speakers and performers sharing their fine arts and academic passions with students, patrons and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heritage Hall, Middle School - Howard Theatre
1800 NW 122nd St.
Oklahoma City, OK  73120
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Sponsor: Heritage Hall
Telephone: (405) 749-3001
Contact Name: Regina Banks
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Opening Reception: 4-5:30 pm, Sept. 4, Donna Nigh Gallery, 3rd and 4th Floor, Nigh University Center This exhibit highlights the outcomes of freshman through senior level course work created...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nigh University Center
100 N University Dr.
Edmond, OK  73034
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Sponsor: Department of Design
Telephone: 974-3860
Contact Name: Jordan Domanski
Website »

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Activities and events celebrating Chickasaw heritage, history and customs will be featured at different venues throughout the Chickasaw Nation, including the cities of Tishomingo and Ada and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
, OK

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Includes a story and hand-on art project built around a weekly theme. For children ages 3-5 with adult.  

Cost: FREE

Where:
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
555 Elm Ave
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 405-325-3272
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The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is partnering with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and Safe Kids Oklahoma to provide families with free inspections for their child’s car seat in...

Cost: Free

Where:
PIKEPASS Customer Service Center
4401 West Memorial Road
Oklahoma City, OK  73134
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, Safe Kids Oklahoma

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The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is partnering with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and Safe Kids Oklahoma to provide families with free inspections for their child’s car seat in...

Cost: Free

Where:
PIKEPASS Customer Service Center
4401 West Memorial Road
Oklahoma City, OK  73134
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Turnpike Authority
Telephone: 405.425.3610
Contact Name: Jack Damrill
Website »

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Art Moves, presented by Devon, is the Arts Council of OKC’s newest initiative, offering free hour-long lunchtime art events and demonstrations in Downtown OKC. The program has provided...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 405-270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
Website »

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Opening Reception: 4-5:30 pm, Sept. 4, Donna Nigh Gallery, 3rd and 4th Floor, Nigh University Center This exhibit highlights the outcomes of freshman through senior level course work created...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nigh University Center
100 N University Dr.
Edmond, OK  73034
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Sponsor: Department of Design
Telephone: 974-3860
Contact Name: Jordan Domanski
Website »

More information

Activities and events celebrating Chickasaw heritage, history and customs will be featured at different venues throughout the Chickasaw Nation, including the cities of Tishomingo and Ada and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
, OK

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Bring your children (ages 2-5) for story time every Wednesday at 10am. Books are nature-themed (based on the season). After story time, children will create a small craft to take...

Cost: FREE

Where:
lobby of the Crystal Bridge
301 W Reno
OKC, OK
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Telephone: 445-7080
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Offers FREE admission on Wednesdays through November 19, sponsored by the Oklahoma Ford Dealers.

Cost: FREE

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 N.E. 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 405-478-2250
Website »

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Art Moves, presented by Devon, is the Arts Council of OKC’s newest initiative, offering free hour-long lunchtime art events and demonstrations in Downtown OKC. The program has provided...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 405-270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
Website »

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In honor of Teacher Appreciation Month, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is offering complimentary admission to ALL teachers and their families through the month of October....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
2401 Chautauqua Ave
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 325-4712
Website »

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Opening Reception: 4-5:30 pm, Sept. 4, Donna Nigh Gallery, 3rd and 4th Floor, Nigh University Center This exhibit highlights the outcomes of freshman through senior level course work created...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nigh University Center
100 N University Dr.
Edmond, OK  73034
View map »


Sponsor: Department of Design
Telephone: 974-3860
Contact Name: Jordan Domanski
Website »

More information

Oklahoma City’s premier fall event, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival takes place Oct. 2-5 at the Boathouse District. The five-day celebration of rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and family...

Cost: FREE for public viewing

Where:
Boathouse District
725 S. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City , OK  73129
View map »


Website »

More information

Activities and events celebrating Chickasaw heritage, history and customs will be featured at different venues throughout the Chickasaw Nation, including the cities of Tishomingo and Ada and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
, OK

More information

Art Moves, presented by Devon, is the Arts Council of OKC’s newest initiative, offering free hour-long lunchtime art events and demonstrations in Downtown OKC. The program has provided...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 405-270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
Website »

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Features a FREE Eileen's Cookie with each admission. Every Thursday after 3pm when school is in session.   Edmond Public Schools Calendar

Cost: FREE with admission.

Where:
Unpluggits Playstudio
575 Enterprise Dr #110
Edmond, OK , OK , OK
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Telephone: 405-340-7584
Website »

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What is the rule of law? What is unique about the U.S. Constitution, and what can we do to revive constitutional government so we can pass it on for future generations? Oklahoma Council of...

Cost: Suggested donation: $10/person or $20/family.

Where:
H&H Shooting Sports
400 Vermont Ave #110
Oklahoma City, OK  73108
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
Telephone: (405) 602-1667
Contact Name: Lauren Aragon
Website »

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Buddha Mind Monastery offers free classes to help those interested in mediation learn methods to free the mind.  Beginner classes are every Thursday through November 20 from 7-9pm and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Buddha Mind Monastery
5800 South Anderson Road
Oklahoma City, OK  73150
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Sponsor: Buddha Mind Monastery
Telephone: 405-869-0501
Contact Name: Jian Hao Shifu
Website »

More information

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Month, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is offering complimentary admission to ALL teachers and their families through the month of October....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
2401 Chautauqua Ave
Norman, OK
View map »


Telephone: 325-4712
Website »

More information

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Oklahoma City’s premier fall event, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival takes place Oct. 2-5 at the Boathouse District. The five-day celebration of rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and family...

Cost: FREE for public viewing

Where:
Boathouse District
725 S. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City , OK  73129
View map »


Website »

More information

Activities and events celebrating Chickasaw heritage, history and customs will be featured at different venues throughout the Chickasaw Nation, including the cities of Tishomingo and Ada and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
, OK

More information

Opening Reception: 4-5:30 pm, Sept. 4, Donna Nigh Gallery, 3rd and 4th Floor, Nigh University Center This exhibit highlights the outcomes of freshman through senior level course work created...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nigh University Center
100 N University Dr.
Edmond, OK  73034
View map »


Sponsor: Department of Design
Telephone: 974-3860
Contact Name: Jordan Domanski
Website »

More information

Art Moves, presented by Devon, is the Arts Council of OKC’s newest initiative, offering free hour-long lunchtime art events and demonstrations in Downtown OKC. The program has provided...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 405-270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
Website »

More information

Downtown Edmond will come alive October 3rd with EdFest, featuring local beer and food, live music, kids activities and more. EdFest is the largest fundraiser of the year for Edmond Mobile...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Edmond Farmer's Market
25 W 3rd
Edmond, OK
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Telephone: 341-3411
Website »

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Features a family-fun night with activities including rock climbing, sling shots, inflatable obstacle course, pumpkin painting, face painting by Mona Lisa, food & more. Activities and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Camp DaKaNi
3309 E. Hefner Road
OKC, OK
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Telephone: 478-5646
Website »

More information

Buddha Mind Monastery offers free classes to help those interested in mediation learn methods to free the mind.  Beginner classes are every Thursday through November 20 from 7-9pm and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Buddha Mind Monastery
5800 South Anderson Road
Oklahoma City, OK  73150
View map »


Sponsor: Buddha Mind Monastery
Telephone: 405-869-0501
Contact Name: Jian Hao Shifu
Website »

More information

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Month, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is offering complimentary admission to ALL teachers and their families through the month of October....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
2401 Chautauqua Ave
Norman, OK
View map »


Telephone: 325-4712
Website »

More information

Features more than 60 artists in 17 galleries. Friday 6-10pm; Saturday, noon-6pm.

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Paseo District
28th and N Walker to 30th and N Dewey
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 405-525-2688
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Features new & used clothing, toys & other items for babies & children (birth-5T). $10 per booth to sell items. 

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Mustang Town Center
1201 N Mustang
Mustang, OK
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Telephone: 376-3411
Website »

More information

Activities and events celebrating Chickasaw heritage, history and customs will be featured at different venues throughout the Chickasaw Nation, including the cities of Tishomingo and Ada and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
, OK

More information

Oklahoma City’s premier fall event, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival takes place Oct. 2-5 at the Boathouse District. The five-day celebration of rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and family...

Cost: FREE for public viewing

Where:
Boathouse District
725 S. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City , OK  73129
View map »


Website »

More information

Shawnee Fly-In Air Show at the Shawnee Regional Airport features pancakes and barbecue, aerobatic performers, various WWII aircraft, pilot Jim Gardner and the News 9 helicopter. Sky diving and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Shawnee Regional Airport
2202 Airport Rd
Shawnee, OK  74804
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Telephone: 878-1633
Website »

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Inspired by the community and a collective desire to positively impact this city, the Peace Love & Goodwill Festival is designed to promote the very best in local and regional food, music, art...

Cost: Free

Where:
Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 W Reno
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Features a nationwide day of Star Wars events at four Metropolitan Libraries. Children can enjoy themed crafts, activities, book drawings, games & more. Parents and children are encouraged...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Village Library
10307 N Pennsylvania
OKC, OK
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Telephone: 755-0710
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For ages 2-6 features stories chosen to help children discover the world of nature read by park naturalists followed by an activity or outdoor hike.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Martin Park Nature Center
5000 W Memorial
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 405-755-0676
Website »

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Saturdays for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd) features Robert Lange demonstrating how to draw a cowboy cartoon character. Robert has been drawing...

Cost: Free

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
, OK  73111
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Telephone: 478-2250
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Each Saturday, 10:15am.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Full Circle Books
1900 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 405-842-2900
Website »

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  Ages 3+

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lakeshore Learning Store
6300 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73112
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Telephone: 405-858-8778
Website »

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Saturdays 11-11:30am.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Edmond's Best of Books
1313 E Danforth
Edmond, OK
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Telephone: 405-340-9202
Website »

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FREE learn to skate lesson.

Cost: FREE, $2 skate rental (if needed)

Where:
Skate Galaxy
5800 NW 36th St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 405-605-2758
Website »

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Features The Lineage of David, The Russell Clan Family Band and Mark Porter. 7pm. 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Inspiration Hill
880669 S 3330
Wellston, OK
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Telephone: 356-4051

More information

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Month, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is offering complimentary admission to ALL teachers and their families through the month of October....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
2401 Chautauqua Ave
Norman, OK
View map »


Telephone: 325-4712
Website »

More information

Features more than 60 artists in 17 galleries. Friday 6-10pm; Saturday, noon-6pm.

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Paseo District
28th and N Walker to 30th and N Dewey
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405-525-2688
Website »

More information

Guthrie Escape: Art, Wine & Music Festival in downtown Guthrie features artist booths, live demonstrations, wineries and a children’s area. Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. 

Cost: Free

Where:
, AL


Telephone: 260-2345
Website »

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