Free Kids Activities and Events in the OKC Metro

Plaza DistrictThe 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. Story times 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. Visit Hafer Park in Edmond.
  6. Make + Take Workshops at Oklahoma Contemporary on the second Saturday of every month.
  7. The Paseo Arts Festival (Memorial Day Weekend).
  8. Attend Bringing Books to Life at Myriad Botanical Gardens. 
  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 district in Oklahoma City. Find more OKC street festivals on this list

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:

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FREE Events in OKC

August 2015

Features more than 200 pieces of art by artists of all ages and skill level who wish to express how their lives have been affected by cancer. The exhibit is open to all forms of art including but...

Cost: FREE

Where:
INTEGRIS Cancer Institute
5911 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: Troy and Dollie Smith Wellness Center
Telephone: 773-6600
Website »

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Learn some fun and easy recipes together every Sunday.  Ages 5-8, 2 - 3 p.m.; Ages 9-12, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Register weekly by Friday at 5 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Uptown Grocery Co.
1230 W Covell Rd
Edmond, OK  73003
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Telephone: 509-2700
Contact Name: Weskey Compton
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Features free hot dogs, homemade ice cream, music, games, a giant Slip-N-Slide, water games and fun for all ages.    

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nichols Hills United Methodist Church
1212 Bedford Drive
Nichols Hills, OK  73116
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Sponsor: Nichols Hill United Methodist Church
Telephone: 842-1486
Website »

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Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are bringing The Good News Festival to the Oklahoma City featuring musical performances by Skillet, Lacey and Dae-Lee, with special...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Chesapeake Energy Arena
100 W Reno Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Telephone: 405-702-0320
Contact Name: Danny Little
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Enjoy a FREE concert every Sunday on the Grand Lawn at the Myriad Gardens from June 7 through September 27. Show time is 7:30-9pm. Bring your family and a picnic and enjoy the great music....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Myriad Gardens Grand Lawn
301 W Reno
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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The Depot in Norman hosts a free Summer Breeze concert series throughout the summer at Lions Park. Bring seating, refreshments and enjoy the music. Upcoming performances include: May 17: The...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lions Park
400 S. Flood
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 301-9320
Website »

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Thanks to the support of Ad Astra Foundation, Avedis Foundation and St. Gregory’s Abbey, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum is free of charge all summer long. The museum is open Tuesday through...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
1900 W. MacArthur St
Shawnee, OK
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Telephone: 878-5300
Website »

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Features more than 200 pieces of art by artists of all ages and skill level who wish to express how their lives have been affected by cancer. The exhibit is open to all forms of art including but...

Cost: FREE

Where:
INTEGRIS Cancer Institute
5911 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: Troy and Dollie Smith Wellness Center
Telephone: 773-6600
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 »

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Every Monday evening, anime fans can watch anime, learn to draw, talk about manga and cosplay, eat pocky and have fun together.  Cosplay is encouraged but not required. Best suited for ages...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Belle Isle Library
5501 N Villa Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73112
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Sponsor: Belle Isle Library
Telephone: 405-843-9601
Contact Name: Kristin Jones
Website »

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The Oklahoma City-County Health Department hosts several wellness classes. The FREE classes meet one hour a week for 8 weeks with the goal of everyone in the class lose 5% of their body weight and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


Telephone: 425-4422

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The Payne County Free Fair in Stillwater features livestock shows, a wide variety of agricultural exhibits, a carnival, fair food and more. Watch an old-fashioned horse pull, a lawn tractor pull, a...

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Payne County Expo Center
4518 Expo Circle E
Stillwater, OK
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Telephone: 377-1275
Website »

More information

Features more than 200 pieces of art by artists of all ages and skill level who wish to express how their lives have been affected by cancer. The exhibit is open to all forms of art including but...

Cost: FREE

Where:
INTEGRIS Cancer Institute
5911 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: Troy and Dollie Smith Wellness Center
Telephone: 773-6600
Website »

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Young artists are invited to experience art through books and related art projects. The adventures include a story and hand-on art project built around a weekly theme. For children ages 3-5 with...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
555 Elm Ave
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 405-325-3272
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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This is a great, all-levels Vinyasa-style class led by Alexis Persico, who has a loyal following at the Gardens and This Land Yoga. Class participants should bring a yoga mat and water. We’ll...

Cost: Free for Myriad Botanical Gardens members, $10 for nonmembers

Where:
Myriad Botanical Gardens, Inside Crystal Bridge
301 W Reno
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: KINDA Healthy Snacks
Telephone: 445-7080
Website »

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The Oklahoma City-County Health Department hosts several wellness classes. The FREE classes meet one hour a week for 8 weeks with the goal of everyone in the class lose 5% of their body weight and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


Telephone: 425-4422

More information

Thanks to the support of Ad Astra Foundation, Avedis Foundation and St. Gregory’s Abbey, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum is free of charge all summer long. The museum is open Tuesday through...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
1900 W. MacArthur St
Shawnee, OK
View map »


Telephone: 878-5300
Website »

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The Payne County Free Fair in Stillwater features livestock shows, a wide variety of agricultural exhibits, a carnival, fair food and more. Watch an old-fashioned horse pull, a lawn tractor pull, a...

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Payne County Expo Center
4518 Expo Circle E
Stillwater, OK
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Telephone: 377-1275
Website »

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The Oklahoma Ford Dealers host Wide-Open Wednesdays at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum offering FREE admission to the public.  

Cost: FREE admission

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

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Features more than 200 pieces of art by artists of all ages and skill level who wish to express how their lives have been affected by cancer. The exhibit is open to all forms of art including but...

Cost: FREE

Where:
INTEGRIS Cancer Institute
5911 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Sponsor: Troy and Dollie Smith Wellness Center
Telephone: 773-6600
Website »

More information

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
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 »

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Six of the most talented skating SONIC Carhops from around the country will compete in the final stage of the 2015 SONIC Skate-Off, sponsored by long-time SONIC partners RC Sports® and Dr...

Cost: FREE

Where:
SONIC Headquarters
300 Johnny Bench Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
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Sponsor: SONIC Drive-In
Telephone: 512-542-2842
Contact Name: Madison LaRoche

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Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and get ready for some fun stories, songs, and art during Family Story time every Wednesday. Ages 3-5, but siblings are always welcome

Cost: FREE

Where:
Belle Isle Library
5501 N Villa Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73112
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Sponsor: Belle Isle Library
Telephone: 843-9601
Contact Name: Kristin Jones
Website »

More information

The Canadian County Free Fair, an annual tradition in El Reno since 1914, features a carnival, live entertainment on multiple stages, live stock exhibits, Farmhand Olympics, arts & craft...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Canadian County Fairgrounds
220 N Country Club Rd
El Reno, OK  73036
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Telephone: 262-0683
Website »

More information

Thanks to the support of Ad Astra Foundation, Avedis Foundation and St. Gregory’s Abbey, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum is free of charge all summer long. The museum is open Tuesday through...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
1900 W. MacArthur St
Shawnee, OK
View map »


Telephone: 878-5300
Website »

More information

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department hosts several wellness classes. The FREE classes meet one hour a week for 8 weeks with the goal of everyone in the class lose 5% of their body weight and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


Telephone: 425-4422

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The Payne County Free Fair in Stillwater features livestock shows, a wide variety of agricultural exhibits, a carnival, fair food and more. Watch an old-fashioned horse pull, a lawn tractor pull, a...

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Payne County Expo Center
4518 Expo Circle E
Stillwater, OK
View map »


Telephone: 377-1275
Website »

More information

Features more than 200 pieces of art by artists of all ages and skill level who wish to express how their lives have been affected by cancer. The exhibit is open to all forms of art including but...

Cost: FREE

Where:
INTEGRIS Cancer Institute
5911 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Sponsor: Troy and Dollie Smith Wellness Center
Telephone: 773-6600
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

Put on your pajamas and grab your favorite stuffed friend and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and an occasional craft with the family every Thursday evening. Space is limited. Preregister. Best...

Where:
Edmond Library
10 S Boulevard S
Edmond, OK
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Telephone: 341-9282
Website »

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In a three part series, Instructor Michael Dougles will discuss how to plan and prepare for nature-oriented travel, especially visits to national and state parks including: key planning aspects...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Norman Public Library Central
225 N Webster Ave
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 701-2600
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Hang out with the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club as they check out the moon, stars and planets right from Myriad Garden's Great Lawn.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Myriad Gardens Great Lawn
301 W Reno
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 445-7080
Website »

More information

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department hosts several wellness classes. The FREE classes meet one hour a week for 8 weeks with the goal of everyone in the class lose 5% of their body weight and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


Telephone: 425-4422

More information

The Canadian County Free Fair, an annual tradition in El Reno since 1914, features a carnival, live entertainment on multiple stages, live stock exhibits, Farmhand Olympics, arts & craft...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Canadian County Fairgrounds
220 N Country Club Rd
El Reno, OK  73036
View map »


Telephone: 262-0683
Website »

More information

Thanks to the support of Ad Astra Foundation, Avedis Foundation and St. Gregory’s Abbey, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum is free of charge all summer long. The museum is open Tuesday through...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
1900 W. MacArthur St
Shawnee, OK
View map »


Telephone: 878-5300
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The Payne County Free Fair in Stillwater features livestock shows, a wide variety of agricultural exhibits, a carnival, fair food and more. Watch an old-fashioned horse pull, a lawn tractor pull, a...

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Payne County Expo Center
4518 Expo Circle E
Stillwater, OK
View map »


Telephone: 377-1275
Website »

More information

Features more than 200 pieces of art by artists of all ages and skill level who wish to express how their lives have been affected by cancer. The exhibit is open to all forms of art including but...

Cost: FREE

Where:
INTEGRIS Cancer Institute
5911 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Sponsor: Troy and Dollie Smith Wellness Center
Telephone: 773-6600
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

The COBA Baby Cafe is a free drop-in or stay event that provides pregnant and breastfeeding mothers of color, a friendly and comfortable environment to learn about breastfeeding or to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Olivet Baptist Church
1201 NW 10th St
Oklahoma City, OK  73106
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Sponsor: Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates
Telephone: 405 819 4904
Contact Name: Danielle Lugrand, CLC
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The museum will hosts a opening reception for two new exhibits Collision and Creation: Indigenous Arts of the Americas 1890-2015 and Eyes of the Lynx: Galileo, Natural History and the Americas....

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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Blanchard’s Movies Under the Starz kicks off with a performance by Black & the Stingrays, a 50's & 60's band, and "The King" himself Elvis. Then, stick around...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lions Park
400 block SW 7th street
Blanchard, OK  73010
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Sponsor: Parks Dept.
Telephone: 485-9392
Contact Name: Chris Wittenbach
Website »

More information

The Canadian County Free Fair, an annual tradition in El Reno since 1914, features a carnival, live entertainment on multiple stages, live stock exhibits, Farmhand Olympics, arts & craft...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Canadian County Fairgrounds
220 N Country Club Rd
El Reno, OK  73036
View map »


Telephone: 262-0683
Website »

More information

The Industry Flea is an open-air market featuring a variety of artisans, shops and vintage finds featuring 40 plus vendors of vintage clothing and furniture, art, locally-made food and more....

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
Midtown Oklahoma City
399 NW 10th St
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Website »

More information

Thanks to the support of Ad Astra Foundation, Avedis Foundation and St. Gregory’s Abbey, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum is free of charge all summer long. The museum is open Tuesday through...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
1900 W. MacArthur St
Shawnee, OK
View map »


Telephone: 878-5300
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The Payne County Free Fair in Stillwater features livestock shows, a wide variety of agricultural exhibits, a carnival, fair food and more. Watch an old-fashioned horse pull, a lawn tractor pull, a...

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Payne County Expo Center
4518 Expo Circle E
Stillwater, OK
View map »


Telephone: 377-1275
Website »

More information

In an effort to help parents and students prepare for going back to school, U.S. Cellular is offering free Device Workshops. Anyone who attends an August workshop will have the opportunity to...

Cost: FREE

Where:
U.S. Cellular Stores across the Metro
Various locations, OK


Website »

More information

Hear celebrated storytellers Megan Wells and Jim May perform "Crawlies! Caterpillars & Worms," a special program just for families featuring a children's art activity....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73105
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Sponsor: Arts Council Oklahoma City
Telephone: 405-270-4896
Contact Name: Christina Foss
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Features food, water games & activities, face painting, bouncy house and more.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Northwest Christian Church (D.O.C.)
2828 NW 30th Street
Corner of NW 30th & May
Oklahoma City, OK  73112
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Sponsor: Oklahoma League Association
Telephone: 943-4477
Contact Name: Kim
Website »

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At Martin Park Nature Center's weekly Saturday Nature Story Time, children ages 2 and up can learn about nature through colorful books and engaging activities. Outdoor hikes or nature-themed...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Martin Park Nature Center
5000 W. Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 297-1429
Website »

More information

Features more than 200 pieces of art by artists of all ages and skill level who wish to express how their lives have been affected by cancer. The exhibit is open to all forms of art including but...

Cost: FREE

Where:
INTEGRIS Cancer Institute
5911 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Sponsor: Troy and Dollie Smith Wellness Center
Telephone: 773-6600
Website »

More information

Extremely hyperactive and interactive, Mr. Steve has been doing story times for Barnes and Noble for over 12 years now. His unique style of storytelling is extremely silly. Everybody gets a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Barnes and Noble Bookstore
540 Ed Noble Parkway
Norman, OK  73072
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Sponsor: Barnes and Noble Booksellers
Telephone: 405-579-8800
Contact Name: Steve Galindo

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FREE Crafts for kids ages 3+ every Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakeshore Learning. No reservations necessary. Not held on July 4th.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lakeshore Learning
6300 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73112
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Website »

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Use library resources, creativity, problem solving, and storytelling abilities to solve this book thief mystery. Collaborate with friends to solve puzzles and find clues, each leading you one step...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Northwest Library
5600 NW 122nd St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 606-3580
Website »

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Come dance the night away and enjoy wonderful ice cream for purchase from Roxy's Ice Cream Truck. 

Cost: FREE- Ice Cream for purchase

Where:
The Goddard School
17460 N Western Ave
Edmond, OK  73012
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Sponsor: The Goddard School
Telephone: 405-348-4442
Contact Name: Misty Terrill
Website »

More information

The Industry Flea is an open-air market featuring a variety of artisans, shops and vintage finds featuring 40 plus vendors of vintage clothing and furniture, art, locally-made food and more....

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
Midtown Oklahoma City
399 NW 10th St
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Website »

More information

Thanks to the support of Ad Astra Foundation, Avedis Foundation and St. Gregory’s Abbey, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum is free of charge all summer long. The museum is open Tuesday through...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
1900 W. MacArthur St
Shawnee, OK
View map »


Telephone: 878-5300
Website »

More information

The Canadian County Free Fair, an annual tradition in El Reno since 1914, features a carnival, live entertainment on multiple stages, live stock exhibits, Farmhand Olympics, arts & craft...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Canadian County Fairgrounds
220 N Country Club Rd
El Reno, OK  73036
View map »


Telephone: 262-0683
Website »

More information

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