Free Kids Activities and Events in the OKC Metro

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

Our website is packed with opportunities to have fun with the whole family without spending a dime. Below, you'll find a list of 12 inspiring ideas and 10 favorite free activities in OKC submitted by our readers. Want even more ideas? Keep scrolling to see events happening today throughout the Oklahoma City metro that are free to attend!

 

 

 

12 FREE Things to Do in OKC on Your Next No-Spend Weekend:

  1. De-Clutter your house and sell your no-longer-needed stuff at a local consignment sale. Make it a family project and use the cash to do something fun together!
  2. Take in a movie or concert in the park. Pack up the family and a bottle of bug spray and head out to enjoy a flick or some tunes under the stars. These events start up each spring and continue through the summer in many communities around the Oklahoma City metro.
  3. Recruit your kids as sous-chefs and prepare a picnic. Head to your own backyard or dine al fresco at a local park.
  4. Get some fresh air and exercise together and go for a bike ride. There are plenty of scenic trails to discover together.
  5. Story times make for a perfect outing and the Oklahoma City metro has plenty. Visit a local story time to experience your favorite books in a new way.
  6. Create a piece of art together. Oklahoma Contemporary offers a FREE Family Make + Take art projects on the second Saturday of each month.
  7. Grab your phone and hit a local park for a family photo session. Capture silly memories together and share them with your family and friends.
  8. Whether you are looking to explore something new or simply excite your mind in a new way, museums are a fun way for families to spend time together while learning about our world. From art and science to history and more, visit a local FREE museum.
  9. Explore a new library. The Metropolitan Library System and Pioneer Library System have more than 30 locations around the metro!
  10. Take part in a fun community street festival. Some are planned seasonally; others happen year round.
  11.  Give back and volunteer together.
  12. Check out our monthly list of the top 10 FREE events for families or scan our searchable calendar filled with family fun!

 

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. Walking around Myriad Botanical Gardens.
  4. Volunteering at the Regional Food Bank. Rewarding, humbling, gratifying and so much more. (Find other family volunteering opportunities here.)
  5.  Select Friday throughout the year, Edmond Parks host Movie Night in the Park. Call 359-4630 for more information on movies and locations.
  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

 

Looking for more free fun and family discounts?

[Editor's Note: Know of something that should be added? Comment below or email hannah@metrofamilymagazine.com and let us know!]

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FREE Events in OKC

March 2017

As spring emerges, vital crops like squash, corn and beans take root. These crops are known collectively as the Three Sisters. The celebration will have a host of daily festivities and special...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Chickasaw Cultural Center
867 Cooper Memorial
Sulphur, OK
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Telephone: (580) 622-7130
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Children will listen to stories, songs and rhymes, and then, afterwards, participate in a craft activity related to the story that was told for the day. Parents, grandparents, or caregivers are...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mustang Public Library
1201 N. Mustang Rd.
Mustang, OK  73064
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Telephone: 376-2226
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

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: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Features story time with staff from the Metropolitan Library System. Open to children ages 0-4 accompanied by their caregivers. Enter through the children's wing located at the west entrance.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Chapel Hill United Methodist Church
2717 W Hefner Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 507-7311
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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: 325-3272
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

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: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Held in the Wheeler District, formerly Downtown OKC Airpark, this criterium occurs every Tuesday night from late spring through summer. Cheer on some of Oklahoma’s top riders as they race...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wheeler District
1701 S Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Features fun activities including photos with the Thunder Girls, Rumble the mascot and the OG&E ThunderBolt, the team’s traveling interactive vehicle and have the opportunity to win...

Cost: FREE to attend

Where:
Whataburger
2290 S. Service Road
Moore, OK  73160
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Sponsor: Whataburger
Telephone: 210-476-6547
Contact Name: Sarah Sutton

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Bring your children for story time every Wednesday. Books are nature-themed (based on the season). After story time, children will create a small craft to take home.  March...

Cost: FREE, $2 suggested donation

Where:
lobby of the Crystal Bridge
301 W Reno
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 445-7080
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

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: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Visitors can get an up-close look at many of the unique features and items such as the Oklahoma-shaped pool, chairs in the formal dining room stitched by former senators’ wives and, in the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma Governor's Mansion
820 NE 23rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK  73105
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Sponsor: Friends of the Mansion
Telephone: 528-2020
Contact Name: Liz Wood
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A children's librarian from the Metropolitan Library System will share stories, music, rhymes, puppet plays, crafts and snacks, to create excitement about reading. Best suited for ages 5...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Whole Foods Cafe
6001 N Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 879-3500
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This fun singing and dancing class offers parents and children an opportunity to bond while developing literacy, motor and verbal skills by taking advantage of the benefits of rhyming. Learn new...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Yukon Community Center
2200 S Holly Ave
Yukon, OK
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Telephone: 354-8442
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

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: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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The Laureate Institute for Brain Research is hosting a series of lectures focused on brain development in adolescents. This month’s talk, "Substance Abuse and Your Child", is hosted...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Laureate Conference Center
6655 S. Yale Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Laureate Institute for Brain Research
Telephone: 918-502-2223
Contact Name: Collin O'Leary
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Put on your pajamas, 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
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Teams from across the country compete in the robotics competition designed to pair professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem and compete. It's free & open to...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cox Convention Center
1 Myriad Gardens
Oklahoma City, OK
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

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: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Local restaurants, art galleries and merchants are open late in the downtown area. Roam between quaint shops and stores to find unique art pieces and have some delicious food at this monthly event....

Cost: FREE to attend

Where:
Downtown Shawnee
Maint Street
Shawnee, OK
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Sponsor: SEFF Shawnee
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Features a FREE all inclusive ride to the Oklahoma River. Meet up at Schlegel’s at 8:30 a.m. or at the Chesapeake Boathouse between 8:40 - 8:50 a.m. and enjoy a ride around the Oklahoma...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Boathouse District
Oklahoma City, OK


Telephone: 552-4040
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Teams from across the country compete in the robotics competition designed to pair professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem and compete. It's free & open to...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cox Convention Center
1 Myriad Gardens
Oklahoma City, OK
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Increase your credentials by attending this free workshop sponsored by OSU Extension on best practices in baby sitting.  You will receive a certificate, a baby sitting starter kit, and lunch...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Belle Isle Library
5501 N Villa Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 843-9601
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With the same exciting focus as the Society's annual Ugly Bug Contest, this program allows families to operate an actual scanning electron microscope to image the ugliest bug they can find....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sam Noble Museum
2401 Chautauqua
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 325-1008
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The Industry Flea is an open-air market featuring food trucks, live music and a variety of artisans and shops offering vintage clothing, furniture, art, locally-made food and more. Enjoy two...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
Midtown Oklahoma City
10th and Hudson
Oklahoma City, OK
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Features cool cars and coffee. All ages welcome.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Will Rogers Theater
4322 N Western Avenue
OKlahoma City, OK  73118
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Sponsor: Western Concepts
Telephone: 719-398-9176
Contact Name: Sheldon Roth
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The FREE fan appreciation event will feature an hot dog eating contest, autograph sessions, behind-the-scenes tours of the ballpark, homerun derby, batting practice in the indoor team batting cages...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
2 S Mickey Mantle Dr
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
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Telephone: 218-1000
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CANstruction OKC s a unique design competition in which teams of local architects, engineers, contractors and other designers create colossal and intricate sculptures made entirely out of canned...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Penn Square Mall
1901 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK  73118
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Telephone: 604-5566
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Learn how to use your power tools safely. This is a hands on event, so come prepared to get a little dusty. The class is free to the public. Preregister, space is limited.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Joe's Workshop
13915 N Harvey
Edmond, OK  73013
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Sponsor: Joe's Workshop
Telephone: 531-0153
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Features a fun story time with Miss Julie every Saturday.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Full Circle Books
1900 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 842-2900
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Features a weekly story time with pastries and juice.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Commonplace Books
1325 N Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 551-1715
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Features a magical story time with Belle.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Uptown Kids
5840 N Classen Blvd Ste 3
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 418-8881
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Features family-friendly games, a variety of food trucks and special guests, the Thunder Girls and OU Cheer. The Spring Fling event will take place in the east parking lot in front of Luxe and...

Cost: FREE to attend

Where:
The Artesian Hotel
1001 W First St
Sulphur, OK
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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: 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 Dec. 31. Click here for the weekly project lineup.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lakeshore Learning
6300 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73112
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Telephone: 858-8778
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Stroll through the Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum in search of these magical sprites. Along the way, learn about trees and plants that would grow well in your own garden. Preregister.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Will Roger Park
3400 NW 36th St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 297-1392
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Features a FREE roller skating lesson. No sign up required. Skate rentals start at $2. Sizes available from trainer skates for the smaller family members and large sizes for the bigger ones....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skate Galaxy OKC
5800 NW 36th Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73122
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Telephone: 602-2758
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On the last Saturday of the month, Joe's Makers Fair features the makers of anything safe, not obscene, legal and fun. Spectators can provide invaluable constructive criticism...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Joe's Workshop
13915 N Harvey
Edmond, OK  73013
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Sponsor: Joe's Workshop
Telephone: 531-0153
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Learn more about Irish culture and tradition through the inventiveness and creativeness of Irish Dance. Jean Hill's Irish Dancers will provide a lively, toe-tapping performance wearing...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Bethany Library
3510 N Mueller Ave
Bethany, OK
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Telephone: 789-8363
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Artist in Residence, Sarah Atlee, has created a series of quilts using deconstructed garments and other reclaimed textiles. She also produced an edition of prints in collaboration with [Artspace]...

Cost: FREE

Where:
[Artspace] at UNTITLED
1 NE 3rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
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Sponsor: [Artspace] at UNTITLED
Telephone: 815-9995
Contact Name: Josh Bessinger
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