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. Make + Take Workshops at Oklahoma Contemporary on the second Saturday of every month.
  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:

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May 2015

Families can explore art in the museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, and enjoy a variety of hands-on art activities for the entire family. Experience A World Unconquered:...

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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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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The Depot in Norman hosts a free Summer Breeze concert series throughout the summer at Lions Park. Bring seating, refreshments and enjoy the Handsome Devils Band. The Handsome Devils blend a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lions Park
400 S. Flood
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 307-9320
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In Women of the World, Norman photographer Shevaun Williams offers a taste of her well-recognized architectural images in addition to expressing her admiration for the women she has photographed...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma State Capitol North Gallery
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Arts Council
Telephone: 521-2931
Website »

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Features the work of Oklahoma Native from Sapulpa, Tommy Lee Ball inspired by his evening bike rides in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Weekdays, 8 am - 6 pm; Weekends, 9 am - 4pm.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma State Capitol East Gallery
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Website »

More information

The National Weather Center Biennale is the first exhibition of its kind – an international juried exhibition presenting: Art’s Window on the Impact of Weather on the Human Experience....

Cost: FREE

Where:
National Weather Center
120 David L. Boren Blvd
Norman, OK
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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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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
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Smart Start is offering a three-hour training with facilitator Grace Kelley for anyone who wants to learn how to facilitate Parent Cafes. Preregister at the email below.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Ralph Ellison Library
2000 NE 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Giddy Up! is a Western-themed evening of songs and tales with Cowboy Jim Garling, a native of Guthrie Oklahoma. His stories and music take audiences on a trip to pioneer days. One tale features his...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Belle Isle Library
5501 N Villa Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73112
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Website »

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In Women of the World, Norman photographer Shevaun Williams offers a taste of her well-recognized architectural images in addition to expressing her admiration for the women she has photographed...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma State Capitol North Gallery
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Arts Council
Telephone: 521-2931
Website »

More information

Features the work of Oklahoma Native from Sapulpa, Tommy Lee Ball inspired by his evening bike rides in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Weekdays, 8 am - 6 pm; Weekends, 9 am - 4pm.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma State Capitol East Gallery
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Website »

More information

The National Weather Center Biennale is the first exhibition of its kind – an international juried exhibition presenting: Art’s Window on the Impact of Weather on the Human Experience....

Cost: FREE

Where:
National Weather Center
120 David L. Boren Blvd
Norman, OK
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Website »

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Join a guest artist each month (September-May) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for come-and-go, open-ended art making, geared towards children, ages 2-5, with a parent or caregiver. Dress for a mess! No...

Cost: FREE with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 236-3100
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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 »

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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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
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On the first and third Tuesday of each month the Midwest City Library hosts Tinkering Tuesdays. Kids   build and learn with hands-on, science theme experiments and takeaways. Parents...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Midwest City Library
8143 E Reno Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 732-4828
Website »

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In Women of the World, Norman photographer Shevaun Williams offers a taste of her well-recognized architectural images in addition to expressing her admiration for the women she has photographed...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma State Capitol North Gallery
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Arts Council
Telephone: 521-2931
Website »

More information

The National Weather Center Biennale is the first exhibition of its kind – an international juried exhibition presenting: Art’s Window on the Impact of Weather on the Human Experience....

Cost: FREE

Where:
National Weather Center
120 David L. Boren Blvd
Norman, OK
View map »


Website »

More information

Features the work of Oklahoma Native from Sapulpa, Tommy Lee Ball inspired by his evening bike rides in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Weekdays, 8 am - 6 pm; Weekends, 9 am - 4pm.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma State Capitol East Gallery
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Website »

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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
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

In Women of the World, Norman photographer Shevaun Williams offers a taste of her well-recognized architectural images in addition to expressing her admiration for the women she has photographed...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma State Capitol North Gallery
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Arts Council
Telephone: 521-2931
Website »

More information

Features the work of Oklahoma Native from Sapulpa, Tommy Lee Ball inspired by his evening bike rides in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Weekdays, 8 am - 6 pm; Weekends, 9 am - 4pm.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma State Capitol East Gallery
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Website »

More information

The National Weather Center Biennale is the first exhibition of its kind – an international juried exhibition presenting: Art’s Window on the Impact of Weather on the Human Experience....

Cost: FREE

Where:
National Weather Center
120 David L. Boren Blvd
Norman, OK
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

“How I see OKC” is a photography exhibit showcasing what Oklahoma City looks like through the eyes of individuals experiencing homelessness. On display May 21-31, the exhibit is free...

Cost: FREE

Where:
a.k.a. gallery
3001 Paseo
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
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Sponsor: The Curbside Chronicle and Upward Transitions
Telephone: 415-8425
Contact Name: Ranya O'Connor
Website »

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This family fun night will provide a wealth of health and safety information. The American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma will provide pillow case emergency kits. News 9 Meteorologist Justin Rudicel...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Northeast Regional Health and Wellness Campus
2600 NE 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: Oklahoma City-County Health Department
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More information

Features the work of Oklahoma Native from Sapulpa, Tommy Lee Ball inspired by his evening bike rides in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Weekdays, 8 am - 6 pm; Weekends, 9 am - 4pm.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma State Capitol East Gallery
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Website »

More information

The National Weather Center Biennale is the first exhibition of its kind – an international juried exhibition presenting: Art’s Window on the Impact of Weather on the Human Experience....

Cost: FREE

Where:
National Weather Center
120 David L. Boren Blvd
Norman, OK
View map »


Website »

More information

In Women of the World, Norman photographer Shevaun Williams offers a taste of her well-recognized architectural images in addition to expressing her admiration for the women she has photographed...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma State Capitol North Gallery
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Arts Council
Telephone: 521-2931
Website »

More information

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The General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum, along with the Hobart Community, will hold its 7th annual Celebration of Freedom featuring live music, Patriot Parade, Wild Hog Fly-in,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
507 S Main Street
Hobart, OK  73651
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Telephone: 580-726-5900
Website »

More information

“How I see OKC” is a photography exhibit showcasing what Oklahoma City looks like through the eyes of individuals experiencing homelessness. On display May 21-31, the exhibit is free...

Cost: FREE

Where:
a.k.a. gallery
3001 Paseo
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
View map »


Sponsor: The Curbside Chronicle and Upward Transitions
Telephone: 415-8425
Contact Name: Ranya O'Connor
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
Website »

More information

Features the work of Oklahoma Native from Sapulpa, Tommy Lee Ball inspired by his evening bike rides in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Weekdays, 8 am - 6 pm; Weekends, 9 am - 4pm.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma State Capitol East Gallery
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Website »

More information

The National Weather Center Biennale is the first exhibition of its kind – an international juried exhibition presenting: Art’s Window on the Impact of Weather on the Human Experience....

Cost: FREE

Where:
National Weather Center
120 David L. Boren Blvd
Norman, OK
View map »


Website »

More information

In Women of the World, Norman photographer Shevaun Williams offers a taste of her well-recognized architectural images in addition to expressing her admiration for the women she has photographed...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma State Capitol North Gallery
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Arts Council
Telephone: 521-2931
Website »

More information

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Young anglers can get “Hooked on Fishing” with the Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department’s FREE summer fishing classes for youth ages 5-15. Classes run on select...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


Sponsor: H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery
Telephone: 297-1426
Website »

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Enjoy heart pounding action at the Discover Aviation & Airshow Spectacular presented by the Sundance Flight Academy at Sundance Airport featuring pilots from across the nation.  Due to the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sundance Airport
13000 North Sara Road
Yukon, OK
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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 »

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Get your kicks on Route 66 with festivities that include the Route 66 Color Run, a free concert, Wiener National dog races, hot dog eating contest, free hot dogs, car & bike show and more.

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Downtown Clinton
Frisco Ave
Clinton, OK
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Sponsor: Clinton Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 580-323-2222
Website »

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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: 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.

Cost: FREE

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

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Dr. Sean Davis of INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital will lead the discussion focusing on such topics as female puberty, anatomy and the many challenges surrounding this pivotal time in female...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Bethany Library
3510 N Mueller Ave
Bethany, OK
View map »

More information

The General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum, along with the Hobart Community, will hold its 7th annual Celebration of Freedom featuring live music, Patriot Parade, Wild Hog Fly-in,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
507 S Main Street
Hobart, OK  73651
View map »


Telephone: 580-726-5900
Website »

More information

“How I see OKC” is a photography exhibit showcasing what Oklahoma City looks like through the eyes of individuals experiencing homelessness. On display May 21-31, the exhibit is free...

Cost: FREE

Where:
a.k.a. gallery
3001 Paseo
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
View map »


Sponsor: The Curbside Chronicle and Upward Transitions
Telephone: 415-8425
Contact Name: Ranya O'Connor
Website »

More information

Features the work of Oklahoma Native from Sapulpa, Tommy Lee Ball inspired by his evening bike rides in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Weekdays, 8 am - 6 pm; Weekends, 9 am - 4pm.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma State Capitol East Gallery
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Website »

More information

The National Weather Center Biennale is the first exhibition of its kind – an international juried exhibition presenting: Art’s Window on the Impact of Weather on the Human Experience....

Cost: FREE

Where:
National Weather Center
120 David L. Boren Blvd
Norman, OK
View map »


Website »

More information

In Women of the World, Norman photographer Shevaun Williams offers a taste of her well-recognized architectural images in addition to expressing her admiration for the women she has photographed...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Oklahoma State Capitol North Gallery
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Arts Council
Telephone: 521-2931
Website »

More information

Celebrate the Memorial Day weekend at the Chickasaw Cultural Center with festivities including cultural demonstrations, traditional games and a family films in the Anoli' Theater. Fees apply...

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Chickasaw Cultural Center
867 Cooper Memorial Dr.
Sulphur, OK
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Telephone: 580-622-7130
Website »

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