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100 Days of Summer Fun


Memorial Day is just around the corner, marking the unofficial start of summer: the glorious season of long days, late nights, vacations, sweat and those dreaded moments of the kids getting stir-crazy. We’ve put together 100 ideas to keep your kids busy between Memorial Day and Labor Day so you hopefully won’t have to hear “I’m bored” quite as many times.

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  1. Hop aboard the Oklahoma City Streetcar and adventure to a new destination
  2.  Go out to lunch overlooking the animal habitats at the Oklahoma City Zoo’s new Lotus Pavilion
  3. Have fun pretending and learning at Okie Kids Playground, open for ages 6 and under*
  4. Experience a new culture by eating at an ethnic restaurant together
  5. Go prehistoric and take a selfie with the giant Ice Age skeletons at Sam Noble Museum in Norman
  6. Go canoeing on Lake Overholser
  7. Pick summer produce at a local farm
  8. Meet new friends at a Vacation Bible School
  9. Learn to swim or brush up on swim skills just in time for summer fun through the Jump Start Clinics at Goldfish Swim School*
  10. Enroll in a family cooking class at Sur La Table
  11. Enroll in a summer camp
  12. Dust off the bikes and enjoy a family ride
  13. Try a new flavor at Capitals Ice Cream in Midtown
  14. Enjoy story time at an area coffee shop or bookstore
  15. Schedule your family’s viewing of the blockbuster summer exhibition “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collections of French Art” showing at Oklahoma City Museum of Art, June 22-Sept. 22*
  16. Take in some tunes at an outdoor concert
  17. Catch a show at Winchester Drive-In
  18. Get soaked under the tipping bucket at Frontier City’s Wild West Water Works
  19. Identify some new flower species as you stroll through Myriad Botanical Gardens
  20. Test the slides at three different metro parks and rate your favorites
  21. Check out an antique fire truck at the Oklahoma Firefighters Museum
  22. Take a road trip to the Toy & Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley
  23. Enjoy the June 15 presentation of “The Nightingale” by students of Classical Ballet School*
  24. Beat the heat at an indoor play place
  25. Browse the public art at the Oklahoma State Capitol
  26. Grab a frisbee and head to a local disc golf course
  27. Check out a new audiobook from your local library
  28. Use a book to press summer flowers from your garden
  29. Spend a day on the water at RIVERSPORT Adventures
  30. Learn horse riding skills at the exciting camps hosted at Cottonwood Creek Ranch*
  31. Volunteer together to help a local cause
  32. Explore the 90+ miles of trails in OKC Parks
  33. Go fishing in a local pond or lake
  34. Go out for a snow cone
  35. Gather a group and enjoy paint balling at Dodge City Paintball. There’s even low-impact options for kids as young as 6*
  36. Scale the climbing wall at Pelican Bay Aquatic Center
  37. Play a round of mini-golf
  38. Try a new piece of produce from a local farmers market
  39. Take advantage of the low-cost option to try martial arts this summer at Dragon Kim’s Taekwondo*
  40. Enjoy dinner al fresco at a local restaurant patio
  41. Shop for a new book and play with the train table at Full Circle Bookstore
  42. Pitch a tent in the backyard for an at-home camp-out
  43. Walk around Lake Hefner and stop for a selfie in front of the lighthouse
  44. Challenge each other at a local board game cafe
  45. Make your own banana split bar
  46. Break out the glow sticks for a twilight family walk
  47. Have some retro bowling fun at Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge, made especially affordable on Mondays when it’s half-price bowling and shoes all day*
  48. Go back in time at Edmond’s 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse
  49. Grab the sidewalk chalk and make a miniature version of Oklahoma City in your driveway
  50. Challenge the kids to jump off a high dive
  51. Get wet and learn swim skills at Aqua Tots Swim School, offering classes for ages 4 months to 12 years*
  52. Touch historic locomotives at the Oklahoma Railway Museum
  53. Visit Pops Arcadia and take a photo in front of the giant LED pop bottle
  54. Take a ride on the Wheeler Ferris Wheel
  55. Find a new neighborhood festival to explore together
  56. Find your favorite food truck for an outdoor lunch
  57. Go geocaching
  58. Spot a new-to-you plant species at Martin Park Nature Center
  59. Perk everyone up with a trip to Main Event Oklahoma City to enjoy bowling, arcade games, ropes courses and more*
  60. Take some lawn chairs outside of town for an evening of stargazing
  61. Explore new terrain at an Oklahoma State Park
  62. Ride the lazy river around the new Westwood Family Aquatic Center in Norman
  63. Learn about how animals move by studying their skeletal systems at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology*
  64. Challenge your kids to draw a self-portrait
  65. Send an Oklahoma City postcard to an out-of-town friend or family member
  66. Bake a special summer treat for a neighbor or friend
  67. Start a summer journal and jot down highlights of the season
  68. Go on a family picnic
  69. Challenge the kids to a water gun fight
  70. Practice new gymnastic skills and have active fun at Mondays@Metro, a drop-in summer day camp for ages 4 and up at Metro Gymnastics*
  71. Set up a play date at a nearby park
  72. Weather the “thunderstorm” at Myriad Gardens’ Thunder Fountain
  73. Make a craft together at Second Saturday Drop-in Studio every second Saturday at Oklahoma Contemporary
  74. Challenge a friend to a race
  75. Take a whirl around the rink at Skate Galaxy OKC and take advantage of their summer hours and Family Skate Nights*
  76. Catch an outdoor movie
  77. Treat your kids or have them treat you to breakfast in bed
  78. Explore fun themes and enjoy hands-on fun at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Saturdays for Kids, held for FREE the first Saturday of every month*
  79. Have a watermelon seed-spitting contest
  80. Enjoy free admission to the 45th Infantry Museum
  81. Take a twilight cruise on the Oklahoma River
  82. Meet some farm animals at a tour of the Braum’s Family Farm in Tuttle
  83. Take a road trip to see the Selman Bat Watch
  84. Go to an OKC Dodgers game
  85. Spend a few hours of hands-on FREE fun at Oklahoma Hall of Fame/Gaylord Pickens Museum during their weekly Summer Thursday events from Memorial Day to Labor Day*
  86. Download a kid-friendly podcast to listen to together
  87. Set up a lemonade stand for a good cause
  88. Run a 5K together
  89. Stretch your creativity at Unpluggits Paint & Play with their clay workshops and Paint and Play program*
  90. Take a road trip to one of the beaches at an Oklahoma lake
  91. Have a popsicle party in the driveway with your neighbors
  92. Plant pumpkins in the backyard to harvest in the fall
  93. Learn fun history at “Okietales, A Storytelling & Craft Time” held for ages five to nine at the Oklahoma History Center each Wednesday in June and July, except July 3*
  94. Enjoy free admission at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
  95. Go out for donuts
  96. Start a windowsill or backyard garden
  97. Enroll your child in the fun summer camps of Studio J School of Dance with themes that include Fancy Nancy, Lego Ninja and more*
  98. Challenge your kids to read a new library book every week
  99. Have a pillow fight
  100. Play in the sand at Bricktown Beach

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