If back-to-school prep has got your bank account looking a little slim, this blog is for you! Our family went searching for ways to keep our toddler entertained and keep us all cooled off without spending much. We hope you enjoy this as much as we did!
- Find a splash pad: Anyone who knows us knows we are basically splash pad connoisseurs at this point. This is a staple in our weekend plans for cooling off, burning energy and still enjoying a change of scenery and a little fresh air. Plus they are completely free and you can bring your own snacks! Our favorites include The Thunder Fountain at the Myriad Gardens (completely shaded) or the Little River Park in Moore (shade awning and completely gated!). Check out MetroFamily’s list of splash pads to find out more, or search for one near you!
- Ride the OKC Streetcar: After being at the Myriad Gardens, we decided to hop on the streetcar stop at Sheridan and Hudson. At $1 for one stop or $3 for the day, this was a no-brainer (children under 6 are free). Additionally, if you ride on the third Friday of August or September it’s totally free! One stop later dropped us at the Downtown Metropolitan Library where we found a few new books to freshen up our at-home routines. Bonus: there’s another small water fountain/splash pad right outside the front door of the library.
- Peep the Public Art: No matter your age, large colorful art is entertaining and fun. Even our little 2-year-old was captivated by the shapes, colors and characters found within the large murals throughout OKC. We stopped at the Plaza Walls, but you can find tons of other public art plus a little scavenger hunt activity here! If you do decide to venture to the Plaza District, check out Sasquatch Shaved Ice for a $1.50 cool-down treat.
- Enjoy Outdoor Festivals: From music to movies, there’s definitely a festival for everyone in OKC. We opted for something a little different: the Cat Video Festival at the Myriad Gardens! This quirky and fun event was completely free to attend and had us all smiling and giggling, cat-aficionado or not! We will definitely be back for the last few movies and music events of summertime — find an outdoor concert or movie near you here.
What’s your favorite way to have low-cost adventures with the family? If you need a little more inspiration for budget-friendly fun in OKC, check out MetroFamily’s list of 50 things to do this summer under $5.