No matter when (or how long) your Fall Break is this year, add one or all of these OKC metro outings to your schedule.
Day 1. Bring history to life!
Even though the kids have a day off from school, that doesn’t mean they can’t have fun learning! Kids and adults alike will enjoy learning and play at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s (1700 NW 63rd St) new outdoor play space, Liichokoshkomo. The multi-million dollar interactive space tells the stories of some pioneering people who made the West their home. Designed by a movie set company, you can explore a train depot, trading post and different Native structures like towering cliff dwellings and a Kiowa tipi.
Prosperity Junction, a replica turn-of-the-twentieth-century cattle town, is another kid favorite where families can stroll down main street lined with life-size shops and businesses. Museum staff has fun drop-in craft activities planned for Oct. 13-15. Museum admission is $12.50 for adults and $5.75 for kids ages 6 to 12. Kids 5 and under get in free.
Just a few minutes to the south, the Oklahoma State Capitol (2300 N Lincoln Blvd) welcomes families for self-guided tours on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the unique architecture of the nearly 100-year-old building as well as public art, the Oklahoma Veterans Memorial and a working oil well.
Extend the fun with a stop at Harn Homestead (1721 N Lincoln Blvd), an outdoor museum exploring territorial life in Oklahoma. Don’t miss nearby William Freemont Harn Park (NE 16th St & N Stiles), a farm-themed park with a pretend tractor and a rooster play structure.
Day 2. Explore downtown hot spots!
Oklahoma Contemporary (11 NW 11th St) has two outdoor art exhibits: Chakaia Booker’s Shaved Portions and Maren Hassinger’s Nature, Sweet Nature, plus inside an exciting exhibition about murals called Abstract Remix. Museum admission is always free but reserved tickets are recommended.
Next, fuel up with a picnic at Scissortail Park (655 S Robinson Ave). Afterward, get the sillies out with a spin around the Sky Rink, an outdoor roller skating surface. Or rent a pedal boat and cruise the park’s lake.
Continue your fun with a tour of Myriad Gardens’ (301 W Reno Ave) Pumpkinville, a mini-village made out of pumpkins, gourds, haystacks, cornstalks and mums. This year’s theme is the Wizard of Oz – “There’s no place like Pumpkinville.”
Day 3. Museum hop in Norman!
Learn about the interesting creatures that roamed the earth at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman). Sam Noble has five galleries filled with engaging sights including a two-story dino fight scene and a record-breaking skeleton of a Pentaceratops with a 10-and-a-half-foot-tall skull. Also on display right now are Guatemalan Textiles: The Heart of the Maya World and Beautiful Beasts: The Unseen Life of Oklahoma Spiders and Insects.
The University of Oklahoma strongly encourages masks to be worn when inside university facilities, including these two museums.
Enjoy the outdoors with a stop at Reaves Park (2501 Jenkins Ave, Norman). The park features a large wooden play structure and plenty of space to roam as well as a few geocaching treasures to hunt for.
Day 4. Experience Edmond!
Travel back to the 1980s and see what life was like during the time of big hair with a visit to Edmond Historical Society and Museum’s I Remember That! Edmond in the 1980s exhibit (431 S Blvd, Edmond). Artifacts and photographs showcase an era rich in pop culture and include PGA items, an Atari game system with Pac-man game and an aerobic workout record as well as Liberty-Fest memorabilia, the Postmaster General’s speech following the massacre, Berlin Wall fragments, an Edmond Memorial senior sweatshirt and more.
Nearby is the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse (124 E 2nd St, Edmond), which was the first schoolhouse built in Oklahoma. The structure is free to visit and tours are provided by the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust. Follow them on Facebook for updates on tour dates.
Pack up a picnic to enjoy at nearby Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond). For older kids, the onsite disc golf course or skate park provides options for active fun, while little ones can explore several playgrounds and watch the ducks near the pond. Or simply take a leisurely stroll around the 5 miles of multi-use paved trails while enjoying the fall foliage.
Continue your afternoon outdoor fun at Wings’ annual Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch (13700 N Eastern Ave, Edmond), which features hayrides, pumpkin train rides, a corn maze and outdoor games. Pumpkins are available for purchase, and all proceeds benefit Wings Special Needs Community. The festival and patch are open through Oct. 17 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and admission is $7.
Day 5. Level up on outdoor fun!
For a more unique adventure, head south to Magnolia Blossom Ranch (2901 NW 16th St, Newcastle) where the cure-all for all awaits: an afternoon with alpacas! Enjoy feeding, petting and playing with these gentle giants while you tour the farm, learn about their care and hear the benefits of their silky-soft fleece. Advance reservations are required and accommodate one family at a time.
Nothing says outdoor fall fun more than a visit to a pumpkin patch and the metro is home to several options! Get your fill of farm fun from hayrides and corn mazes to petting zoos and more. Check out our comprehensive list at metrofamilymagazine.com/