It’s no secret that 2020 has been a stressful year. With so many changes in life and school, we all need a little fun to look forward to. 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) brand 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 have fun drop-in craft activities planned for Oct. 15, 16 and 19. 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) is celebrating the grand opening of its new location with the inaugural exhibition Bright Golden Haze, which focuses on artists’ varied use of light. Kid favorites like Star Ceiling, an LED show depicting the night sky, and Black Glass Eclipse are unique examples of the diversity of the interactive medium. The museum is free to visit but advance reservations are required since capacity is limited in the galleries to ensure a safe experience. Afterward, head outside and interact with light in the outdoor installation Aqueous by NYC artist Jen Lewis. The Candyland board game-like pathway reflects the sky during the day and at night lights up and reacts to visitors’ steps.
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) pumpkin murals! Six gourd-riffic murals crafted out of organic materials make for festive backdrops to celebrate fall with some Insta-worthy pics to round out your day.
Day 3. Museum hop in Norman!
Learn about the bizarre creatures that roamed the earth even before the dinosaurs at Sam Noble Museum’s (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs exhibition. 290 million years ago the land and sea were home to some strange beings, and you can check out what they looked through the vivid artwork, 3D sculptures and fossils on display.
Sam Noble has five other 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.
October is National Native American Heritage Month and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman) has a collection on display with works from six renowned Kiowa artists. These artists created several paintings featuring their culture, acting as agents of cultural preservation while developing their own artistic styles. The museum offers complimentary admission.
The University of Oklahoma requires masks to be worn by all staff and visitors 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!
Darci Lynne Farmer wowed TV audiences with her ventriloquist act on America’s Got Talent and now the Edmond Historical Society and Museum (431 S Blvd, Edmond) is sharing her story of success from placing first in the Edmond’s Got Talent competition to winning the popular TV show. In this first-ever museum exhibit dedicated to Darci Lynne, families can see some of her first practice puppets and scripts as well as her costumes and tour posters.
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, pony rides and outdoor games. Pumpkins are available for purchase, and all proceeds benefit Wings Special Needs Community. The festival and patch are open through Oct. 18 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and admission is $6. Staff and volunteers will wear masks and guests are encouraged to as well. Hand sanitation stations will be available.
Day 5. Level up on outdoor fun!
Outdoor fun has been a common theme for 2020 and RIVERSPORT Adventures (800 Riversport Dr) is taking the fun to a whole new level this month. Each Saturday, families can take part in a variety of outdoor-themed excitement in addition to the usual attractions. The Outdoor October event brings in pop-up shops, food trucks, authentic German food and more.
On Oct. 17, families can take part in a 15-mile guided bike ride and a free bike maintenance clinic and watch Rad, a 1986 BMX movie, with Olympic gold medalist Bart Connor. The following Saturday includes geocaching treasure hunts and free outdoor clinics focused on camping, hiking and cooking outdoors. Admission is free but some activities require a fee. Parking is $5.
For a more unique adventure, head south to Magnolia Blossom Ranch (2901 NW 16th St, Newcastle) where the cure-all for all that is 2020 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/