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50 Things to Do This Fall Under $5

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The arrival of autumn usually gets everyone in the mood to celebrate, so we’ve rounded up some cheap and free ways to get in a fall mood. Later this season, we’ll swap out some of the events on this list to keep the fun coming! If you’re looking for more fall fun, be sure to check out our Fall Guides with links to Halloween events, pumpkin patches and more. For even more ways to save money in the Oklahoma City area, see our coupons to popular area attractions.

  1. OKC Free Fishing Days offer a chance to learn a new skill for free. Pack up your gear and kick back on a nearby shore this fall.
  2. OKC Parks & Oklahoma Children’s Theatre invites families to enjoy socially-distant, pop-up Plays in the Park at Will Rogers Park. On select days in September, actors will present The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Teddy Bear’s Picnic.
  3. Take to the trails at Martin Park Nature Center to learn about the birds that stop in during their fall migration on the FREE Migratory Bird Walk and Talk on Sept. 20.
  4. Head out on a fall nature scavenger hunt and find all of the ways nature is preparing for winter.
  5. Learn about the annual monarch migration with demonstrations about how and why monarchs are tagged at Myriad Gardens’ Monarch Tagging Walk-ups, Sept. 18-25.
  6. Embrace the great outdoors by heading to one of these top spots for exploring nature in OKC. Find some tips for heading outdoors with little ones here.
  7. Flashback with Centre Theatre’s special screening of “Hocus Pocus.” The historic El Reno Theatre invites families to enjoy a Halloween favorite and complimentary popcorn for $3. Oct. 2
  8. The City of Moore is hosting a pop-up drive-in movie. Watch Hocus Pocus in the parking lot at Central Park on Oct. 2.
  9. Celebrate fall on Main Street in Yukon. Businesses will be hosting a FREE Fall Fest on Main with sidewalk sales and families can enjoy a chalk art contest, food music and more on Oct. 3.
  10. Enjoy an urban adventure at a local futsal, basketball, bocce ball or bike park.
  11. Go explore a new-to-you local shopping district! Here are some of our favorites.
  12. Kick back and watch a flick under the stars at Edmond’s FREE Movie Night at the Park. October’s film is Playing with Fire. Oct. 9
  13. Head to a local street festival! This list of neighborhood celebrations features events that usually continue through the first part of the fall as long as the weather stays warm.
  14. Embark on a morning hike with Edmond Parks. Their FREE Hike & Brew explores metro parks. Hikers can also enjoy coffee from a local roaster or shop.
  15. ​Schedule a playdate! It doesn’t cost you anything to get together with friends at a public park. Here are some of our favorite spots to meet up to play.
  16. Muralists will be painting and debuting their new creations in September and October in the Plaza District. The Plaza Walls Mural Expo will culminate with a gallery exhibition featuring the muralists on Oct. 9. Families are welcome to view, from a distance, some of their favorite local artists in action.
  17. Load up the car and go exploring on a fall hike.
  18. Let your kids show off their skills at a local skate park.  The Oklahoma City metro offers several public-use skate parks designed for BMX, boarding and skating.
  19. Fall is the ideal time to curl up with a good book. Oklahoma City has plenty of public storytimes and most are offered free of charge. Cozy up with a good book and the Pioneer Library System. Every Tuesday, librarians host a virtual bedtime storytime.
  20. Transform into a territorial Oklahoma kid! Find out what life was like when Oklahoma City was getting established in teh 1890s with these fun activities.
  21. Be inspired by nature at a FREE Art in the Park event. Kids ages 2 – 5 and their caregiver can create outdoor-themed crafts at Edmond Parks.
  22. Explore the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and enjoy fun activities for the whole family including storytime, crafts, games and more, during the museum’s Fall Y’All event. Oct. 17
  23. Explore Myriad Gardens in search of brightly colored murals and mosaics on display for fall. Families can also enjoy The Great Pumpkin Patch, music, pumpkin decorating and more, Oct. 16-25.
  24. Plan your mission to space in preparation for the Oklahoma History Center’s From Launch to Landing: Oklahomans in Space exhibit, coming this fall.
  25. Use science to craft a tasty treat, Ice Cream in a Bag!
  26. Disc golf is a fun and low-cost outing for families. Public courses across the metro welcome players of all ages to enjoy some friendly competition.
  27. Learn some cool facts about animals like bats, snakes and spiders at Martin Park’s FREE Not-so-Creepy Crawlies event on Oct. 17.
  28. Movement and art combine at an interactive light installation at Campbell Art Park. Aqueous is open daily through Oct. 19. The pathway reflects the sky and the surrounding environment during the day. At night, the surface lights up and responds as visitors move along the pathway.
  29. Volunteer together! It won’t cost you anything but your time and it will enrich your community and make you feel great.
  30. Treat the family to a warm cup of hot chocolate at a local coffee or treat shop like Katiebugs and stroll through Automobile Alley or another OKC district.
  31. Can you spy some ghouls? Print off our Halloween Scavenger Hunt and see what festive finds you have hiding around your neighborhood. Amp up the fun with a twilight family walk with glow sticks!
  32. Get some fresh air and exercise together on a bike ride. There are plenty of scenic trails to discover together.
  33. You don’t have to spend a dime to enjoy a day at Full Circle Bookstore.
  34. Spend time stargazing. While a telescope can add to the fun, it costs nothing to explore the night sky!
  35. Oklahomans are pretty fortunate that warm temperatures from summer usually hang around well into fall. Take advantage of it by checking out one of these mom-approved playgrounds in OKC!
  36. From art and science to history and more, Oklahoma City offers a wealth of high-quality museums, many of which are completely FREE.
  37. Learn about some of the coolest nocturnal animals and witness how Martin Park comes to life after hours on a FREE Haunt the Hike event on Oct. 24.
  38. Learn more about Oklahoma weather and what goes into forecasting at the FREE National Weather Festival. The event is going virtual this year with children’s activities, speakers and more. Oct. 26-31
  39. As long as the weather cooperates, there’s no excuse not to take your dinner outside. So go ahead and pack up that slow cooker meal and head out to one of these prime picnic spots.
  40. Take in some public art! These must-see murals are scattered throughout the Downtown area and are great ways to inspire creativity and expose kids to art without spending a dime.
  41. Explore downtown on a dime with these low cost, family fun ideas! And, be sure to hop aboard the new OKC Streetcar.
  42. Find a new indoor play place. Several of the places on this list are low-cost and offer a new environment for play no matter the weather.
  43. Learn all about the alpaca industry at the FREE Oklahoma Alpaca Blast Off at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo in Shawnee. Enjoy an alpaca halter and fleece show, educational exhibits, products and more, all centered around alpacas. Nov. 14 & 15
  44. Head out on a free guided fall foliage hike in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge. The scenic hike is moderate and begins at the Visitor’s Center. Nov. 14, 21 & 28
  45. The change in seasons means the family will need a whole new wardrobe. Find plenty of fall consignment sales (which are loaded with cheap clothing) happening throughout the OKC metro.
  46. Enter our contests! It just takes a second and you could win big!
  47. Become a citizen scientist by creating your own mammal feeder!
  48. Explore heat and temperature with this simple science experience that uses items you are guaranteed to have around the house.
  49. Lesson how to skate or brush up on your skills with Skate Galaxy. They host free learn-to-skate lessons every Saturday.
  50. Host a family game night with homemade prizes for the winner. Find reader-recommended family games at metrofamilymagazine.com/family-board-games.

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