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50 Things to Do This Spring Under $5

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Spring is such an exciting time in Oklahoma City. Neighborhood street festivals and statewide festivals usually get kicked off in spring and tons of opportunities for family fun abound. With summer break just around the corner, save your money this spring by attending family events that are cheap or totally free. Here are 50 opportunities to have family fun under $5 this season. For more ways to save money on family fun, check out our coupons to popular local attractions.

(Editor’s Note: This is a working list last updated Feb. 16, 2022. Check back often for updates throughout the spring season.) 

  1. Tour the town on the streetcars! Here are seven platform stops that would make excellent family adventures.
  2. Check out these must-see murals are scattered throughout town and don’t cost a dime to visit.
  3. Use grass, leaves, sticks and a bit of yarn to create your own natural paintbrushes with this #AtHomeArt project.
  4. Embrace the great outdoors by heading to one of these top spots for exploring nature in OKC.
  5. Hunt for (or help hide) books in a local park through Little Read Wagon’s Look for a Book program.
  6. Go to your local library and find some fun books to read aloud at home.
  7. 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.
  8. Apr. 2: Fun takes flight at Oklahoma Wind Festival at Scissortail Park. Watch demos by professional kiters, enjoy kite-themed activities, fly your own kites and more. The expo is free to attend. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  9. Apr. 5: Hear local storytellers as they share books and stories created by Indigenous authors and illustrators. Enjoy a variety of cultures all from the comfort of your home during the FREE Indigenous Storytime with the Metropolitan Library System. 9:30 a.m.
  10. Apr. 6: Metro yogis can come together for an outdoor yoga class for all ages and skill levels, kicking off OKC Beautiful’s FREE Yoga in the Park. Classes are hosted April through October on first and third Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. at various OKC parks. 6-7 p.m.
  11. Apr. 8: FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 block of NW 16th St) features artists, live music, special events, local shopping and more on the second Friday of the month. 6 – 10 p.m.
  12. Apr. 9: FREE Second Saturday at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features a community and family-focused day of art exploring the explore the fun and funky side of printmaking. 1 – 4 p.m.
  13. Apr. 9: FREE See You Saturday at Oklahoma Hall of Fame! Create a craft in their Makerspace, explore exhibits, get your selfie in “Picture Yourself” and see new art and history exhibits. During the first hour, guests can take part in a sensory-friendly experience (9-10 a.m.) 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  14. Train for a 5k race or 10-mile bike ride as a family.
  15. Grab your phone and hit a local park for a family photo session. Capture silly memories together and share them with your family and friends.
  16. Apr. 16: Spend the day exploring Midtown. Their Spring Walkabout invites families to have fun and support local merchants. There will be free pop-up programming including live music and art demos as well as a market featuring local makers. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  17. Apr. 22 – Celebrate Earth Day with Myriad Gardens. Fun activities will be scattered about the Children’s Garden including crafts, interactive games and more. Donations benefit the Garden’s Education Department. 10 a.m.-noon.
  18. Apr. 22-24: Watch a variety of feature films, documentaries and short films from local and international filmmakers as well as short films created by teams of high school students during the OKCine Latino Film Festival. Screenings at the Capitol Hill Library are free.
  19. Apr. 26 – Listen to live jazz tunes celebrating composer and bassist Charles Mingus during a FREE The Mingus Big Band concert at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center. The concert is free but reserved tickets are required. 7:30 p.m.
  20. Apr. 30: Artspace at Untitled is hosting a FREE Steamroller Print Fest. Enjoy art demonstrations, food trucks, live music and other family activities, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  21. Taking the whole family out for a restaurant meal can be expensive. Pack up your regular homemade lunch and take it on a picnic to instantly upgrade your meal time for free. Our list of top picnic spots in the metro should provide you with an ideal location.
  22. Dive into the science behind spring rainbows. Explore light refraction with this simple science experiment to learn how light “bends” through different materials.
  23. Take a tour of a working alpaca ranch! Magnolia Blossom Ranch books private tours for $5 a person so families can hang out with some gentle grazers and learn how their fleece is used to make a variety of products.
  24. Host a family game night with homemade prizes for the winner. Find reader-recommended family games at metrofamilymagazine.com/family-board-games.
  25. Go old school with a classic flick at Harkin’s Tuesday Night Classics. This spring’s lineup includes Labyrinth and Conan the Barbarian. $5. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
  26. Head out on a scavenger hunt! Can you find all of these things in your backyard or on a neighborhood walk?
  27. Become your own CSI and investigate the science behind fingerprints. This simple science experiment takes a closer look at the three main types of fingerprints and the endless variations possible.
  28. Stop in for a story at Myriad Garden’s FREE Reading Wednesdays. Each week offers a nature-themed story time and a related craft.  Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m.
  29. Celebrate May the 4th Be With You Day by studying centripetal acceleration vs. centrifugal force. While these concepts may sound complicated, our simple science experiment breaks down these forces of motion in a fun and hands-on way.
  30. May 5: Enjoy the Edmond art scene with its monthly art walk in downtown Edmond. VIBES will connect local artists and participating businesses as they offer a variety of art experiences.
  31. May 6 – May 8: Rose Rock Music Festival in Downtown Noble (304 S Main St, Noble) features a carnival, art and craft vendors, festival food, parade, car show and live music ranging from country, blues and rock to classical and retro pop. Free admission. Friday, 5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.
  32. May 7: Festival of the Child at Yukon City Park (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon) is a one-day celebration featuring over 50 areas of fun including kayaking, pony rides, painting, inflatables, crafts and more. Activities are geared for children 12 and under. Kids, $5 in advance, $7 day of; adults, FREE. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  33. May 7: Head west to El Reno Burger Day and take part in fun for the whole family! An 850lb Onion Fried Burger, vendors, music, Kid’s Zone, food trucks, Car Show and more. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  34. Explore a spring festival! Whether you are looking for a large festival in the Oklahoma City metro or an event with small-town charm, this guide can help you plan day and weekend trips in Oklahoma.
  35. Get some fresh air and exercise together and go for a bike ride. There are plenty of scenic trails to discover together or attend the FREE BikeFest at the Wheeler Ferris Wheel on May 1. Noon-4 p.m.
  36. Admission at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman) is always FREE. They’re open Tuesday through Sunday and packed with exhibits your little ones are sure to find intriguing.
  37. Whether you are looking to explore something new or simply excite your mind in a new way, museums are a fun way for families to spend time together while learning about our world. From art and science to history and more, visit a local FREE museum.
  38. May 7: FREE Fishing Days at OKC Lakes & Ponds (Various Locations). The City of Oklahoma City offers FREE fishing on the first Saturday of each month. No city permit is required; however, a State license is for anyone 16 and older.
  39. May 7: OKC Flower & Garden Fest at Myriad Gardens (350 S Reno Ave) features a variety of vendors with herbs, perennials, roses, produce, pottery, jewelry, wineries, food products and food trucks. There will also have activities for kids. Free to attend. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  40. May 7: Hang out at the oNE OKC Street Festival at Booker T. Washington Park and enjoy live music, games, inflatables, food and vendors, celebrating the vibrancy of the Northeast OKC Renaissance. Noon – 4 p.m.
  41. May 14: FREE See You Saturdays at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features crafts in their Makerspace, virtual and video exhibits and more. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  42. May 21: FREE Garden Festival in the Park at Will Rogers Park. Features unique and everyday garden plants, garden decor and other garden items to purchase, plus friendly alpacas. Food trucks on site. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  43. Blend art, science and more with our integrated arts series from our friends at Oklahoma A+ Schools. Integrating the arts with students’ everyday academics is proven to increase comprehension and retention.
  44. May 28: Bethany 66 Festival (Ashbury & College Ave, Bethany) is a family-friendly event featuring live entertainment, a car, motorcycle & truck show, arts & crafts booths and children’s activities including a Princess & Action Hero Parade and a Pet Parade. Free to attend. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  45. May 30: Witness a moving tribute to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country during the FREE Memorial Day Celebration at the 45th Infantry Museum. 10 a.m.
  46. Get the kids into the kitchen and make tasty yogurt pops that are a customizable, healthy snack the whole family will love.
  47. This one is for mom and dad! Boost your mental and physical wellness with these easy self-care strategies for busy parents. Because parenting is hard and we need some downtime too.
  48. Check out our monthly list of the top 10 FREE events for families or scan our searchable calendar filled with family fun!
  49. Enter our contests! You could win tickets to local attractions, family getaways and so much more!!
  50. Organizations are getting creative about ways to reach families by offering virtual tours and fun educational activities to enjoy at home. Tour a local attraction or travel to faraway places without leaving your couch!

For even more family fun? Check out our other Spring Fun guides

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