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50 Things to Do This Spring Under $5

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 March 2, 2020. 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. March 7: Young anglers can try their luck at the FREE Kid’s Trout Fish Out in Yukon. 8 – 11 a.m.
  3. March 7 & 8: Enjoy a live, puppet-filled banjo show at the American Banjo Museum. The Pied Picker is sponsored by the Jane Henson Foundation. Adults get half price admission and kids are free. 2 p.m.
  4. March 13: 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.
  5. March 14: FREE See You Saturdays at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features new, themed experiences and learning opportunities for families to enjoy together including crafts and guided tours. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  6. March 15: Explore the Oklahoma City Museum of Art during their FREE SONIC Drive-In Family Day. Enjoy one-of-a-kind art activities including a design challenge, participate in fun gallery experiences, screen kid-friendly flicks from the New York International Children’s Film Festival and more. Noon – 5 p.m.
  7. 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.
  8. March 16 – 21: Celebrate spring at Oklahoma Hall of Fame! Enjoy free admission, story time, movies, crafts and more during their annual FREE Spring Thing! celebration. 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  9. Go to your local library and find some fun books to read aloud at home.
  10. March 21: Experience America’s rich agricultural heritage from colonial times to modern-day innovations with hands-on activities for all ages at the Oklahoma History Center’s FREE Oklahoma Farm-to-Table Family Festival. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  11. March 21: Walk among the daffodils during Scissortail Park’s FREE Daffodil Dash 1K. Activities include a costume contest, sack races, pinwheel decorating, hat decorating, flower sales, face painters, flower balloon artists, lawn games, music, food trucks and more. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  12. March 21: FREE Heard on Hurd (Broadway Ave, 1st & Hurd) is a family-friendly street festival featuring local food, unique shopping and live music. 6 – 10 p.m.
  13. March 28: Kids Fest is MetroFamily Magazine’s annual family event with dozens of booths featuring hands-on activities at over 60 booths, face painting, roaming characters, a climbing wall, bounce houses, door prizes, live music and much more. New this year, meet & greet young entrepreneurs, ages 6-14, at the Acton’s Children’s Business Fair. Get your $5 tickets in advance! Kids (17 & under) are free! 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  14. March 28: FREE Spotlight Saturday: Renegades at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman) features an afternoon of activities highlighting the special exhibition Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture. Take part in a collaborative building challenge, design your own outrageous organic structure, explore the museum with a scavenger hunt and enjoy light refreshments. 1 – 3 p.m.
  15. April 4: 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.
  16. April 6: FREE First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) feature FREE admission for kids 17 years old and under. General admission applies to guests 18 and older. Adults (18-64), $8; seniors (65+), $6; Kids (17 & under), FREE. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  17. April 11: WANDERLUST Pop Up Shops at the Wheeler Ferris Wheel (1701 S Western Ave) features an outdoor market with artists, hand-crafted artisans, boutiques and local businesses offering repurposed, vintage and unique products. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  18. April 11: FREE Second Saturday at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) feature a community and family-focused day of art with hands-on art making, performances and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages. Noon – 4 p.m.
  19. April 14 – 18: 89er Days Celebration in Guthrie (various locations) features a chuck wagon dinner, carnival, 1889-style baseball game, parade, rodeo and more. Most events are FREE to attend. See website for a complete schedule.
  20. April 18: Travel back in time to Oklahoma’s early days at the Cherokee Strip Museum’s FREE Rural Heritage Festival. Enjoy re-enactors, crafts and more. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  21. Cheer on some of Oklahoma’s top riders as they race around a flat and extremely fast track at the FREE Wheeler Criterium. Tuesdays, April – August from 5 – 8 p.m.
  22. April 19: FREE Earth Day Festival at Reaves Park (2501 Jenkins Ave, Norman) features family fun activities teaching the importance of protecting our earth including hands-on art projects, musical entertainment, mascots, pet adoption and more. Noon – 5 p.m.
  23. Check out some public art! These must-see murals are scattered throughout town and don’t cost a dime to visit.
  24. April 23 – 25: FREE Norman Music Festival in Downtown Norman (Main St & Jones Ave, Norman) is a free, three day independent music festival featuring more than 300 performers providing free arts, culture and entertainment. See website for a complete list of bands and schedule of events.
  25. April 25: Artspace at Untitled is hosting a FREE Steamroller Print Fest. Enjoy art demonstrations, food trucks, live music and other family activities, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  26. April 25: FREE Festival’s Got Talent at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) is a talent competition for kids in grades k- 12th. All forms of entertainment are welcome. 3:30 – 5 p.m.
  27. 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.
  28. April 25 & 26: Okie Sampler at Chester’s Party Barn & Farm (5201 Cimmaron Rd NW, Piedmont). Spend a day on the farm shopping and enjoying fun activities such a pony rides, live music, hay rides and more. Admission is $5, kids under 1 are free. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  29. Go old school with a classic flick at Harkin’s Tuesday Night Classics. This spring’s line up includes The Karate Kid circa 1984 and the popular thriller Jurassic Park. $5. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
  30. May 1 – 3: FREE Downtown Edmond Arts Festival (30 W 1st St, Edmond) features more than 100 artists, food vendors, live music and a children’s area. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  31. May 1 – 3: 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 2: Check out some cool cars at the annual FREE V-Dubs on Auto Alley car show. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  33. May 2: 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, moon bounces, crafts, pony rides, storytelling and more. All activities are geared for children 12 and under. Kids, $5 in advance, $7 day of; adults, FREE. 10 a.m. – 4 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.
  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. May 8: FREE 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk in the Norman Arts District (downtown Norman) features a monthly celebration of the arts in Norman. 6 – 9 p.m.
  38. April showers bring May flowers but they also bring muddy puddles which might mean you need an indoor playground. Play places are available at several metro malls offering entertainment at no cost.
  39. 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.
  40. May 9: 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.
  41. May 16: RailFest at Moore’s Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore). Enjoy a train show with family activities including barrel train rides, food trucks, music and more. Admission to the train show and workshops are $5. Kids are free as well as many of the family activities. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  42. Kick back under the stars for an outdoor concert during Riverwind’s FREE Beats & Bites Festival. Listen to popular musicians and dine on some local food truck fare. Held select days May – August, 6 – 11 p.m.
  43. May 15: FREE Movie in the Park at Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features a screening of Jumanji: The Next Level. Concessions available for purchase. 7 – 10:30 p.m.
  44. May 7: See downtown in a new light during the Full Moon Ride and Runs. $5 suggested donation. 8 – 9:30
  45. May 18: Choctaw Creek Park is bringing back their FREE Rock the Park concert. Families can enjoy live music, food trucks, inflatables and games from 5 – 11 p.m.
  46. The Bricktown Beach is back! Opening May 21, stop in for some relaxation in the sand or friendly competition with outdoor games or on the sand volleyball court.
  47. May 22: Make memories together with a FREE Family Game Night at The Station at Moore’s Central Park. 7:30-9:30
  48. May 23: Bethany 66 Festival (Ashbury & College Ave, Bethany) is a family-friendly event featuring food, downtown sidewalk sales, antiques, commercial exhibits and children’s activities. FREE admission. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  49. May 23 – 25: An annual favorite, the Paseo Arts Festival hosts a variety of local and regional artists from varied backgrounds and mediums. Attendees can browse art and enjoy music, food vendors a children’s area and more. The festival is free to attend. Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  50. May 25: 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.

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

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