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50 Things to Do This Winter under $5

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We know parents are searching high and low for ways to keep kids entertained. But the winter season brings plenty of fun to the Oklahoma City area. We want to help you do it all on a budget, so we’ve outlined 50 fabulous ways to stay busy this season all for $5 or less! Looking for more family fun? Be sure to check out our searchable calendar and sign up for our Weekend Picks to get inspiration sent straight to your inbox.

Editor’s Note: This list is updated throughout the season and was last updated Nov. 18, 2021. Due to COVID-19 precautions, some of the following events and venues may have adjusted their hours or programming. Please check with each venue directly to verify.

  1. Whether or not snow is falling outside, your kids will love creating these homemade icicles!
  2. Plan your mission to space then visit Oklahoma History Center’s From Launch to Landing: Oklahomans in Space exhibit. Admission for a family of up to eight people is $25, which is as low as $3.13 a person!
  3. Try a new playground! There’s no better way to entertain the kids than to take them to a new open-air play place. These 10 are totally free and recommended by our readers.
  4. Relive holiday favorite films at Harkins Theater. On Tuesdays, they bring the classics back to the big screen. Tickets are just $5 and films include The Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Polar Express and Elf. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
  5. Use grass, leaves, sticks and a bit of yarn to create your own natural paintbrushes with this #AtHomeArt project.
  6. Whip up some tasty Banana Oat Pancakes for a healthy weekend brunch.
  7. Keep the kids entertained with some kid-friendly podcasts and educational YouTube channels.
  8. Spend time stargazing. While a telescope can add to the fun, it costs nothing to explore the night sky.
  9. Connect with family and friends and plan a virtual game night!
  10. Dec. 4: Young anglers can learn about and take part in fishing-related activities at the FREE OKC Parks Fishing Derby. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  11. Cruise downtown during their FREE Weekends on the OKC Streetcars. Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday between Nov. 19 – Jan. 2, families can enjoy complimentary fares to explore and shop.
  12. Try out this exciting science experiment about floating!
  13. Hunt for (or help hide) books in a local park through Little Read Wagon’s Look for a Book program.
  14. Bundle up and go geocaching.
  15. Become a citizen scientist by creating your own mammal feeder!
  16. See the world’s largest collection of military firearms and a variety of war artifacts at the 45th Infantry Division Museum.
  17. Train for a 5k race or 10-mile bike ride as a family.
  18. Take in some public art! OKC is filled with must-see murals and incredible street art crafted by local artisans.
  19. Check out our street art scavenger hunt for a fun and easy way to inspire creativity and expose kids to art without spending a dime.
  20. Reserve your family free-timed tickets to see Open World, an exhibition that explores the major influence video games have on contemporary art at Oklahoma Contemporary.
  21. 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.
  22. Rent a movie, make this festive popcorn and enjoy a night in!
  23. Dec. 11: FREE Eagle Watch tours at Lake Thunderbird State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman) feature an information session and a tour of the park to catch a glimpse of magnificent eagles in their winter home. Preregister. Be sure to bring your binoculars! 12:45 – 4 p.m. Also held: Jan. 8 & 22, Feb. 5 & 19, Mar. 5.
  24. Transform into a territorial Oklahoma kid! Find out what life was like when Oklahoma City was getting established in the 1890s with these fun activities.
  25. Celebrate the winter solstice with Factory Obscura’s March of the Trees. Held in conjunction with Oklahoma Contemporary, families can take part in the lighted march and enjoy art activities, live music and refreshments. Dec. 18, 5:30-9 p.m.
  26. Or, take a FREE Winter Solstice Walk at Lake Thunderbird State Park. A short, naturalist-led hike encourages families to witness the changing of the season. Dec. 21 at 8 a.m.
  27. Combine science and art with this integrated arts activity focused on our solar system. (Be sure to keep an eye out for more integrated arts activities that bring learning and creativity together!)
  28. Winter is the perfect time to bring learning indoors. We’ve got you covered with this simple science experiment to teach your kids about surface tension.
  29. You probably have all the ingredients on hand to make homemade ice cream in a bag. Teach your kids a science lesson while you do it!
  30. Host a family game night with homemade prizes for the winner. Find reader-recommended family games at metrofamilymagazine.com/family-board-games.
  31. Winter weather makes us even more aware of the usefulness of insulation. Teach your kids more about the science behind insulated mugs and homes with this fun experiment.
  32. Go explore a local shop! Here are some of our favorites. Allow your kids to explore new spaces and don’t feel pressure to buy anything new!
  33. Create some cheer with handmade crafts you craft together, including these easy-to-craft, winter-themed projects. Be sure to share your family’s art on social media with our hashtag #okcfamilyart. Not crafty? Check out Unpluggits’ to-go paint and ceramics kits with everything your kids need for a creative project at home.
  34. Volunteer! Check out our list of family volunteer opportunities and take time to give back. Bonus: We rounded up five socially-distant volunteer opportunities.
  35. Got some extra soda cans around the house? Take this opportunity to teach kids about air pressure with this fun and simple science experiment!
  36. 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.
  37. You don’t have to spend a dime to enjoy a day at a local bookstore. Commonplace Books in Midtown, Best of Books in Edmond and Full Circle Bookstore in NW OKC are all great options for a slow-paced afternoon.
  38. Visit a historic one-room schoolhouse. Many of the ones on our list offer free admission.
  39. Whisk away an afternoon of cabin fever and introduce your kids to one (or all) of these fun, family-friendly classic films from each decade.
  40. Get moving outdoors at the FREE First Day Walk at Scissortail Park. As part of a national initiative, park representatives hope to inspire the community to enjoy public spaces in the metro. Jan. 1, 9-11: a.m.
  41. Take in some public art! Hunt for color creations by local and regional artists with our OKC Street Art scavenger hunt.
  42. 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.
  43. See majestic eagles in their natural habitat at Arcadia Lake. Each year, park staff invites families to learn about eagles and see them in nature. The annual watch is Jan. 7-9 and park admission is discounted to $3 per vehicle.
  44. Nominate an awesome mom! Tell us about an amazing mom in your life and she could win prizes and be featured in an upcoming magazine. Entries are accepted Jan. 15-Feb. 28.
  45. Go to your local library and find some fun books to read aloud at home.
  46. Enjoy free family fun at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s FREE See You Saturdays. Create a craft in their Makerspace, explore exhibits, get your selfie in “Picture Yourself” and see new art and history exhibits. Jan. 8 & Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  47. Check out our monthly list of the top 10 FREE events for families or scan our searchable calendar filled with family fun!
  48. Join in on the annual MLK Day celebration in Oklahoma City which includes a silent march, bell ringing and parade. Jan. 17, 9 a.m.
  49. Kids can learn basic fishing skills during a FREE Hooked on Fishing clinic hosted by OKC Parks. Feb. 5 at Route 66 Park & March 5 at Dolese Park. Preregister is required.
  50. Lesson how to skate or brush up on your skills with Skate Galaxy. They host free learn-to-skate lessons every Saturday.

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