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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. We want to help you do it all on a budget, so we’ve outlined 50 fabulous things to do this season all for $5 or less! Looking for more affordable 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 on Jan. 23, 2023. 

  1. Whether or not snow is falling outside, your kids will love creating these homemade icicles!
  2. Did you know kids need 60 minutes of physical activity every day? Get moving with fun and easy ideas to stay active during the colder months from Shape Your Future.
  3. Relive your favorite films at Harkins Theater. On Tuesdays, they bring the classics back to the big screen. Tickets are just $5 and films include Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Rocky. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
  4. Use grass, leaves, sticks and a bit of yarn to create your own natural paintbrushes with this #AtHomeArt project.
  5. Learn about Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s with a guided tour of the Americans and the Holocaust exhibit at the Downtown Library. Tours are available on select days through Feb. 11.
  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. LIVE on the Plaza moves to Sunday afternoons during the winter months. Meet local artists, listen to live music and more during the monthly celebration in the Plaza District. Second Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
  10. Local author Kim Rogers will be reading her book, Just Like Grandma, at Best of Books on Feb. 4 at 11 a.m.
  11. Immerse your senses at Factory Obscura’s art experience Synesthesia at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. On Feb. 4, the museum hosts SENSEsational Saturdays with hands-on art activities from 2-4 p.m.
  12. Host a family game night with homemade prizes for the winner. Find reader-recommended family games at metrofamilymagazine.com/family-board-games.
  13. Get cooking with recipe inspirations from four OKC families that shared their favorite dishes.
  14. 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. Second Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  15. Try out this exciting science experiment about floating!
  16. Hunt for (or help hide) books in a local park through Little Read Wagon’s Look for a Book program.
  17. Learn tips and tricks to be more confident when exploring outdoors at Edmond Parks’s FREE Trail13: Backpacking Basics. The classes is open to ages 8 & up. Preregiser, space is limited. Jan. 18 & Feb. 1, 6-7 p.m.
  18. Bundle up and go geocaching.
  19. Become a citizen scientist by creating your own mammal feeder!
  20. See the world’s largest collection of military firearms and a variety of war artifacts at the 45th Infantry Division Museum.
  21. Train for a 5k race or 10-mile bike ride as a family.
  22. STEAM fans can enjoy a fun night during the OU College of Engineering’s FREE Community Engineering Night at Norman Central Library. Preregister, space is limited. Feb. 6, 5-9 p.m.
  23. Take in some public art! OKC is filled with must-see murals and incredible street art crafted by local artisans.
  24. See Fugitive Speech, an exhibition that explores acts of personal testimony in the face of social, cultural and historical odds, at Oklahoma Contemporary. Admission is always free!
  25. Then, explore The Art of Food opening at Oklahoma Contemporary on Feb. 2. Guided tours are available on Saturdays, at 1 p.m.
  26. 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.
  27. Embark on a journey to learn about the shared history of the 39 tribal nations that call our state home. On the third Sunday of each month, kids ages 4-12 receive free admission to the museum galleries at the First Americans Museum, thanks to a program called AT&T Sundays!
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. Rent a movie, make this festive popcorn and enjoy a night in!
  31. 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.
  32. Kids can learn basic fishing skills during a FREE Hooked on Fishing clinic hosted by OKC Parks. Feb. 11 at Route 66 Park & Jan. 28 & Feb. 25 at Edwards Park. Preregistration is required.
  33. 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!)
  34. Get creative at Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s drop-in art activities. On Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., families can craft abstract texture paintings. Activities are free with admission and kids always get in free.
  35. 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.
  36. 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!
  37. 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.
  38. 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!
  39. Create some cheer with handmade crafts you make 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.
  40. Volunteer! Check out our list of family volunteer opportunities and take the time to give back.
  41. Got some extra soda cans around the house? Take this opportunity to teach kids about air pressure with this fun and simple science experiment!
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. Celebrate Mardi Gras with a FREE parade in Downtown Norman. Be sure to hold your seat because the parade makes it route twice! Feb. 18, 7-9 p.m.
  45. Visit a historic one-room schoolhouse. Many of the ones on our list offer free admission.
  46. 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.
  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. Become a Great Backyard Bird Count citizen scientist! Spend 5 to 10 minutes observing birds at Myriad Gardens and record what you see. Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  49. 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.
  50. Go to your local library and find some fun books to read aloud at home.

Bonus – Check out our monthly list of the top 10 FREE events for families or scan our searchable calendar filled with family fun!

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