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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 Dec. 17, 2020. 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. Connect with family and friends and plan a virtual game night!
  2. Explore art through the pages of a book with FREE Art Adventures at Home with the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art  (555 Elm Ave, Norman). Enjoy a free themed storytime on Zoom and correlating craft project on Tuesdays beginning at 10:30 a.m.
  3. Whether or not snow is falling outside, your kids will love creating these homemade icicles!
  4. Jan. 1: FREE First Day Walk at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) is part of a nationwide initiative meant to encourage people to get outdoors. Walk the trails at the park and be active to start the new year! The event is open to everyone, including children of all ages.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. Use grass, leaves, sticks and a bit of yarn to create your own natural paintbrushes with this #AtHomeArt project.
  8. Whip up some tasty Banana Oat Pancakes for a healthy weekend brunch.
  9. Keep the kids entertained with some kid-friendly podcasts and educational YouTube channels.
  10. Spend time stargazing. While a telescope can add to the fun, it costs nothing to explore the night sky.
  11. 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.
  12. Jan. 8-10: See majestic eagles in their natural habitat during Arcadia Lake’s Eagle Watch (9000 E 2nd St, Edmond). Stop by the park office to find out where the eagles can be found and check out a raptor display. Admission is $3 per vehicle. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  13. Try out this exciting science experiment about floating!
  14. Cozy up with a good book and the Pioneer Library System. Every Tuesday, librarians host a virtual bedtime storytime.
  15. Hunt for (or help hide) books in a local park through Little Read Wagon’s Look for a Book program.
  16. Bundle up and go geocaching.
  17. Become a citizen scientist by creating your own mammal feeder!
  18. See the world’s largest collection of military firearms and a variety of war artifacts at the 45th Infantry Division Museum.
  19. Train for a 5k race or 10-mile bike ride as a family.
  20. 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.
  21. Reserve your family free timed tickets to see Ed Ruscha: Okla, a landmark survey of work by the Oklahoma-raised, world-renowned artist at Oklahoma Contemporary.
  22. 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.
  23. Through Jan. 30: See the first-ever museum exhibit dedicated to Darci Lynne, winner of America’s Got Talent, at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum (431 S Boulevard, Edmond). Artifacts featured include clothing from her television performances, her first practice puppets, tour posters and scripts. Museum admission is free.
  24. Rent a movie, make this festive popcorn and enjoy a night in!
  25. Jan. 23; Feb. 9 & 20: FREE Eagle Watch tours at Lake Thunderbird State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman) features 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.
  26. Transform into a territorial Oklahoma kidFind out what life was like when Oklahoma City was getting established in the 1890s with these fun activities.
  27. Find a fun new idea on our page full of free events and activities happening in OKC!
  28. Learn about ways to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.
  29. Combine science and art with this integrated arts activity. (Be sure to keep an eye out for more integrated arts activities that bring learning and creativity together!)
  30. Jan. 9 & Feb. 13: Enjoy family fun during FREE See You Saturdays at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr). Activities include themed craft with virtual instructions, their Oklahomans are Amazing series, a scavenger hunt and more, during the museum’s modified hours.  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  31. Put pen to paper with Poetry and Chill OKC’s FREE online lessons for kids in elementary to high school. Explore self-expression, self love, culture, music and more through written word.
  32. 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.
  33. Jan. 18: Celebrate MLK Jr. Day with an online celebration organized by the Oklahoma City Martin Luther King Holiday Coalition. Tune in to see a silent march, bell ringing, holiday program and virtual parade.
  34. Drop a line and spend some time outside together. Oklahoma City offers FREE Fishing Days on the first Saturday of each month.
  35. 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!
  36. Host a family game night with homemade prizes for the winner. Find reader-recommended family games at metrofamilymagazine.com/family-board-games.
  37. Explore the winter season at Myriad Garden’s FREE Reading Wednesdays. Each week offers a nature-themed story time and a related craft.  Wednesdays, 10 – 11 a.m.
  38. 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.
  39. 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!
  40. 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.
  41. Volunteer! Check out our list of family volunteer opportunities and take time to give back. Bonus: We rounded up five socially-distant volunteer opportunities.
  42. Got some extra soda cans around the house? Take this opportunity to teach kids about air pressure with this fun and simple science experiment!
  43. Gear up for spring with a whole new wardrobe. Find plenty of free consignment sales (which are loaded with cheap clothing) on this list of consignment sales happening throughout the OKC metro.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. Visit a historic one-room schoolhouse. Many of the ones on our list offer free admission.
  47. Check out our monthly list of the top 10 FREE events for families or scan our searchable calendar filled with family fun!
  48. Enter our contests! You could win tickets to local attractions, family getaways and so much more!!
  49. Get to know Oklahoma’s story through its people in a digital way. OHOF@Home provides families with curated content about influential Oklahomans such as Kelli O’Hara, Dr. George Henderson and Te Ata Fisher.
  50. 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.

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