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50 Things to Do This Winter under $5

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.

  1. Explore the city aboard the OKC Streetcar. Day passes are $3 for adults and $1.50 for kids.
  2. 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!
  3. Jan. 23: Enjoy some time together at the FREE Family Game Night at The Station at Central Park. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  4. Explore art through the pages of a book at Art Adventures at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art  (555 Elm Ave, Norman). Enjoy a free themed story time and correlating craft project on Tuesdays beginning at 10:30 a.m.
  5. Whether or not snow is falling outside, your kids will love creating these homemade icicles!
  6. Jan. 25, Feb. 8 & 22: 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! 1 p.m.
  7. Jan. 25: Take part in a friendly competition to see if you have what it takes to be a Jigsaw Puzzle champion. The Norman Central Library is hosting a FREE Piece It Together tournament from 1 – 3:30 p.m.
  8. On Tuesdays through April, tots can craft a masterpiece at the Little Crafts Preschool Art Class at the MAC at Mitch Park in Edmond. Each class features a different art project designed specifically for ages 2-5. 10:30 – 11 a.m.
  9. Feb. 1: Celebrate the Lunar New Year with music, face painting, lion dancers, festive décor, crafts for the kids, cultural presentations and food vendors at Myriad Gardens’ Lunar New Year Celebration. Most activities are free. 6 – 9 p.m.
  10. Feb. 1& March 6: Hang out in the Paseo Arts District during their FREE First Friday Gallery Walk.  Enjoy themed exhibits, live entertainment and more. 6 – 9 p.m.
  11. Try out this exciting science experiment about floating!
  12. Go to your local library and find some fun books to read aloud at home.
  13. 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.
  14. Feb. 3 & March 2: Enjoy complimentary admission for kids 17 years old and under at Sam Noble Museum’s First Mondays for Kids and see A New Moon Rises exhibition. General admission applies to guests 18 and older. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  15. We rounded up 10 kid-friendly day trips to take from Oklahoma City. Besides the money for gas, it’s possible to pack up some snacks and see many of these sights without spending a dime.
  16. Kicking off Feb. 4, the Metropolitan Library System is hosting a FREE History of Hip Hop performance tour. Local performers from the R.A.C.E. Dance Collective welcome families for a fun and educational celebration of hip-hop dance. All ages welcome.
  17. 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.
  18. Feb. 5: National Cowboy Museum welcomes an all-black, all-female rodeo team, the Cowgirls of Color! Families can enjoy a special presentation as well as activity stations in the museum. The event is free to attend but preregistration is required. 10: 30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  19. Feb. 8: Kids can learn about the history of valentines and craft their own as the Moore-Lindsay Historic House & Museum hosts a Victorian Valentines workshop. 2 – 4 p.m.
  20. Feb. 8: Explore an art exhibition created by the animals at Martin Park Nature Center. 3 – 5 p.m.
  21. Feb. 14 & March 13: Celebrate all things art at the FREE 2nd Friday Art Walk in Downtown Norman. Whether you like dancing, painting, photography or music, there will be something for you to see and hear. 6 – 9 p.m.
  22. Feb. 14 & March 13: FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 block of NW 16th St). Businesses stay open late with featured artists, live music, special events, local shopping and more. 6 – 10 p.m.
  23. Feb. 14: The Minnis Lakeview Recreation Center is hosting a Big Pink Party, a family dance with refreshments, games and more, for all ages. Admission is $2 per person. 6 – 8 p.m.
  24. Feb. 14: Challenge your kids to some friendly competition at FREE Ping Pong Mania at The Station Recreation Center in Moore. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  25. Rent a movie, make this festive popcorn and enjoy a night in!
  26. A perfect indoor activity on a cold winter day is to visit a story time. They happen regularly all over the OKC metro and we’ve listed several here.
  27. Find a fun new idea on our page full of free events and activities happening in OKC!
  28. Feb. 15 & 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
  29. Visit an Oklahoma State Park! Not only are they free to enter, but the family could easily spend hours exploring nature and learning more about Oklahoma wildlife.
  30. 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.
  31. When the weather is rainy or just plain cold, this list of rainy-day activities offers plenty of ideas for fun.
  32. Feb. 22: Explore the world of sports at the FREE Bart & Nadia Sports Experience at Cox Convention Center. Kids who complete the fun fitness activities will earn a gold medal. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  33. Feb. 22: Moms-to-be and moms with young children can spend the day getting pampered, connecting with other moms and learning from local experts at the Bump, Baby & More Expo. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  34. Enter our contests! It just takes a second and you could win big!
  35. Bundle up and spend some time outside together. Oklahoma City offers FREE Fishing Days on the first Saturday of each month.
  36. Feb. 22: Celebrate Mardi Gras at Norman’s family-friendly parade. Enjoy floats, musicians, dancers and fun characters. The parade makes its route twice so be sure to stick around! 7 – 9 p.m.
  37. 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!
  38. In recognition of the approaching 25th anniversary of the 1995 Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing, the Oklahoma City Thunder will provide free admission to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum on the 25th of every month in 2020.
  39. Find a fun library event. Many of the events at Oklahoma City’s libraries are totally free and great for keeping kids entertained.
  40. Call up some friends and head to a park for a playdate!
  41. Explore the winter season at Myriad Garden’s FREE Reading Wednesdays. Each week offers a nature-themed story time and related craft.  Wednesdays, 10 – 11 a.m.
  42. Feb. 29: Head to the Southwest OKC Library to celebrate the impossible on Leap Day! Enjoy Alice in Wonderland themed activities including games, crafts and cookies. 10:30 a.m. – noon.
  43. 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.
  44. Volunteer! Check out our list of family volunteer opportunities and take time to give back.
  45. Got some extra soda cans around the house? Take this opportunity to teach kids about air pressure with this fun and simple science experiment!
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. Visit a historic one-room schoolhouse. Many of the ones on our list offer free admission.
  50. 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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