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8 Ways to Beat the Heat With Kids

Lake Texoma. photo by Autumn Mott

by Hannah Schmitt & Lindsay Cuomo

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We love summer as much as the next guy, but the Oklahoma heat can be brutally exhausting, especially for kids. From cool treats to splash pads pumping out plenty of refreshing water, here are eight ways to beat the heat and find family fun this summer.

  1. Splash around. Venture beyond the city for a day at one of Oklahoma’s best beaches.
  2. Hit up a community splash pad or pool or experience the water in a new way on a canoe or kayak.
  3. Stay entertained indoors by visiting a local museum. Science Museum Oklahoma is a Family Favorite! Several metro museums have kid-friendly exhibitions such as the newly opened Chef Loretta’s Garden at First Americans Museum and Chihuly Then and Now at Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
  4. Save money by exploring a free metro museum. During the summer, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame invites families to take part in their Summer Thursdays, which features complimentary admission plus fun for the whole family. Also, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art has free general admission from June to August. (Editor’s note: If you make the trip to Shawnee, check out the new multi-age park, KidSpace Park, which is now the 3rd largest park in the state.)
  5. Go underground. Caves generally bring a sense of awe and offer a very welcome break from the summer heat— plus they are just plain fun! Here are the two best places to explore caves with kids in Oklahoma.
  6. Try a new snow cone joint. Here are ones our readers recommend and our Editor’s Picks, highlighting stands throughout the Oklahoma City area. Or, make your own healthy cool treat at home.
  7. Take a hike. Most hikes will be hot, but these waterfall hikes will be sure to cool you off! Also, try hiking to an Oklahoma swimming hole.
  8. Make your own slip n slide for a wild time, or turn on the sprinklers and create a wet obstacle course.


Looking for even more summer-time family fun? Check out our dozens of resources to help you plan your perfect summer!

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