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Countdown to the First Day of School

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As the last few days of our summer break come to an end, parents and kids alike could use a much-needed break for family fun. Here are the best family-friendly events and things to do, happening each day in August leading up to the first day of school. Step away from the stress and have fun together.

(This is a working list last updated on July 11, 2022. Please check back often for updates.)

Aug. 1

Grab your phone, snap some photos and enter our virtual Cover Kids contest! Kids ages 2 to 12 are eligible to enter. We can’t wait to meet your cuties!

Weekly Walk-Ups at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features Make-It Mondays. Kids can make and take something home using a variety of natural and human-made craft materials. $2. 10 a.m. – noon.

Aug. 2

Oklahoma City Museum of Art is kicking off their SONIC Family Discovery Week! Take part in daily art-making activities, watch special screenings of New York International Children’s Film Festival Kid Flicks and cozy up for story time with the Metropolitan Library System. Adults can get free museum tickets at Metropolitan libraries between July 18-Aug. 1. Kids 17 & under always get in free to OKCMOA!

Aug. 3

Head to the OKC Zoo to see some endangered animal statues made with more than one million toy bricks! Take a stroll through the BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise to see amazing creations including a giraffe, African lion, rhino and more. BRICKLIVE tickets are required in addition to regular zoo admission. Members tickets are $4, $5 for nonmembers for guests 3 & older. Open daily 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Aug. 4

VIBES Artwalk in Downtown Edmond (Broadway from 2nd to Edwards St, Edmond) features a variety of creative talent hosted at participating businesses. Listen to live music and take part in a variety of art-inspired activities. 5-9 p.m.

Head off the beaten path for some surprising new-to-you attractions like the Oklahoma Railway Museum or Oklahoma Firefighters Museum!

Aug. 5

Shop ’til you drop during Oklahoma’s Tax-Free Weekend kicking off Aug. 5 & continuing until Aug. 7.

Beat the heat with wet games at the FREE Friday Fundays at the Jackie Cooper Gym (1024 E Main St, Yukon). Kids ages 5-11 can take part in fun water play activities starting at 10 a.m.

Learn how to pick a tune with Lucas Ross! Make plans to visit the American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan Ave) on Aug. 5. and be sure to save your spot for a short lesson starting at noon. The lesson is free and includes complimentary museum admission.

Aug. 6

Drop a line during the FREE Fishing Days at OKC ponds and lakes (various locations). The City of Oklahoma City offers FREE fishing on the first Saturday of each month. No city permit is required, however, a State license is for anyone 16 and older.

Kids Take Over the Cowboy at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Learn about the types of wildlife that call Yellowstone home with a craft and scavenger and enjoy a free root beer float in honor of National Root Beer Float Day! Activities are free with admission. 10 a.m. – noon, while supplies last. Don’t forget to head outside and explore Liichokoshkomo’, The Cowboy’s backyard playspace and see cliff dwellings, a sod house, gushing geyser and more.

Aug. 7

Step outside to discover why OKC was named the Best City for Street Art by USA Today readers! Check out these must-see murals are scattered throughout town. Or, tour the streets of OKC to see how many items you can find on our Street Art Scavenger Hunt.

Then, make your way to Myriad Gardens for a FREE Twilight Concert hosted by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City. Edgar & The Brave Amigos will be performing beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 8

Visit a locally owned bookstore such as Nappy Roots, Full Circle, Commonplace Books or Best of Books, many of which host weekly storytimes.

Or, enjoy a day trip to the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge in Lawton. Get tips for your visit here.

Aug. 9

Slick on the sunscreen and head to the OKC Zoo for their FREE Weekday Afternoons. Through August 19, the Zoo is offering free admission from noon to 2 p.m. Water misters and other water features, plus indoor areas in Great EscApe, Cat Forest and Oklahoma Trails, will help keep your family cool.

Cheer on some of Oklahoma’s top riders as they race through the streets of the Wheeler District during the Wheeler Criterium. The first race takes off at 5:30 p.m. in front of The Big Friendly Brewery & Taproom.

Aug. 10

Pop into Myriad Garden’s Children’s Garden for FREE Reading Wednesday. A local librarian will read nature-inspired books that connect children with what’s growing and changing in the Garden. 10 a.m.-noon.

Spend the afternoon at a local park flying kites! The wide-open spaces at Lake Hefner are a perfect destination to harness Oklahoma winds.

Aug. 11

Go on a Listening Walk. Read the book by Paul Showers first and then create your own Listening Walk unique to your family and neighborhood.

Take the family out to a ballgame! The OKC Dodgers take on the Round Rock Express. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Aug. 12

See Oklahoma’s only mummy at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art. During August, admission is free thanks to a generous donation. After your visit, make your own “mummies” at home!

Then, make your way to the FireLake Fireflight Balloon Fest in Shawnee. The two-day festival features hot air balloons, live entertainment, fireworks, balloon glows and family-friendly activities such as inflatables, splash pad, carnival and petting zoo.

Aug. 13

Stop in for FREE family fun at Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s (1400 Classen Dr) See You Saturday event. Enjoy complimentary museum admission, crafts and more! The fun kicks off at 9 a.m. with sensory-friendly activities during the first hour.

Catch some summer vibes at Oklahoma Contemporary’s (11 NW 11th St) FREE Second Saturday XL event. Families can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including water play and collaborative art-making. Indoors, tour the exhibitions, listen to a story time and cool off with snow cones. 1-4 p.m.

Watch one of the year’s brightest and most visible meteor showers at the FREE Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd).  Park staff will set up a few telescopes to watch the show from one of the park’s meadows. 8-9:30 p.m.

Aug. 14

Score some unique new gear at the Shop Latino OKC Pop-Up Market at City Hall Park. Latino-owned small businesses will have a variety of wares plus food and drinks. 4-8 p.m.

Kick up your heels at Family Skate Night at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St)! $6 admission includes basic skate rental. 6-8 p.m.

Aug. 15

Discover the colorful creations of Synesthesia at the Fred Jones Museum of Art! The new immersive exhibition by Factory Obscura is inspired by the prolific and exuberant work of Olinka Hrdy, an art student at the University of Oklahoma from 1923-1928. Bonus – Admission to Fred Jones is always free.

Create your own masterpiece with an integrated arts project like making a sculpture that explores force or drawing a work of art with patterns. Find instructions from Oklahoma A+ Schools at metrofamilymagazine.com/integrated-arts.

Aug. 16

Check out the newly redesign Chuhily exhibition, Chihuly Then and Now: The Collection at Twenty at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art featuring five decades of his works. Bonus – kids always get in free to the museum!

Curate a playlist and throw a family dance party at home.

Aug. 17

Play a round of disc golf. Find courses to try at metrofamilymagazine.com/disc-golf-courses-in-the-metro.

Plan a family movie night. Check out our recs of family-friendly flicks by decade at metrofamilymagazine.com/family-friendly-flicks-by-decade.

Aug. 18

Is it even summer without snow cones?! Top off the end of summer break with a sweet treat at one of our favorite spots serving up cool treats.

Kick back and listen to some tunes from local bands at the FREE Summer Concert Series at Hafer Park. Ciara Brooke will be performing Pop music under the cool shade trees beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Aug. 19

Celebrate the end of summer break at FREE Fiesta Fridays in the Historic Capitol Hill district. Enjoy live entertainment, shopping, themed activities and more from 6-9 p.m.

Catch a FREE outdoor screening of Transformers at Little River Park in Moore. The movie will begin around sunset and families are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Concessions will be available for purchase.

For even more family fun ideas, check out our 100 Days of Summer Fun!

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