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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 July 16, 2021. Please check back often for updates.)

Aug. 1

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.

Aug. 2

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!

Head to the OKC Zoo to see some prehistoric animals! Take a stroll through the Dino Safari to see life-sized dinosaur fossils and animatronic models that demonstrate movement and sounds like prehistoric creatures. Dino safari tickets are required in addition to regular zoo admission. Members tickets are $5, $6 for nonmembers. Open daily 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Aug. 3

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.

Kids Take Over the Cowboy at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Explore the unique items that vaqueros wore and make your own sombrero and spurs. Activities are free with admission. 10 a.m. – noon, while supplies last.

Aug. 4

See Fantastic Mr. Fox and enjoy pre-movie activities at the FREE SONIC Summer Movies at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Food trucks will also be on-site. Activities begin at 8 p.m.; the movie begins at dusk.

Meet and greet a variety of community representatives at the FREE City of Moore National Night Out in the Moore Warren Parking Lot (1000 S Telephone Rd, Moore) and enjoy family fun activities and giveaways. 7 – 9 p.m.

Aug. 5

Stop in for Scissortales storytime at Scissortail Park. Held Tuesday & Thursday afternoons, kids can hear a nature-themed story and take part in a coordinating craft. Free to attend. 2-3 p.m.

Family Skate Night at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features a family pack with admission, skate rental, pizza and drinks for up to five family members. $29. 6-8 p.m.

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.

Get muddy during the FREE Friday Fundays at the Jackie Cooper Gym (1024 E Main St, Yukon). Kids ages 5-11 can take part in the annual mud games. 10 a.m. – noon.

Aug. 6 & 7 

Celebrate the opening of Edmond’s Route 66 exhibit at the museum at the FREE Route 66 Blue Hippo Festival at Edmond Historical Society & Museum and Stephenson Park (431 S Boulevard, Edmond) featuring family-friendly activities, performances, food, artists and all things blue. Noon – 4 p.m.

Aug. 6 – 8

Shop ’til you drop during Oklahoma’s Tax-Free Weekend kicking off Aug. 6 & continuing until Aug. 8.

Aug. 7 

Take on the challenge at the Young Lions Obstacle Course at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) featuring a 1-mile course with 10 crazy fun and challenging obstacles for ages 5 – 17. Lanes will be divided by age. $20 & up. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

A collection of the internet’s best cat videos are coming to the FREE Cat Video Festival at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Watch the charming videos and enjoy food trucks, live music and family-friendly activities. Free to attend; participation prices vary. Pre-show fun begins at 6 p.m.; movie screens at dusk.

Aug. 8

Visit a locally-owned bookstore, like Nappy Roots, Full Circle, Commonplace Books or Best of Books.

Cheer on the OKC Energy as they take on the San Antonio FC at Taft Stadium (2501 N May Ave). $9 & up. 7 p.m.

Aug. 9

Step outside to find out 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.

Aug. 10

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

Then, cheer on some of Oklahoma’s top riders as they race through the streets of the Wheeler District during the Wheeler Criterium. 5:30-8 p.m.

Aug. 11

Book a time to see The Painters of Pompeii exhibition at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The exhibition offers a richly colored snapshot in time as families get to look inside the homes of the ancient Roman cities Pompeii and Herculaneum through the artifacts and artwork preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. Bonus, kids now get in free!

Curate a playlist and throw a family dance party.

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!

Aug. 13

Celebrate the end of summer at a Back to School Community Bash at Westwood Water Park (2400 Westport Dr, Norman). Admission is $5. 8:30-10:30 p.m

Catch a FREE outdoor screening of Lion King, live action, at Chisholm Creek. The movie will begin around sunset and families are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Aug. 14

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.

Build your own city out of massive blocks, draw with gigantic crayons and pencils, play colorful oversized games and more at FREE Second Saturday at Oklahoma Contemporary (11 NW 11th St). Families will play and create in a big way inside the wonderfully cool (in temp and attitude) new facility. The event is free but preregistration is required. Noon – 3 p.m.

Aug. 15

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

Aug. 16

Play a round of disc golf. Find courses to try at

Aug. 17

Explore Liichokoshkomo’, The Cowboy’s backyard playspace and see cliff dwellings, a sod house, gushing geyser and more in this unique outdoor educational experience. Stop in for their Perked-Up Playdate at 10 a.m. to play with friends.

Aug. 18

Create an integrated arts project, like making a sculpture to explore force or drawing a work of art with patterns. Find instructions from Oklahoma A+ Schools at

Host a backyard camp-out play date, without all the fuss!

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

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