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Countdown to the First Day of School

Here are the best events happening every day to help you make the most of the last few days of summer break.

(This is a working list last updated July 18, 2019. Please check back often for updates.)

Aug. 1

FREE Mad Science Blast Off at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library (2201 SW 134th St) features hands-on, interactive science experiments for kids ages 4 – 12. Preregister. 4:30-5:30 p.m.

FREE Concerts in the Park in Yukon at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) features live music and a movie night in the park. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions are available for purchase. 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Aug. 2

Oklahoma’s Tax Free Weekend kicks off Aug. 2 & continues until Aug. 4.

Pass It On Kids at Exchange Avenue Baptist Church (1300 S Penn Ave) features quality, gently-used kids’ & maternity clothes, toys, furniture and baby items. A portion of the proceeds benefits Lilyfield Christian Adoption & Foster Care. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Back to School Bash at Westwood Water Park (2400 Westport Dr, Norman) features an after-hours community celebration. $5. 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Aug. 3

FREE Saturday for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Test your skills as you play traditional games like Game of Grace, ring toss, and more that have Native American roots. Free for children and accompanying adults. 10 a.m. – noon.

FREE Cat Video Festival at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a collection of the Internet’s finest cat videos as well as food trucks, live music and more. Pre-show fun begins at 7 p.m. and Movie screens at 9 p.m.

Aug. 4

FREE Sunday Twilight Concert Series at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features an outdoor concerts performed by local and regional artists. Bring your family and a picnic and enjoy the great music. 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Aug. 5

FREE First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble (2400 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features complementary admission for kids 17 years old and under on the first Monday of each month. General admission applies to guests 18 and older. Adults (18-64), $8; seniors (65+), $6; Kids (17 & under), FREE. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Aug. 6

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

Aug. 7

FREE Wide-Open Wednesdays at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features complimentary admission courtesy of Oklahoma Ford Dealers. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Aug. 8

Weekly Walk-Ups at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features Think-Green Thursday activities, fun crafts that focus on reducing, reusing and recycling. $2. 10 a.m. – noon.

International Cat Day at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features educational activities to bring attention to vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered cat species. Free with admission. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Aug. 9

FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 Block of NW 16th) features family friendly games and entertainment, featured artists, live music, local shopping, food trucks and more. August’s event celebrates the start of school with a fanny pack fashion show, spelling bee, supply drive, live music and more. 6 – 10 p.m.

FREE Movie Night @ the Park in Edmond at the MAC Amphitheater (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features an outdoor screening of Lego Movie 2. Concesssion available for purchase. Movie begin at dark.

Aug. 10

FREE See You Saturdays at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features themed experiences and learning opportunities for families to enjoy together including crafts and guided tours. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

FREE FireLake Fireflight Balloon Fest at Citizen Potawatomi Nation Powwow Grounds (1702 S Gordon Cooper Dr, Shawnee) features live performers, family-friendly activities, fireworks, a hunting and fishing expo, 5K and a display of 25 hot air balloons. See website for a complete schedule of events.

Aug. 11

FREE Accordion Affair at Yukon Czech Hall (205 N Czech Hall Rd, Yukon) features a free concert with Lucas Ross as emcee. 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Chaparral Family Sundays at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features mascot meet & greets, player autograph sessions, inflatables, face painting, photo stations and more. Kids also get to run the bases following the game. $8 & up. 5:30 p.m.

Aug. 12

FREE Bricktown Beach (2 S Mickey Mantle Blvd) features a large sand-filled outdoor park area with umbrellas, lounge chairs, sand volleyball equipment and outdoor games. Open to the public 24 hours a day.

Aug. 13

FREE Robot Petting Zoo at the Bethany Library (7941 NW 23rd St). Explore the robotic pals at the library including Code & Go Mouse and Code-a-Pillar. 4 – 5 p.m.

FREE Wheeler Criterium in the Wheeler District (1701 S Western Ave) features bike racing, live music and food trucks. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Aug. 14

FREE Western Movie Matinees at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a curated selection of films. Attendees can see ¡Paseo!and The Gay Cabellero. 1 p.m. 

Aug. 15

FREE Summer Thursdays at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Blvd) features a story and craft time as well as other fun activities. Museum admission included. 10:30 a.m.

Family Skate Night at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St). Enjoy admission, skate rental, pizza and drinks for up to five family members. $29. 6 – 9 p.m.

Aug. 16

FREE Meet Me at Main at the 10 West Main Shopping Center (10 W Main St, Yukon) features live music, shopping, vendors, food trucks, face painting and children’s activities. 6 – 10 p.m.

FREE Wheeler Summer Music Series at Wheeler Park (1701 S Western Ave) features live music, food trucks, and pop up shops. Bands include: Lincka, BiG WoRm and Changing Frequencies. 7 – 11 p.m.

Aug. 17

FREE Heard on Hurd Street Fest in Edmond (Broadway between 1st & Hurd, Edmond) features local food, unique shopping and live music. 6 – 10 p.m.

FREE 1969 Concert at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a concert, food trucks and more, including flower crowns, face painting and outdoor activities. 6 – 10 p.m.

FREE Floating Films in the Boathouse District (800 Riversport Dr) features an water-side screening of The Meg. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and watch fun films from the banks of the lower pond or rent a tube to watch from the water. Free to attend; tubes, $10. 8:30 p.m.

Aug. 18

FREE Wild World Back-to-School Carnival at People’s Church (various locations) features inflatables, pony rides, extreme animals, snow cones and food trucks. See website for times and locations.

FREE Block Party at Nichols Hills UMC (1212 Bedford Dr, Nichols Hills) features homemade ice cream, hot dogs, music, Bingo and other family friendly games, water games, a giant Slip-N-Slide, face painting and more. All ages welcome. 5 – 7 p.m.

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

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