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Countdown to the First Day of School

As the last few days of our (extended) 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. Step away from the stress and have fun together.

(This is a working list last updated July 24, 2020. Please check back often for updates.)

Aug. 1

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). Find out what moving day was like for pioneers in the West during Moving Day! Pack a wagon like a settler, assemble a no-sew leather pouch of your own, experiment with Native American travois and enjoy storytime. Activities are free with admission. 10 a.m. – noon, while supplies last.

Aug. 2

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. 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.

Aug. 4

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. 5

Hunt for fireflies at Myriad Gardens! In celebration of the grand opening of Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahoma artist Nathan Pratt has created more than two dozen, softly blinking mixed media fireflies that will be at the gardens through fall 2020.

Aug. 6

FREE Summer Thursdays Live’s Back to School Bash at Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features themed crafts with virtual instructions, the Oklahomans are Amazing series, a scavenger hunt and more. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Aug. 7 

FREE Movie in the Park at Moore’s Central Park (700 S Broadway, Moore) features an outdoor screening of Dolittle. Activities start at 7 p.m.; movie begins at sundown. Concessions available for purchase.

Aug. 7 – 9

Oklahoma’s Tax Free Weekend kicks off Aug. 7 & continues until Aug. 9.

Aug. 8

OKC Energy vs San Antonio FC at Taft Stadium (2501 N May Ave). $9 & up. 7 p.m.

Aug. 9

Darci Lynne’s Got Talent Virtual Ribbon-Cutting Celebration with the Edmond Historical Society & Museum (online) features a virtual ribbon-cutting celebration of the new exhibit, Darci Lynne’s Got Talent, and live performance by Darci Lynne. As part of the show, viewers will see a video of Darci Lynne touring the new museum exhibit and sharing stories about the artifacts on display. Families can tour the exhibit until Jan. 30, 2021. $20. 3 p.m.

Aug. 10

FREE Hike & Brew at Stinchcomb Wildlife Preserve (NW 51st St & N Stinchcomb Ave) features an hour hike and a coffee of the week from a local artesian. Bring a hiking stick and something to hold your brew. For ages 10 & up. 8 a.m.

Aug. 11

Explore Liichokoshkomo’, The Cowboy’s backyard playspace and see cliff dwellings, a sod house, gushing geyser and more in this unique outdoor educational experience.

Aug. 12

The Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) is also celebrating Oklahoma Contemporary with an exhibit called Bright Golden Haze: Reflections, a 600-foot maze of yellow fabric meandering across the museum’s grassy grounds. But hurry, it closes Aug. 15!

Aug. 13

Book a time to see the best in Pop art at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. On display now, POP Power features more than 100 works on paper and sculptures by Warhol, Lichtenstein, Koons and more. And remember, kids now get in free!

Aug. 14

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

Aug. 15

FREE National Honeybee Day at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features an observation hive, a beekeeper, bee-themed arts and crafts and self-guided, bee trivia. Preregister. 2-4 p.m.

Aug. 16

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

Aug. 17

Grab your phone, snap some photos and enter our virtual Cover Kids contest! Kids ages 2 to 12 are eligible to enter.

Aug. 18

Create a nature scavenger hunt in your back yard.

Aug. 19

See Oklahoma’s only mummy at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art. During July and August, admission is free thanks to a generous donation. The museum is limiting guests in the galleries so reservations are recommended. After your visit, make your own “mummies” at home!

Aug. 20

Take advantage of a special summer discount and get $2 off admission when you book an OKC Zoo Safari tour between 2 – 5 p.m.

Aug. 21

Step outside and check out some public art. These must-see murals are scattered throughout town. Have a favorite not on our list? Post a pic and tag us with #okcfamilyfun! Bonus: take your tour on a streetcar! On the third Friday of August & September, families can ride for free! And don’t forget to be on the lookout for the #DoorTourOKC in Automobile Alley.

Aug. 22

Spider Sniffing Night Hike at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features a hike through the trails of the park to discover spiders and their beautifully built webs. Preregister. $5. 7:30-9 p.m.

Aug. 23

Drop a line and go fishing! The Oklahoma City metro has several close-to-home fishing options.

Aug. 24

Stock up on a new fall wardrobe at the Just Between Friends Consignment Sale at State Fair Park. Tickets are limited and preregistration required to ensure social distancing precautions can be followed.

Aug. 25

FREE Thunder Free Days at the OKC National Memorial Museum (620 N Harvey Ave) features free museum admission. In accordance with social distancing guidelines, reservations are required. Get your timed tickets here. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Aug. 26

Get moving on the Sky Rink at Scissortail Park. Before 4 p.m. until Aug. 31, families can have fun together on the new seasonal, outdoor roller skating rink for just $4 each!

Aug. 27

Transform into a territorial Oklahoma kid! Find out what life was like when Oklahoma City was getting established in the 1890s with these fun activities.

Aug. 28

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. 29

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

Aug. 30

Curate a playlist and throw a family dance party.

Aug. 31

Chronicle this unique season with a time capsule. One day your kids might use it to tell their kids all about this pandemic experience.

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

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