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Counting down to Spring Break

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School breaks are magical moments of freedom in childhood and the countdown to Spring Break has already begun at my house. Soon the questions of “what are we going to do” will follow. Our tradition for the last few years has been to tour the town, hitting up new destinations and of course a few of our favorites. And, if we can squeeze it in, we try for a weekend getaway.

Last year, we took a day trip to check out The Gathering Place in Tulsa and stopped to see some roadside oddities along the way! This year, we are camping as a family in southern Oklahoma.

To fill those days in between, here are five inspiring ideas that might make it on my family’s Spring Break staycation list.

Visit a museum – Museums around town will be welcoming families with a variety of special activities, all week long. Whether you are into history, science or art, the Oklahoma City metro has plenty of options.

The National Cowboy Museum is celebrating with a sneak peek of their brand new attraction, Liichokoshkomo’, where kids can explore the 100,000 square-foot outdoor play space. SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology will have live animals, fossil digs and more, through Saturday. And, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is bringing back their popular Spring Fling!

Play at a park – Sometimes the simplest activities are the best. Load up on snacks or a full picnic and explore a new park! My kids like to bring along kites, a football and maybe a Frisbee or two.

Or, you could consider going to Scissortail Park’s Game Zone days. On Saturdays and Sundays in March, park staff will have a selection of games available for families to rent for a small refundable deposit. Challenge each other to a round of bocce ball or crossnet.

Escape the mundane a visit to an indoor pool – If you are looking for something unexpected, a pool day in March definitely fits the bill. Goldfish Swim School has family swim hours throughout the week and often offer additional times during school breaks.

Check out this guide to find an indoor pool near you!

Celebrate the new season at a festival – Spring will be here soon and the festivals will most certainly follow suit! This spring break, families can explore the important role of agriculture at the Chickasaw Cultural Center’s Three Sisters Spring Celebration or at the Oklahoma History Center’s FREE Oklahoma Farm-To-Table Family Festival, peek into prehistory at the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center’s Vernal Equinox Walks and celebrate man’s best friend at the FREE National Dog & Puppy Day Festival at Myriad Gardens.

Have fun at home with art & science – With a few simple supplies, your family can enjoy some at-home learning! Use the following resources as inspirations:

Simple science experiments –

Or, choose your own science adventure at

Easy art-making projects

Share your family’s art on social media with our hashtag #okcfamilyart so we can see the art you create together!

For even more ideas to keep your family entertained this Spring Break, check out our Spring Break Fun guides, filled with plenty of things to do all week long.

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