Parks and playgrounds are a blast, but as Oklahoma City creeps into triple-digit temperatures, some parents might be grasping for ideas for air-conditioned activities (or at least something that includes swimsuits and water!). Here are five ideas for the next time you can’t fathom another outing in the heat.
Tour Braum’s Processing Plant and Bakery
Give kids a glimpse into all the work that goes into making sweet summer treats at the Braum Family Farm in Tuttle (40 minutes southwest of Oklahoma City). Stay cool inside on the free tour and indulge in an ice cold Braum’s ice cream treat while you’re there. The experience is fun and educational as the tour sheds light on the entire process of making everything from chocolate milk to cinnamon rolls, pies and cookies. The tours are free but reservations are required at 405-475-2495.
The Station at Central Park Aquatic Center
This Moore attraction is a prime spot to cool off with 45,000-square-feet of aquatic excitement like a diving well, three slides, a lazy river and tons of spray features. The center caters to all ages with deep and shallow water features, plenty of shade and train-themed water features built to excite little swimmers. Admission is $6 for Moore residents and $7.50 for non-residents. Kids under 3 are admitted for free.
Blazers Ice Centre
What can cool you off better than ice? Blazers Ice Centre opens to the public for select times seven days a week for families to burn off some energy in a chilly environment. Admission is $5 for age 6 and under and $9 for age 7 and up. Skate rental is $3. Discounted admission is offered on Family Night from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. every Tuesday.
Dynamo Gymnastics Playzone
This gymnastics training center has a three-story climate-controlled obstacle course open to the public. Parents can relax while kids run, jump, play and slide or they can feel free to join in the obstacle course fun themselves. Admission is $5 per person and players are required to wear socks.
The Super Scoop
All your summer adventures are sure to make you hungry and nothing cools quite like a scoop of ice cream. The Super Scoop in Edmond is the ideal destination for a sweet treat. Not only do they serve satisfying homemade ice cream, they pride themselves on having an inclusive staff and many of their friendly employees are individuals with disabilities.
Find more ideas for summer fun at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/summer.