Here are some great places in the Oklahoma City metro to kill some time or get the wiggles out indoors.
Libraries & Story Times
The Metropolitan Library System and Pioneer Library System both serve the Oklahoma City metro area with incredible facilities and entertaining events. The library is so much more than a place to check out a book. Find them all here. Storytimes also offer entertainment indoors. We’ve listed more than a dozen local storytimes (most of them are totally free) at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/story-times.
Trampoline Parks & Bounce Houses
For older kids, Get Air (3369 W Main St, Norman) is a great place to let off some steam indoors. Open jump times are available daily where kids are invited to jump freely across long trampolines. The facility also features ninja activities, Slamball, Dodgeball and a kiddie court.
While there is a special jumping area here for ages 2 to 6, younger jumpers will probably enjoy Jump!Zone (10400 S. Western Ave.) more. The facility features six different inflatables for jumping and tumbling and a special toddler area for jumpers under 4.
Indoor Playgrounds & Board Gaming
The Copley offers a space that both kids and parents can enjoy. This new family hot spot features a café with a wine, beer, cocktail and coffee bar, a menu of appetizers for light snacks and a Montessori-inspired play space for kids to enjoy dramatic play, building toys, imaginative play, board games and books. While the play zone remains temporarily closed due to COVID-19, private and semi-private play dates can be booked for up to 10 people.
If you’re seeking a good old-fashioned playground sheltered from the outdoor elements, Oklahoma City has plenty. Two great ones that are available for free are at area malls. Visit the lower level in front of Dillard’s at Quail Springs Mall (2501 W. Memorial Rd.) or the Old Navy Wing at Sooner Mall (3301 W. Main St., Norman) to let your little ones burn some energy inside.
If your older kids are getting bored at home, a board game cafe is a perfect destination to kill some time. Game HQ (9118 S. Western Ave) has an extensive demo game library where your family can explore over 200 games, free of charge, as well as a large gaming room. They host tournaments and other gaming special events.
America’s Incredible Pizza offers indoor fun to the extreme! They even have a roller coaster and carnival-style Scrambler as well as glow-in-the-dark mini golf, arcade games, bowling and go-karts.
Museum Exhibits & Events
Local museums offer great opportunities for kids to have fun inside. In fact, a brand new attraction is opening at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 N.E. 63rd St.). Liicchokoshkomo’ ((pronounced Lee-cho-kosh-ko-MO, meaning Let’s Play!) is an indoor-outdoor educational experience. Imaginations can soar in the replica tent city for railway workers with a railcar, train depot and pioneer wagon. Kids will stretch their critical thinking skills as they consider what they would haul West. A Native American village will feature homes of seven tribes, including a Pawnee earth lodge, a Kiowa teepee and Pueblo cliff dwellings.
Science Museum Oklahoma offers families plenty of ways to explore the wonders of science. The 350,000-sq-foot museum is packed with hands-on exhibits, interactive playspaces, a planetarium, the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame as well as the show-stopping “mini-city” called CurioCity. It’s whimsical neighborhoods encourage kids to learn through play.