Celebrate all things dad with these fun activities taking place in the Oklahoma City metro over Father’s Day weekend! MetroFamily’s Guide to Father’s Day Fun includes family-friendly events and activities that will help give dad the most memorable Father’s Day yet. Celebrate your dad, grandpa and other male role models in your life this Father’s Day by planning some family fun activity or by going to one of these family-friendly events together.
[Editor’s Note: This is a working list last updated June 7, 2021, so please check back often for new things to do. Have an event or activity you’d like to see included? Email us with information!]
Dino Safari at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2000 Remington Pl) features an interactive experience with 15 one-of-a-kind animatronic displays and 8 skeleton replicas. Learn how dinosaurs evolved over time, where they roamed as well as what the OKC Zoo is doing to fight the extinction of Oklahoma’s beloved lizard, the horny toad, also known as the Texas horned lizard. Member, $5; nonmember,$6 (Regular Zoo admission is required for entry to this experience.) 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FREE Admission to the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art (1900 W MacArthur St, Shawnee) features complimentary admission for the months of June & July. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
deadCENTER Film Festival in Oklahoma City (various locations) features short films, documentaries, comedies, scary monster movies and some of the best independent films from around the world and all over Oklahoma. This year’s festival will be held online with a few in-person showings. Find films and a schedule online. Prices vary.’
FREE Endeavor Games at UCO (100 N University Dr, Edmond) features a nationally recognized multi-sport competition for athletes with physical disabilities. The games include 10 sports — archery, cycling, paratriathlon, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, table tennis, track and field, and wheelchair basketball. Competitions will be held at various sites across UCO and Edmond and admission is free and open to the public. See website for a complete schedule of events.
OKC Dodgers vs El Paso at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr). The Dodgers take the field against the Chihuahuas. On Friday, there will be post-game fireworks. $11 & up. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday & Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.; Sunday, 2:05 p.m.
Tiny Gardens and Enchanted Woods Children’s Garden Festival at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a variety of activities and enchanting vignettes inspired by popular children’s books. Selected titles include Unicorns are the Worst, Hilda and the Hidden People, Thumbelina, The Borrowers, Backyard Fairies and more. Nonmembers, $8, members & kids (2 & under), free – includes free rides on Mo’s Carousel. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Virtual Walk for Kids: Celebrating Fathers (various locations) features a family-friendly, virtual walk benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities Oklahoma City. You pick where, who you walk with, and when. Preregister. Free to participate; fundraising encouraged.
FREE Live From The Lawn “Home Spun Festival” at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features a live, outdoor concert by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic with Kylie Morgan. Opening performers include Wood Willow, Middle Sister and Horseshoe Road. The concert will be held on the Love’s Travel Stops Stage & Great Lawn. Guests are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs. 6:15-10 p.m
Tuesday Night Classics at Harkins Theatre (150 E Reno Ave) features a screening of the classic film Raiders of the Lost Ark. $5. 7 p.m.
Birthday @ The Drive-In benefitting Infant Crisis Services at the Winchester Drive-In (6930 S. Western Ave) features an 80s-themed party and a throwback showing of The Sandlot. $100/car; VIP, $200/car. 7 p.m.
FREE Jazz in June at Brookhaven Village & Andrews Park (3700 W Robinson St, 201 W Daws St, Norman) features a three-day music festival with a long list of jazz musicians. See website for schedule.
June 17 & 25
FREE Summer Concert Series at Hafer Park (1034 S Byrant St) features local bands performing in the park every Thursday. See website for a schedule of bands. 6:15 – 8:45 p.m.
FREE Concerts in the Park at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) features an outdoor concert. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions are available for purchase. 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Daddy Daughter Dance & Dive: Glow Party at The Station at Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features a date night for girls to be escorted by any adult relative. The pool deck will transform into a glow party and there will be dancing, swimming, cake pops, punch and door prizes. For ages 4-14. $10, in advance; $15, at the door. 7:30-9:45 p.m.
Treeclimbing with Dad at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Learn how to climb trees with Dad. Preregister, space is limited. Dad/child pair, $20. 9 – 10:30 a.m.
FREE Heard on Hurd in Downtown Edmond (1st & Hurd, Edmond) features a family-friendly street festival with local food, unique shopping and live music. Free to attend. 6-10 p.m.
Outdoor Movies Series at Westwood Water Park (2400 Westport Dr, Norman) features a water-side screening of Karate Kid under the stars. $5. 8:30 p.m.
June 19 & 20
FREE Gone Fishing Activities at Bass Pro & Cabela’s (200 Bass Pro Dr., 1200 W Memorial Rd) features free, family-friendly activities including a catch-and-release pond or casting challenge, crafts and more. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
FREE Juneteenth on the East in Eastside Oklahoma City & Scissortail Park ( N 23rd St Between N Kelham & N Hood, 415 S Robinson Ave) features live music, interactive murals, dance performances, spoken word, food trucks, vendors and local small businesses. Sunday’s activities will be at Scissortail Park. Families can enjoy a cookout and family-friendly outdoor film. Saturday, 3-9 p.m.; Sunday, 6-9:30 p.m.
FREE Live from the Lawn Concert at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features live, outdoor concerts by local, regional and national artists and musicians on select evenings. Folk singer-songwriter Tré Burt will perform on the Love’s Travel Stops Stage & Great Lawn. Guests are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs. 8 p.m.
FREE Father’s Day Festival at Scissortail Park (300 SW 7th) features a free family event with games, food, music, vendors and more. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
India Association of Oklahoma’s India Covid Relief Fundraising Picnic in the Wheeler District (1701 S Western Ave) features a community picnic with a bake sale with Indian food and drinks available for purchase as well as traditional and Bollywood dance performances and lessons, live Dhol (drums) and family-friendly activities. Free to attend. 6-8 p.m.
Family Skate Night at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features admission, skate rental, pizza and drink for up to five for $29. 6 p.m.
FREE Sunday Twilight Concert Series at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a concert every Sunday from June to August (live-streamed and in-person). Each week, enjoy a different genre of music from local and regional acts. 7:30-9 p.m.
FREE Summer Breeze Concert Series at Lions Park (450 S Flood Ave, Norman) features live music in the park provided local and regional artists on select Sundays. On June 20, Mike Hosty will perform. 7:30 p.m.
Museums and attractions offering free admissions for moms on Mother’s Day:
- Oklahoma City Museum of Art (Bonus: Kids 17 & under always get in free!)
- RIVERSPORT Adventures (When you buy a pass for yourself, dad gets his for free.)
Celebrating dads at home
- Score a hip gift from one of these locally-owned stores.
- Dine in a dad’s favorite lunch spot or order in a special meal from dad’s favorite restaurant.
- Get outside and take a family hike together.
- Hit up an Oklahoma beach or swimming hole for some splashy fun.
- Bake something sweet to say “I love you!”
- Pick up a Father’s Day theme craft kit from Unpluggits to work on at home. They have a selection of beer steins that kids can personalize.
- Drop a line at a close-to-home fishing destination.
- Plan a game day with a lineup of some of dad’s favorites or something brand new.
Celebrating dads from a distance
Can’t be with your dad or father figure on Father’s Day? Here are a few ways to celebrate from afar:
- Write and mail a letter.
- Get out the old photo albums and share them through a video chat.
- Put that DIY cocktail bar to use and have a virtual happy hour chat. Adults only, of course!
- Have the grandkids make a special craft and stick it in the mail for a special mail surprise.
- If dad is within driving distance, drop off a special meal or treat from a local business! Or, order delivery.
- Sign dad up for a beer of the month subscription.
- Create and send a playlist of songs that remind you of your dad. Services like Spotify makes it easy!
Looking for more family fun? See our searchable calendar.