The events of the first half of 2020 have turned life on its head, but a return to the classics is the perfect remedy for focusing on family fun. In the coming year, connect with these popular activities and destinations, hand-picked for each season.
- Pick the perfect pumpkin. Pumpkin patches sprout up in cities around the state, enticing families with the promise of autumnal fun. From Myriad Garden’s Great Pumpkin Patch to Wings’ annual festival, metro families have plenty of gourd-inspired festivities to choose from.
- Celebrate the season at a fall festival! From music festivals and cultural events to local trick-or-treats, our fall calendars are bursting with opportunities for family fun around every corner.
- Hop aboard a hayride, a mandatory requirement on any fall enthusiast’s bucket list. Local destinations like Chester’s Party Barn and Orr Family Farm offer hayrides and plenty of other fall fun.
- Pitch a tent and go camping. Cooler days paired with a crisp fall breeze beckon families to enjoy more time in the outdoors. Fresh air, beautiful scenery and a slower pace await at an Oklahoma State Park.
- Take a fall hike at Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge. Walk amongst the colorful trees to see if you can spot the local wildlife as they prepare for the winter days ahead.
- Go ice skating! Lace up your blades and take a spin on an outdoor rink. Seasonal rinks pop up in Edmond and Oklahoma City beginning in November.
- Take a stroll through twinkling Christmas lights. Cities across the metro light up the long winter nights with the warm glow of festive light displays, from Edmond’s walkable Luminance to Yukon’s massive, three-park Christmas in the Park event.
- A snow day is a rare treat for Oklahoma kiddos but thanks to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, there is a 100 percent chance of snow tubing fun during the annual LifeShare Winterfest.
- Scope out some feathered friends. Hundreds of bald eagles flock to the Sooner State each winter in search of a warmer place to nest. Migrating south from Canada, eagles tend to settle near Oklahoma’s abundant lakes and rivers for easy access to food. Arcadia Lake hosts an entire weekend in early January dedicated to these special guests, and Lake Thunderbird State Park offers several guided hikes for eagle watching.
- Chilly winter days = indoor play. When wind chills become the daily buzzword of choice for local meteorologists, metro families can take their family fun indoors. Popular hot spot Science Museum Oklahoma is a consistent contender on our families’ list of favorite destinations for indoor fun.
- Take the kids out to a ball game. Cheer on our city at a Dodgers or OKC Energy game. Both teams offer dedicated days with extra family-friendly activities to enjoy.
- Take a look back at Harn Homestead. Explore what life was like at the turn of the 20th century for pioneering Oklahoma families.
- Drop a line at a local fishing hole. Reel in some springtime fun at a close-to-home lake or pond. The City of Yukon kicks off the season with a free kids’ fishing event each March, and the City of Oklahoma City offers free fishing days the first Saturday of each month.
- Visit a u-pick-em farm or farmers market to craft your own farm-to-table experience. Enjoy nature’s bounty and support local farmers all in one tasty journey.
- Embark on a safari at the zoo. Nothing says springtime quite like a visit to the Oklahoma City Zoo as the beautiful botanical gardens bloom.
- Go for a sunset ride on the Wheeler Ferris Wheel. Meet the sky eye to eye, plus enjoy soaring views of downtown and the river on each turn.
- Make the most of summer’s long days at RIVERSPORT Adventures. Speed down the rapids, climb high on the SandRidge Sky Trail, zoom across the Oklahoma River and hang ten on the all-new Surf OKC, opening in August 2020.
- Take a cruise on the water. From the pedal boats at Scissortail Park to a water taxi ride on the Bricktown Canal, Oklahoma City offers plenty of options for a relaxing ride on the water.
- See a movie under the stars. Roll out a blanket at a pop-up outdoor movie or cruise in to one of the six drive-in theaters still operational in the state.
- Cool off at an Oklahoma beach or swimming hole. Thankfully, our state’s abundant waters like Turner Falls and Chickasaw Recreation Area’s Little Niagara are a quick car ride from the metro.
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