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Labor Day Weekend without the labor: Top 5 spots for family fun

by Erin Page

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Like many of you, my kids are several weeks into the new school year. And they are fighting and bickering and whining nonstop at home. I know it’s because they are working as hard as they can to use their manners, follow the rules and be kind during the school day, which means they’ve “run out of nice” by the time they get home (a common phrase in our household this time of year). While I’m grateful to be their safe place, it doesn’t make managing the unleashing of all those feelings much easier. Even though it’s still (very) early in the school year, I’m ready for a tiny break from high emotions, dragging bleary-eyed kids from their beds and rushing out the door in the mornings.

Enter my newfound favorite holiday. Labor Day: you are a welcome gift, a little oasis in the chaos of back to school, that I didn’t appreciate nearly enough until I became a mom. You’re a delightful respite from the intense mom-ing I’ve been doing the past few weeks.

While my family will definitely be taking advantage of our three-day weekend by sleeping a little later, staying in pajamas well into the morning and soaking up the last of the summer sun, we’re seeking some family fun around the metro, too. It seems fitting that we celebrate getting through these first few weeks of school. And while I’m usually sad to see summer go, I’ll happily celebrate the end of this season if it means we can start ushering in some fall-like temps.

For family adventure this Labor Day weekend, check out:

  1. Yukon’s FREE Rock the Route
    Rock the Route, Yukon

    on Thursday night. Fun for the whole family, the event features a lineup of live music starting at 6 p.m. Major bonus for this mom: food trucks onsite mean no need to rush to eat dinner beforehand. There will be plenty of activities for all ages. I love that we could catch some tunes and fun but still make it back home by bedtime.

  2. FREE STEM Night at the Museum at Oklahoma History Center also on Thursday night. “STEM Night” for kids of all ages and their families to explore the wonders of learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The event will focus on the history of STEM in Oklahoma, the STEM industry today, and how to get involved with more hands-on learning activities.
  3. Take the fam out to a ballgame and watch the OKC Dodgers take on the Round Rock Express. Friday’s game features post-game fireworks and kids can run the bases following Sunday’s game. Tickets start at $14.
  4. Red Brick Nights Street Festival
    Red Brick Nights, Guthrie

    in Downtown Guthrie on Saturday features pop-up shops, food trucks (yum!), live music and kids activities.

  5. Labor Day Celebration in Henryetta on Monday.  It will have a parade, family-friendly games, concerts, a carnival, rodeo and a fireworks display at dusk!

MetroFamily’s Labor Day Family Fun Guide is a comprehensive list of all things family fun this weekend. Find a list of metro pools and splash pads to squeeze in one last visit before many close after the holiday. Plan a weekend getaway to one of our top 10 Trips on a Tankful.

Below you’ll find more events that are totally free to keep the whole family entertained with four days of fun family that won’t cost you a dime.
FRIDAY, SEPT 1

FREE First Friday Gallery Walk at the Paseo Arts District (3024 Paseo) features special themed exhibits, guest artists and a variety of live entertainment – all within walking distance. 6-9 p.m.

FREE LIVE @ Legacy Park Concert at Legacy Park (1898 Legacy Dr, Norman) features a family-friendly outdoor concert with live music from Beau Jennings & The Tigers and Kyle Reid and The Low Swingin’ Chariots. 7-10 p.m.

SATURDAY, SEPT 2

FREE Fishing Days at OKC Lakes & Ponds (various locations). The City of Oklahoma City offers FREE fishing on the first Saturday of each month. No city permit is required, however, a State license is for anyone 16 and older. Regular fishing regulations apply.

FREE Game Night at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features an evening of fun with board games, snacks and a raffle. 6-10 p.m.

SUNDAY, SEPT 3

FREE Marvelous Music from the Movies Concert at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features a free Labor Day weekend concert for the entire family. Joining the OKCPHIL is one of Oklahoma’s favorite sons, singer/songwriter Graham Colton. 8:30 p.m.

From my family to yours, may your Labor Day weekend include no more labor than finding family fun together.

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