Memorial Day marks an important annual celebration, the day America honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. It’s also the unofficial start to summer! Here is a round-up of family-friendly things to do over Memorial Day Weekend to celebrate the end of school and ways to honor our fallen soldiers.
Dino Safari at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2000 Remington Pl) features a new immersive experience with more than 20 life-sized dinosaur fossils and animatronic models that demonstrate movement and sounds like prehistoric creatures. Ticket includes admission into the zoo and into Dino Safari, lorikeet feedings, a carousel ride and a tram ride. Adults, $31; seniors (65 & up) & kids (3-11), $28. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features eight teams competing in a single-elimination tournament for the right to be crowned Big 12 Baseball Tournament Champion. Prices vary. See website for game times.
Sky Rink Opening Day at Scissortail Park (801 S Robinson Ave) features an outdoor skating surface for both traditional quad skates as well as inline skates. Music, demonstrations, lessons and roller derby performers will be onsite. Skates are available to rent, but personal skates are always welcome. $10, includes skates; Members skate free. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Family Skate Night at SkateGalaxyOKC (5800 NW 36th St) features basic skate rental and family pizza packages. $6-$29. 6-9 p.m.
FREE Summer Concert Series at Hafer Park (1034 S. Bryant Ave, Edmond) features a performance by Above the Frey & Squeeze Box. Please bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Snow cones will be sold during the event. 6:15-9 p.m. ‘
Summer Lock-in Skate at SkateGalaxyOKC (5800 NW 36th St) features an all-night stay at Skate Galaxy. Preregister. $25 in advance, $50 day of. 8 p.m.-8 a.m.
FREE Veterans Car Show at the Norman Veterans Center (1776 E Robinson St, Norman) features one-of-a-kind classic cars and includes two classes of cars from before 1950 and after. Food vendors will also be on hand. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
FREE Bethany 66 Festival in Bethany (38th Street north to 39th Expressway, between Peniel and Asbury, Bethany) features a family-friendly event featuring live entertainment, a car, motorcycle & truck show, arts & crafts booths and children’s activities including a Princess & Action Hero Parade. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Rodeo Opry Live at the Stockyards Central Event Center (2312 Exchange Ave) features a concert with family-friendly live music. Seating is limited to 55 audience members per show. Concession items like popcorn, candy, and soda will be available for purchase during the show. All ages welcome. $20. 7-9 p.m.
Chuck Wagon Festival at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a two-day, fun-filled family weekend with chuck wagon and Native food samples, artisan demonstrations, live music, Western reenactors, and photos with a longhorn. Stop by socially-distanced craft stations and pick up take-and-make activities including bandanas for coloring, butter making with Ag in the Classroom, and more! Explore Liichokoshkomo’, the Museum’s premier outdoor educational playscape. Limited capacity. Masks required. All ages welcome. $15; kids (12 & under) & museum members, free. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
FREE United the People Powwow at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features an outdoor festival with singing and dance contests, food trucks and more. The event will be a live stream for those that want to attend virtually. All ages welcome. Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon.
FREE Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park (1900 SE 4th St, Moore) features a memorial service honoring a veteran that has passed this year. 10 a.m.
FREE Memorial Day Ceremony at the 45th Infantry Division Museum (2145 NE 36th St) features a tribute to the men and women who have served in our Nations Armed Forces and honor those men and women who have paid the ultimate price in service to their country. Ceremony highlights include a helicopter flyover, massing of the colors, patriotic music and distinguished guest speakers. 10 a.m.
If your go-to, kid-friendly Memorial Day plans aren’t an option this year, try out one of these fun, out-of-the-box things to do with kids.
Here are six things to do with kids this Memorial Day:
Pay it forward.
Write letters to soldiers. Operation Gratitude connects families with a variety of ways to support deployed troops, first responders and emergency medical personnel. Check out their virtual volunteerism page and honor a fallen soldier by paying it forward to those serving our country today.
Explore Oklahoma’s impact on military history at the 45th Infantry Museum.
The museum houses an extensive collection of military artifacts recounting events from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm as well as fascinating objects narrating Oklahoma’s own Thunderbirds, the 45th Infantry Division of the National Guard.
The museum is open with social distancing precautions and has artifacts both indoors and outdoors. Some of the larger pieces include tanks, aircraft and large guns.
Take a virtual tour of a memorial.
Even if you are able to visit the hallowed grounds of the nation’s most famous war memorials in person, Google Arts & Culture lets you take a 360-degree tour of the National Mall in Washington D.C. highlighting the World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.
Plan your own party at home!
Connect with family.
Meet up for a picnic at a local park and enjoy an afternoon playing yard games, tossing a Frisbee or a friendly game of bocce ball. Midtown has a community gathering space dedicated to the game and the lawn at Kerr Park is perfect for a bring-your-own round. Check out this article highlighting outdoor urban adventures.
Looking for even more summer-time things to do with kids? Check out our dozens of resources to help you plan your perfect summer including our 100 Days of Summer feature filled with at-home activities and safe adventures away from home!