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Spring Break Reboot

by Lindsay Cuomo

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Last year’s Spring Break has been described as the one that never happened or perhaps the one that went on far too long. But Spring Break 2021 is an opportunity for a reboot, and we’ve got plenty of safe, staycation fun for you. Get inspired by these 30 things you can say YES to!

  1. Kick off your break with a frenzy, a Second Saturday: Print Frenzy at Oklahoma Contemporary. Art demonstrations, collaborative activities and hands-on projects will explore the fun and funky side of printmaking during this free afternoon event on March 13 from 12 – 3 p.m.
  2. Feed the wildlife at the Oklahoma City Zoo! Families can hang out with flamingos, giraffes or the zoo’s newest feeding opportunity, Indian rhinos, and help out with snack time. Reserve your animal feeding experience when you reserve your advanced admission tickets online. You can purchase your feeding experience at the zoo but capacity is limited.
  3. Spend a day exploring the change of seasons at Martin Park Nature Center. The nature center offers cleverly hidden geocaching treasures, an ADA accessible hiking trail and a bird wall that is a great place to get bird-watching tips. Did you know Oklahoma is home to 450 species of birds, some of which only visit for a few weeks each spring? You can also feed carp and turtles from the park’s two bridges. They like to eat dry dog food and fresh veggies or fruits like apples but please do not feed other animals or give any animal bread, caution park staff.
  4. See the groundbreaking Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World exhibition then get hands-on with kid-focused crafts and activities that explore Native art and craftsmanship at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. From clay figurines to twining and more, each day features a different drop-in activity, free with admission while supplies last.
  5. Plan the ultimate day at the park! Scissortail Park will be hosting daily storytimes in the Play Pavilion, nature crafts, Park Ranger hours, games and laser tag on the lawn, Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Laser tag will also be open in the evenings from 6-9 p.m.
  6. Organize your own Project to Go for Infant Crisis Services, help hide books in OKC parks for Little Read Wagon’s #Look4ABook program or sign up to help pack donations for Filling Tummies! Whatever you choose, volunteering and giving back are sure to brighten your break.
  7. Travel to far away worlds with a visit to Oklahoma History Center’s Launch to Landing: Oklahomans and Space exhibit that focuses on the Oklahomans who played a part in early aviation and the U.S. air and space program. See lunar rock samples, an Apollo Command Module and clothing worn by crew members on International Space Station missions.
  8. Hear stories of more inspirational Oklahomans at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. The museum is offering free admission during spring break and will have games for families to enjoy in the courtyard, weather permitting, Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  9. Take a tour of a working alpaca ranchMagnolia Blossom Ranch books private tours for $5 a person so families can hang out with some gentle grazers and learn how their fleece is used to make a variety of products. During the month of March, if you spend equal to or more than the value of your private tour in the gift shop, your families’ tour admission is free! Ask for more details about this deal when you reserve your ranch visit at magnoliablossomranch.com.
  10. Putt a round of mini golf! Create your own course at home or hit up a local course.
  11. Set up camp in your own backyard or at a close-to-home destination like Arcadia Lake.
  12. Catch a flick at a drive-in. There are three drive-ins still in operation in the metro.
  13. Spend the afternoon exploring Downtown. Urban hangouts like Midtown’s Bocce ball courts, Kerr Park and Wheeler Ferris Wheel and Riverfront Plaza incorporate art and fun.
  14. Spend some time on the water. RIVERSPORT Adventures will have kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals open at all three locations during Spring Break as well as their land adventures in the Boathouse District. Day passes are $39.99 and single experiences start at $19.99.
  15. Futsal is a fast-paced, freestyle version of soccer played with teams of five, making it a perfect family activity or pickup game with friends. The OKC metro has several futsal courts open to the public including at Together Square.
  16. Have you tried pickleball? If you haven’t, OKC has a brand new attraction to get you started. Chicken N Pickle is an indoor/outdoor entertainment complex mixing pickleball with casual dining. They also have Bocce ball, shuffleboard and ping-pong, and the spacious complex and court reservations encourage safe social distancing.
  17. Immerse yourself in the world of Mix-Tape at Factory Obscura, a unique handcrafted art experience where art is all around you. Advanced reservations are required and tickets are limited.
  18. Tiptoe through thousands of tulips and other spring flowers in bloom at Myriad Gardens! (42,000, in fact!) Get your wiggles out with a spin on Mo’s Carousel and some fun in the Children’s Garden, which will offer hands-on activities Wednesday through Friday. Carousel rides are $3 per person or free with a Family Plus Membership; activities are $3 per child.
  19. Learn a new skill in a fun class with Edmond Parks & Recreation. The MAC at Mitch Park offers ceramics, archery, photography and more. Prices vary by course and in-person and virtual options are available.
  20. Harness the Oklahoma wind and fly a kite. Spacious parks like Ruby Grant, Earlywine or Mitch Park are great places to catch the breeze.
  21. Play a round of disc golf at Will Rogers Gardens. The 18-hole course winds through streams and waterways offering a peaceful setting for some friendly competition.
  22. Picnic at the park. Then kick back and cloud watch.
  23. Hike a nature trail to see what’s blooming and what animals are on the move.
  24. Plant an herb garden. Easy-to-maintain container gardens are great for beginners. Get tips from our resident master gardener Debbi Marshall for gardening with kids.
  25. Go on a bike ride. Popular spots for families include Arcadia Lake, Lake Hefner, Oklahoma River trails, Mitch Park and Tinker-Draper Trail.
  26. Create a sidewalk chalk masterpiece. Experiment with different techniques like adding water to increase saturation or swapping your chalk for soft pastels to elevate your colors.
  27. Shake up your story time and read a book outside.
  28. Go fishing. The metro offers plenty of close-to-home options to drop a line.
  29. Explore two habitats of the Cretaceous Period and examine how large dinosaurs lived in a variety of distinct environments in Sam Noble’s temporary exhibit Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice. The museum is extending its hours and will be open Monday through Saturday during Spring Break. Advanced registration is required.
  30. Make s’mores and start planning for warmer days ahead.

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