Our favorite resolution will always be family fun! And we want to make sure that is an easy one for your family. Here is our Ultimate Family Bucket List for 2022. Choose one or two activities each month and you are sure to have a great year.
- Plan a visit to the brand new First Americans Museum to learn about the 39 tribal nations in Oklahoma through first-person narratives, multi-media experiences and Native cuisine.
- Break out of your routine to play tourists in your own town. Spend an afternoon or a whole day visiting new destinations like Scissortail Park or iconic attractions like the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Get inspiration from local moms in this insiders’ look at several metro districts since the streetcars make a day downtown easier than ever.
- Visit a museum that is new to you! Oklahoma is peppered with fun, educational museums and the Oklahoma City metro also has a number of free museums to enjoy.
- Go on an animal adventure at the Oklahoma City Zoo or at a petting farm near the Oklahoma City metro.
- Plan a getaway! Whether your desired destination is near or far, we’ve got plenty of inspiring ideas including a long weekend trip to Tulsa!
- Explore an Oklahoma family festival like McLoud’s Blackberry Festival, the annual Chuck Wagon Festival or Robbers Cave Fall Festival!
- Score tickets to an upcoming, can’t-miss performance of exciting productions like Matilda and Disney’s The Lion King.
- Explore a new park. We are so excited about a new trend popping up all over the metro. More and more local parks are making upgrades and adjustments to make them more inclusive to kids with disabilities. Take a look at these all-inclusive playgrounds for every age and ability! Also check out these 5 playgrounds perfect for a day out with the grandparents.
- Find inspiration at one of the metro’s destinations for art in OKC! Factory Obscura debuts a new temporary exhibition, Seed Reef, that is an immersive, sculpted paper installation of a coral reef threatened by bleaching and pollution. Oklahoma Contemporary continues a video-game-inspired art exhibition exploring the relationship with contemporary art. As always, Oklahoma City Museum of Art has several exciting exhibitions planned for 2022 including American artist Fritz Scholder and iconic sports photographer Walter Iooss Jr.
- Plan a family campout with these pro tips for camping with kids to help make sure your outdoor endeavors reap the plentiful benefits.
- This spring, find something new at a local farmer’s market or visit a local farm and make something fresh and homemade.
- Look off the beaten path for some surprising hidden gems like the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, 99s Museum of Women Pilots, the American Banjo Museum or other little-known venues for family fun!
- Add some nostalgia to your summer at a drive-in movie. While the number of drive-ins has dwindled over the years, there are still a few in operation in the metro ready for your family to enjoy a blockbuster flick alfresco.
- Explore nature at one of Oklahoma’s beautiful state parks.
- This fall, head to a county fair for some old-school family fun. Play some classic games, ride some wild rides and enjoy some tasty fair treats together.
- Slow down and drop a line at a local fishing spot.
- Volunteer together! Our city is full of worthy organizations that would love to welcome your family.
- Although Route 66 has now been replaced by an intricate highway system, Oklahoma’s stretch of Mother Road still features many unique sights. Plan your family’s tour with this article about our state’s top roadside oddities.
- These quirky, out-of-the-box accommodations are sure to take center stage on your family’s next getaway.
- Challenge your family to try something new. Our searchable calendar is jammed pack with family fun every day all year long!
- Make plans to visit your local library! Starting on Feb. 1, the Metropolitan Library System plans to resume in-person programs and activities. Kids’ toys and interactives will be out and ready for play.
- In 2021, OKC was named the Best City for Street Art by USA Today readers. Download our street art scavenger hunt to explore the work of local and regional artists that have created a colorful collection of public art.
Best wishes to you and yours for the new year,
About the author: Born and raised in the Oklahoma City metro and a graduate of the Gaylord College of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma, Lindsay Cuomo has worked for MetroFamily since 2014 covering local stories, people and events. Lindsay is a mom to three school-aged boys and calls Moore, Oklahoma home.