Oklahoma City family fun happens inside and out this time of year.
Fall fun venues are in full swing. Hayrides, marshmallow roasts, pumpkin patches and so many other amazing places to have fun are open and ready to go.
I have white and navy checker-pattern shirts and khakis ready to go for my four boys for when we visit a pumpkin patch. My goal is to get a good family photo taken outdoors for autumn and there are some Instagrammable venues like Wings' Pumpkin Patch and Pumpkinville that stand out this time of year as must-visit places to go. My sons want to choose a pumpkin to make their annual jack-o-lantern and there are even owls and tigers and horses to see too.
We haven't gone yet, though, because of one main factor: rain. This has been an unusually rainy fall in Oklahoma City so we've had some indoor time but that doesn't have to mean staying in the house.
This weekend's forecast looks like more of the same. Pumpkin patches will be around when we're ready for a day outdoors but until then, I think we're sticking to indoor activities right now. We'll plan a pumpkin patch visit as soon as we can go but in the meantime, there's still plenty to see and do.
Take a break from the usual outdoor activities and check out these three indoor ideas for a different weekend experience:
– Repticon: Isaac, my first-grader, is excited about the idea of Repticon, an expo that features reptiles of all kinds that's happening this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7. If your child loves everything to do with snakes, lizards and similar animals, I have no doubt that's the place to be. I'm a hoping a visit will stave off Isaac's plan to buy a chameleon when he's older; we'll just keep visiting them until he outgrows the idea and until then, he loves learning about all things in nature, especially animals and their habitats. We'll check it out on Saturday.
– Main Event: Check out MetroFamily's Rainy Day Round Up list for indoor venues. We recently visited Main Event for the first time and my sons had a blast. Bowling, laser tag and a gravity ropes course are active play options that let kids use up some of that pent-up energy when the park and other options aren't as available due to inclement weather. There are also classic arcade-style games and kids can earn points that accumulate on digital cards for prizes. We spent almost four hours at Main Event and my sons could have easily stayed double that amount of time because they were so entertained. It's a perfect venue if your kids are different ages like mine too: 11, 6, 3 and 6 months.
– Check out a local museum exhibit: New exhibits, from Factory Obscura's "Beyond" installation with all its inherent mystery to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art's "Victorian Radicals" visual art display, abound throughout the metro right now. A rainy day can be the perfect occasion to explore one near you.
Sunday is also MetroFamily's Cover Kids Search at Myriad Botanical Gardens. It's not too late to register and you can even pay at the door. It's all about having a fun afternoon at a beautiful venue; you'll get a cute photo out of attending that's placed on a mock magazine cover whether your child is chosen or not. And the photo could work for Christmas cards if you do those. Come out and see Pumpkinville while you're there! The event is rain or shine and we'll have hands-on activities inside while you wait, so there's a good time guaranteed!
Don't let the rain discourage your families efforts to enjoy the weekend. This season is amazing and we'll soon be able to get out and see fall fun everywhere! In the meantime, find activities for every day and season here, no matter the weather.