The kids are out of school and you need some ideas to keep them entertained? Our guide to spring break activities features dozens of special events happening during the break, but we’ve hand-selected some of our favorites to give you this day-by-day plan for spring break fun.
Our gift to you, from one parent to another: Planning work done, enjoy!
Friday, March 12: Take a family road trip! Our Exploring Oklahoma With Children Travel page features trips throughout the Sooner state that are perfect for families including destinations to explore Route 66, art and stargazing, plus perfect spots for every season.
Saturday, March 13: Start your St. Patty’s Day celebrations early with some afternoon Celtic music at Scissortail park and a stop in at Stockyard’s City’s Spring tasting event. Grownups can browse a made-in-Oklahoma market and the kids can enter a Cowboy Leprechaun coloring contest and pose for pictures with the Oklahoma County Mounted Patrol and the Marshals Posse.
Or sign up for the St. Patrick’s Day Garden Walk at Will Rogers. The group will walk through the gardens to see what’s blooming and take home a hardy shamrock plant.
Sunday, March 14: Plan a night of fun retro-style at Skate Galaxy. Family night packages include a pizza dinner and skate rentals for up to 5 family members.
Monday, March 15: 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. On Monday, the activity will be focused on the different types of Native American dwellings. Walk inside six different examples in Liichokoshkomo, an outdoor play space and interactive village, then try designing your own home! The museum is hosting a different activity each day of Spring Break, so if Monday doesn’t fit your schedule, there will be plenty of fun all week long.
Tuesday, March 16: Get the wiggles out at a playground! Myriad Gardens will be blooming with 42,000 spring bulbs and Scissortail Park will be hosting daily activities such as storytime, crafts, yard games and laser tag. We’ve rounded up more great outdoor play places here that your family can explore together.
Wednesday, March 17: On Wednesday mornings, Sam Noble hosts Storytime at the Sam which is centered around natural history, science and animals. Families can then head out to explore the museum. Be sure to stop in to learn about two habitats of the Cretaceous Period in their temporary exhibit Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice. It’s like a dino-themed playground! The museum is extending its hours for Spring Break and will be open every day through Saturday. Advanced registration is required.
Thursday, March 18: See art in motion, both real and perceived, in Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Moving Vision exhibition. Highlighting an extensive collection of optical and kinetic art, families can get an interactive look at art from the 60s & 70s with the museum’s free family gallery guide that includes some fun activities to do together. Bonus: kids’ admission is always free!
Friday, March 19: Twice a year, the daytime and nighttime hours align for an equinox. The powerful Caddoans created mounds between 900-1450 A.D. that line up to the solstice and equinox sunsets. The Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center takes families on guided tours of these mounds to discuss the creators and how they became an important leadership group. The easy walking tours last about two hours and are led by an archaeologist.
Sunday, March 21: Puddles, the Zoo’s adorable fishing cat, is a bit of a local celebrity and families can learn how to paint the famous cat’s portrait during a virtual Paint the Wild event with the OKC Zoo. Pick up your kit and connect with Zoo caretakers via an on-demand video tutorial to learn more about Puddles while creating your own masterpiece. Kits start at $35.