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5 Things to do in OKC with Kids
If you haven’t thought about spending a weekend in OKC with your family, now is the time. As an Oklahoma native, I can tell you first-hand that OKC has really stepped up its game over the last several years. From a total revamp of Bricktown to a sizzling food scene, OKC is better than ever and definitely worth a spot on your list of weekend getaways. There are a ton of things to do in OKC with kids but, to get you started, here are 5 of the best year-round family activities in OKC. No matter the season, you can plan a fun-filled weekend with the kids.
Thanks to Visit OKC for hosting me and my kids for the weekend so we could have a fresh experience of some of the best family fun in OKC. As always, all opinions are my own.
Bricktown is in the heart of OKC and full of everything you need to enjoy a day out or a nice weekend. There are a ton of fun things to do in Bricktown that the whole family will enjoy. If you’re a baseball fan, you can catch a Dodger’s game at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Love basketball? Watch the Thunder play at the ‘Peake. Hungry? There are a ton of great restaurants in Bricktown. Love games? Energetic and fun-loving kiddos (and adults) can burn some energy at Brickopolis, an arcade complete with putt-putt and laser tag.
If you’re in the mood for a little low key entertainment, hop on the Bricktown Water Taxi for a relaxing ride along the Bricktown Canal. You might even learn something new about Oklahoma history! The Bricktown Water Taxi is also a great way to get from point to point if little legs get tired of walking. Book your Bricktown Boat Ride.
Have you been to OKC? What are some of your favorite restaurants or things to do in Bricktown?
Riversport Adventures OKC
Does your family love a little adventure? Head over to the Riversport Adventure Park in the OKC Boathouse District! If you put this on your itinerary, get ready for a big day! There are a ton of activities including white-water rafting, zip-lining, a six-level sky trail and even an 80 ft. free-fall. If you have never tried white water rafting or already love it, you should definitely give the rapids a try! My kids were pretty nervous at first, but rafting at Riversport OKC ended up being the most memorable experience for them during our staycation in OKC.
Check out a few of my favorite Riversport Adventures
Frontier City Theme Park
Frontier City in Oklahoma City is the state’s only theme park. This Western themed adventure is a favorite for an exciting day of family fun in OKC. As its name implies, the park takes you back to the Oklahoma frontier and gives you a feel for the Old West. Between thrill rides and carnival games, be sure to catch one of the gunslinger shows!
Summer is obviously a popular season at Frontier City. The kids are out of school and the Summer Concert Series brings some of your favorite bands in for a concert in the park. However, fall is my personal favorite time to visit. Aside from milder temperatures, this time of year offers one of my favorite seasonal attractions. Fright Fest begins in October offering loads of Halloween fun and seriously spooky haunted attractions.
I’m also really excited about the all-new Holiday in the Park. This event begins the last week of November and runs through the New Year. Who doesn’t love a theme park decked out in holiday cheer?! I hear there will be over a million Christmas lights displayed throughout the park. I can hardly wait!!!
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
Visiting the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is one of our favorite family activities in OKC and, undoubtedly, one of the most popular things to do with kids in OKC. One of the things I love about the OKC Zoo is that it gets better and better every year.
The latest advancement at the OKC Zoo is Sanctuary Asia which just opened to the public a couple of weeks ago. This new area totals 14.5 acres of space in the zoo and presents habitats of 8 species including elephants, rhinos, and red pandas. The Lotus Pavilion, central to Sanctuary Asia, offer a unique dining experience with new meal options and the ability to view some of the animals in their habitats right from your table.
If you head out to the zoo, one of the best options is to purchase the Zoo-It-All pass. This pass covers your entrance into the park as well as access into the various shows offered throughout the day. It also covers a ride on the carousel, access to train/tram rides and feedings for both the Lorakeets and Giraffes!
Wheeler Riverfront Plaza
The Wheeler Riverfront Plaza is a true gem in the OKC area and one that is still being discovered. In fact, I hadn’t even been myself until our recent staycation! If you’re looking for things to do in OKC with kids and you haven’t been here yet, put this at the top of your list! Wheeler Riverfront Plaza is a blast. The park is complete with a food truck, outdoor games, hammocks, a picnic area and of course, the Wheel!
You may know by now that Wheeler Riverfront Plaza has become one of the most instagrammable spots in town. Everyone wants their picture with the OKC sign and the Ferris Wheel in the background! What makes this particular Wheel so cool is that it’s the old Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel. How did it get to OKC? Well, a developer purchased it off Ebay! I guess you really can find anything on Ebay.
What are some of you favorite things to do in OKC with kids?