For parents frequently searching for great free activities for their kids in Oklahoma City, the city has plenty to offer. There are many free parks, museums, and nature areas that will keep the kids engaged without having to spend too much.
Oklahoma City operates a huge number of parks all around the metro area. Depending on the location, you can find playgrounds, picnic areas, fields, courts, gyms, trails and more. Dolese Youth Park, Will Rogers Park, and Woodson Park even have Disc Golf courses for the frisbee enthusiasts. During the summer, many of these parks also have spraygrounds with various buttons, levers, and cannons, so the kids can douse themselves with water and beat the Oklahoma summer heat.
Located on West Memorial in northwest Oklahoma City, the Martin Park Nature Center is one of the best spots to take kids in the metro, particularly for the fun and educational outings. It's totally free and open Wednesdays through Sundays during almost the entire year. Martin Park Nature Center is a wildlife sanctuary with a number of animals, hiking trails, a museum, library, and more. Guided tours are available for a fee, and there are special events put on throughout the year.
Many in Oklahoma City know the Oklahoma Railway Museum for its famous "Day Out with Thomas the Train" event, but the museum itself is a really neat place at any time of year with freight cars, passenger cars and even a steam engine on display. Although admission is completely free, a train ride or birthday party held in the red party caboose will cost money.
Lake & River Recreation
Even if you don't have a boat or wish to spend money on a fishing permit, the Oklahoma City area lakes have plenty to offer. Head to Hefner, Draper, or Overholser for some outdoor recreation with the kids. There are picnic areas and playgrounds, particularly at Hefner, and the areas are great for kite-flying or other outdoor games. Like Hefner and Overholser, the Oklahoma River also has miles of fantastic trails for biking and running.
Oklahoma City has Saturday fishing classes free for kids age 5-15 throughout the summer at the "Close to Home" fishing areas. The classes cover knot-tying, casting, fish identification and more, and they even provide the poles, tackle, and bait. Although the class is free, you must reserve your spot online beforehand.
Metro Art Galleries
With older kids, consider visiting some of Oklahoma City's art galleries and allow them the opportunity to appreciate the creations. There are several wonderful galleries in the metro that are both free and packed with stunning artwork. The Underground downtown has an "Invited Artist Gallery" that often features local artists, and the Paseo District has a number of galleries and studios.
Keep in mind that it's a non-supervised facility, but the Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park is a great place for the kids that enjoy skateboarding, in-line skating, or BMX-style biking. The 26,000 square foot park is open throughout the year and includes various bowl and street courses with ledges and handrails. Protective gear is required and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.