From arcades and miniature golf to museums and educational activities, there are plenty of options for families in the Oklahoma City metro area. So whether you're looking for a birthday party location or just a fine time out, here are the top places around OKC to take kids for excitement and entertainment.
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If you haven't been to the Oklahoma City Zoo in several years, you may not know what you're missing. It has changed for the better significantly in the recent past. The Cat Forest, Great EscAPE, elephant habitat and aquatics shows are all top-notch.
The little ones (under 3) get in free, but the others will only set you back a few bucks. Group rates are available, and the zoo has birthday packages as well.
2101 NE 50th Street
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Not only are there some fantastic things to do at Orr Family Farm, but the prices are quite affordable as well.
Go fishing, ride the train, pet the animals, ride the carousel, play on the playground, sample the jams and jellies or ride the pedal carts on the Orr Grand Prix. For birthday parties, holiday events or just for a family night, this one wins quite easily in the fun-for-the-buck ratio.
14400 S. Western
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Watching your child's eyes cross playing video games may make you long for some more worthwhile entertainment choices. Well, Science Museum Oklahoma has to be near the top of the list in that regard. At this museum, you'll see their eyes get wide with wonder as they view and interact with the exhibits.
Grab a group and go together for special rates, convince your child's school to consider a field trip or set up a Science Spectacular birthday package.
2100 NE 52nd St.
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Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
"Oh a museum," you say sarcastically. "Kids love those..." Along with Science Museum Oklahoma and the zoo, there are ways for kids to have fun while actually learning something. The Discovery Room is a hands-on gallery just for kids that allows them to interact with exhibits and uncover fossils in their own Dinosaur Dig.
The museum has programs for school classes as well as available reservations for special events.
2401 Chautauqua Avenue
Norman, OK 73072
(405) 325-4712Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Tiger Safari Inc.
If you're looking for something a bit more unique than video games, you want to check this out. Located in Tuttle, southwest of OKC, Tiger Safari is a non-profit, walk-through wildlife facility.
Meet the animals on a guided tour, getting up close and personal to see how they live. Hosting birthday parties and holding occasional events, Tiger Safari is a fun way for the kids to learn a little bit.
Frisco Rd. off Hwy 37
Tuttle, OK 73089
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Andy Alligator's Fun Park
Andy Alligator's Fun Park in Norman is great for birthday parties, but it's also fun any other day of the week. Kids will have a blast with go-karts, mini-golf, bumper cars or bumper boats, rock-climbing, batting cages, bowling, video games and more. The cafe has pizza and subs, and in 2012, they added a 5-acre, $4.5 million water park that includes a 45-foot tall racer slide, a 400-foot tube slide, a long lazy river, water play structures and a splash zone for the little kids.
3300 Market Place Dr.
Norman, OK 73072
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Located along Memorial Road, Oklahoma City's location of the popular chain Main Event features bowling, ropes course, video games, laser tag, billiards and more.
1441 W. Memorial Road
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Another Norman attraction that is great for kids is HeyDay. It features miniature golf, a huge laser tag arena, indoor ropes course, many arcade games and more. In September 2014, a significant expansion also brought bowling, and there is now a lower Bricktown location next to Harkins.
3201 Market Place
Norman, OK 73072
(405) 310-3500Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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If you're looking for miniature golf, laser tag and arcade games, of course, there's a spot right in the heart of Bricktown that offers all three. Visit Brickopolis along the canal for some excellent family fun.
101 South Mickey Mantle Drive
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OKC Skating Rinks - Ice or Roller
There are more location options than I could possibly list. Depending on preference, going ice or roller skating is a great way to have fun while staying active, something kids don't seem to do enough these days.
Here are a couple of options, and most have some kind of group/birthday package as well:
- Arctic Edge Ice Arena (Edmond): (405) 748-5454
- Blazers Ice Centre (South OKC): (405) 631-3307
- Southwestern Skate Center (S. Western): (405) 632-5484
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Cactus Jack's Family Fun Center
It's been around since the 1970's, so many of you already know about Cactus Jack's. With plenty of games to zombie your kids and some old favorites like Pinball and Foosball that even the adults can enjoy, Cactus Jack's deserves the mention here.
Cactus Jack's does parties and after-hour rentals, and if you're a big spender, check out the VIP party option that includes a limousine.
1211 N Council Rd.
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Food and fun. They go together like kids and unending energy. Well, this place is good for depleting some of that energy as well as your cash supply.
Celebration Station gets the kids outside for rides, minigolf and more, and it has all the junk food favorites such as pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers. Save yourself some money, though, by checking out the package deals and specials ahead of time.
509 Westline Drive
(405) 942-7888Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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Chuck E. Cheese
Similar to the above, here's yet another for that food and fun concept. Chuck E. Cheese has a smaller atmosphere than a place like Celebration Station but may be better for the youngsters who can't play all the video games.
Chuck E. Cheese: 7601 S. Walker
(405) 631-7619 and
6817 NW Expressway