For a city that offers plenty of culture without losing that Southern charm, look no further than Oklahoma City. Local families know they’ve got affordable + adorable and with so many free and cheap things to do with the kids, there’s never a dull moment. From the City Zoo & Botanical Gardens to the Science Museum to the Youth Zone in the Boathouse District, your biggest struggle is deciding what to do next. Swing on by our Oklahoma City events calendar for even more excitement!

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Science Museum Oklahoma
Science Museum Oklahoma houses more than eight acres of hands-on science experiences. Travel beyond the Milky Way in the Kirkpatrick Planetarium, experience the explosive fun of Science Live, discover where the familiar meets the fantastical in CurioCity and beyond—the museum allows your inner-child to run wild!

2020 Remington Pl.
Oklahoma City, OK
Online: sciencemuseumok.org

Max’s Magic Theatre
Max’s Magic Theatre – Where Impossible Happens! A private and intimate performance presented in a residential venue where your brain will be taken on a roller coaster ride. The magic and mentalism performed has more twists than your favorite movie thriller and everything happens in an environment tailored to give you the most personalized performance possible with some of the magic happening only inches away from your face!

8312 NW 118th St.
Oklahoma City, OK
Online: maxsmagictheatre.com

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Museum of Osteology
Focusing on the form and function of the skeletal system, this 7000-square foot museum displays hundreds of skulls and skeletons from all corners of the world. Exhibits include adaptation, locomotion, classification and diversity of the vertebrate kingdom.

10301 S Sunnylane Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK
Online: skeletonmuseum.com

Bricktown Downtown
The former site of Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show is today the location of a massive tourist redevelopment plan.

Oklahoma City, OK
Online: bricktownokc.com

Martin Park Nature Center
More than just a park, Martin Park Nature Center is a hub for nature exploration and education for visitors of all ages.

5000 W Memorial Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK
Online: okc.gov

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Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum stands as a symbol of strength in the wake of unspeakable violence. Visit the Memorial Museum to experience the brutality of the Oklahoma City bombing, and the tenderness of the response. Share our dream of a world without violence and terrorism.

620 N Harvey Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
Online: memorialmuseum.com

Oklahoma City Zoo
This 110-acre zoo is often called a living museum. Ride the Elephant Express, join in a giraffe feeding, touch a stingray at Stingray Bay and take a spin on the Endangered Species Carousel.

2000 Remington Pl.
Oklahoma City, OK
Online: okczoo.com

Myriad Botanical Gardens
The Myriad Botanical Gardens is one of Oklahoma City’s most beloved public spaces, offering its visitors a 15-acre natural escape in the very heart of the metro known as downtown Oklahoma City. A children’s garden, an off-leash dog park, the Park House restaurant, “splash fountains,” as well as paths for walking and jogging provide guests young and old with a place in which to find solitude with nature or seek community and the company of others.

301 W Reno Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
Online: myriadgardens.org

The Best Upcoming Events for Kids in Oklahoma City
If you’re looking for events and activities, don’t miss our local Oklahoma City events calendar, which has everything from story times to seasonal activities like apple picking, pumpkin patches and Christmas tree farms.

—Kate Loweth