Fun Things to do in Oklahoma City with Kids
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is located directly in the center of Oklahoma and provides a wide variety of activities and attractions that will educate and entertain every member of your family. The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City which has been standing in the center of Oklahoma City for 100 years is located downtown and is the perfect place to call home while you travel.
I was born in Northeastern Oklahoma and enjoyed the weekend getaways to Oklahoma City as a child. We now enjoy taking our son and allowing him to learn about some of the history and culture of Oklahoma and have a great time doing so. Have you ever wondered “Why a cowboy wears a cowboy hat or spurs?” You can get the answer to those questions and many more when you put on your boots and take on these fun things to do in Oklahoma City.
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum shares the history and cultures of the American West with its guests through world-class art, exhibits and events. One of my favorite events is the Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children’s Cowboy Festival held each year in May. It’s a weekend packed full of cowboy entertainment, fun and food.
Kids love the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for the full-scale western town of Prosperity Junction and Cowboy Corral, which is an area where children can dress up in chaps and spurs, have their picture taken on a stationary horse and listen to the museum’s resident cowboy talk about life on the range.
The Centennial Land Run Monument
Visit the larger than life bronze statue at the Centennial Land Run Monument, which is located downtown, and discuss the history of the Oklahoma Land Run. This exhibit is a work in progress. When it’s completely finished, it will feature 45 heroic figures of land run participants, as they race to claim new homesteads during the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.
Frontier City Theme Park
Frontier City theme park is Oklahoma’s largest theme park and is built to resemble an Old Western Town. The 40-acre theme park is home to five thrilling roller coasters, play areas for smaller children and a petting zoo. The beauty of this park is that it is relatively small and never very crowded, so families can enjoy it without being overwhelmed by the size and crowds.
When you’re exploring the Western Heritage in Oklahoma City, your trip isn’t complete until you visit Stockyards City, which is located just minutes from downtown Oklahoma City. You can shop for all things cowboy in the various western stores, and you can watch craftsmen while they make boots, spurs, hats and saddles.
To this day, my family doesn’t visit Oklahoma City without a stop at the Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Stockyards City. Just writing those words makes me want a salad with house dressing and a big T-bone steak. There is also a live western music show every Saturday night at the Centennial Rodeo Opry.
Tip: Visit the stockyards on a Monday or Tuesday morning and watch the cowboys work at the world’s largest cattle auction.
So, polish up your boots and spend the weekend at The Skirvin Hilton, explore Oklahoma City and learn the ways of the Great American Cowboy.
Marti resides in rural northeastern Oklahoma where she works with corporate, association, and government clients as a meeting planner. She enjoys traveling, whenever possible, with her husband,…