Fun things to do with kids in Oklahoma City
Fun things to do with kids in Oklahoma City. I’m sharing tips for a weekend trip with the family to Oklahoma City (OKC). Keep reading to find out where to stay, what to do, and where to eat.
This post was written in partnership with visit OKC. All opinions are my own.
Oklahoma City is roughly a 3 hour drive from Dallas, so it makes for a good road trip, especially with kids. Pack your favorite snacks, hop in the car, and let’s explore OKC.
BEST HOTELS FOR FAMILIES TO STAY IN Oklahoma City
We stayed at the 21C Museum hotel near downtown OKC, which was a great location because it was close to lots of restaurants and relatively close (15min drive) to all of the attractions we were visiting. The only downside to staying downtown, is that parking will be tight. The hotel offers valet parking for $28/day. Street parking is free on the weekend. There was also a lot across the street from the hotel for $5 each time you entered.
The 21C Museum hotel was so fun. The rooms are spacious and modern with a loft style set-up. The hotel also has a restaurant on-site, however, the menu wasn’t very kid friendly so we didn’t end up eating there. But the Hubs and I did grab drinks one night after the kids and my mother-in-law went to bed.
What makes the hotel so unique is it has an art gallery on the first floor, and art installations on each floor, which you can check out if you have a room key. The hotel also has a spa, which was great, because I definitely enjoyed the sauna and getting a massage on our last day.
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Kid friendly things to do in Oklahoma City
Here are some fun things to do with your kids in Oklahoma City. We had great weather on our first day in OKC, but then it got cold and rainy. So here are a mix of indoor and outdoor activities.
Explore all of the different areas of the zoo, that include an area for feeding the animals, a play area for the kids, and even a tour of the zoo hospital.
OKC Science Museum
My son really enjoyed the science museum. The museum has 2 floors with activities of all types, such as sports, space, and environmental science The exhibits are interactive with activities for kids of all ages and grade levels. You can also attend shows and demonstrations which are included with admission.
Lake Hefner Lighthouse
The Lake Hefner lighthouse is located on Lake Hefner. It’s cool to visit after sunset when the light house is lit up. Parking is free and easy to find. There are also a few restaurants along the lake that are great to visit for dinner after checking out the lighthouse.
BEST FAMILY RESTAURANTS IN OKC
We enjoyed some good eats in OKC and had great service at all of the places we visited.
Located in the Bricktown area, this place has a sports bar feel. There was a decent kids menu and we were able to watch the OKC basketball game on tv while we had dinner. The restaurant didn’t take reservations, but fortunately the wait wasn’t long and we were seated quickly. Also, be aware that this area has limited parking and if you are visiting while a basketball game is taking place be prepared to pay $10 for parking.
There’s an area with water taxis in the Bricktown area, but we were so tired after our day at the zoo that we didn’t check it out.
I saw this place as a must visit for brunch in OKC, and we are serious about brunch around here, so we had to visit, and it didn’t disappoint.
There were unique spins on waffles, sweet and savory. The style is fast casual. You order your food, grab a seat, and pick up your food from a window when your buzzer goes off. There was a line out the door when we arrived around 10am, but it went quickly.
Great Margaritas, street tacos, and a decent kids menu. The avocado margarita is the popular drink here. The hubs enjoyed it. I had the grilled pineapple margarita and it was delicious.
Hatch Early Mood Food
Another great brunch spot! This place gets packed quickly so I recommend getting a reservation through Yelp, which allowed us to do a call ahead.
The portions were huge, and everything was delicious. The kids menu had a great variety of food options, for even picky eaters.
Another dining spot that we didn’t get to try but looked good, was the Collective Kitchen Food Hall.