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Looking for things to do in OKC over spring break?

By David McCollum / Lifestyle / March 8, 2019

The kids are out of school for an entire week or more, and parents all across the Oklahoma City metro area are trying to come up with entertaining activities for spring break, something other than video games to keep them occupied. Fortunately, there are multiple reasonably priced options from area museums, attractions and organizations.

There are even activities for adults that we can recommend! But let’s start with the kiddos!!

The Oklahoma City Thunder hosts youth basketball camps in March each year. The OKC-area camp will be held in Norman and go from 8 a.m. to noon. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Open to boys and girls ages 6-14, the camps focus on the fundamentals of basketball, along with an emphasis on key character lessons of teamwork, sportsmanship and respect. Camp participants will be instructed on technical fundamentals, taking part in development drills to improve skill sets within defense, ball-handling, shooting, layups and more. Campers will receive a Thunder Youth Basketball camp T-shirt, camp basketball and water bottle. Pricing in past years starts around $65 for a one day camp. Register at thunder.nba.com.

The Oklahoma Children's Theatre has a spring break camp each year for kids from 5 years and older. This year, there are two options, the first running from March 11-15 and the second from March 18-22. Cost is $160. The theatre camp gives kids the opportunity to participate in fun activities such as music, magic and more. In addition, the week ends with a big Friday theatrical performance. Registration is available online at oklahomachildrenstheatre.org

RIVERSPORT Adventure Park in the Boathouse District will be open March 18-22 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Whitewater rafting and kayaking will not be available.)

School's out, but the learning doesn't stop! Science Museum Oklahoma offers fantastic all-day camp sessions for Oklahoma City metro families during spring break. You can find more information here.

Like its name suggests, endless adventure awaits in OKC’s Adventure District. From cowboy culture and wild encounters to mad scientists and horse racing, who knew you could fit so much fun within just one mile of another?

Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Oklahoma City meets Asia in the new 14.5-acre exhibit. Sanctuary Asia offers food service in the two-story Lotus Pavilion so guests can dine adventure style with stellar views of the red panda, tanuki and Komodo dragon. Get up close and personal with some of OKC’s wildest residents with the Zoo’s “Wild Encounters” experience, attractions, and rides.

Science Museum Oklahoma

Experience infinity and beyond in the recently renovated Kirkpatrick Planetarium. Explore the galaxy your own way by choosing between the four vastly different shows and themes. Stop by the new smART space gallery to discover how art and science meet. The interactive exhibit, Beautiful Minds- Dyslexia and the Creative Advantage, is open now through July 14, 2019.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Spring break at the Cowboy Museum is full of family-friendly activities inspired by the museum’s current exhibits. The newest exhibit, Prosperity Junction, allows visitors to authentically experience what it would be like to live in a turn-of-the-century western town. This town replica includes its own social elements such as schools, residences and businesses.

Oklahoma City’s hotspot for entertainment, Bricktown, is a favorite for both locals and visitors alike. From cruising down the canal on a Bricktown Water Taxi ride to a game-filled afternoon at Brickopolis, there is no shortage of activities for a day out in Bricktown. Head to the Chesapeake Energy Arena and catch the Oklahoma City Thunder in one of their four home games this spring break or cheer on the Women’s Big 12 Basketball Championship, with 9 games from March 8-March 11. If you like sports, you should check out the legacy of our state's sports stars and history at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame & Jim Thorpe Museum, located on the northwest corner of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark at 20 South Mickey Mantle Dr. The Jim Thorpe Museum contains artifacts and memorabilia from the culture, accomplishments and achievements of legendary athlete and Oklahoma Native, Jim Thorpe. Then, get better acquainted with Oklahoma's awesome sports history, as the museum also contains the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Plaques and memorabilia, as well as housing the Oklahoma Tennis Hall of Fame. You can also find memorabilia and artifacts featuring the past Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Winners for the best defensive back in college football, and the 2017 Warren Spahn Award Winner, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The best part? Admission to the museum is free!

From pop to acoustic, OKC is the go-to destination for concerts this spring break. Ben Rector will make two appearances at The Jones Assembly on March 8 and 9, complete with a full bar and walk-up food window. P!nk: Beautiful Trauma World tour is making a stop at Chesapeake Energy Arena on March 23 at 7 pm. This edgy pop singer who is known for her glittery, entertaining concerts is sure to give a groundbreaking performance.

Have you ridden the OKC Streetcar yet? Spring break is a great time to ride and explore the city. The streetcar loops through all the downtown Oklahoma City neighborhoods. Park near a station and hop on. Visit the Myriad Botanical Gardens downtown for one of the scheduled “Spring Break Pop-Ins” or just stroll this lovely downtown park. Are you a Jim Henson and Muppets fan? Head to Bricktown and visit the Jim Henson – Life and Legacy exhibit at the American Banjo Museum. Head to Automobile Alley, Deep Deuce and other OKC Districts for local eateries, fun attractions and shopping.

And, don’t forget, you adults can use the streetcar for a streetcar-based outing extravaganza. For this edition, we’re looking at a local beer taproom crawl (with a winery as well, just to salt-and-pepper the experience). You can find all of the details here.

There is no shortage of things to keep you and your family entertained while enjoying spring break in OKC. And, with an average high temperature of 63 degrees, you may find yourself breaking out the shorts and looking forward to the opening of Scissortail Park, later this year!

 

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