The Oklahoma Department of Tourism offers many free and low-cost ideas for children and families. If you pack a lunch and drinks to decrease expenses, the state’s many festivals are educational as well as interesting.
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'More family-friendly activities from Metro Family magazine—a helpful resource all year long!
“Cheap Things to Do in Tulsa” (I did not look for prices, but a kaleidoscope museum and a doll/miniature museum were listed! Wow!) This site is for adults, too.
Linnaeus Teaching Garden at Woodward Park
Always investigate museums, libraries, and sometimes college campuses. Often these entities partner for free or inexpensive summer programs. For example, the Gilcrease Museum in collaboration with the Tulsa City-County Library’s children’s department has offered and will again offer “Kids Dig Books” featuring specific topics, but the University of Tulsa has a strong partnership in many of the activities throughout the year. Age groups vary; often children must be accompanied. Sometimes programs repeat. http://www.utulsa.edu/events and http://gilcrease.utulsa.edu/Learn
- July 7 – Gilcrease’s KID FLIX - "George Washington's Mother" and "Pups of Liberty" July 7th
- July 7 – “Art Encounters”
- July 10th and July 13th – “Mini-Masters – Artistic Materials” (Ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult)
- July 13 – “Kids Dig Books – Animal Tales”
- July 14 - "American Doll Tea Party" ($12 for nonmembers)
Summer Concert Series, July 10th, and family-friendly Free Tulsa Music Festival, July 27th, among other opportunities. Explore the site!
Jenks Aquarium “Smile Club” printable coupon for free admission—you can also find online discount coupons for admissions.
August 4 – Jenks: A Hot August Night Car & Truck Show (Always call to confirm event: 918-299-5005.)
For next year!
Summer Programs at UT. The 2012 Camp Incredible at University School featured six one-week sessions from 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. with extended hours if necessary. Camp fee.
Gilcrease Summer Camp (Ages 4-14) This is a collaboration with the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education. http://gilcrease.utulsa.edu/Learn/Summer-Camp