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The best free things to do with your kids this summer

Carrie Coppernoll Modified: July 6, 2013 at 11:30 am •  Published: July 6, 2013

When you have kids, you’re likely to be short on money. Surely that’s not just my family, right?

Here are my favorite FREE (or super-cheap) things to do with your kids during the summer.

1. See the egrets. There’s a colony of about 10,000 migratory egrets, herons and other species are hanging out in a grove of trees on the south side of NW 10 just a little bit west of Rockwell Avenue. Go check them out. They’re amazing.

2. Put on a mustache. Go to Shop Good’s annual Mustache Bash on Aug. 8. There will be free music and plenty of shenanigans.

3. Splash in the spraygrounds. Oklahoma City has a bunch of absolutely fabulous spraygrounds.  They stay open until 8 p.m., so you can get in a little bit of running around even on a weeknight.

4. Walk around on a Friday night. Check out First Friday in the Paseo on the first Friday of the month and Live! on the Plaza on the second Friday of the month. There’s music, art and usually lots of kid-friendly stuff. If you have little bitty ones, I’d say that the Plaza event is a little more appropriate. There’s less fragile artwork.

5. Take a nap. My coworker suggested this one. Legit.

6. Read. The Metropolitan Library System offers a free summer reading program for infants through teens. Yes, your kid can participate even if he or she isn’t old enough to read yet. My daughter is 3 1/2 and just picked up her first prize this week. It was a rubber ducky. She was super excited. As a side note, you can check out up to 30 – 30! – items at once. Consider renting movies there, too. It’s free.

7. Get artsy. There are a bunch of fun community arts things happening at all the metro libraries. Listen to music. Practice your improv. Hear some opera. It’s all free. Best of all: the shows are at all different times and locations, so it’s possible for working families to go, too.

8. Look at animals. The Oklahoma City Zoo has some cheap and free things happening this summer. Admission is free on July 17, which is Sales Tax Appreciation Day. Also, you can get in for $1 a person on Wednesdays in July and August. Children 2 and younger are free. You can get a bunch of other stuff for $1 that day. The best deal: the Safari Voyage boat ride.

Here are some things that our family hasn’t done yet this summer but are on the list:



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