Fun Summer Activities In The Metro For You And Your Family
OKLAHOMA CITY - As Oklahoma children get out of school for summer break, many parents are asking the same question: how do we keep our kids occupied and out of trouble during the summer?
There are a lot of activities around the metro area that will help your children stay busy and also keep them supervised. And best of all, they are either free or offered at affordable prices.
Fun Activities For Children Around The Metro:
The Play in the Park program takes place from June 11 to July 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. City officials say it's a free program that offers supervised summertime activities for children over the age of six. An adult must accompany children under age 6.
The program is not a substitute for daycare, according to officials, but it provides a place where kids can participate in adult-supervised, structured activities during summer break.
Named among the "Ten Best" parks and playgrounds in National Geographic's "The Best of Everything for Families," the Martin Park Nature Center offers outdoor adventure right in the heart of Oklahoma City.
Located at 5000 W. Memorial Rd. in Oklahoma City, the park is home to many species of animals, including birds, butterflies, squirrels, fox and reptiles.
During this summer break, the park also offers several fun summer activities for Oklahoma children, including YOGA In Nature, Friday Afternoon Club, Bird Nesting Shelf, and more.
Children ages between 6 to 17 can also learn more about arts and show off their performing skills during the Summer Youth Arts Camp. Hosted at the NW Optimist Performing Arts Community Center, the arts camp gives Oklahoma children the opportunity to take part in a full musical performance, including dancing, singing acting, costume and set design.
Summer officially started on Wednesday, June 21. As it gets hotter, what's a better way to cool down than going to a pool or a spray ground?
The city's Parks & Recreation Department operates 17 spray grounds, two family aquatic centers and multiple swimming pools throughout the city. They provide a variety of activities for people of all ages and swimming abilities, and are great way to stay cool in the summer heat.
For children who are interested in sports, there are several programs and camps they can participate in as well.
City officials say soccer, baseball and basketball leagues are open to boys and girls kindergarten through fifth-grade this summer. Kids will be learning basic athletic skills, game rules and good sportsmanship.
Fun summer activities for adults:
There are more activities and programs around the metro that will keep your children busy this summer. However, not just for the children, there are plenty of fun activities and events that you as a parent can enjoy as well.
Several concerts will be held at the Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheater this summer, here's a complete list:
July 18: Rockstar Mayhem Festival - Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax and more
July 19: Joe Cocker with Huey Lewis & The News
August 29: Phish
August 31: Poison with Lita Ford
September13: Train with Matt Kearney and Andy Grammer
Frontier City in Oklahoma City is also hosting a 2012 Summer Concert Series. Joan Jett, Toby Mac, and Hot Chelle Rae, are just some of artists who will perform during the series.
The "Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park" summer performances are being held at the Myriad Botanical Gardens' Water Stage, located in downtown Oklahoma City.
Speaking of downtown Oklahoma City, there are plenty of fun activities going on in Bricktown this summer, including concerts and sports events.
The list just goes on and on, as there are countless numbers of programs and events you and your children and participate in. However, while you are having fun indoor and outdoor, don't forget to keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and put on sun screen so you wouldn't get sunburned.