By Audrey Esther, News9.com INsite Team
Looking for free or inexpensive ways to entertain your kids and family during the holidays? Here are some things to do and places to go right here in the metro that cost little to nothing.
The Express Clydesdale Ranch is free and open to the public all year long. Get up close to the rare world championship Express Clydesdales. Each horse stands at least eight feet high and weighs more than 2,000 pounds.
"These black Clydesdales are really unique because only 10 percent of the breed are black, so they are a very rare animal," said Express Clydesdale Ranch manager Josh Minshull.
The Express Clydesdale Ranch is just 3.5 miles north of Interstate 40. Exit 136 Garth Brooks Blvd.
12701 W. Wilshire
Yukon, OK 73099
Make a stop at Pops on Historic Route 66 in Arcadia. Inside Pops, an ultra-modern gas station, you'll find more than 500 sodas and beverages. Flavors range from Bug Barf to Apple to traditional Root Beer. But this soda shop has more than just fizz.
"Not only do you have the food, you've got the soda, you've got the merchandise and you've got the gas too," said Pops general manager, Marty Doepke.
For a unique holiday gift create your own Pops six pack of soda for about $12 dollars. Pops has daily specials including $2 dollar single patty burgers on Tuesdays. The Pops restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve until 4 p.m.
Pops is northeast of Oklahoma City and just east of Edmond.
660 W. Highway 66
Arcadia, OK 73007
(405) 928-POPS (7677)
For low-cost down on the farm family fun visit the Orr Family Farm in near Moore. The Orr Family Farm is a 100 acre working farm. For $8.50 ride aboard the Jupiter Christmas Express Train to see holiday lights, visit the animal barn and get a free cup of hot chocolate or cider. Admission is free for children under 2 years of age.
14400 S. Western Ave,
Oklahoma City, OK 73170
(405) 799-FARM (3276)
Then take a quick two mile drive east to Moore Old Town where you can find unique locally-made gifts. Moore Old Town is an eclectic mix of stores and shops located right off of Interstate 35. From made in Oklahoma products, to a homemade pet treats, to custom-made children's clothing; you won't see the same thing twice.
"With money possibly on the minds of people when it comes to shopping I think gifts from the heart matter now more than ever," City of Moore Director of Economic Development, Deidre Ebrey.
Contact individual stores for hours.
301 N. Broadway
Moore, OK 73160
Finally, visit the Oklahoma City Zoo to see furry exotic friends for free. Admission is free every Monday through February and until December 24th get in for only one dollar when you bring an edible wildlife ornament.
2101 NE 50th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111