Summer Scramble

IMG_0747Moms everywhere across the U.S. do the summer scramble.  The summer scramble happens regardless of the age of your children.  Summertime means it’s time to dust off the activities director hat, and start planning!  We find camps, plan vacations, and make sure to find family time…but what do we do in the gaps of all of that.  The gap filling is what I am calling the Summer Scramble!  I’ll be very upfront and say this post will be filled with Oklahoma specific ideas of things to do to fill in summer gaps between large scheduled events, but most of these ideas will cross state lines and could likely be applied anywhere.

Also, in full transparency, my lists are geared towards older kids and early teens…may even be a little boy biased.  There are lots of great resources on things to do and programs for younger kids…the ease of lists dwindles as the kids get older.  Just food for thought, drive time can be excellent “check-in” time with your kids.  It’s super easy to let the kids plug in to device or music on a short road trip, but make sure to have a little time with them unplugged in the car…that’s where I’ve had some of my best conversations with my kiddos.  So, without further ado, here are a couple of just bare bones lists to hopefully help get you through the summer scramble.  And by the way, I’m not even touching food places…there are lots of  fun, funky little restaurants and sweet treat spots all over the place…encourage your kids to do some research on a new place that they may like to try out.  It’s a fun way for you to teach them practical research skills…just a thought.  Ok….lists!

IMG_0119Outdoor Fun

  • White Water Bay – OKC
  • Safari Joe’s (formerly Big Splash) – Tulsa
  • Frontier City – OKC
  • Zoo – Tulsa & OKC
  • River Country Water Park – Muskogee
  • Honor Heights Park – Muskogee (public pool is really good here and you can rent paddle boats for the pond, plus great picnic areas)
  • Riversports – OKC (rafting, tubing, ropes course)
  • Pool at Shangri-la Hotel – Grand Lake
  • Flying Tee – Tulsa
  • Top Golf – OKC (these 2 are fun even if you are not a golfer)
  • Putt-Putt Golf
  • Tulsa Raceway Park & The Midnight Drags – Tulsa (check website for schedule)
  • Bass Pro Shops Catch and Release Fishing Days – Tulsa & OKC (check website for schedule)
  • Myriad Gardens – OKC (way cooler than you’d expect)
  • Semi-Pro Baseball Game – Tulsa & OKC
  • Semi- Pro Soccer Game – Tulsa
  • Boat Ride on the Riverwalk – OKC
  • Segway tour  – OKC
  • Float the River – Talequah
  • Hike Wichita Mountains – Lawton
  • Festivals – Tulsa (International Balloon Festival, Bixby Green Corn Festival, Porter Peach Festival)
  • Drive some of Route 66 (find Instagramable images from this iconic route)

IMG_0599Indoor Fun

  • Trampoline Parks – Tulsa & OKC
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving – OKC
  • Laser Tag – Tulsa & OKC
  • Main Event – Tulsa & OKC
  • Rock Climbing  – Tulsa & OKC (indoor rock walls)
  • Andy B’s – Tulsa
  • Escape Rooms – Tulsa & OKC
  • Aquarium – Jenks
  • Bowling – Tulsa & OKC
  • Discount Movies – Tulsa & OKC (check movie websites for discounted days)
  • Woolaroc – Bartlesville
  • Marlin’s Mansion – Ponca City
  • Philbrook Museum – Tulsa
  • Gilcrease Museum – Tulsa
  • OKC National Memorial Museum – OKC
  • Museum of Osteology – OKC
  • National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – OKC
  • Oklahoma Science Museum – OKC
  • Oklahoma Museum of Art – OKC
  • Oklahoma Natural History Museum – Norman
  • Roller Skating – Tulsa & OKC
  • Pole Position – Tulsa & OKC (indoor go kart racing)
  • Dave & Busters
  • Air & Space Museum –  Tulsa

While definitely not a complete list…I hope this at least gets you thinking about some of the fun stuff our kids can get into this summer!  Get out and be an explorer in your own backyard.  Living in a town outside of the two biggest metro areas in Oklahoma gave me a new appreciation for all of the great things this state has to offer that we so easily take for granted.  What are some of your families summer favorites that get you through the lulls in your summer schedule?