KID'S Zone: Fun Stuff!!
The Oklahoma City area is full of exciting activities for kids of all ages. From sporting events to the great outdoors, waterslides to finger painting, art museums and music to theme parks, there is tons of fun happening everyday. Take time to explore some of your options!
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There are several YMCA locations throughout the metro area.
They boast top of the line facilities.
Normal Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday 5:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Friday 5:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m.
Saturday 7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
America's favorite swim instructor, the YMCA has been teaching people to swim for over 100 years. Learn basic skills, safety and rescue skills and water activities in a caring, nurturing environment. In 2004, 7,653 kids and adults learned how to swim. Swim lessons are offered for:
Parent-Child (6 months to 3 years)- Babies and toddlers adjust to the pool, while in their parents' arms. Classes consist of songs, games, blowing bubbles, kicking, moving arms and playing with toys.
Pre-School (3 to 5 years)- This is a child's first introduction to the pool on their own, four levels of lessons introduce them to safe pool behavior, basic movements and skills, and breath control.
Youth (6 to 11 years)- The goal is to develop the whole person- physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Teen and Adult- Lessons encourage self-confidence and skill development. Floating, breath control, efficient kick and arm movements as well as setting and attaining individual goals.
Water Fitness Classes
Water fitness classes include water exercise, aquatic step, and deep and shallow water activities which utilize a variety of equipment. No sweat and great for your joints!!
Indoor pools are located at the Bethany, Downtown, Earlywine Par, Edmond, Northside and Tinker area brances.
Oklahoma City Downtown Location
One building houses the Child Development Center, specially designed with the needs of young children in mind. A play area is located behind the building, safe and secure for the little ones to play. The center cares for children from six weeks of age through Kindergarten.
The other building houses the fitness center, gymnasium, indoor pool, aerobics studio, indoor track, and locker rooms.
Camp Classen Location
Early Wine Park
Kids are a demanding sort, and generally don't like to spend long hours gazing at beautiful things. They'd rather climb on them. Here area a few of our major attractions that are either totally or partially dedicated to children. If you have recommendation or addition of something your children absolutely loved, please let us know!!
The Little Gym
For over 25 years the Little Gym has provided a foundation in non-competitive motor skill development programs such as gymnastics, sports skills and karate, all taught in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. The Little Gym encourage children to develop at their own pace!
Express Ranch Clydesdale Center
Beautiful Clydesdale horses are housed in this renovated 1936 redwood barn. The horses are featured in competitions, parades, and special events. Children can play on wagon's that are hand crafted. The center also includes a large loft with historical exhibits and a gift shop.
Frontier City Theme Park
This western-themed amusement park features more than seventy-five rides including the Hangman, a wild freefall. Enjoy the four thrilling roller coasters, fabulous water rides, games, live shows, entertainment and attractions, all situated in an authentic old 1880's western town. Paul Bunyan's Tiny Lumber Town provides lots of fun for the littlest hombres!! Ask about season passes that also work for White Water Bay Water Park!!
White Water Bay Water Park
What can be better on a hot summer day than water, water, and more water! This popular park features more than 30 water rides, slides, pools and water games. Brave-hearted visitors will enjoy Cannonball Falls, a slide that ends in a six-foot drop and Acapulco Cliff Dive, a sixty-five foot freefall. For those that want to take a more leisurely pace, Kids Kove is a roomy "soft play" area that will entertain younger children for hours!!
Oklahoma City Zoo
The Oklahoma City Zoological Park is the oldest zoo in the Southwestern United States and one of the top 10 zoos in the country. This hundred-plus acre park is home to more than two thousand exotic animals from around the world. The popular Cat Forest/Lion Overlook includes lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, and meerkats. You can enjoy the escapades of chimps, orangutans, and gorillas at the Great Escape exhibit. The zoo offers a variety of concessions, rides, tours, and other entertainment.
City Arts Center
City Arts Center provides interactive art experiences through exhibitions, performances, classes, and events. The Center is a fully certified member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and the premier place for arts education in Oklahoma. It is designed for people of all ages and abilities to explore the arts in a creative learning environment. City Arts Center offers year-round adult & children's visual arts classes.
Harn Homestead Museum
This historic homestead, claimed during the Great Land Run of 1889, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. School children often come to spend the day here to learn about farm life on the frontier.
Martin Park Nature Center
Give the kids a chance to explore the great outdoors! A 140-acre protected natural wildlife area is home to dozens of indigenous mammals and 180 species of birds. Experience the unspoiled beauty of native grasses, shrubs, and trees as you stroll along the 3.5 miles of wood chip foot trails. Special guided nature hikes and weekend programs are available.
Myriad Botanical Gardens
Kids will like the Crystal Bridge because, well it's just cool, especially the indoor, 35 foot waterfall you can walk under and around, and the skywalk. There are butterflies and lizards (small ones, with bigger ones in cages), and a couple of parrots in the lobby. The Myriad Botanical Gardens is a 17-acre oasis in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, with beautifully landscaped rolling hills surrounding a sunken lake. Kids can feed the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, featuring a fasicnating collection of palm trees, flowers, and exotic plants from across the globe.
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum preserves the rugged individualism and romantic spirit of the frontier. This popular visitor attraction features a vast collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including works by Charles Russel, Frederic Remington, and the famous 18-foot sculpture, The End of the Trail. On July 4, 1999 three new historical galleries were opened including the American Cowboy Gallery, the American Rodeo Gallery, and Prosperity Junction, a re-created authentic western town. Visitors of all ages enjoy the adventure into the Old West at this national memorial to the American cowboy.
Oklahoma Firefighters Museum
What kid hasn't said "I want to be a fireman when I grow up!" This museum features extraordinary turn-of-the-century fire engines that were once used in Oklahoma communities. Oklahoma's first fire station is displayed along with the finest specimens of firefighting equipment anywhere.
Science Museum Oklahoma, formerly the Omniplex
Finally, something for everyone!! One price gets you into this huge complex, with four museums under one roof. The kids will love the hands-on science section with over 300 interactive and educational exhibits. Has a number of special events for kids throught the year. Also, The Red Earth Indian Center, with things the kids can touch and work with. For the grown-ups, there are gardens, art galleries, multi-cultural exhibits, the International Photography Hall of Fame, and a gift shop.
Quality soccer, baseball, and basketball leagues are open to boys and girls kindergarten through fifth-grade through the Parks and Recreation Department. Kids will have a ball learning basic athletic skills, game rules, and good sportsmanship. Parents are encouraged to join the squad as a coach or a team parent. Click Here to check it out!!
Youth Basketball League
Kids can hoop it up by participating in Junior Slammer Youth Basketball Leagues through the fall and winter months. The league is open to boys and girls, from age four through the fifith-grade. Games are played at Woodson Gym, Municipal Gym, and Macklanburg Center. Children can sign up individually or as a team. Fee: $45 and includes a seven or eight- game season, game jersey and end-ofseason award. For more information, call the league office at 405-297-3828
Parents are encouraged to become a part of their children's team by coaching. Before each season, a comprehensive league meeting for all coaches to discuss rules, regulations, and procedures is scheduled.
Edmond Recreation, Parks, and Arts for Kids
Edmond provides kids with quality entertainment and fun! Click here to check it out!
Over 3,000 boys and girls ages 3-14, participate annually in Edmond All Sports Inc.'s youth baseball and softball, tackle and flag football programs. And the Edmond YMCA provides over 2,500 participants with the opportunity to play team basketball, soccer, and baseball. The Edmond Soccer Club is the largest youth soccer organization in Oklahoma with over 2,100 players signed up for the fall season. Indoor and outdoor soccer facilites keep the ball in play year-round.
Future Olympians can practice gymnastics and ice skating lacally. Or, for those with swim medals in mind, the Edmond YMCA boasts an indoor pool, and the City of Edmond's Pelican Bay Water Park is outstanding. From Tai Kwon Do, roller skatin, biking, and hiking to fishin and sailing at Aracia Lake- there is an activity for everyon in Edmond.
Edmond Recreation hosts its annual events that target kid's and their desires. Check it out, Click Here!
Youth Leadership Edmond
Youth Leadership Edmond program was created six years ago by the Edmond Chamber of Commerce to motivate and equip High School Juniors with Leadership Skills through activites and interation with community leaders. Click Here to check it out!!
What is Youth Leadership
YLE is presented by the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce and supported by local businesses interested in their future.
YLE participants are High School Juniors with a variety of interests, experiences, and talents.
YLE sessions are held six days, one per month from November to April.
YLE brings students together with business and community leaders to identify and discuss community issues, leadership, and career opportunities.
Fun Art Projects
Kids love to be creative and get mess!! Click Here for some great ideas!!