The Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks would be a fun afternoon outing for the family during spring break. I think it would be hard to make a whole day of it, but you could definitely hang out there for several hours.
During spring break, the aquarium has special events including shark feeding, a beaver and otter show, and a sea turtle meet-up. The spring break schedule can be found here. If you’re in the area around lunch, there’s a restaurant called Los Cabos nearby that has great Mexican fare.
You can never go wrong with a visit to the Oklahoma City Zoo. I would suggest getting tickets for the Elephant Express tram rides. It’s a great opportunity to get a break and just ride and look when your children (or adults!) have tired legs so that makes it well worth the additional cost to me.
During spring break, you can go to the daily animal feedings and keeper presentations. Be sure to check the schedule when you check in. The zoo has plenty of petting zoos and animal encounters to keep your little ones busy. You can bring a cooler with your own food or drinks or the zoo has a cafe on-site.
3) Sam Noble Museum – University of Oklahoma, Norman
The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History on the OU campus is one of the overlooked kid’s activities in the Oklahoma City metro area. During spring break, the museum has special activities for kids all day long, including daily scavenger hunts, face painting, shows and crafts. The spring break schedule can be found here.
I’ve been here for school field trips a few times and there’s always plenty of room to roam around and lots of hands-on activities as well as a kid’s play area. If you’re hungry, there’s a cafe in the museum’s lobby or you can head over to Campus Corner and visit one of the many restaurants, including Which Which Sandwich, Pepe Delgado’s, or Hideaway Pizza.
Arbuckle Wilderness Animal Safari is one of our favorite day trips. Located about 60 miles south of Oklahoma City, Arbuckle Wilderness is a drive-through animal safari where you can see many different species all in one place. Be sure to pick up some animal feed at the office because you will want to feed the animals.
You can easily get through the park in an hour or so. At this time of year, the petting zoo is not open but it’s still worth a trip. You can visit their website here to check hours and directions. While you’re in the area, stop by the Turner Falls Park and check out the waterfall. The fried pie shop is also along the same stretch of road. And a few miles down the road in Sulphur, you can check out the Chickasaw Cultural Center.
Located near the Tulsa International Airport, the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium would be a great spring break outing for the family. Admission to the Air and Space Museum includes one Planetarium show but you can purchase tickets for additional planetarium shows if you’d like.
When you drive up to the museum, you’ll immediately notice the airplane that is parked outside between the museum and the planetarium. This is the MD-80 discovery center and it’s a must-see if you’re in the area. You can actually go inside and it’s a flight theater that features a hologram. The museum also has a kid’s play space area that is a hands-on flight simulator. While you’re in Tulsa, you might as well stop by Tally’s Good Food to get some good food.