Summer Fun in Tulsa

Summertime means the kids are out of school, more time with the family and time of for vacation. So what do you do when the kids are rambunctious and you want to keep them occupied? We want to help you beat the summer heat with activities around Downtown Tulsa. Hop in the car in the morning and head downtown for the day. Explore museums, art centers, water parks and grab a bite to eat at local spots. It’s a quick day trip into Tulsa that will keep you and the family happy.

Find New Ways to Play Tulsa


Let’s start with a few places to play with the kids while teaching them something new. You can have them splash in the sun at Big Splash Water Park in Tulsa. There’s something for all ages at Big Splash Water Park. For the relaxed ones in your group, take a float around the lazy river, or splash around in the activity pool. There is a special kids zone for the little ones, called “Little Splash” with smaller slides and activities for your younger children. For the adrenaline junkies, check out the silver bullet, which is a fast, speedy slide. You can also check out the flume sides, the wave pool and the master blasters. This water park is a fun way to spend an afternoon in the summertime.

For animal lovers, the Tulsa Zoo is always worth a trip! Plus this summer Zoorasic Park 2 is back with dino crafts, animatronic dinosaurs, plus great new displays. It’s the perfect for any dinosaur lover! Aside from special exhibits, the Tulsa Zoo has a lot to offer. View animals from around the world and learn about new regions of the world, and conservation.  Attractions include: ONEOK Safari Train and Arvest Wildlife Carousel, Camel Tours and The Hardesty Gem Dig at the COX Nature Exchange.

A wild, educational day at the Children’s Museum and Discovery Lab will keep your kids busy, active and learning. The Children’s Museum and Discovery Lab is truly about discovery. Kids and their families can work together to make, play and design thing using “real” stuff. Plus the latest exhibit “Team Up”, brings people together to solve problems, build bridges, complete puzzles, and make new creations all while emphasizing the power and importance of teamwork! It’s a fun experience for all ages. They also offer a Family Concert Series which brings the community together with great live music and fun.

Tulsa Learn

Tulsa has a lot to offer with arts, culture and education. Some of our favorite spots include the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium.

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is all about sharing Oklahoma’s rich jazz, blues and gospel history. “Our efforts at the Jazz Hall are to educate Oklahomans, tourists and visitors about Oklahoma’s amazing and diverse music heritage, and the impact the music and our outstanding Oklahoma artists have made to the fabric of music in this country and on the musical landscape throughout the world.” It’s a unique experience that everyone should visit at least once.

The Gilcrease Museum is an American history and art museum. They offer Summer Art Classes for children ages 5-12 which could be the perfect summer activity for your little Picasso. The Gilcrease Museum is home to the world’s most comprehensive, and largest collection of art and artifacts of the American West. It also has an incredible collection of Native American artifacts and art, plus historical documents, maps and manuscripts.

Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium is one of our favorite spots in Tulsa. With permanent exhibits like: The Early Birds, World War II, and The Space Age (as well as many others), the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium is an educational museum that will teach you all about the history of aviation, where we have been and where we may go in the future. They also have planetarium shows to teach you about the wonders of space and the cosmos.

Some of our other favorite sites to learn about art, culture and get a piece of history are: Woody Guthrie Center, Philbrook Museum of Art, and the Tulsa Art Deco Museum.

There you have it! Those are some of the activities that we will we doing this summer in Tulsa. What do you think? Where will you take your kids to keep them busy and having fun this summer? Let us know in the comments below!

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