Tulsa Kids Summer Guide

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Your summertime options may have been narrowed by the pandemic, but there are still plenty of opportunities for outdoor play in Tulsa. Read on for socially distanced spots where families can enjoy some time together this season!

Tulsa Botanic Garden

3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr.

With its Spring Giant sculpture and aquatic plant pond, the Children's Discovery Garden is a highlight here. Experience-based learning opportunities enable kids to connect with nature through their senses. Be sure to visit the Tree Fort and wild Meadow areas.

Gathering Place

2650 S. John Williams Way

You know it, you love it. By now your kids probably love Gathering Place even more. With plenty of trails, natural plants and open spaces to explore, it's a curious kid's paradise. Most attractions opened back up to the public on June 15, but it's always good to check gatheringplace.org before you visit.

Your local library

Two dozen locations across Tulsa County

The escape of a good book is never too far away with two dozen Tulsa City-County Library locations in the greater Tulsa area. While the library transitioned many of their kids events to virtual platforms in the spring, all library locations have reopened as of June 22.

Redbud Valley

16150 Redbud Dr., Catoosa

The Redbud Valley Nature Preserve is a lesser-known getaway just northeast of Tulsa, established for protection, education and enjoyment. Trails, springs, a bluff and even a cave allow for hiking across various terrain. Follow preserve rules and make sure to check the hours (open Saturdays and Sundays) before you go.

River Parks and Turkey Mountain

Riverside Dr. & 6800 S. Elwood Ave.

Winding around the mighty Arkansas, the River Parks Trail System and Turkey Mountain provide families with vast urban and natural spaces for walking, running and biking. Take the kids on a stroll down Riverside or show them the Tulsa skyline from Turkey Mountain. Both are pet friendly.

Tulsa Garden Center

2435 S. Peoria Ave.

The goal of this nonprofit is to provide the community with horticultural and environmental education. Free public spaces and membership opportunities such as Woodward Park, Linnaeus Teaching Garden, the Conservatory and Snedden Mansion allow for a wide variety of outdoor leisure and learning in Midtown.

Philbrook Museum Gardens

2727 S. Rockford Rd.

The sprawling gardens of Villa Philbrook are equal parts natural beauty and art. From the koi pond and free-roaming garden cats to sculptures and an art cabin, surprises await the whole family. Free entry for under 17, it's also encouraged to bring water, picnic, blankets, sketchbooks or other items to enjoy the landscape.


1925 Woolaroc Ranch Rd., Bartlesville

An hour from midtown Tulsa, Woolaroc is a must-visit. All facilities have reopened, offering the chance to see animals from around the world on the wildlife preserve, experience the mountain man camp or peek inside Frank Phillips' famous lodge.

Tulsa orgs with kid-friendly streaming programs:

ahha Tulsa

Discovery Lab

Gilcrease Museum

Global Gardens

Hot Toast Music Co.

Living Arts

Oklahoma Aquarium

Owl & Drum

Philbrook Museum

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