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Our Second Annual Guide to the Best Affordable & Free Summer Activities for Kids in Tulsa & Claremore, OK: Social Distance Edition

By July 9, 2020July 22nd, 2022Community

Summer is officially here and it’s safe to say this year is going to look a little different than years past. The current pandemic has thrown a wrench into many families’ summer plans, with international travel off the books and summer camps cancelled until next year. But that doesn’t mean you have to sit at home all summer long! There are still countless fun summer activities for kids in Tulsa and Claremore.

At The Brace Place, we care about more than just creating beautiful smiles — we want to help our Claremore and Tulsa orthodontic patients soak up everything summer has to offer. All from a safe physical distance, of course. If you’re looking for ideas for socially distant summer fun, read on for our second annual list of things to do with kids in Tulsa, Claremore and beyond.

1. Tour the Gardens & Picnic at the Philbrook Museum of Art


The Philbrook Museum of Art is one of our favorite places to take kids in Tulsa. While the museum itself is closed due to COVID-19, the gardens reopened in June and special exhibitions are back on offer as of July. All visitors over the age of 5 are required to wear a mask while indoors, but you can roam the gardens mask-free as long as you stay six feet away from any other guests. You can even bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds! So pack a lunch and a blanket and enjoy a low-cost sunny summer day outside with your family. One catch: you will need to book your tickets in advance as the museum is not doing ticket sales at the gate. Kids under 17 get in for free and admission for adults is just $12 each.

2. Visit the Virtual First Friday Art Crawl


Everyone’s favorite summer art event is back again this year, virtual style. While you can’t visit all of the galleries in person (yet!), you can get your art fix and introduce your children to the local art world online. This kid-friendly event in Tulsa takes place on the first Friday of every month from 5-9pm and is free for everyone to attend. For July, some galleries are reopening their spaces to the public so be sure to check the Tulsa Arts District Facebook page above for up-to-date information and gallery protocols.

3. Go Fishing at Claremore Lake


A visit to beautiful Claremore Lake is one of the best things to do with kids in Claremore, OK. Constructed in 1929, the lake provides more than a peaceful backdrop for a summer afternoon — it also has boat ramps, fishing docks and picnic areas for all your summer needs. Take a stroll around the lake, try your hand at fishing and grab a table for a picnic in the park. A day at the lake is a free summer activity in Clamore that the whole family can enjoy.

4. Attend a Free Virtual Summer Camp


Yep, you read that right! Tulsa Public Schools is offering free virtual summer camps in Tulsa and Claremore for kids of all ages. From weather and earth science to art and music, there are so many fun and educational summer camps to choose from. Learn about all things science with Discovery Lab, discover the art of storytelling with ahha Tulsa, or take a journey into the world of jazz with the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. With programs for kids from kindergarten to grade 12, we’re sure you’ll find a Tulsa summer camp your youngsters will love.

5. Take a Route 66 Road Trip


What better way to spend a socially distant day with the family than by hitting the open road? Pack some road trip snacks and spend the day touring historic Route 66, visiting as many of the iconic landmarks along the way as you’d like. The best part about this local Tulsa trip is that you can choose your own adventure. Whether you go the distance or stay closer to home, this is a summer Tulsa and Claremore activity your kids won’t soon forget. Check out this helpful Route 66 trip guide for kids to get the most out of your family adventure as possible.

6. Catch a Flick at Admiral Twin Drive-In Theater


It’s not really summer until you catch your favorite movie at the local drive-in. Fortunately, drive-in theaters allow you to stay physically distant by nature and the Admiral Twin Drive-in in Tulsa is open for business. Load up the kids, grab a bag of popcorn and settle in for one of the two movies on offer each night — or stay for a double feature! Admission is just $3 for kids ages 3 to 11 and $7 for everyone age 12 and up. Tickets are available at the gate but you can book ahead to guarantee you get a spot. A night at the drive-in is truly a classic affordable summer activity for kids in Tulsa.

What are you looking forward to doing with your kids this summer in Claremore in Tulsa? Let us know the next time you visit The Brace Place. Call us today to book your appointment.