The Tulsa Kid Back-to-School Bucket List

The clock is ticking! Check these must-dos off your summer bucket list.

1. Catch a flick…outdoors.

Although the sun doesn’t set until past bedtimes, it’s summertime, and (bedtime) rules are meant to be broken! Here are some upcoming options.

2. Swim at the Blue Hole

No matter how hot it is outside, the Blue Hole is cold…real cold. Click here for some tips and driving directions.

3. Picnic at the Blue Whale

This iconic spot is always a fun and easy way to spice up a picnic. Pack a picnic and sit on one of the shaded picnic tables.

Photo by Dana DeKalb

4. Road Trip to the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve

To get there, just head to Pawhuska, then click here to find a map. While you’re in Pawhuska, be sure to spend some time in the downtown area. You can also see “the building” that any Pioneer Woman fan knows all about.  The preserve is open every day from dawn to dusk. There is no admission charge. The headquarters of the Chapman-Barnard ranch has been converted into a visitor center with restrooms, a gift shop, and the restored bunkhouse in which the cowboys lived. The gift shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m from March to mid-November.

View Of The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve With A Herd Of Bison In Pawhuska, Oklahoma

Tallgrass Prairie. Photo credit: Marine2844/Getty

5. Take them out to the ballgame(s).

Whether it’s the Athletics, Drillers or FC Tulsa, grab your family for some quality time while supporting a local team.

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Photo courtesy Tulsa Drillers

6. A Day at the Museum

On those hot days where going outside after 6 a.m. just isn’t a (desirable) option. Pack up and head indoors to one of the many museum options in our area.

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Part of The Little Lab at Discovery Lab

7. Get your bowl on.

If you haven’t already signed up for the Summer Kids Bowl Free program, this is a no brainer.

Asian Family Having Fun At Bowling Club


8. The Bartlesville Kiddie Park

Rebel against bedtimes this summer with a visit to the Bartlesville Kiddie Park.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 6-9 p.m. (During the season)

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Photo by Diane Morrow-Kondos. Click the image to read her blog post about the Kiddie Park!

9. Ride the City Bus

Riding the bus is as easy as 1-2-3: 1) Purchase a bus pass on the bus, or at a local QuikTrip store. 2) Dunk it in the farebox slot. 3) Sit back and enjoy the ride!

Sit down with the kids and start planning your adventure here.

10. Visit Totem Pole Park

With free admission and a short 45-minutes from Tulsa, you’ll want to pack a picnic and check out some kid-friendly (meaning they can crawl on it) art. Click here for a rundown.

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