If it’s been a few years (or since your own childhood) since you’ve been to the Tulsa Zoo, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.
The Tulsa Zoo — often lauded as one of America’s best zoos — has a diverse spectrum of animal exhibits, from the cute-as-heck Penguins On Parade exhibit to the African Plains exhibit, featuring gorgeous lions that sometimes roar loudly (and still somehow scare us a little.)
This is a popular attraction for obvious reasons, so show up early or on a weekday to check these animals out (plus roughly 434 more species) in a little calmer setting.
So yeah — this doesn’t really sound like the kind of place of place to take the kids to burn off energy, right?
Quite the opposite actually!
Think of this place as a giant indoor playground built from things that are intellectually stimulating to kids’ minds.
But it doesn’t stop there: you’ll find a great workshop and tinkering area for kids (with instructors and all!) and fun things like their 2,500 “Grossology” exhibit (do I really need to explain the theme of this exhibit?)
When it comes to burning energy and calories (which I guess is really kind of the same thing?), this is probably one of the best places to do either in Tulsa.
Opened in 2013, Sky Zone offers “open jump, a SkySlam court, SkyRobics fitness classes, Ultimate Dodgeball (when available).” Kinda sounds like something you want to do, doesn’t it? Read more on those activities here.
We’ve never been to Bounce U either, but I bring it up because it’s another one that comes up often in the Circle of Moms (that’s not a real thing.)
Bounce U is what might best be described as a “fleet” of inflatable bounce castles and toys. They offer an “open jump” time almost every day, but call the number on their website to verify that their on for that day.
One of our favorite places to host playdates and birthday parties is the Whiteside Community Center.
Features that make this a great place to take your kids or plan your next youngster get together are the following: A junior pool, sports fields, a water playground, lighted tennis courts, shelters, a regular playground, a one-mile trail, and picnic tables.
Somewhat of a lesser-known destination, Oxley Nature Center is one of my family’s favorite places to visit on a Saturday.
Located right near the zoo (inside of Mohawk Park), there are miles of trails, a beautiful lake with a lookout platform, and an actual nature center that will thrill the little bug and animal lovers in your family.
Bonus: You’ll get a good aerobic workout on the trails!