101 Free and Cheap Summer Activities in Texoma

The kiddos and I have made it a priority to seek out all the free and dirt cheap things to do specifically in Texoma.

All of them you can do during the summer, but many can be done any time of the year.   We’re equally excited about many of them, so we’re not listing them in any specific order.  

Just Free or Cheap!  Oh, and fun!

You’ll find that some of the activities on our list are some you won’t find on anyone else’s list of things to do simply because some of the best local adventures for kids are sometimes what we pass by everyday without even recognizing that it’s a fun activity!

We’ve done a lot of these activities ourselves, so we hope to give you some realistic ideas for fun things on a budget. 

Actually, this list is something we’ll constantly be adding to, so check back from time to time to see how much more we discover in the future.

Kids are money pits.  Going on vacation is costly.  Even going to the movies is a huge expense.  We went to see Lion King this summer & it cost us almost $150 once you factor in drinks and snacks.    So that’s NOT on the list!

My hope is that you read this list and make some new discoveries.  I’m sure some of these items you’ve already heard of or thought about…or maybe you’ve even done them before! 

But hopefully you’ll see some of the things on this list from a new perspective and try them!

1. Have a lemonade stand
2. Send your name into SPACE
3. Look for fossils at Lake Texoma
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Visit Eisenhower’s Birthplace
rotary phone
Record your kids learning how to use a rotary phone

Visit the Texas Welcome Center

Visit the Oklahoma Welcome Center

Take a free Home Depot class

Join the Jr. Ranger Program (Eisenhower & Hagerman)

Take a free class at Chickasaw Council House Museum

Hold a food drive for a local food pantry (we did this)

Get connected with Grayson and Austin College (we did this)

Sign up for tutoring at Austin College (we did this)

Make kindness rocks (we did this)

Go to the splash pad

Make homemade ice cream (we did this)

Check out “items” instead of books at the library

Make Popsicles (we did this)

Visit Harbor Wildlife Museum (we did this)

Attend a trial at the courthouse (teenagers)

Visit Perrin Museum (we did this)

Camp in your backyard (we did this)

Visit the Denison Dam (we did this)

Go on a photo walk

Take a photo walk (we did this)

attend a health fair

Participate in the #trashtag challenge

Make a time capsule

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Make a fairy garden
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Take the kids geocaching
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Discover new parks in Texoma

Find historical markers (we did this)

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Create a summertime playlist. Christmas songs are fun to include also!

Start a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle (we did this)

Take a tram tour of Hagerman

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Visit the beautiful butterfly garden at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

Visit the Little Free LIbrary (we did this)

Make a fairy garden (we did this)

Plant a garden (we did this)

Take a day trip to the National Weather Center (we did this)

Look for fossils at Lake Texoma

Participate in summer activities at the library (we did this)

Have a garage sale  (we did this)

Start a gratitude journal

Visit the Sherman Museum

Explore one of Texoma’s many hiking trails (we did this)

Attend an outdoor movie (we did this)

Find a community Lunch & Learn class

Create a family cookbook (we did this)

Fly a kite

Research your family tree (we did this & you must read about it!)

Have a scavenger hunt

Play charades (we did this)

Visit the Red River Railroad Museum (we did this)

Volunteer in the community (we did this)

Take a day trip to another town (we did this)

Visit an old fort

Attend Vacation Bible School or volunteer at VBS

Find shapes in clouds (we did this)

Attend a health fair (we did this)

Visit different or new playgrounds (we did this)

Visit Outlaw Trails Museum in downtown Sherman (we did this)

Take a tour of the fire department in Denison, Sherman

Attend an outdoor concert

Cook different ethnic meals (we did this)

Write a silly story…everyone contributes a sentence (we did this)

Visit Fort Inglish

Make tie dye shirts

Feed ducks (we did this)

Create a hand-made craft gift

Pick flowers and make a flower arrangement

Visit a nursery to learn about plants (we did this)

Toss eggs or water balloons (we did this)

Count how many homes have Texas symbols (we did this)

Look for shooting stars

Get a free physical at the Grayson Health Clinic (we did this)

Tour the CS Roberts House

Make your own MadLibs story (we did this)

Chase butterflies or dragonflies

Make shadow puppets with a flashlight (we did this)

Visit Fort Washita

Do yoga (we did this)

Make conversation starters

Learn to Tie a Tie

Visit the Paris Eiffel Tower (we did this)

Visit an old cemetery (we did this)

Parks…don’t forget all the cool parks in Texoma!! (we did this)

Re-arrange a room (we did this)

Learn the military alphabet (we did this)

Sample mystery food using a cupcake pan (we did this)

Go fishing!

Re-create an event on the news (we did this)

Go RV shopping (if you’ll be in the market for one soon) (we did this)

Learn to sew (we did this)

Build a fairy garden (we did this)

Make a photo booth (we did this)

Visit the animal shelter (we did this)

Make kindness rocks (we did this)

Learn the Git Up Dance (we did this)

Make a special dinner and serve your parents

Win a trip to Washington DC while sharpening your essay skills

Do calming activities

Guess how to use a rotary phone (we did this)

Start an ongoing board or chess game (we did this)

Attend “Coffee with the Mayor”

Rearrange a room in your home

Learn how to play a musical instrument

Adopt a spot at the community garden

Visit the Sam Rayburn House

Feed the ducks

Okay, we’re still working on this list!!

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